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Steve Jess

New Leader For Montana GOP

Montana’s Republican Party has a new leader. Delegates at the party’s convention over the weekend rejected the most conservative candidate, settling on an experienced lawmaker and party insider.
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Digging In The Archives With William Marcus

On the eve of William Marcus' retirement from Montana Public Radio, enjoy some of the radio stories William produced for National Public Radio in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Eric Whitney

Slideshow: Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area

On Sunday the Montana Wilderness Association, Great Burn Study Group and EcoFlight offered Missoula journalists an hour-long flyover of the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area straddling the Montana-Idaho border west and north of Missoula.
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Evening Newscast 06-29-15

2 hours ago
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: New state data show that one in eight elementary schools in Montana have vaccination rates that are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Montana counties will receive nearly $27 million to compensate for non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

State wildlife officials killed two young bighorn rams after they were spotted near domestic sheep south of Malta, more than 20 miles from two nearby bighorn herds.

A man doing some fencing work in the Crazy Mountains found items belonging to a 38-year-old Bozeman man who went missing during an elk hunt last September.

On the eve of William Marcus' retirement from Montana Public Radio, enjoy some of the radio stories William produced for National Public Radio in the 1980s and 1990s.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
MT DOJ

Montana and twelve other states sued the federal government Monday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting a new rule extending the Clean Water Act to small streams and wetlands.

State Attorney General Tim Fox says the Obama administration went too far by asserting control over waterways that belong to the states.

Fire Near Glacier Park Has Burned 80 Acres

3 hours ago
North Fork of the Flathead River
U.S. Forest Service

A human-caused fire that started over the weekend just outside Glacier National Park has burned 80 acres and started eight spot fires inside the Park. Officials are calling the Glacier Rim Fire 25% contained.

Coal mine in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.
BLM

Montana coal advocates are hailing the Supreme Court's ruling against the Obama administration's attempt to limit toxic emissions from power plants.

The justices ruled the Environmental Protection Agency failed to adequately consider costs when regulating emissions from coal and oil-fired plants.

Steve Jess

Montana’s Republican Party has a new leader. Delegates at the party’s convention over the weekend rejected the most conservative candidate, settling on an experienced lawmaker and party insider.

Morning Newscast 06-29-15

11 hours ago
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: firefighters are working to suppress a 30-acre wildfire in northern Montana. Officials say the fire started Saturday in the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park at a gravel pit west of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

A Helena judge has rejected environmental groups' claims that Gov. Steve Bullock violated open-meetings laws before nominating 5.1 million acres of forest land for priority management.

New state data shows that vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Slideshow: Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area

11 hours ago
Eric Whitney

On Sunday the Montana Wilderness Association, Great Burn Study Group and EcoFlight offered Missoula journalists an hour-long flyover of the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area straddling the Montana-Idaho border west and north of Missoula.

Though you've spent
your life practicing,
you still don't seem
to understand
how water works.
You aren't supposed
to bounce
that clear pool
then hop the gravel
bottom of the
fastest current
like a robin on
a courthouse lawn—
or flit back
to your rock
and dip like a fat
boxer at a shadow
without arms.
Birds don't work
that way.
Jesus, nothing works
that way.
I'd sooner believe
a small gray
meatloaf
had paddled
the Mississippi to
the Continental Divide.

Clark's Nutcracker
Ryan Mitchell (CC-BY-2.0)

As a bird biologist who studies bird songs, I immediately recognize most sounds I come across in nature: the winnowing of a Wilson’s Snipe, the smack of a Dark-eyed Junco, the zee-chubbity-chub of a Rufous Hummingbird, just to name a few. For me it is a matrix of sound, as diverse and varied as the surrounding landscape. When I hear a strange sound in nature, I can’t give up until I determine its source.

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