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William Marcus

Six draft bills aimed at securing a positive future for the community of Colstrip were made public today, and are now open for public comment.

A recently-announced legal settlement between some of the plant’s owners and environmental advocacy groups requires two of the plant’s four boilers to be shut down by 2022.

Libby superfund map
US Environmental Protection Agency

August often means peak wildfire season in Northwest Montana, as thunderstorms spin off lightning strikes into forests that are dried out by a summer’s worth of heat.

And wildfires are especially concerning east of Libby, where the former W.R. Grace asbestos mine sits, surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest.

Robin Selvig (right) announces his retirement as coach of the Lady Griz Basketball Team at a press conference in Missoula Thursday July 28. UM athletic director Kent Haslem looks on.
Mara Silvers

Robin Selvig is a veteran of many press conferences, but he knew that Thursday’s was going to be tough to get through.

"I’m a crier, so expect it. I couldn’t get through a "Little House of the Prairie" episode when I was younger."

For the past several weeks Zinke and Juneau have swapped strongly-worded press releases and statements condemning each other's views on public land.
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Following Democrat Denise Juneau’s campaign speech on public lands Wednesday, the campaign of her Republican opponent in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat called her a liar and hypocrite.

Zinke says Juneau’s claims that he wants to sell and transfer federal lands to states are false.

Looking out on the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham

Summer is prime time for visiting Montana’s biggest wilderness area, the Bob Marshall Complex - more than 2,300-square miles of roadless, wild, rugged country stretching between Glacier Park and Lincoln, and straddling the Continental Divide between Seeley Lake and Augusta. It’s so big, it’s hard to take in from the ground.

The Zootown All-Stars softball team from Missoula fundraises in Caras Park during Out to Lunch Wednesday, July 27 for their trip to Delaware and the softball Little League World Series.
Mike Albans

The Zootown All-Stars have made it back … again. The Little League girls' softball team is, for the third year in a row, returning to the World Series in Delaware, starting this Sunday.

The Parrot Smelter operated between 1891 and 1899
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Some Silver Bow County shop buildings have to move to make way for a major environmental cleanup in Butte. Moving the buildings is proving difficult for a number of reasons. The situation is raising concerns about government transparency, the environment and some good old-fashioned election year politics.
The Montana Standard has followed the story from the beginning. Editor David McCumber now joins us with the latest.


Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate Denise Juneau stumped on public land policy Wednesday, July 27 at Meadow Lake State Park in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

Democratic Congressional candidate Denise Juneau outlined a policy agenda on public lands today, using the event as an opportunity to continue attacking her opponent, Republican Ryan Zinke.

Commissioner of Securities & Insurance Monica Lindeen.
Eric Whitney

If you want to know why health insurance companies in Montana are asking for big price increases on some of the policies they sell here next year, there are some easy answers – but they only tell part of the story.

Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte is pressuring local TV stations to stop running an ad that he says falsely calls him "a millionaire from New Jersey."

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