Montana News

Wolves
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.

“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

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Suicide
1:31 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Team researching Montana's high suicide rate

Karl Rosston
Credit MT DPHHS

As we've reported this week, the state's recently-appointed Suicide Review Team has pledged to review every suicide that occurs in Montana this year to try to determine the reason and recommend ways to reduce the state's suicide rate, which is nearly twice the national average.
 
     The team, appointed in November by Gov. Steve Bullock, includes a pastor, psychologist, psychiatrist, sheriff, a schools official and a social worker along with Karl Rosston, the state's suicide prevention coordinator for the past six years.

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Corrections Department
1:49 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Corrections Department working to diversify staff

Mike Batista
MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 

In this final segment of a two part series, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections director, Mike Batista and Department of Corrections American Indian Liaison, Harlan Trombley, about a variety of topics including what,  if anything, can be done to stem problems associated with poverty and high drug and alcohol abuse rates:

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MLK Day
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Some thoughts on the state of racial equality in Montana

Martin Luther King Junior Day provides a time for us to reflect on equality.

The civil rights leader spent his life pursuing equal opportunity for all people, especially people of different racial backgrounds.

In this story, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network Kim Abbott about the state of race issues in Montana.

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Corrections
1:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Corrections Department working to build bridges with Native American inmates

Harlan Trombley
MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 
       In this first of a two-part interview, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections Director, Mike Batista and

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REAL ID
1:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

MT driver’s license not in compliance as REAL-ID Act enforcement begins

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin to gradually enforce components of the 2005 REAL ID Act, a law which sets federal security standards for state-issued IDs.

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C.R. Anderson Closure
11:08 am
Fri January 17, 2014

A little more about the old shooting range which led to C.R. Anderson's closure

Credit Dan Boyce

C.R. Anderson Middle School students will be heading back to class next week.

The state’s largest middle school abruptly closed last Tuesday after elevated lead levels were found at the site of the school’s old firing range.

Further testing shows the lead was confined to that area and cleanup efforts should be completed in the next few days.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce finds out more about the shooting range thought responsible for the contamination.

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Commemorating MLK
9:07 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Flathead MLK Day event looks at civil rights and slavery through song

Credit Love Lives Here Flathead

Civil Rights, slavery in U-S history, and modern day slavery are being looked at during a Martin Luther King Junior Day event in the Flathead.

The event which features a combined Flathead and Glacier High School choir, members of the Alpine Theater Project, as well as the Saint Charles Women’s Choir.

“Love Lives Here” is affiliated with the Montana Human Rights Network and it’s sponsoring a this program titled: “Let Freedom Sing: Songs that Changed America.”

“We’re trying to cover the songs that really effected America,” said organizer Ina Albert.

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Nebraska film
3:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Best picture nominee filmed in Billings

Director Alexander Payne and Anne Gauer
Credit John Latenser V

Anne Gauer of Billings found out on Facebook today that the film "Nebraska" has been nominated for best picture of the year - and for five other Oscars, including best director and best actor.

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Wolf Killing History
10:15 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The history of wolves in Montana is a bloody one

Wolf hunter Barney Brannin posing with part of the Cripple Foot pack taken on the Waite ranch in winter 1924-1925
Credit Montana Historical Society

As we reported earlier this week, a new article on the history of the eradication of wolves in Montana points out the state once was home to hundreds of thousands of wolves.

The current population of 600-plus, is a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that used to roam Big Sky country, before wolves were exterminated in the 1920's.

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