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For all of the procrastinators who have an absentee ballot is still sitting on your kitchen counter, elections officials are urging you to drop it in the mail.

The general election is coming up fast, November 8, 2016.

Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford says the reduction in the number of U.S. Postal Service sorting centers means it can take longer for mail to be delivered, especially for rural Montanans.

Federal Judge Upholds Montana Campaign Disclosure Law

Nov 1, 2016
"Issue advocacy" from the 2012 Montana elections.
Josh Burnham

Montana's new campaign disclosure law has survived its first test, with a federal judge rejecting arguments that it unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech of groups that want to influence elections without revealing where they get their money or how they spend it.

Gov. Bullock was in Missoula for a campaign stop at UM Nov. 1, 2016.
Mike Albans

Governor Steve Bullock’s re-election campaign on Tuesday quickly seized on a judge’s ruling to uphold Montana’s campaign finance disclosure law. Bullock was in Missoula ostensibly to rally with students.

In the final check on campaign finances before Election Day, Republican Greg Gianforte brought in more money than incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock.

According to Montana FWP, someone killed a moose near Bigfork and took the two hind quarters and the head, abandoning the rest.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking information about a moose poaching found over the weekend near Bigfork.

FWP spokesperson John Fraley says someone killed a moose and took the two hind quarters and the head, abandoning the rest.

*This map represents the preferred route of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. The route is subject to change due to trail closures and re-routing.
Pacific Northwest Trail Association http://www.pnt.org/maps/

The citizen council that advises the Forest Service on the new Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail will meet in Whitefish Wednesday and Thursday. The council will make recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service on the long-term comprehensive management of the trail, including its purposes, trail uses and marking along the trail.

Tune in to Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS on election night 2016 for live election results and updates from around the state - online, on your radio and on TV.

Five daily newspapers in Montana are endorsing incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock for a second term as governor. The latest endorsement came from the Missoulian’s editorial board in a Sunday column titled ‘Re-hire Governor Bullock’.

DREAM Back Country Powder Camp Group Shot 2016
KAMERON BARGE

For more than three decades, DREAM Adaptive Recreation has been working to get people with physical and cognitive disabilities outside to recreate in the Flathead Valley. Participants and volunteers call it life-changing. And now, the non-profit is expanding to work with veterans.

Map of the Columbia River Basin with the Snake River highlighted in yellow and the Columbia River in blue
Kmusser derivative work: Shannon1 (CC-BY-SA-3)

Montanans can weigh in this week on how to best save the endangered Northwest salmon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration are revising plans to protect the species.

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