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Zinke, Daines Urge Gov. To Block Syrian Refugees From Montana

Nov 18, 2015

A group of Missoula residents is working to bring a resettlement agency to the city in order to help refugees. But two Montana Republicans today urged Governor Bullock to prevent those refugees from coming to Montana.

Brett McCully, Director of Operations for Lincoln County Port Authority

Libby and Troy are beginning a campaign to re-brand themselves as places to live, visit and invest in – trying to shake off more than a decade-old economic shadow.

"We’re building on some past efforts from local organizations," Tina Oliphant of Libby & Troy 2020 Initiative said. 

  Chalk up another victory for Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl.

“I think it's a good day for Montanans and the people in Montana,” Motl said outside a hearing room at the state capitol Tuesday. “I think that this will be a step towards transparency that’s the greatest step we’ve taken as a state.”

Blackfoot Cooperative Landscape Stewardship Project Map
Courtesy Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project

Ten years ago people in the Seeley Lake area who were tired of constant fighting over logging and other uses of public lands in Montana got together to try to come up with a new, better way of resolving conflicts. They came up with something called the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project, designed to improve the health of local forests, and at the same time keep local timber jobs. The agreement also got consensus on protecting additional land as Wilderness. Wednesday evening, members of the Project are getting together in Missoula to celebrate their accomplishments over the decade. We talked about it with Zack Porter, a field director for the Montana Wilderness Association.

Josh Burnham

The University of Montana needs to cut 201 full-time jobs to make its expenses align with revenue.

UM President Royce Engstrom made that announcement this afternoon, saying the University needs to be “right-sized” to meet a declining number of students.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the University needs to be “right-sized” to meet a declining number of students.
Saxon Holbrook

UM President Royce Engstrom addressed the campus community today to talk about UM administration's plan for dealing with the budget deficit. Read the full text of Engstrom's speech here.

Poetry’s been around a long time. Jazz, on the other hand, is a relatively recent American original. So why would jazz composer Wayne Horvitz write music in honor of a poet? Specifically, about Richard Hugo, perhaps Montana’s most renowned practitioner of the art? Wayne Horvitz explains on this episode of "Home Ground Radio,” listen now.

Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border 50 miles from Aleppo, Syria (3 August 2012).

Republican lawmakers are taking steps to keep Syrian refugees out of Montana, and the rest of the country as well. Meanwhile the governor says it’s a moot point, for the time being.

Montana lawmakers will review proposed new campaign-finance rules Tuesday. The rules, written by political practices commissioner Jonathan Motl, are controversial. Steve Jess reports that they might be delayed.

Nationwide, state regulators are starting to take a closer look at whether online fantasy sports leagues like Draft Kings and FanDuel constitute illegal gambling. Montana is one of five states that have already prohibited them. The others are Washington, Arizona, Iowa, and Louisiana.