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University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom didn’t mince words today about enrollment during his annual State of the University address.

"No doubt about it, enrollment is our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity. Put simply, we need more students," Engstrom said.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016
Crews on the Roaring Lion Fire conduct a burn out operation on August 25, 2016
Jim Flint/Inciweb

New Closures In Effect For Copper King Fire

Aug 26, 2016
Map of area closures due to the Copper King fire near Thompson Falls Montana.
inciweb

The Copper King fire, burning on just over 22,000 acres east of Thompson Falls, has new closures in effect.

“We do want to just step up the suppression efforts, and in order to do that, closing off this area will just make it that much more safe for the public, and easier for the fire crews to do their work,” says Fire Information officer Christi Powers.

Montana labor officials will offer advice on job retraining for fishing guides, raft operators and other workers affected by the closure of a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River.
Montana Department of Labor and Industry

Montana labor officials will offer advice on job retraining for fishing guides, raft operators and other workers affected by the closure of a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River.

Governor Steve Bullock announced today that the Department of Labor and Industry will host a meeting in Livingston on Monday.

Dan Fagre, a climate change researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey, shows US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a photo of Glacier in 1914
Nicky Ouellet

Thursday was a big day in Glacier National Park.

The Park Service turned 100, and to celebrate, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a pilgrimage of sorts up Going to the Sun Road to see the park’s waning namesakes. She called it, "an incredible reminder of why the NPS was America's best idea."

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock blames the state’s failing child and family services system on the state legislature. Today the Republican chairman of the interim committee on child and family services shot back.
Bree Zender

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock blames the state’s failing child and family services system on the state legislature. Today the Republican chairman of the interim committee on child and family services shot back.

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell talks with Dan Fagre of the USGS about climate change in Glacier National Park during the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, August 25, 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

Today is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Glacier National Park this morning. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet caught up with her and her entourage at Logan Pass.

Climate change was the focus of Secretary Jewell’s visit to Glacier, a focus strongly emphasized by Park Superintendent Jeff Mow.

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For the fourth year in a row Montana ranks as the state with the highest number of business startups. That’s according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The group says Montana leads the pack among the nation’s 25 least populated states.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 25, 2016

Aug 25, 2016
A firefighter on the Bierny Creek Fire near Lakeside, MT.
Patrick Record/Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Dead mountain whitefish in the Yellowstone River on August 24, 2016. Officials estimated that tens of thousands of fish have been killed by a rare parasite.
Eric Whitney

About 400 people came to the public meeting in Livingston last night about the fish kill that’s caused the closure of a 180-mile section of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of its tributaries, from the boundary of Yellowstone National Park downstream to Laurel.

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