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'Campaign Beat:' Downing Embraces Michael Flynn; Fundraising Updates; New Ads

Campaign war chests are growing, some more than others. One Senate candidate looks for help from disgraced General Michael Flynn, and Governor Bullock gets a warm reception in Iowa. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and the latest ads right now on "Campaign Beat."

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A closeup satellite image shows a thick layer of wildfire smoke covering Idaho and Montana, September 4, 2017.
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Missoula Air Lands On List Of Most Polluted

The latest American Lung Association air quality report shows some Montana communities continue to have unhealthy levels of air pollution on a national scale. Wildfires are the main culprit. According the Lung Association’s most recent "State of the Air" report, the city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.

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Eric Hendrikx

Glory And Consequence In Ben Harper's Musical Career

Three-time Grammy award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper met up with host John Floridis to talk shop at the Big Sky Amphitheater in Missoula in July, 2017. Harper’s eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock has earned him a devoted worldwide following throughout his career, which now spans more than a quarter-century. Hear from the artist (and avid skateboarder) who played his first gig at age 12, got a career kick-start from radio stations in Australia, and who frequently pairs activism with performing and recording.

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University Hall at The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance.

The University calls its proposed recommendations a "Strategy for Distinction."

Sperry Chalet before the fire, in an undated photo from the National Parks Service.
National Parks Service

Glacier National Park is recommending that the scorched dormitory of the Sperry Chalet be rebuilt in its original footprint within its original walls.

Sperry’s dormitory was badly burned in the Sprague Fire last August.

Tish Haas (background) waves a shooting target with a bullet hole smiley face at a gun rally in Kalispell April 15, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

In less than two months, Montana voters will head to the polls to select challengers for U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. Between now and the June 5 primary, Montana Public Radio is talking with voters about political issues important to them.

I hung out at a pro-gun rally in Kalispell’s Depot Park this weekend to hear what’s on voters’ minds.

Watchdog: Zinke Charter Flight Approved Without Full Info

Apr 16, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Nicky Ouellet

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $12,000 charter flight by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewed and approved by department ethics officials without complete information, because staffers who helped schedule the trip did not provide sufficient details, an internal watchdog said Monday.

Stewart Brandborg in 2006.
Courtesy The Wilderness Society

One of the architects of the modern wilderness movement died this weekend at his home in western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Friends and colleagues remember the life and legacy of Stewart Brandborg.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

Preliminary recommendations for cuts to academic programs and faculty at the University of Montana will be presented Tuesday.

In an email to UM staff today, the administration says that in addition to identifying areas that should be reorganized and discontinued, the recommendations made public tomorrow will identify key areas of strength, the university’s core curriculum and interdisciplinary communities of excellence, in which it will invest to preserve or enhance our distinction.

From left: Kalispell Mayor Mark Johnson, state auditor Matt Rosendale and Dr. Albert Olszewski participate in the Flathead County Republican Senate forum in Kalispell on April 15.
Nicky Ouellet

Flathead County Republicans hosted their annual Lincoln Reagan Brunch at the county fairgrounds on Sunday.

Amid old-timey camp songs, against a backdrop of a swimming pool-sized American flag, half of the men hoping to win the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Jon Tester in the upcoming midterm primaries sat down for a candidate forum.

Thank you to all the donors, volunteers and hard-working staff who gave time and money during MTPR's spring pledge week. Together we are Montana Public Radio!

The final tally is still in progress, but so far your pledge week donations amount to over $550,000 toward our spring goal of $660,000. Dogs took the Pet Wars crown once again this year.

Flickr user, Peter Stephens (CC-BY-2.0)

"Glacier lilies set standards in beauty and cultural importance. These charming flowers are the lights of spring, indicators of winter’s end, symbols of nutrition, yellow images of patience and longevity, and for me, a new and solid representation of pure human enchantment."

Roughly 200 people, many armed, attended the locally-organized gun rally in Kalispell's Depot Park on April 14.
Nicky Ouellet


On the same day Second Amendment advocates demonstrated at state capitols across America, an unaffiliated pro-gun rally in Kalispell drew about 200 people this weekend.

Speakers at the locally organized "Rally For Our Rights/Pro-Gun Rally" in Kalispell’s Depot Park said they spoke for a section of America’s youth that’s been overlooked as the media covers a swell of anti-gun sentiment following a deadly school shooting in Florida.

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