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The Berkeley Pit in Butte
Mike Albans


The Montana Mining Association is asking the state Supreme Court to void a proposed ballot initiative that would require state officials to deny mining permits unless proposed mines would not require perpetual environmental cleanup. 

Nicky Ouellet

A summer camp on the Flathead Reservation is aiming to grow career opportunities for young people in the tech fields.

Velda Shelby wants young adults on the Flathead Reservation to think big when it comes to finding a career.

"We have the highest unemployment rate where we have all of these statistics that they have to endure," Shelby says.  "At least if they can learn technology, coding, any aspect of it, there are more opportunities. We'll broaden their horizon so that they're able to be employed."

The mailer sent out last week, incorrect information was printed on the other side
Kimberly Dudik

Matt Bell, a Democrat challenging three-term Montana House incumbent Kimberly Dudik is apologizing for making false statements in a mailer voters received last week.

EPA

A top official from the Environmental Protection Agency will be in Butte Wednesday to explain the proposed Superfund cleanup plan that was made partially public by a federal judge last week.

The final cleanup agreement, or consent decree, will cover most of the city and its land and water. The EPA has been negotiating it with state and local governments and industry in secret for the last 12 years. Now, those parties can share details of the plan for finishing a big portion of Butte’s Superfund cleanup.

stateparks.mt.gov

Leaders of the Montana State Parks system need to earn back public trust following an audit that revealed financial problems and disorganization. That’s what a state Parks and Recreation Board member told lawmakers Tuesday.

The April audit found that the parks division had an extra $11 million in its accounts at the same time as parks around the state were facing a $22 million backlog in maintenance needs.

State lawmakers in the Environmental Quality Council reviewed that audit Tuesday, of the agency that oversees Montana’s 55 state parks.

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