Montana News

Bob Mason and his dog Sophie.
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When Bob Mason decided to end his life with a self-inflicted gunshot, his pain helped him pull the trigger.

Mason died in January. He was 67 years old. His daughter, Shane Mieski, says her father had been without pain-killing drugs for about a week when he died.

Tempers momentarily flared at a Missoula rally against a proposal to open a refugee resettlement office in Missoula, Monday February 1, 2016.
Bree Zender

Starting today, “Celebrate Islam Week” will share the traditions and culture of the Muslim faith in Missoula.

Water from a treated sewage holding pond at Big Sky leaks into the Gallatin River, March 3, 2016.
Courtesy Explore Big Sky/Outlaw Partners

State officials today released the third and final water quality report for the March 3 wastewater spill that polluted parts of the Gallatin River.

Officials wanted to know how pharmaceutical traces found in the sewage waste could have affected human and aquatic life.

Chuck Hunter is a Protect Montana Kids commissioner and Helena Representative.
Montana Legislature

The Protect Montana Kids Commission has drafted recommendations for the governor on ways to improve  the state’s child protection system.

The Protect Montana Kids Commission was created by Governor Steve Bullock last September, and according to members of the commission, Montana’s Child Protection System is in crisis.

Bison May Become National Mammal

Apr 25, 2016
Josh Burnham-cc-by-2.0

A bill that would make the American bison the “national mammal” is making its way through the U.S. Congress with rare bi-partisan support.

Kathy Snook, Terri Anderson and Gary Snook waiting in Dr. Forest Tennant’s office in West Covina, California.
Corin Cates-Carney

Over the past two decades, the rate of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers known as opioids has quadrupled in the United States. Federal authorities say 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Health care officials in Montana report that the abuse here is worse than the national average. But the casualties of the opioid epidemic are not all addicts and drug abusers.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break down Gianforte's "406 tax relief" plan; discuss the aim of Juneau's reservations tour; explain why it's hard to stop illegal robo-calls; and look at the new TV ad in the only contested state supreme court race, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Moose Populations Waiver In Parts Of Montana
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Moose populations in parts of Montana are struggling. That’s according to preliminary research.

Facebook Contradicts Gianforte's Tax Claim

Apr 22, 2016
Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte.
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte has said in recent campaign speeches that Facebook passed over Montana as a location for a data center, mainly because of the state's business equipment tax. But a spokesman for the internet giant said yesterday that the Bozeman Republican never spoke with Facebook officials.

Two More Glacier Park Roads Open To Cars

Apr 22, 2016
On their way to work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road on April 21, 2016, plowing crews discovered an avalanche more than 30 feet deep blocking the road at Haystack Creek.  For the next several days, travel beyond the Loop is not advised.
National Park Service

Two more roads are now open to cars in Glacier National Park. Many Glacier and Chief Mountain Roads on the east side of the Park opened today.

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