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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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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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Featuring artwork by Monte Dolack

24-year-old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven song narratives. He recently wrapped up a banner year, which included his network television debut on "Conan," an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an "Austin City Limits" taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year.

The Cottonwood decision says the U.S. Forest Service needs to draw up a new management plan for 12 million acres of critical Canada Lynx habitat.
Keith Williams (CC-BY)

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the court ruling doesn't require the U.S. Forest Service to update their forest management plan, but to review it and then potentially create a new one. A previous version said "the U.S. Forest Service needs to draw up a new management plan for 12 million acres of critical Canada Lynx habitat." Yellowstone Public Radio regrets the error. 

Montana’s senators are trying to reverse a controversial federal court case out of Bozeman they say is partly to blame for the state’s devastating wildfires. But some environmentalists say it’s actually an assault on the Endangered Species Act.

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

An EPA toxicologist will be in Columbia Falls Thursday night to talk about a forthcoming human health risk assessment for the CFAC Superfund Site.

 

Some of the protesters at the state capitol Wednesday
Corin Cates Carney

State lawmakers started taking up the challenge of Montana's $282 million budget shortfall in the first of two days of hearings in Helena today.

Seth Bodnar

 

The man who was named the University of Montana’s new president Tuesday, Seth Bodnar, has packed a lot into his 38 years.

American Wolf

Oct 4, 2017

“Gripping and fascinating! Wolf versus wolf, wolf versus man, man versus man.” 

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Hag-Seed (via Twitter)

American Wolf is the intimate, involving story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. In the book, Blakeslee delves into the complex debate over wolves in Yellowstone. This debate, between pro- and anti-wolf forces, serves as a window into the larger clash of cultures in the West—and indeed, the rest of the country. This is so much more than a story of wolves raising their litters and caring for each other, although readers will get a crash course in the fascinating behavior of wolves. It is a story–with O-Six at the epicenter–of politics, lawyers, the environment, ecology, love, fear, loss and more.

Montana Department of Corrections

Tough decisions about state budget cuts are on the table before lawmakers in Helena Wednesday and Thursday. They’re facing a $282 million revenue shortfall.

A state agency facing some of the steepest budget cuts is Corrections, which stands to lose about $40 million.

Montana Capitol
Eric Whitney

Wednesday and Thursday will see a lot of debate over the state budget in Helena as an interim legislative committee takes up spending cuts proposed by Governor Steve Bullock.

University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

A faculty spokesman says he’s optimistic about the new University of Montana President.

Late this afternoon Seth Bodnar was named to the post and will take office, starting January first.

Bodnar is a Rhodes scholar with two masters degrees from Oxford University and currently an executive at General Electric. He is a West Point Graduate who also taught there and was chosen over three other finalists.

Lee Banville, the University Faculty Association’s spokesman, says the union is optimistic and this could be a new era for UM.

UM President Candidate Seth Bodnar at the UC Theater Sept. 22, 2017
Matt Blois

Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education late this afternoon announced that Seth Bodnar will be the new president of the University of Montana, starting January 1, 2018.

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