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Montana Group Buys Billboards To Pressure Zinke On National Monuments

When he returns to his hometown of Whitefish next week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be greeted by billboards and a media campaign urging him to leave the Missouri River Breaks alone. It’s one of two dozen national monuments he’s reviewing to eliminate or scale back protections. Zinke is scheduled to address the Western Governors Association's annual conference Tuesday.

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Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

Updated 12:30 p.m. ET President Trump kept one of his campaign promises, signing a bill Friday to make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. It came in response to the 2014 VA scandal in which employees covered up long wait times while collecting bonuses. The bill, which passed earlier this month with strong bipartisan support, also gives the secretary authority to revoke bonuses and protects whistleblowers who report wrongdoing. "What happened was...

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Fiddler Gaelynn Lea's Creativity Reinvents The Ordinary

Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life. Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

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Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life.

Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Antonya Nelson's 'Funny Once' Is Funny Lots

Jun 21, 2017

The stories in Antonya Nelson's collection Funny Once are clear-eyed, hard-edged, beautifully formed. In the title story, "Funny Once," a couple held together by bad behavior fall into a lie with their more responsible friends. In "The Village," a woman visits her father at a nursing home, recalling his equanimity at her teenage misdeeds and gaining a new understanding of his own past indiscretions.

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
Brook Trout

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight. Doc Sandoz will join Joan Richarde in a musical celebration of the official start of summer. Raise a glass to toast the season and let the music raise you to higher inner plane!

A conservative group wants Montana voters to decide whether to regulate transgender people's access to bathrooms and locker rooms.
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A conservative group wants Montana voters to decide whether to regulate transgender people's access to bathrooms and locker rooms.

The proposed 2018 ballot initiative by the Montana Family Foundation would require people use public facilities designated for their gender at birth.

Greg Gianforte was officially sworn in as Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
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Greg Gianforte was officially sworn in as Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House Wednesday.
 
The Republican entrepreneur from Bozeman takes office less than two weeks after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for attacking Guardian Reporter Ben Jacobs the evening before in-person voting began in Montana’s special election May 25.

In an interview with MTPR after being sworn in, Gianforte said again that he wants to put the assault behind him.

Search Underway For Man Missing In Bob Marshall Wilderness

Jun 21, 2017
The search for Eric Hellmuth is concentrated near the river confluence with Cabin Creek, about 30 miles northwest of Augusta.
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A search is being conducted for a 21-year-old Pennsylvania man who has gone missing in a Montana wilderness area.

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in central Montana
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A new survey suggests broad support for central Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

The poll comes after an April executive order from President Trump ordering a review of some two dozen national monuments designated since 1996.

The public may get a look at a draft of the Senate healthcare bill for the first time this week. What’s it mean for Montana? Here's what the CEO of one health insurance company based in Helena says about it:

"I don't think that their plan is going to improve health care in the state of Montana. I think just the opposite is going to happen. And I think, I really do think a lot of people are going to get hurt."

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears that have been in place for more than three decades are poised to be peeled back soon. This week state and federal land managers from the Rocky Mountain west are meeting talk about what that means for the future of grizzly bear management and recovery.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, or IGBC is spending three days in Choteau this week working on a five-year-plan to guide management of grizzlies as the bear’s population grows.

Montana Groups Sue To Stop 'Marsey's Law' From Taking Effect
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A group of Montana individuals and organizations is suing to stop a list of rights for crime victims, known as Marcy’s Law, from going into effect in the state on July 1.

Montana voters passed Marcy’s Law last November.

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