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Montana’s Washington delegation today announced the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project will receive $2 million in federal funding.

Griz football game at the University of Montana
flickr user MuddyRavine (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

A new report by University of Montana economists examines the impact of Grizzly athletics on Missoula’s economy. The study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research says that between 2013 and 2015, UM athletics brought nearly $23 million a year into the university.

Veterans Advocate  Joe Parsetich joined Governor Steve Bullock and other dignitaries in Great Falls Sept. 15, to launch an outreach effort encouraging veterans to look into enrolling in Montana's newly-expanded Medicaid program.
Eric Whitney

Governor Steve Bullock says he's making a special effort to reach out to Montana's veterans to encourage them to look into Medicaid health coverage. In Great Falls, leaders of healthcare, veterans and civic groups joined him in doing so Thursday, Sept. 15. 

The Montana Board of Regents is poised to approve a proposal to help nurses with an associate degree (ASN) earn their bachelor of science nurse degree (BSN).

David Trost, president and CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, says registered nurses with an ASN have the skills to be excellent nurses.

He says the additional education helps with the transformation taking place in health care.

The Blackfeet Nation is working to restore bison to the species’ native range, which extends beyond the boundaries of their reservation into Glacier National Park and the nearby Badger-Two Medicine area on National Forest land.
Mike Albans

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Most of the 50 people visiting Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park for a workshop this week have never seen a bison. They flew in from as far away as South Africa, Russia and Iran to learn about ways countries can work together to manage wildlife, rivers, reefs and landscapes.

State auditor candidate Matthew Rosendale.
Montana Legislature

We’re continuing our profiles of candidates in races for statewide office. Today, we’ll hear from Republican Matt Rosendale who’s running for state auditor. He spoke with our Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

State auditor candidate Jesse Laslovich.
Courtesy Montanans for Laslovich

We’re continuing our profiles of candidates in races for statewide office. Today we’ll hear from Democrat Jesse Laslovich, who’s running for state auditor. He spoke with our Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

Montana health insurance market breakdown.
Courtesy Montana Commissioner of Securities Insurance

State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says the health insurance premiums one company is charging in Montana next year are, “unreasonable,” and that those proposed by two other companies were too low and needed to be adjusted upward.

'Protectors' Gather In Montana, Show Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux

Sep 14, 2016
Self-titled "Protectors" gathered on the Higgins Street Bridge on September 13, 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Other rallies happened in Whitefish, Poplar, and Lame Deer.
Cole Grant

Montanans joined in organizing four of the estimated 200 events nationwide yesterday in support of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Environmental and tribal organizations rallied in Poplar, Lame Deer, Whitefish and Missoula, where our Flathead Valley reporter Nicky Ouellet and Missoula reporter Cole Grant gathered these stories.

Billings Clinic launched a pilot project to help rural primary care providers deliver mental or behavioral health care to their patients.

“Montana is at the epicenter of a mental health crisis,” says Dr. Eric Arzubi, chair of the Psychiatry Department at Billings Clinic.

He says there aren’t enough psychiatrists, so it falls upon primary care providers in rural areas to help their patients who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues.

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