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Montana Democrats To Appear In Court Over Green Party Ballot Petition

The Montana Democratic Party will make its case in Lewis and Clark County Court on Tuesday against the Montana Green Party appearing on election ballots this year. Democrats say the Greens didn’t collect the required number of voter signatures on its petition to quality as an official political party on this year’s November ballot.

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The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem

A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains: dust. Lots and lots of dust. This dust speeds up spring water runoff, causing intense melting and streams to peak weeks earlier than usual — which wreaks havoc throughout the alpine ecosystem. Water managers and fire forecasters alike are sounding the alarm about the consequences of less water flowing in streams and reservoirs. At first glance the dust seems innocuous. How could something so simple undermine water...

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'Field Notes:' All About Ravens

I was walking through Greenough Park in Missoula the other day, enthralled by the bright spring afternoon. A yellow cascade of dandelions popped out against the grass. Rattlesnake Creek swelled with snowmelt. The air smelled of shoots, buds, and fresh growth. Then I heard an echoing croak. A raven swooped down and perched on a park bench, a defiant figure of darkness in the daylight.

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"I met Scorchy in the summer of 1965 when I was 12 years old.  I was the new kid in a small town in south central Montana.  I was also pretty much a wimp and socially awkward.  Try as I might to fit in with the other boys, I lacked two of the most important attributes necessary for success in rural life, the first being that I wasn’t-as I was constantly reminded by the locals-“from around here,” and second, I wasn’t any good at sports.  Up to that time I had lived a very sheltered life as the son of a naval officer.  While that led to seeing a lot of the world in a few short years, it hadn’t helped me develop much in the way of social skills or athletic prowess.  Like Scorchy later said to me, “You’ve lived around, but you haven’t lived.” -- Cyrus Lee

A boat carrying invasive zebra mussels was stopped at an Anaconda inspection station.
Montana Fish Wildife and Parks

A boat carrying invasive zebra mussels was stopped late last week at an Anaconda inspection station.

An image from John Heenan's ad airing on Sinclair stations in Montana
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Democratic U.S. House Candidate John Heenan is buying ads on Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned TV stations that blast the company for forcing reporters to read conservative-leaning corporate statements on air.

Heenan's ad started airing today in Missoula, Bozeman and Butte. In it, he calls Sinclair: “A powerful corporation that forces its journalists to read corporate talking points on the air. A corporation using its power to take advantage of journalists, our democracy and the people of Montana. Not on my watch."

The Montana Democratic Party will make its case in Lewis and Clark County Court on Tuesday against the Montana Green Party appearing on election ballots this year.

Democrats say the Greens didn’t collect the required number of voter signatures on its petition to quality as an official political party on this year’s November ballot.

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After months of cooking with root vegetables, Jon is desperate for green stuff, but he's reluctant to buy vegetables flown in from thousands of miles away.

'Field Notes:' All About Ravens

Apr 23, 2018
Raven in flight.
(PD)

I was walking through Greenough Park in Missoula the other day, enthralled by the bright spring afternoon. A yellow cascade of dandelions popped out against the grass. Rattlesnake Creek swelled with snowmelt. The air smelled of shoots, buds, and fresh growth. Then I heard an echoing croak. A raven swooped down and perched on a park bench, a defiant figure of darkness in the daylight.

Campaign war chests are growing, some more than others. One Senate candidate looks for help from disgraced General Michael Flynn, and Governor Bullock gets a warm reception in Iowa. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and the latest ads right now on "Campaign Beat."

Lower Madison River in Beartrap Canyon
Mike Cline (PD)

Montana officials on Thursday rejected a plan to limit commercial fishing guides on the Madison River that flows out of Yellowstone National Park, a top fishing destination where the number of days spent angling has more than doubled in recent years.

Lynda Moss Drops Out Of Montana's U.S. House Race

Apr 20, 2018
Lynda Moss.
Olga Kreimer

Former state Sen. Lynda Moss says she's dropping out of Montana's U.S. House race. Moss' exit leaves four candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 5 primary election. The winner will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in the November election.

Hellgate High School students joined the national gun walkout April 20, 2018. L to r: Jack Catmull, Erin Szalda-Petree, Ally Fradkin and Llwyn Clark-Gaynor. They're all members on the band “Carpool”.
Edward O'Brien

Missoula students from Hellgate High joined a nationwide student walkout today on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 13 people died. Missoula’s walkout started at about 1:30 at the Xs sculpture at the north end of Higgins Avenue downtown. About 50 people were there when it started.

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