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The Environmental Protection Agency designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site in September 2016.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

EPA Cuts Could Mean Millions Less For Montana

Environmental groups say President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget could mean less grant money for pollution control, drinking water protection and Superfund clean up in Montana.

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Summer M. Tribble (CC-BY-SA)

Do Bobcats Kill Deer? 'Field Notes' Investigates

Bobcats are relatively common in patchy habitats all across the U.S., but we don’t see them often because they are crepuscular or nocturnal and well camouflaged. But after a recent bobcat sighting, I'll be on the lookout for bobcats much more than I have before.

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From left: Bret Davis, John Parker and Paulette Epple look for raptors atop Bridger Bowl near Bozeman.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Note: Some stories are best experienced via audio, and this is one of them.

Every fall, thousands of birds of prey migrate over Gallatin County. And while most people never notice them, two so-called “hawk watchers” do. They sit on top of the Bridger Mountains for days counting raptors and trying to better understand how they’re impacted by people. 

Neptune Aviation

A Missoula-based fire aviation company is pulling planes out of retirement to help battle California’s devastating wildfires.

Two of Neptune Aviation’s legacy P2V air tankers just can’t be kept out of the fight.

Montana Bill Would Make Hunting And Fishing A Constitutional Right
Flickr User Jeff Noble (CC-BY-2)

A legislative change in the funding for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks means game wardens will be required to do more wildlife management work, making them less available for law enforcement needs, the agency said.

Evening Newscast 10-09-17

Oct 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A pilot program to help protect the Flathead Basin from invasive aquatic mussels faces funding problems.

A federal court is recommending dismissal of a civil complaint filed on behalf of more than two dozen homeless residents of a northwestern Montana Indian reservation in 2013 to prevent them from panhandling during a rodeo weekend.

The second biennial summit, hosted by Senator Steve Daines, which brings national tech industry leaders to Montana to talk about job creation.
Edward O'Brien

Microsoft President Brad Smith’s thoughts on the value of high speed internet is as bold as it is brief: “Broadband has become a necessity of life.”


Gianforte at the High Tech Summit on Oct. 9 2017
Edward O'Brien / MTPR

Montana’s lone congressman Greg Gianforte has clarified his stance on modifying weapons with so-called bump stocks.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, but what does that mean for Montana's largest coal-fired power plant?

Montana House of Representatives.
MTPR

A special legislative session may be the only way for Montana to fix its budget, wrecked by an over projection of incoming revenue and an expensive fire season, according to conservative leaders in the House and Senate.

Golden Islands Of The Western Montana Forest

Oct 8, 2017
Golden islands of western larch in the Gold Creek area near Missoula.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

Sitting on the shores of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park last fall, gazing up at the surrounding hillside, I was struck by a unique mosaic of golden splendor against the evergreen background. The largest of its species, the western larch, Larix occidentalis, is indeed a unique kind of tree.

This map shows the burn severity as of August 22, 2017 for the Park Creek Fire, one of the biggest fires in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest this year.
INCIWEB

The Helena-Lewis and Clark Forest lifted all fire related closures today. Several other national forests in Montana reduced fire restrictions or closures over the last several weeks. 

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