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Flooding in Augusta, MT Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's office

Gov Declares Flood Emergency, Waters Close Highways Near Augusta

Governor Steve Bullock this afternoon declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of possible major flooding in Cascade County and Lewis and Clark County and the City of Great Falls. Flood waters around Augusta continue to shut down roadways and make passage impossible along some highways and bridges.

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Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival. In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

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Recipe: A Gluten-Free Cake That Is Fit for A King

According to stories, this cake was made by the Queen of England herself. This moist, gluten-free treat is iced with chocolate ganache and could be a magnet for the crowd that usually avoids cake.

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Missoula County Sheriff deputies go door to door warning residents of Keck Street in Missoula to be prepared to evacuate, May 7, 2018.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is asking for a presidential disaster declaration for the spring flooding in the state.

A presidential declaration would allow the state and counties to request federal assistance to repair damaged infrastructure.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is getting together this week for their bi-annual meeting about grizzly bear management in northwest Montana.

Members will vote on a conservation strategy that outlines how federal, tribal and state managers can maintain a recovered, genetically diverse population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The two-day meeting begins Tuesday in Polson.

Montana Notifying Medicaid Providers Of Temporary Rate Hike

Jun 18, 2018
Hospital monitor.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's administration is complying with a judge's order to temporarily reinstate previous Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities but will staunchly defend the rate cut made by the state health department, the governor's budget director said Monday.

Montana Public Radio and our partners at MontanaPBS and Yellowstone Public Radio brought home awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association this weekend.

The percentages of Americans and Montanans without health insurance 2009-2016
Montana Healthcare Foundation

A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance.

And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

A sign at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. The 2018 Montana Folk Festival takes place July 13-15 in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Montana Public Radio will broadcast live from the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT, July 13-15. Festival Director George Everett stopped by to give a preview of the upcoming music festival.

Despite the name "Folk Festival," the music isn't "a songwriter with a guitar," Everett says. "What that means is music of the people. Traditional music that goes back generations. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco; the genres stay the same, but we try to have the performers be different to represent those genres every year."

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

Jun 18, 2018
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival.

In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

How Black-Backed Woodpeckers Thrive After Wildfires

Jun 18, 2018
Female black-backed woodpecker.
Mike Laycock, USFWS (PD)

Most of you have probably seen or heard woodpeckers. Whether attracting them to your backyard with suet feeders, or hearing them drill on the side of your house, you have probably noticed their large pointed beak and ability to climb tree trunks.

But besides downy and hairy woodpeckers, which are seen often in Montana, we also have some types of woodpeckers that live in some of the most unique habitats and do some of the most peculiar things of any animal in the Rocky Mountains.

Moderator Ron Davis poses questions to Senator Jon Tester at a forum hosted by the Montana Broadcasters Association in Whitefish June 17.
Nicky Ouellet

The Montana Broadcasters Association made a last minute pivot Sunday morning from a debate format to more of a moderated town hall when it became clear only Senator Jon Tester would be participating.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials are undecided on what to do two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Chuck Council said Friday that health department leaders are still analyzing District Judge Jim Reynolds' order in the lawsuit by the Montana Health Care Association and companies that own nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state.

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