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Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

Judge Orders Fast-Track Review Of Badger-Two Medicine Gas Leases

A federal judge has given Interior Secretary Sally Jewell three weeks to take action on a Louisiana company’s natural gas leases near Glacier National Park that have been held up for 29 years.
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Industrial chicken coop.
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The Trouble With CAFOs

The Food Guys detail problems with antibiotic use at concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs), discuss ethical concerns over treatment of animals, and question the claim that CAFOs are more efficient or cost effective than smaller operations.
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Monroe Crossing warming up before an interview at Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

From Carnegie Hall To Western Montana: Monroe Crossing & 'A Bluegrass Mass'

This week Monroe Crossing will play three performances of "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in collaboration with Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble. They stopped by MTPR to play a few songs and talk about their upcoming shows.
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Evening Newscast 07-27-15

9 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Cool, wet weather today helped firefighters make progress on the wildfire in Glacier National Park, and the St. Mary Visitor Center at the east entrance to the park reopened today.

The Cabin Gulch fire east of Townsend is now being called 92% contained, and many of the 153 people working that fire are expected to be released today.

Meanwhile, firefighters on the Crow Reservation have responded to 10 mostly grassland fires in the last week. One that started yesterday has burned about 1,700 acres, fanned by 50 mile per hour wind gusts.

Two dozen Montana grandparents have organized to push back against a state agency they say has shut them out as caregivers, and sometimes has placed grandchildren with parents they don't know.

The Trouble With CAFOs

10 hours ago
Industrial chicken coop.
(PD)

The Food Guys detail problems with antibiotic use at concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs), discuss ethical concerns over treatment of animals, and question the claim that CAFOs are more efficient or cost effective than smaller operations.

Fire officials say the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park is now 30 percent contained.
Jennifer McKee

Updates on wildfires burning in and around western Montana.

Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

A federal judge has given Interior Secretary Sally Jewell three weeks to take action on a Louisiana company’s natural gas leases near Glacier National Park that have been held up for 29 years.

Smoke over St. Mary Lake, July 26, 2015.
inciweb

Glacier National Park’s St. Mary Visitor Center reopens this morning.

Fire officials say the Reynolds Creek Fire now stands at  over 3,200 acres with 30 percent containment.

"Wool Blanket"

18 hours ago
gaakO-o

I slept in the valley
shivering, neck sore
from carrying a dead tree
across my shoulders

I needed the wood
but more
I needed the pain

Raccoon wind
shudders brittle leaves
as when you get a sudden chill
and they say:

"someone has just walked
across your grave"

Twig snaps  –
& I burrow deeper
wishing I had brought
that wool blanket

glad, almost,
that I didn't

Morning Newscast 07-27-15

18 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park’s St. Mary Visitor Center reopens this morning. Fire officials say the Reynold’s Creek Fire now stands at over 32-hundred acres with 30-percent containment.

For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire. Now, scientists in Nevada and California are helping federal land managers develop technology to expand a network of high-definition cameras to do the job, including one in northern Nevada that recently captured a blaze in real-time more than 100 miles away in Oregon.

A man serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage is surrendering all his guns to settle a lawsuit filed by the victim's family.

A California woman is going to prison for nearly five years because of false claims about a data storage project in Darby.

Evening Newscast 07-24-15

Jul 24, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Firefighters in Glacier National Park are bracing for gusty winds that could help the Reynolds Creek Fire grow beyond its current size of four thousand acres. Information Officer Penny Bertram says crews have been preparing in case the wind causes the fire to flare up.

Meanwhile firefighters are making little progress against the Cabin Gulch Fire east of Townsend.  The fire is still reported at 1,616 acres, and 25 percent contained.   That fire began Tuesday.  One man was arrested by the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department and charged with arson and Criminal Mischief in connection with the fire.

The third active fire in the region is the Rock Point fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho, about three miles from the Montana state line.  That lightning-caused fire now stands at 177 acres.

Robbie Knievel has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Montana and has received a seven-day sentence. The Montana Standard reports the youngest son of daredevil Evel Knievel on Thursday agreed to pay a $685 fine and enroll in an alcohol treatment program.

A seven-year legal battle over Montana's execution methods has been scheduled for trial later this summer.
But before that happens, attorneys representing the state and Montana's two death row inmates will have one last chance to convince a Helena judge to decide the case without a jury.

The Reynolds Creek Fire seen shortly after it was discovered on July 21, 2015.
Inciweb

Updates on wildfires burning in and around western Montana.

No smoke is visible from the Apgar Lookout webcam on the west side of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

As news of the fire on the east side of Glacier National Park spreads, some visitors there are packing their bags and heading west, taking their tourism dollars with them.

Before the fire, the Park was on pace to pass last year’s record setting attendance number of 2.3 million.

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