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the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake
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Why There's Only $4 Million In Montana's Firefighting Fund

The State’s fire fighting savings account started this month with the second lowest balance since it was created a decade ago. There’s only about $4 million in the fund’s reserves for this fire season. That’s about a fifth of what the state needs to cover an average fire season bill.

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The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Watch: 2018 Montana Folk Festival

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [ Friday , Saturday ] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

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Greek Yogurt And Chili Peppers: A Surprising Twist On Cornbread

The Food Guys create a bold and delicious cornbread recipe, great to accompany a good chili dish .

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Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Flathead Beacon is reporting that a 10 acre wildfire started on the Kootenai National Forest Sunday, 23 miles north of Libby, and is still burning Monday.

Reportedly caused by lightning, the Zulu fire doesn’t threaten any structures. At least one helicopter has been dispatched to suppress the flames.

Glacier National Park Entrance At St. Mary
GlacierNPS

Glacier National Park lifted restrictions on tent campers today in the Many Glacier Campground.

Authorities placed a temporary ban on soft-sided campers and tents on June 30 after a 150 pound grizzly bear entered the campground and forced two campers who were cleaning fish to deploy bear spray.

Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers failed to get enough support to call a special session to consider referenda to counter two proposed ballot initiatives.

The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [Friday, Saturday] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake
Inciweb

The State’s fire fighting savings account started this month with the second lowest balance since it was created a decade ago.

There’s only about $4 million in the fund’s reserves for this fire season. That’s about a fifth of what the state needs to cover an average fire season bill.

Cornbread
Flickr user Amilia justeverydame (CC-BY-2)

The Food Guys create a bold and delicious cornbread recipe, great to accompany a good chili dish.

Four members of the Site Selectors Guild shared their thoughts on where Butte's economy could grow at the Butte Public Archives on July 13, 2018. (L-R) Jay Garner, Rajeev Thakur, Dean Foote, Jerry Szatan.
Nora Saks

If Butte is going to compete as a location for new businesses, it needs to grow its workforce, its service sector, and work on its appearance. That’s according to a group of outside experts.

Warm Springs Productions was founded in 2008. Ten years later, they employ more than 130 people who produce 34 shows appearing on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, and more. 

President and co-founder of the company Chris Richardson joins us to explain how he helped build the kind of company that he wanted to work at. Tune in now to learn about the positive side of making mistakes while starting up a company; how integral a curious staff can be to helping a business grow; and the opportunities that self-financing your startup can provide.

David Dorian, an environmental health specialist with ATSDR, discusses a new exposure investigation at a public meeting at Anaconda High School. July 11, 2018.
Nora Saks

A federal public health agency is starting a new investigation to find out if contaminants left behind from a century of copper smelting in Anaconda still pose a risk to human health.

The study was announced Wednesday at Anaconda High School in front of a crowd of about 40 residents, and will be trying to answer the question, "Are exposures to arsenic and lead at levels currently that could adversely affect people’s health?"

Police car.
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A man who fired shots at authorities near Bozeman yesterday has been arrested.

Federal, state and local authorities coordinated what Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton called a “systematic sweep” of the area today. During the sweep, a woman who lives in the Bozeman Pass area called 911 to report seeing a man matching the description of 36-year-old Shaunesy Cole attempting to break into her home.

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