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Health insurance companies selling individual policies in Montana say they have to raise their prices next year. But the federal government says it won’t be as bad as the headlines suggest. The Obama administration says most Americans don’t have to worry about possible spikes in premium rates next year.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stands in front of a poster-sized "classified ad" for the Montana state airplane. Gianforte says he'll sell the state plane if elected.
Corin Cates-Carney

A large black-and-white poster-sized classified ad selling a twin-engine plane stood as a prop on the Capitol steps Wednesday. The ad said the plane runs great, it was used in the past for mainly short flights and it’s a great party plane — for sale at $2 million or best offer.

Next to the ad, behind a wooden podium, Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte announced what his campaign touted as a major policy proposal.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016
The Berry Fire in Wyoming has caused Yellowstone National Park to close their southern entrance. Photograph taken on August 23, 2016.

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

A fish-killing disease prompted the closure of 180 miles of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of tributaries in August 2016.
Courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

In Livingston tonight, state wildlife officials are updating the public on the fish killing disease that's prompted them to close 180 miles of the Yellowstone River, and hundreds of miles of tributaries.

Trout Unlimited's Patrick Byorth will be at the meeting. Sitting beside a tributary of the Yellowstone in the Paradise Valley today, he says people are going to have a lot of questions.

The National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Glacier and Yellowstone Parks to wish them happy birthday.

Secretary Jewell will tour Glacier National Park in the morning to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the park’s glaciers and resources.

The recent fish kill in the Yellowstone River is painting a picture of Montana in national headlines that’s a little different than what the state’s office of tourism advertises in promotional videos.

The recent fish kill in the Yellowstone River is painting a picture of Montana in national headlines that’s a little different than what the state’s office of tourism advertises in this promotional video.

"Where the mountains thrust skyward and giant pyramids of granite and the rivers run as free and clear as your spirit. A place where you can hear the sound of silence."

Colstrip Seeks To Limit Water Use To Help Coal Plant

Aug 23, 2016
The Colstrip Power Plant consists of four separate coal-fired generating units, collectively owned by Puget Sound Energy, Talen Energy, Avista Corporation, PacifiCorp and NorthWestern Energy.
Beth Saboe

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Residents of an eastern Montana city are being asked to limit their water use so one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. can continue to safely operate.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016
View from Polson beach area overlooking southern Flathead Lake. Smoke obscures the northern Mission Mountains on the afternoon of August 23, 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

A roadblock at the intersection of Starwood and Grant Creek Road.
Edward O'Brien

At least one “fifth-wheel" residence, several vehicles and some outbuildings burned in a fire that quickly swept through a Missoula neighborhood yesterday evening.

The Colorado Gulch Fire ignited in timber and grass at about 6:30.

It’s burned at least 10 to 20 acres in Missoula’s Grant Creek neighborhood north of Interstate 90.

No injuries were reported.