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Governor Bullock shovels the first dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Parrot tailing removal project in Butte, June 2018.
Nora Saks

Butte Breaks Ground On Parrot Tailings Removal Project

On Thursday morning, close to a hundred people gathered at an old ball field across from Butte’s Civic Center and circled around haul trucks and excavators fit for Paul Bunyan, if he was a miner, and not a lumberjack. Both the crowd and the heavy machinery were there for the groundbreaking ceremony on the Parrot tailings removal project.

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Suicide rates rose across the U.S. from 1999 to 2016.
Centers for Disease Control

Addressing Montana's Suicide Rate, The Highest In The Nation

The suicide rate in Montana is more than twice the national average, that’s according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Among the counties with the highest suicide rate in Montana is Butte/Silver Bow. Karen Sullivan is the Health Officer for Butte Silver Bow. MTPR's Beau Baker spoke with Sullivan about why suicide rates are so high in Montana.

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Oddities And Endings In Aaron Parrett's 'Maple & Lead'

Maple & Lead is an eleven story collection of fiction by Aaron Parrett. Originally published in magazines and journals, these stories explore the quirky efforts of humans winding their way through the world to make sense of loss and sorrow, most whom, like us, will probably be OK in the end.

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Downtown Libby, MT.
libbymt.com

A northwestern Montana clinic has been awarded $2.5 million to continue providing asbestos-related healthcare.

Libby’s Center for Asbestos Related Disease, or CARD Clinic, specializes only in asbestos-related illness.

A culvert near Rogers Pass which failed due to flooding closed Highway 200 in Montana this week.
Montana Department of Transportation

Part of Highway 200 reopened this afternoon clearing the route between Missoula and Great Falls. The section of the road near Rogers Pass was closed  for several days following flooding in the area on Tuesday.

Brent Colbert, a captain with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office, says the highway reopened a little after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.

White-tailed deer fawn.
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Now is the time of year when people can find themselves face to face with wildlife, including baby animals. It's not always clear what to do when you find one of these animals without their mother.

Governor Bullock shovels the first dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Parrot tailing removal project in Butte, June 2018.
Nora Saks

On Thursday morning, close to a hundred people gathered at an old ball field across from Butte’s Civic Center and circled around haul trucks and excavators fit for Paul Bunyan, if he was a miner, and not a lumberjack.

Both the crowd and the heavy machinery were there for the groundbreaking ceremony on the Parrot tailings removal project.

Grizzly bear.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are releasing new details about last month's bear attack against a government researcher.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Amber Kornak surprised a grizzly after walking within 12 feet (4 meters) of the bear in the Cabinet Mountains on May 17.

Congressman Ryan Zinke testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17.
CSPAN

Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with the chairman of an energy services company that does business with the agency.

A foundation created by Zinke has been dealing with a company co-owned by Halliburton Chairman David Lesar on a commercial development in Whitefish, Montana — Zinke's hometown.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The National Park Service Thurs released details of an investigation of the fire that burned the Sperry Chalet’s dormitory in Glacier National Park last August.

The review found a windblown ember, or “firebrand,” likely entered the Chalet’s dormitory through a gap where a wooden timber passed through the stone wall in the second story.

Emigrant Peak in Montana's Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone Park.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone representative, Republican Greg Gianforte.

Congressman Gianforte is an ardent supporter of the natural resources extraction industries. Even so, he testified against mining before a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday.

People gather in Missoula to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border, June 20, 2018.
Clare Menahan

  

Several hundred people rallied in Missoula and Kalispell Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border.

Though President Trump overturned that policy through an executive order Wednesday afternoon, many in Missoula remained skeptical.

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