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The storm destroyed some outbuildings on 66 Ranch outside of Havre
Courtesy Rylee Strauser

Northern Montana Cleaning Up After Powerful Weekend Storm

Thousands of Montanans had a 4th of July they won’t soon forget. A storm packing powerful winds, intense rain and large hail disrupted life across the state’s northern tier last weekend. Some think tornadoes touched down, but meteorologists aren’t yet willing to go that far. A roughly 300-mile stretch of northern Montana is still cleaning up after a powerful storm swept across the region this weekend.
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Christopher Allen

Montana Folk Fest 2014: Art Car Culture

The 2015 Montana Folk Festival starts on July 10. To tide you over until this weekend, here's a great recap and slideshow about the musicians and the crazy art cars on display at last year's festival.
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Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

Ten Montana Music Festivals You Don't Want To Miss

Summer is prime-time for music festivals, and there are plenty to choose from in Montana. These 10 Montana music festivals will keep you singing and tapping your feet all summer.
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Evening Newscast 07-06-15

1 hour ago
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A woman from Troy is being charged with mailing a loaded gun, ammunition and other weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Two churches in Butte that have been open for more than a hundred years are closing their doors for good.

A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty to charges that allege he had nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck while traveling through northwestern Montana.

The 1,500-acre Cape Horn Fire has prompted about 600 evacuations from a popular vacation area near Lake Pend Oreille. Six homes have burned and at least another 280 structures are threatened.

Richard Jeo, Montana Nature Conservancy Director

2 hours ago
Nature Conservancy

With our planet occupied by 7 billion human souls, protecting the full diversity of wild species on earth is a daunting task.  Some might argue a hopeless one. Richard Jeo, state director of Montana’s Nature Conservancy, disagrees. He joins Brian Kahn on this episode of "Home Ground Radio".

Glacier Rim Fire Update

3 hours ago
A view of the Glacier Rim Fire from the air, July 5, 2015
Inciweb/LChute

The Glacier Rim fire south of Glacier National Park slopped over fire lines due to high winds on July fourth, but firefighters made progress yesterday thanks to cooler weather and higher humidity. The fire is now estimated at 100 acres in size, up from 85 acres last week. It's being called 70% contained, that’s up from the 50% containment figure given on Friday.

The storm destroyed some outbuildings on 66 Ranch outside of Havre
Courtesy Rylee Strauser

Thousands of Montanans had a 4th of July they won’t soon forget. A storm packing powerful winds, intense rain and large hail disrupted life  across the state’s northern tier last weekend. Some think tornadoes touched down, but meteorologists aren’t yet willing to go that far.

A roughly 300-mile stretch of northern Montana is still cleaning up after a powerful storm swept across the region this weekend.

Thunderstorms And Showers Possible Tuesday

7 hours ago
National Weather Service, Missoula

Via National Weather Service, Missoula: Monday will be mostly quiet across the Northern Rockies, with the exception of a few afternoon thunderstorms from central Idaho to southwest Montana. More active weather is anticipated Tuesday, with showers and thunderstorms possible across a wide swath of central Idaho and western Montana. These storms will be capable of brief heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning strikes. In addition, a backdoor cool front will bring another round of breezy east winds across western Montana by Tuesday evening.

The Happy Campers

10 hours ago
Al_HikesAZ

"Si jeunessa sav ait..."

Leaning into the truck,
grinning into the camera,
they camp out in their adolescence
and my front yard
with the insolent charm
of young colts,
sleek with knowing,
wobbly with experience.

The moment I shoot them
I know this is it:
for grace of limb,
studied slouch
the matching dew rags,
rakish hat I wish I could wear.

After the click
they come back to life as if
the magic just goes on.
The truck jolts into gear and,
with careless wave of hands,
they're gone.

Morning Newcast 07-06-15

11 hours ago
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a hot June in northwest Montana appears to have resulted in record electricity consumption.

The record warm temperatures in northwest Montana have hastened the area's cherry harvest.

A 32-year-old man has died in a fireworks accident at a Billings residence. Billings Police Sgt. Harley Kagle says the accident occurred about 10:30 Saturday night and appeared to involve a mortar tube.

Search and rescue teams are looking for a 74-year-old North Dakota doctor missing in western Montana.

Art In The Woods Revitalizes A Town

23 hours ago
Chérie Newman

Last weekend, a group of people from the town of Lincoln, Montana, held a celebration at Sculpture in the Wild, a park designed to celebrate their heritage with art. Sculpture in the Wild is the brainchild of Rick Dunkerly, a local resident and artisan knifemaker who serves as executive director for the organization.

"The goal is to invite artists in here to create artwork that responds to environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley," says Dunkerly.

How Mark Lynas Got Converted To G.M.O. Food

Jul 4, 2015
USAID-Asia (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Around the world, when it comes to food, few topics are more hot-button than genetic engineering. Mark Lynas, a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for Science and a journalist known for his books about climate change, has publicly undergone, in his words, a "conversion" regarding G.M.O. crops. Formerly an opponent of G.M.O. technology, he now embraces its potential.

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