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Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Bill Allowing Bikes In Wilderness Draws Mixed Reactions In Montana

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

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'Field Notes:' What's Wrong With Whitefish?

Dec 10, 2017
Mountain whitefish.
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I dipped my woven landing net into the frigid creek water and drew the fish towards my legs. It was winter and I was standing mid-calf deep in a favorite fishing spot outside Missoula. I knew the fish wasn’t a trout before I scooped it into my net.

An icy bank embraced the creek, and my breath rose before me, rhythmically billowing out my mouth and nostrils. The fish nonchalantly took one of the nymphs I had been sinking near the creek bottom, diving into the depths and pulling its weight into my fly line. I could feel its tail in the handle of my fly-rod, palpitating like an irregular heartbeat.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Mexican citizen who feared posting bail on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge in Montana because he was the subject of a civil immigration hold was released from jail this week and, within an hour, was taken into custody by immigration officials.

The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana is taking a hard look at its priorities. University of Montana officials met Friday to take a hard look at the recommendations from a task force reviewing those budgeting and enrollment priorities.

The University of Montana’s funding is tied to enrollment, and declining enrollment has proven to be a significant financial challenge over the last several years. The school is now reevaluating its academic and administrative priorities.

CWD Bridger Hunt Map
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana wildlife managers have approved a special hunt to learn more about the prevalence of chronic wasting disease in south central Montana.  

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to allow the hunt that will begin December 15. Licenses will go on sale December 11.

Wind turbines.
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Energy developers and utility companies met in the state Capitol Friday to discuss Montana’s energy future. As the energy market changes, and some lawmakers and customers demand less carbon emitting power, energy companies are looking at how renewable energy will grow in Montana.

More than a dozen major energy market players from around Montana and the West sat at a table in Helena Friday to explore the potential of renewable resources.

Tom Snyder, creator and owner of Five On Black, a fast, casual, health-oriented Brazilian-style restaurant that has locations in Montana and Colorado.
Courtesy

“When you’re starting a business, and when you’re fleshing out the ideas, you cannot be afraid to admit to yourself that what you’re doing is not good,” says Tom Snyder, creator and owner of Five On Black, a fast casual, health-oriented Brazilian-style restaurant that has locations in Montana and Colorado.

Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," host Arnie Sherman talks with Tom, not yet thirty years old, about his business success and his plans for the future.

Professor of Women’s Studies Elizabeth Hubble said several faculty members recieved an angry email from an athletic department employee after criticinzing the decision to hire Bobby Hauk as head football coach.
Matt Blois

Several University of Montana faculty members who sent a letter criticizing the rehiring of Bobby Hauck as head football coach received an angry email today from an athletic department employee who was not authorized to speak for the department.

Young people account for a substantion proportion of new STIs, and face unique risk factors.
Centers for Disease Control

Tonight we take a closer look at people impacted by the state’s most common sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia. The state health department says Montana is on track for over 4,000 cases of chlamydia by year’s end.

Gavel.
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A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana law that says judicial candidates cannot seek, accept or use political endorsements in their campaigns.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a U.S. District Court ruling that found Montana has compelling interests in an impartial and independent judiciary.

"So a big question of the play is: What do we want to know now that we can know? What do people deserve not to know? And there’s some information, once you know it, can’t be unknown. Who has the right to consent? If one sibling gets their genome traced then that’s really going to affect all the other siblings so. . . What do you know and how do you keep it to yourself if you need to? How do you protect people that don’t want to know?" -- Deb Zoe Laufer

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