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Former state lawmaker Joe Quilici is being remembered as a statesman and advocate for Butte. Quilici died Sunday at the age of 91. The Democrat served in the legislature from 1971 to 1999.

Mountain whitefish.
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Montana wildlife officials are expanding their search for further signs of a massive fish kill in the Yellowstone River. Over 1,000 dead mountain whitefish have been counted so far.

The backer of a proposed ballot measure to eliminate Montana’s medical marijuana program is seeking a court order to put the measure before voters this November.

Barbara Van Cleve has been photographing ranch life since she was eleven years old. She grew up on her family’s cattle ranch near Big Timber, Montana. But she doesn’t just stand around holding a camera. More than a third of her images have been captured while she was riding a horse.

Flathead irrigators are appealing to the State Supreme Court in a legal battle to overturn the state’s water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
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Flathead irrigators are appealing to the State Supreme Court in a legal battle to overturn the state’s water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The principal of Missoula’s Big Sky High School remembers librarian Christine Fogerty as an energetic, innovative, and enthusiastic educator. The 57-year-old Fogerty was killed Friday morning in a car crash near Bozeman.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 15, 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Smoke becomes more visible from the distant Roaring Lion Fire on August 14, 2016
Inciweb

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Tribes Seek Wild Bison Transfer To Reservation

Aug 15, 2016
Montana Tribes' Request For Bison Hits Hurdle
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Montana American Indian reservation ran into resistance on Monday from state livestock officials who said the animals pose a potential disease threat.

Wildlife researchers found elk benefited from a wider variety of summer range vegetation in burned areas.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Kelly Proffitt says a study has found that wildfires may be good for elk habitat.

Fourteen years after a fire burned in the East Fork of the Bitterroot River drainage, a 2014 study found elk in that area had had better body fat, more pregnancies and higher calf survival going into the winter months than elk that spent their summers along the West Fork of the Bitterroot.

Wildlife researchers found elk benefited from a wider variety of summer range vegetation in the burned areas.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016
The interior of the Copper King Fire outside of Thompson Falls on August 9, 2016
Inciweb

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

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