Montana News

Coal Town Wary Of More Regulation
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

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Montana CO2 Emissions
6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Rep. Ankney: Governor's CO2 Proposal 'Worth Talking About'

Republican State Legislator Duane Ankney.
Credit Montana Legislature

Tonight Governor Bullock’s proposal for how Montana can reduce C02 emissions from its coal fired power plants gets its first public airing at a meeting in Colstrip.

More public meetings will follow in Billings tomorrow night, and Missoula on Thursday. The administration is trying to meet a goal set by the Environmental Protection Agency for Montana to reduce C02 emissions 21 percent by the year 2030.

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Ski, Liquor Businesses Make Deals
6:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Montana Trade Mission Returns From China

The Montana Trade Delegation in China.
Credit Meg O'Leary

Governor Steve Bullock’s eight day trade mission to China has concluded and participants say Montana still has a lot to learn about conducting business there.

Montana exported over $100 million worth of goods to China last year, but state officials say we can do more.

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U.S. House Debate
2:09 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lewis-Zinke Debate Audio

9/29/14 debate between candidates for Montana's U.S. House seat, John Lewis - D, and Ryan Zinke - R.

U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated at the Petro Theater in Billings on September 29th, 2014.

The event was sponsored by The Billings Gazette, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Montana State University Billings.

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Treating patients in west Africa
6:34 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Missoula Doctor On Ebola Front Lines

Dr. George Risi (second from left) with ebola survivors in Sierra Leone who were cured and cleared to go home.
Credit Dr. George Risi

 

Dr. George Risi is an infectious disease specialist in private practice in Missoula. He’s just returned from working with the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone treating around 300 Ebola patients, and training medical workers in Cuba that were on their way there.

 

On Friday he returned to Missoula,  Eric Whitney talked with him Sunday at a local coffee shop.

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Hospital hasn't been asked yet
6:14 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

St. Patrick Hospital Ready To Accept Ebola Patients

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Today Providence Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula said that it is ready to admit a patient with Ebola if the need arises. A hospital press release says there are no immediate plans for an Ebola patient to be sent there, but that it has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to treat such patients.

The release says its special Care and Isolation Unit is separate from other patient areas and has equipment that “provides an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation compared to standard hospital rooms.”

 

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Name Recognition Still A Challenge For Both
3:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Analyst: In Tonight's Debate, Lewis, Zinke Must 'Tread Fine Line'

What a difference a weekend can make in Montana's U.S House debate schedule.

Republican U.S House candidate Ryan Zinke will debate Democrat John Lewis tonight in Billings. Zinke originally declined to participate in the Billings debate citing scheduling conflicts. His campaign issued a press release late Friday afternoon saying he'd changed his mind.

Montana Public Radio is broadcasting the debate starting this evening at 7:00. That debate will be aired on this radio station and streamed on our website.

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MTPR Will Air The Debate
7:13 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Lewis, Zinke Debate Tonight In Billings

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke will debate in Billings on Sept. 29.

Montana Public Radio will air the debate between Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis in Billings live tonight at 7:00 p.m. Listen on our live stream.

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Milltown State Park
5:02 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Volunteers Cleaning Up Milltown State Park Saturday

A 2011 arial view of the location of Milltown State Park at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers,
Credit Montana State Parks

East Missoula is home to Montana’s newest state park, Milltown State Park. The new park is located near where the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers meet. It’s not yet fully open to the public, that’s expected later this year. Michael Kustudia with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the new park still needs some work.

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Campaign Beat
4:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Campaign Beat: Have Voters Tuned In Yet?

Screen shot from the Daines "good guy" ad.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Is the media counting Curtis out too soon? The analysts look at the "good guy" ad by Steve Daines. Ryan Zinke continues to tout his military experience, and John Lewis gets more aggressive in the House race. Sally, Chuck, and Mike wonder if voters have tuned in for this off-year election yet.

"Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

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