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Gianforte speaks to media after his court appearance, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Judge Orders Mugshot, Fingerprints For Rep Gianforte

Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May. Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the misdemeanor assault charge by September 15.

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Smoke plume from the Lolo Peak fire as seen from Missoula the evening of 8/18.
Anne Hosler

Lolo Peak Fire Photos

Photos from the Lolo Peak Fire, 8/17 through 8/19.

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Flickr user Jeff B (CC-BY-2.0)

'That Wild And Purple Wilderness' Depends On The Ancient, Tenacious Sagebrush

I’ve always been impressed by survivors, especially here in the arid, unforgiving West. No species better demonstrates this survival instinct for me than does the lowly Artemisia tridentata , better known as big sagebrush. And few other species come as close to communicating such a significant part of the nature of the landscape.

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It’s a regular ‘potluck Freeforms’ this Wednesday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. on Montana Public Radio.

“ No time for a thoughtful presentation. I’m just going with what the station has on hand,” remarks Gus Chambers, your 4th Wednesday of every month Freeforms host.

Sagebrush near San Luis, CO.
Flickr user Jeff B (CC-BY-2.0)

I’ve always been impressed by survivors, especially here in the arid, unforgiving West. No species better demonstrates this survival instinct for me than does the lowly Artemisia tridentata, better known as big sagebrush. And few other species come as close to communicating such a significant part of the nature of the landscape.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 21, 2017

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Night burn out ops on the Little Hogback Fire.
Jeff Pilotto - Inciweb

Updated  8:00 p.m.:  

Lolo Peak Fire  -  From the Missoula County Sheriff's office: Effective at 9 p.m. on 8/21/17. Residents on Balsam Root, Folsom and Highland roads have been downgraded to Evacuation Warning status. Residents north of W. Carlton Creek road and east of county maintained rd sign (church polygon on fire operations map) have also been downgraded to Evacuation Warning status. This means these affected residents can return to their homes, but should be ready for a short notice evacuation. No pass is required. See a map of the Lolo Peak Fire evacuation areas here.

Gianforte speaks to media after his court appearance, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May.

Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the misdemeanor assault charge by September 15.

Judge Orders Rep Gianforte Photographed, Fingerprinted

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Rep. Greg Gianforte at his sentencing hearing in Bozeman, MT, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman's mug shot to be used by political opponents next year when Gianforte is up for re-election.

Secretary of the Veterans Administration David Shulkin at an event in Helena, MT August 21, 2017.
Eric Whitney

The Secretary of the Veterans Administration visited Montana today, and made an announcement that many veterans will welcome.

At an event in Helena, Senator Jon Tester let the news slip before Secretary David Shulkin had a chance to.

"The VA Secretary is going to announce at some point in time today — I don't want to take away any of your thunder – some rules that he is going to modify to allow rest homes to be built in rural areas. The Butte boys that are here ..."

Inciweb

This morning's air quality update from Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

"Good morning. Depending on where you are, you either woke up to nice air or chewable air. 

Starting 10 a.m. on Monday, 8/21/17, the following changes to evacuation areas in Missoula County will be in effect: 

Total solar eclipse.
Romeo Durscher-NASA

Today's the day a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

Faced with declining enrollment and a budget deficit, the University of Montana is offering early retirement buyouts to some faculty members. Well-known, climate science Professor Steve Running accepted the offer and is set to retire.

Running was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team, which was collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its broad report on the connection between human activities and global warming. Running was a lead author for one of the chapters in the IPCC report. He's also on the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and has taught at the University of Montana for 38 years.

MTPR’s Katie Riordan spoke with Running about his decision to retire and his future plans.

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