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Free Cycles needs to raise an additional $135,000 to buy their shop.
Mara Silvers

A Missoula nonprofit that gives away bicycles and helps people learn to fix them is under the gun to raise enough money to buy a permanent home in Missoula.

Solar panel installation.
Wayne National Forest (CC-BY-2)

Montana’s utility regulators took unprecedented action Thursday when they suspended price rates for solar energy. It's a win for NorthWestern Energy, but it could slow growth in Montana’s solar energy industry.

A gun lock is a metal cable attached to a small padlock that goes through the gun's action
Kencf0618 (CC-BY-SA-3)

Last year, at least 265 kids in the U.S. found a gun, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot themselves or someone else. It wasn’t always fatal, but it’s something that very easily could have been avoided.

The candidates for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House today both sought to make news out of their positions on control of federal public lands.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

The candidates for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House today both sought to make news out of their positions on control of federal public lands.

Kalispell Police Captain of Investigations Doug Overman demonstrates how to use a gun lock at a recent gun safety event in Kalispell.
Nicky Ouellet

Shooting sports advocates and law enforcement officials met in Kalispell today to tell gun owners it’s their responsibility to keep their guns properly stored to keep kids and others in their community safe.

Tourist Fined For Collecting Thermal Water In Yellowstone

Jun 15, 2016
Sapphire Pool in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park (PD)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A tourist from China has been fined $1,000 for walking off the boardwalk in the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone National Park and collecting thermal water.

Absaroka Range
Courtesy Rick and Susie Graetz

After languishing for over two decades in the U.S. House, a sweeping wilderness bill now gets its first shot in the Senate.

This year’s race for Montana’s governor seat could become the state’s most expensive gubernatorial contest, eclipsing the spirited and expensive campaign four years ago.

Montana Groups Rally Against 'Bucket Biology'

Jun 14, 2016
Fishing the Yellowstone River.
Flikr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

Montana fishing groups have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the practice of illegal fish introduction. The following is a press release from the Montana Wildlife Federation:

U.S. Capitol
flickr user Tim Evanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

Both of Montana’s senators praised the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act today. Both were among the 85 senators voting for the bill.

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