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Trial Begins For Oregon Man Accused Of Shutting Down Spectra Energy Pipeline
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Trial Begins For Oregon Man Accused Of Shutting Down Spectra Energy Pipeline

Jury selection and opening arguments began today in the trial of an Oregon man who sought to call attention to climate change by shutting down an oil pipeline near Big Sandy. Officials charged Leonard Higgins with criminal mischief and trespassing after he allegedly broke into a fenced area and closed a Spectra Energy pipeline valve in 2016.

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This sign from Minnesota gives a glimpse into one possible future if invasive mussels become established in Montana.
Nicky Ouellet

Reporting From The Future: SubSurface Episode 1

This is "SubSurface: Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders." I’m Nicky Ouellet, and in our first episode I’m taking us to the Midwest, to lakes where people have been fighting invasive zebra and quagga mussels for decades, to hear, see and smell what could become Montana’s mussel-encrusted future if a full-blown infestation happens here. These stories are reporting from the future.

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Although never native to Montana, turkeys were introduced here in the 1950s when national conservation efforts were mounted to save the species.
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'Field Notes' Talks Turkey

In those early days of the young republic, hunters would come back with reports of seeing a 1,000 turkeys in one day, often in flocks of as many as 200 birds. Yet from an estimated population of perhaps 10 million, the numbers of wild turkeys dwindled as unrestricted hunting increased and their woodland habitat was cleared to make way for homesteaders. By the 1940s there were only some 30,000 wild turkeys left in a fraction of their former range.

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Featuring artwork by Monte Dolack

Coal mining file photo.
Courtesy USDA NRCS

A coal-fired power plant near Hardin may shut down next year unless its owners can find a new buyer.

If the Hardin Generating Station closes next year, that city could lose 30 good-paying jobs and almost a half-million dollars in tax revenue.

Trial Begins For Oregon Man Accused Of Shutting Down Spectra Energy Pipeline
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Jury selection and opening arguments began today in the trial of an Oregon man who sought to call attention to climate change by shutting down an oil pipeline near Big Sandy.

Officials charged Leonard Higgins with criminal mischief and trespassing after he allegedly broke into a fenced area and closed a Spectra Energy pipeline valve in 2016.

United Airlines will offer direct flights next year from Missoula and Kalispell to Los Angeles.
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United Airlines will offer direct flights next year from Missoula and Kalispell to Los Angeles. The new seasonal daily service begins in early June.

Missoula International Airport Deputy Director Brian Ellestad says it will be a real boon for Montana.

Once I entered the poems, hers was the only world I was certain of. Each poem reads almost like a chapter in a novel. There is softness, strength, and sureness in Rosie’s tellings. Try to stop after reading and savoring just one poem; go ahead, I dare you! —Patrice Vecchione, Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life 

A GRIT participant casts a brilliant flash of light as she learns the basic technique of stick welding.
Beau Baker

Wearing safety goggles and a hard hat, Sylvianne Wright, a Missoula high school student, is racing to pound nails into a beam in the main woodshop of Missoula College’s Department of Industrial Technology.

Wright, who goes to Willard Alternative High School, is part of a Missoula YWCA program called GRIT, or Girls Representing In Trades.

Dr. Forest Tennant treats pain patients from all over the country at his practice in West Covina, CA.
Corin Cates-Carney

The medical records of several Montana chronic pain patients were seized last week during a federal raid of a medical clinic in a strip mall in southern California. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requested a warrant to seize narcotics, payment records, and patient information at the clinic of Doctor Forest Tennant.

The Montana State Fund is suing to block a $30 million patch to the state budget passed by lawmakers last week. Attorneys for the state fund say the bill, currently waiting on the governor’s signature to become law, is unconstitutional.
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The Montana State Fund is suing to block a $30 million patch to the state budget passed by lawmakers last week. Attorneys for the state fund say the bill, currently waiting on the governor’s signature to become law, is unconstitutional.

Power line.
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The Montana-based company that won, and then lost, a $300 million contract to restore power in Puerto Rico says its on-the-ground workers are starting to pack up and go home. The departures follow pre-set dates outlined in subcontracts.

Grizzly bear at Swan Lake Flats in Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco (PD)

Most grizzly bears living near Yellowstone National Park are bedding down for winter, but the debate over the Trump administration removing Yellowstone grizzlies from the threatened species list earlier this year is not. De-listing is being challenged in court, and for now, the grizzlies are being managed by the states. 

Wyoming is considering a potential grizzly bear hunt, and its wildlife management agency is holding a series of meetings to get public input on that. As Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi found out at a meeting in Jackson, the public is divided.

NASA Video Shows How Far Wildfire Smoke Travels

Nov 20, 2017
This visualization uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation allow scientists to study the physical processes in our atmosphere.
NASA Goddard

How can you see the atmosphere? By tracking what is carried on the wind. Tiny aerosol particles such as smoke, dust, and sea salt are transported across the globe, making visible weather patterns and other normally invisible physical processes. Check out how far the wildfire smoke from the western U.S. travels.

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