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Hundreds Losing Mental Health Services Due To State Budget Cut

State budget cuts mean about 200 clients of one of Montana’s largest mental health care providers could lose their services next month. That’s according to employees of Western Montana Mental Health Center, who say they’re losing their jobs. Employees say they were told yesterday that they’ll be out of a job in January.

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A Book For Everyone On Your Holiday Shopping List
Sarah Aronson

A Book For Everyone On Your Holiday Shopping List

Mara Panich-Crouch, a bookseller at Fact and Fiction Bookstore in Missoula, joins us to review books and make some holiday book recommendations for everyone on your shopping list. Below you'll find 11 of the 28 books recommended in this program. To hear more, click the link above, or subscribe to our podcast .

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The Seattle Times calls the music of John Lenti “a joy to behold,” while Gramphone praises Lenti’s playing of theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar for its “nuanced beauty and character.” He deploys his “uncommonly big sound” (Third Coast Digest) to acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician.

A Book For Everyone On Your Holiday Shopping List
Sarah Aronson

Mara Panich-Crouch, a bookseller at Fact and Fiction Bookstore in Missoula, joins us to review books and make some holiday book recommendations for everyone on your shopping list.

Below you'll find 11 of the 28 books recommended in this program. To hear more, click the link above, or subscribe to our podcast.

Elsie Arntzen is Montana's superintendent of public instruction.
Montana Legislature

Federal education officials have now weighed in on Montana’s plan to replace the No Child Left Behind law. Public educators here have been waiting on that since submitting the plan in September

More than 20 officials with Montana’s Office of Public Instruction gathered around a conference room table in Helena Wednesday to hear the federal Department of Education’s response to the state’s plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Grizzly bears.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Wildlife managers in the Bitterroot Ecosystem are stepping up their efforts to document the presence of grizzly bears there. This, as bear populations around Yellowstone and Glacier National parks appear to be spreading to new areas.

David Nickelson on a handcycle in Glacier Park.
Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Montana's Representative Greg Gianforte Wednesday voted for a bill that would allow bicycles in wilderness areas. The bill is drawing mixed reactions.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Congress is now dickering over how to fund reauthorization of two programs that provide healthcare for tens of thousands of Montana Families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Center Fund expired at the end of September.

Montana’s senior senator says congressional Republicans seem to be more concerned about – as he puts it – "tax giveaways for wealthy out-of-staters" than the solvency of community and child healthcare programs.

Tommy Donovan

"Tommy Donovan, the 'bastard son of an immigrant Irishman" writes powerfully about his inovlement with gangs, sex, heroin addiction, and his inspiring struggle to heal the wounds of a painful childhood. It's an engrossing journey from youth to manhood, from West Side Story to Bob Dylan." -- Eve Pell, Award-winning investigative reporter

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist Dr. Cecily Costello speaks during the IGBC meeting in Missoula, MT, December 12, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Missoula Tuesday and Wednesday to review and revise their management and research goals for the next 5 years.

A big challenge for wildlife managers trying to encourage bear movement between populations near the Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystems (NCDE), is the higher proportion of private land between the parks, compared to inside grizzlies’ core habitat.

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