Montana News

Community Hospital Sale
4:51 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Missoulians Can Weigh In On Community Hospital Sale

Credit Montana Department of Justice

Anyone opposing, supporting or just curious about the pending sale of Missoula’s Community Hospital will have a chance to weigh in next week.

Billings Clinic and RegionalCare Hospital Partners are buying the non-profit Medical Center for over $67 million; that’s if the deal is approved by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Spokesman John Barnes says the AG's office isn't legally required to hold public forums on the proposed sale.

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Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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Education, Business Leaders Gather
5:16 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Helena STEM Conference Promotes Women In Science

Credit Penn State (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Leaders from Montana’s business and education communities gathered at a "STEM" conference in Helena today to talk about how to encourage more women and girls to explore careers traditionally dominated by men. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Those are four fields that the US is going to have to strengthen if it is to remain competitive in the world economy.   And those are also four fields that have long attracted more men than women.  

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Campaign Beat
4:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Recaps The Election, Previews The Legislature

Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson, MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk and Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Mike Dennison.
Credit Eliza Wiley

Do Montana Democrats have a messaging problem? Will post-election talk of bi-partisanship translate into action? Sally, Chuck and Mike talk about these things and more on the final election season episode of "Campaign Beat."

Former MTPR news director and now Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Seeking 'Geo-Travelers'
5:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Montana Tourism Campaign Tells Visitors 'It's Time'

An example of the digital banner ads the Montana Office of Tourism has started running.
Credit Montana Office of Tourism

The Montana Office of Tourism is telling potential visitors that it’s time to check out the state’s natural wonders and small town culture.

In a video posted in the Vimeo web site, a small town shop keeper shovels snow from the sidewalk. Skiers and snowboarders lace up their boots. Dogs pull a sled through the frozen wilderness, and at the end of the ninety seconds, comes the motto: Montana, It’s Time.

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Ethics
5:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Three Hunters Cited In Canyon Ferry Incident

A herd of elk rest in a valley.
Credit Flickr User Ian Sane CC-BY-2.0

Shooting into a large elk herd may not be illegal, but is it ethical?

Experts say, "not really."

But that's just what happened last weekend in the White's Gulch area on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir outside Helena.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Justin Feddes says hunters spotted a herd of about 500 elk at first light on Sunday. Feddes reports they started shooting, which scattered the rest of the herd onto a mix of private and public lands.

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Landowners Small and Large
2:43 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

'We're All Producing Wildlife'

Credit The Breakthrough Institute

Whether you're raising cattle outside of Bozeman, growing coffee in India, or maintaining your lawn in Hamilton, you're producing and managing wildlife.

Researcher Paul Robbins says that's neither good nor bad - it's just a fact. Robbins is director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconson-Madison.

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Election Night Coverage
12:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Montanans Vote To Keep Same-Day Voter Registration

Credit File Photo

Montanans rejected efforts to curb late voter registration Tuesday.

The legislative referendum, LR-126, would have ended the ability for people to register to vote as late as Election Day, which has been allowed in Montana since 2006.

With 78 percent of precincts in, the Associated Press reported that 56 percent had voted to keep same-day registration and 44 percent had voted to end it.

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Public Service Commission
11:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Brad Johnson Decisively Wins Seat on PSC

Brad Johnson will join four other Republicans on the PSC.

Brad Johnson is set to write another chapter in his political biography.

The former Secretary of State cruised to victory in the District 5 race for the Public Services Commission. He will replace retiring Republican colleague Bill Gallagher.

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Election Night Coverage
11:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ryan Zinke Ready To Get To Work In Congress

Credit Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke, Montana's new U.S. Representative spoke with MTPR Assistant News Director Edward O'Brien late Tuesday.

Zinke says he's ready to get to work in Congress representing the people of Montana.

"I understand the responsibility. You not only represent the people who voted for you, but you represent the folks that did not. I think it's time to roll up the sleeves and get things done."

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