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Blue Cross VP: 'We Need Regulatory Stability'

As Congress works on overhauling health care, the company with perhaps the most at stake in Montana is Blue Cross and Blue Shield. It's a division of Health Care Service Corporation, which says it's the fourth largest insurance company in America. I talked about the changes Congress is proposing with John Doran, a vice president and chief of staff for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.

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MTPR Brings Home Awards From Montana Broadcasters Association

We're honored to be awarded radio website of the year for www.mtpr.org, and non-commercial radio program of the year for Threshold Podcast from the Montana Broadcasters Association. MTPR's Rodeo Radio Theatre was also named runner up for non-commercial radio program of the year. Congratulations to all of this year's E.B. Craney award winners, and thank you to all MTPR supporters who help make public radio possible!

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the Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp for 2017's upcoming historic solar eclipse.
U.S. Postal Service

Montana Will Have A Great View Of 2017 Solar Eclipse

There’s an event coming your way that’s so significant, the Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp for it: On Monday, August 21, 2017, a historic solar eclipse will occur. The path of 100 percent totality, spanning parts of 14 states, will extend in an arc across the United States from south of Portland, Oregon, in the west to mid-South Carolina in the east.

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Threshold Podcast

Season 01: Oh Give Me A Home

Could we ever live with wild, free-roaming bison again? Should we?

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Greg Gianforte was officially sworn in as Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
CSPAN

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.
Google Earth

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
BLM (PD)

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
(PD)

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.

Location of the earthquakes that are part of the swarm as of June 19, 2017 at 13:30 MDT (red symbols).
Courtesy University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Geologists in Yellowstone National Park have now detected more than 500 earthquakes in the past week. The ongoing earthquake swarm is one of the larger ones the park has seen.

Yellowstone typically sees between 1,500 and 2,000 earthquakes a year. About half of those will occur during a swarm, like the one going on now in the northwest corner of the park.

Citing potential threats to human health, ecosystems and the economy, Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld said the city will make mitigating climate change a priority.
Nicky Ouellet

Whitefish joined a growing number of U.S. cities pledging to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement Monday night. Citing potential threats to human health, ecosystems and the economy, Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld said the city will make mitigating climate change a priority.

"The City of Whitefish will increase its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice," Muhlfeld said.

Tanker 10 on fire duty.
Courtesy Neptune Aviation/Dan Stijovich

Neptune Aviation’s red-tailed Tanker 10 flew hundreds of firefighting missions all over the United States. Tuesday it embarked on its final mission: being placed at the entrance of the Missoula International Airport to greet incoming passengers.

Neptune CEO Ron Hooper says it’s an honor to have that twin-propeller aircraft in such a prominent place:

Sylvia Moy in 1967 with Stevie Wonder and James Jamerson, Earl Van Dyke and Robert White of the Funk Brothers.
Motown Records Archives

Without Sylvia Moy there may never have been a Stevie Wonder. A Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with him on numerous hits, she is perhaps most known for co-writing "My Cherie Amour" and "I Was Born to Love Her." She also co-wrote hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Jackson Five. 

Join Tom Engelmann at 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 26 as he opens the Motown vaults to enjoy the works of Sylvia Moy on another edition of "Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music."

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