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Few surviving trees remain in the changed landscape located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho.
Camille Stevens-Rumann

New Study Finds Climate Change Reducing Forest Regrowth After Fires

In the forests of the Rocky Mountains, fewer trees are growing back after recent wildfires because of climate change. That’s what a team of researchers discovered after studying seedling regeneration at 1,500 sites in five different states. University of Montana fire ecology Professor Philip Higuera is a co-author of the study. He joins us now.

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Sally Kohn, Krista Tippett, Erick Erickson.
Krista Tippet Photo: Peter Beck

Join In A Civil Conversation With 'On Being’s' Krista Tippett

Join us for an exercise in civil political disagreement with " On Being’s" Krista Tippett , along with guests Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson at a live on-stage event Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Missoula at the Dennison Theater on the UM Campus. Admission is free. The exploration of politics and civility will be about 90 minutes long and there will be time for Q & A, so bring your best questions. The conversation will be recorded, and if all goes well it may be edited for an episode of "On Being" or included in the Civil Conversations website archive .

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Why No Two Snowflakes Look Alike

You know the old saying “no two snowflakes are alike”? Well, there may be more truth to that than you think. I am from Hillsboro, Oregon, where the snow falls in wet, indistinguishable clumps. When I moved to Montana, I immediately noticed a difference.

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Rep. Jenny Eck (D) HD79.
Montana Legislature

Now that Montana is a few months removed from a special legislative session called by Governor Bullock to balance the state budget, Montana Public Radio is checking in with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders to get their thoughts on what’s happened since they left Helena.

Party leaders on both sides of the aisle have blamed each other for some of the results of cuts in state spending made amid the more than $200 million budget shortfall. The greatest public outcry is coming over the more than $49 million cut from the state's health department.

Last week we aired a conversation about the budget with Representative Nancy Ballance, a Hamilton Republican and legislative finance leader. Today, we’re hearing from Representative Jenny Eck, a Helena Democrat.

Turmoil Shakes Up Agency In Charge Of Vast US Lands

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Nicky Ouellet

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

The evolving status quo at the agency responsible for more than 780,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) of public lands, mostly in the American West, has led to praise from energy and mining companies and Republicans, who welcomed the departure from perceived heavy-handed regulation under President Barack Obama.

Missing skier Jonathan Torgerson was believed to be skiing out-of-bounds in the Canyon Creek area off of Flower Point at Whitefish Mountain..
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Search and rescue teams are still looking for a man who went missing Saturday night after skiing into the backcountry outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the multi-agency search for 62-year-old Jonathan Torgerson of Columbia Falls.

Torgerson, a physician at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, was reported overdue Saturday night after skiing alone just before a storm moved in carrying strong wind gusts and a foot of snow. He was believed to be skiing out-of-bounds in the Canyon Creek area off of Flower Point.

University of Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck at a press conference at UM, Dec. 1, 2017.
Courtesy University of Montana

The University of Montana’s new president and football coach will participate in a forum on sexism, sexual assault and cyber-bullying surrounding college athletics on campus next week in Missoula.

Monday’s panel discussion is hosted by local human rights group Missoula Rises. Erin Erickson is the group’s founder and director.

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We talked to Great Falls voters at venues including the Lido Bar
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The primary race that will select political challengers for U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte is less than four months away. Between now and then Montana Public Radio is talking with voters about political issues that are important to them.

On Valentine's Day last week, I drove around Great Falls to the bars where the town’s billiards league was racking up their weekly matches so I could find out what Great Falls voters were thinking about.

Land Tawney, the President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, talks about his vision for protecting public lands.
Nora Saks

At this point, there are at least nine people running to challenge Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Greg Gianforte in November. The parties will select their candidates in the primary elections in June. Between now and then, MTPR will be checking in with voters across Montana to hear what issues are important to them, and what they’re looking for in a candidate.

Last week, Nora Saks chatted with some members of Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers at an event they held at Missoula’s Highlander Brewing Company.

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Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says an 18-year-old Darby High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge after he made a social media threat toward the school district.

A press release from the Sheriff’s office says, “school officials were made aware of a SnapChat message that had been received by other students.  The message referenced the recent school shooting in Florida, and implied a threat of violence to the Darby School District.”

Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson
Kalispell Regional Health Care

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing backcountry skier they’ve been searching for since Saturday evening as Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, a 62-old-physician from Columbia Falls who has long practiced in the area.

The Sheriff’s office says it got a report at approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday that Torgerson was overdue from a solo ski in the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Why No Two Snowflakes Look Alike

Feb 19, 2018
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You know the old saying “no two snowflakes are alike”? Well, there may be more truth to that than you think. I am from Hillsboro, Oregon, where the snow falls in wet, indistinguishable clumps. When I moved to Montana, I immediately noticed a difference.

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