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University Hall at The University of Montana
Josh Burnham

A prominent University of Montana professor says that faculty needs to look outside campus for help in the face of a budget crisis that will cut 52 faculty jobs, and 149 University staff positions. UM President Royce Engstrom says the cuts are necessary because several years of declining enrollment mean the school is overstaffed for the approximately 11,000 full time students it now has.

Alan Kirk, mine permitting manager, and Bob Jacko, vice president of operations for Tintina show plans for the Black Butte Mine in July 2015.
Steve Jess

An environmental group is raising the alarm because a central Montana mining project is now in the hands of offshore owners — owners who, they say, won’t care about protecting Montana’s environment as much as Montanans do.

Spokane Public Radio Acting News Director Steve Jackson (R) says the storm toppled well over 300 trees, leaving thousands without power in Spokane since Nov. 17.
Courtesy Spokane Public Radio

Thousands in Spokane, Washington  have been without power for over a week since a devastating windstorm buckled the region’s power grid. The November 17 storm left nearly 200,000 households and businesses without power. Roughly 5,000 customers will go without electricity through tomorrow. Spokane Public Radio acting news director Steve Jackson says the storm toppled well over 300 trees.


A sign seen at Tuesday's meeting for faculty feedback on UM President Engstrom's plan to cut 201 jobs because of declining enrollment.
Eric Whitney

Today is the deadline University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has set for public comments on his proposal to cut 201 jobs because of declining enrollment. Those comments are due at 5:00 p.m. But last night, the UM Faculty Senate met and voiced some of their concerns.

The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office
Steve Jess

Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl today formally filed the state’s new campaign-finance rules with the Secretary of State. The new rules, that define how candidates and political committees report their contributions and spending, take up more than 50 pages.

E. Coli Cases In Montana Linked To Costco Chicken Salad

Nov 24, 2015
Costco Chicken Salad May Be Linked To E. Coli In Montana
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say chicken salad from Costco may be linked to several recent cases of food poisoning in four states, including Montana.

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The first significant Arctic front of the season will bring accumulating snow for most valleys and mountains across western Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

The season’s first widespread winter weather pushes into Montana from Canada on Tuesday and it could create some dicey travel conditions.

Two Medicine River, in the Badger-Two Medicine area.
Courtesy Gene Sentz

Federal officials say they are prepared to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National park.

Patrick Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research
Courtesy UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Last week a study of what could happen to Montana’s economy under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan came out of the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Opponents of the carbon dioxide reduction plan say it proves dire consequences. Backers of the plan say the study merely reached the predetermined conclusion of the utility company that sponsored it.

Patrick Barkey, author of the study and director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research joined us for an interview about it.