Montana News

Cuban journalist
2:54 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Cuban journalist working to save historic Havana

Cuban journalist Magda Resik Aguirre
Credit Adriana Toural

A Cuban historic preservation expert and journalist is in Montana this week, speaking about the effort to restore historic buildings in Havana.

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Energy
7:20 am
Fri August 30, 2013

AG blasts proposed BLM 'fracking' regulations

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is formally protesting new proposed ‘fracking’ regulations from the Bureau of Land Management. He signed a letter last Friday to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell along with four other Attorneys General—from Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma and West Virginia expressing strong objections to these new hydraulic fracturing rules being considered by the BLM.

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University System
9:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Largest university employee union reaches tentative pay raise deal

The largest union of Montana University System employees announced this week a bargain has been reached with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education over pay raises for the next two years.

The Montana Public Employees Association represents nearly 1700 ‘classified employees’ of the university system. Executive Director Quinton Nyman said the tentative agreement includes the following raises:

·        Effective Oct. 1, 2013: all MPEA bargaining unit members will receive a 46-cent per hour base pay raise.

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Trumpeter Swans
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tribes ask for "citizen scientists" to search for cygnets

Trumpeter Swans and Cygnets.
Credit CSKT Wildlife Program

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are calling their Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program a success. The Tribes have been releasing swans bred in captivity since 2002 on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley.

Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Dale Becker says the swans were historically hunted for food and for marketable goods.

The population was wiped out. The Tribes have released 239 swans since 2002. They count 87 successful nesting attempts with 146 fledgling cygnets since the releases started.

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Beer
2:10 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

A new book examines Montana's craft beer revolution

The History Press

Beer lovers have no shortage of choice in Montana.

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Tourism
2:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

What our non-resident guests think of Montana...

Norma Nickerson
Credit Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research

Most people visiting Montana - and who chose to participate in a recent survey - seem to have overwhelmingly positive comments about their experience here.

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Healthcare
3:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Insurance Commissioner seeks to dismiss fears of privacy infringement from ObamaCare

Montana Commissioner for Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen clarified Tuesday that workers who will be helping citizens enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must follow the same state privacy laws as insurance companies.

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Libby
2:42 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Where Community Health Centers fit in healthcare reform

Community Health Centers are a health care option for those without insurance. Many of these Centers are taking a lead role in signing people up for insurance through the state health exchanges starting in March.     In Libby, the Northwest Community Health Center has expanded in the past few years, with plans to continue to grow to meet the ongoing demand. Executive Director Maria Clemons said they served nearly 2000 patients in 2003. By 2012 that number jumped to more than 6,000.

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Energy
10:30 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Is the federal government undervaluing coal leases?

Credit oatsy40/flickr

The Department of Interior has recently published a report citing some flaws in how the federal government manages coal leases. The June report from the Office of Inspector says the government is at risk of not getting the full value for the coal it sells.

A nonprofit environmental group, The Northern Plains Resource Council, believes this is especially true for coal in Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. The group thinks the federal government should be getting a lot more money for that coal.

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Public Health
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

MT mosquitos test positive for West Nile with a lot of hot weather still to come

Credit dr_relling/flickr

Officials with the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department report West Nile Virus has been detected in eight Montana counties so far this Summer:

·        Blaine

·        Cascade

·        Hill

·        Lewis & Clark

·        Phillips

·        Prairie

·        Sheridan

·        Teton

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