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Community members listen to updates on Butte Superfund issues from EPA officials at the Butte public archives April 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

EPA: Gag Order Lifted On Butte Superfund Cleanup Agreement

A federal judge Tuesday partially lifted the gag order on a big part of the Butte Superfund cleanup agreement. That’s according to a press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The parties to that agreement will hold two public meetings to explain what it’s all about on May 30 at Montana Tech Auditorium, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

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The Last First Mile
Nora Saks

The Last First Mile

A documentary about why the first mile of Silver Bow Creek in Butte was left for last to be cleaned up, and what a crew of feisty locals are doing about it.

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Lyle Lovett And Robert Earl Keen: Old Buddies With Guitars

In this hour-long edition of Musician's Spotlight , Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen drop by to reminisce with guest host Michael Marsolek about performing, recording, and creatively coping with the rapidly-changing music industry. The fast friends are renowned Texas folk singer-songwriters and former Texas A & M roommates, as well as musical contemporaries.

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Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will rally in Great Falls Wednesday before a federal judge hears arguments in a lawsuit aiming to overturn a permit President Trump issued for it.

Kids playing in the sand.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips on heat exhaustion.

Temperatures are heating up! When temperatures are in the high 80's, the 90's and even over 100, kids and adults can easily get sick from the heat. But there really is no need to worry. If you take care of yourself with my few simple tips, you can avoid heat exhaustion and enjoy the hot weather.

Community members listen to updates on Butte Superfund issues from EPA officials at the Butte public archives April 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

A federal judge Tuesday partially lifted the gag order on a big part of the Butte Superfund cleanup agreement. That’s according to a press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The parties to that agreement will hold two public meetings to explain what it’s all about on May 30 at Montana Tech Auditorium, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bull elk
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This  story was updated May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is making a push to open up more federal land for people who hunt and fish. On Monday, he announced plans to expand or create new hunting and fishing opportunities on 30 National Wildlife Refuges, including two in Montana.

U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams had been prepared to deliver her regular stump speech in Billings Friday night, but the Democrat discarded it to speak out on the latest school shooting. 

Researcher In 'Dream Job' Attacked By Bear

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Grizzly bear.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Recipe: Japanese Milk Bread

May 21, 2018
Joyosity of The Cooking of Joy

Japanese Milk Bread is known for its unique and slightly sweet flavor. The secret? A milky, watery roux that is made and added to the dough mixture.

Missoula high school students march for action on gun safety on the Higgins Street bridge in Missoula, February 21, 2018.
Olga Kreimer

During first period English last Friday at Capital high school in Helena, student Noah Whitehorn, felt his phone buzz with a notification; 10 people were dead following a school shooting in a small town just outside of Houston, Texas.

“I almost cried in the middle of English class. How is this still happening? After all that we’ve done in the past few months you’d think that at least something would have been accomplished.”

A levee on the Clark Fork River near Turah, MT eroded by floodwater, May 20, 2018.
Inciweb

Missoula’s historic flood season is still going strong, but the worst of it may be over.

First, the good news as delivered Monday by Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Kitzmiller.

Border Agent Questions 2 Women For Speaking Spanish

May 21, 2018
Police car.
(PD)

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday.

Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in Montana racially profiling people to find out their immigration status.

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