Montana News

DEQ Closure
3:27 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

The Department of Environmental Quality building at 1100 North Last Chance Gulch will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time after an examination found lead contamination.
Credit Dan Boyce

Nearly 100 Montana Department of Environmental Quality workers were sent home on paid leave Monday after inspections found elevated levels of lead in one of the department’s own buildings.

“The irony is not lost on us,” said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning said regarding contaminants in Helena’s old armory at the north end of Last Chance Gulch, where DEQ now houses its division responsible for environmental cleanup.

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Nature as teacher
11:23 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What we can learn from the adaptable octopus

Marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin

The octopus is a very adaptable creature. It can shrink itself to fit into a discarded beer bottle for temporary shelter; can change color, and squirt a cloud of ink to camouflage its escape from danger.

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Conservation Economy
12:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

How hiking, fishing, Glacier Park, and Flathead Lake factor into the economic development question

Entrance at West Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

“This is a really good place to recruit to,” Dr. A. Craig Eddy works as the Chief Medical Officer at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and is in charge of recruiting.

Eddy said the Flathead is a great place, but not because of the salary.

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Affordable Care Act
3:38 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

MT Insurance companies see trickle of applications come through from Obamacare

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

  The state’s insurance commissioner says Montanans are still having problems signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act online marketplace. Most states, including Montana, opted to let the Federal Government run their Obamacare market. The federal site has been plagued with glitches and technical problems for three weeks now, and it is not clear when they will all be fixed.

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen said Wednesday that is not acceptable.

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Glacier Park Reopens
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Barricades down, gates reopened at Glacier National Park

Glacier Park employee Brenda Woll greets visitors as the Park reopens after a 16 day shutdown.
Credit Katrin Frye

Barricades came down, open signs switched on, and employees went back to work as Glacier National Park reopened. The partial government shutdown closed the national parks October first.

Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann says the Park had about 20 to 30 people working during the shutdown. As of Thursday about 250 employees were back on.

She said a lot of the work going on right now involves getting housing and lodging buttoned up for the winter.

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Wood for Haiti
9:38 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Emmy-winning actor in Missoula to advocate for aid to Haiti

Actor Keith David
Credit Sally Mauk

Emmy-award-winning actor Keith David is in Missoula to advocate for the organization "Wood for Haiti", started by Missoula resident Gary Funk and his daughter Angela.

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Human Trafficking
5:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

DOJ launches anti human trafficking poster campaign

Attorney General Tim Fox unveils the Department of Justice human trafficking poster campaign in the capitol rotunda Thursday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The Montana Department of Justice launched a poster campaign Thursday aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking in the state. Five-thousand of the posters will be put up in rest stops and other public locations around the state.

A bill passed by the state legislature created the poster campaign.They are written in both English and Spanish and highlight a toll free number to a national help line and a Q-R code for smart phones. 

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Contaminated fish
2:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

State issues “do not eat” advisory for contaminated fish caught in the Clark Fork

Clark Fork river near Paradise
Credit Sally Mauk

The state issued an advisory today against eating northern pike caught in a 105-mile stretch of the Clark Fork river from Missoula to Paradise.

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Immigration
9:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Immigration group sues Montana Highway Patrol

A group focused on the rights of immigrants in the state is suing the Montana Highway Patrol alleging racial discrimination.

The Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance claims the highway patrol has in place a policy of checking the immigration status of Latino drivers during routine traffic stops.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us the group believes the practice is unconstitutional.  

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British Historian
10:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

British historian says America is becoming a laughingstock

Historian Andrew Roberts

Renowned British historian Andrew Roberts is harshly critical of his country's increasingly isolationist foreign policy - and says America is becoming a laughingstock internationally because of its political paralysis.

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