Montana News

Rainbow Family
10:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Rainbow Family Gathering brings mixed feelings to Southwest Montana

One of many suggestive signs posted around the Rainbow Family Gathering, outside of Jackson, Montana
Dan Boyce

The Rainbow Family gathering 10 miles outside the SouthWest Montana town of Jackson reached its peak over the weekend, as revelers traveled from all over the country for the extended fourth of July weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated nearly 10 thousand people camped on the piece of land in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The event promotes a message of peace, love, and non-violence.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce took us inside the gathering, which in many ways took on the characteristics of a small city—both the good and the bad.  

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Healthcare
7:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

State employee health clinic used much more than expected

Helena's government run health clinic has been open since last summer. The state recently opened a second clinic in Billings and is in the planning stages on several others.
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s government-run health clinic for state employees is seeing much more use than originally expected as the experiment moves closer to its one-year anniversary.

The clinic provides free primary care services to the Capital city’s 11-thousand state workers and their dependents. It was launched last year by former Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer as way to improve overall employee health and save money for the state’s self-funded health insurance plan.

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Flathead Lake Trout Suppression
4:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Tribes say it's time for a more aggressive lake trout plan in Flathead Lake

Bull Trout.
Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement looking at netting, commercial fishing, and bounties to cut deeper into the invasive lake trout population in Flathead Lake.

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Subsidized Stafford loans
1:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Student loan interest rate hike kicks in

Ron Muffick
Credit Ron Muffick

College students will notice interest rates on new loans for the fall term will be double what they were just last spring - unless Congress follows through on its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4th holiday.

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Butte Hill re-vegetation
2:24 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Improving native plants on the Butte Hill

Kriss Douglass (right) and co-worker Josh Prince (a Montana Tech alumnus) looking over the seedlings and square-meter forb patches ready to be planted on the Butte caps this summer
Credit Montana Tech

Montana Tech is spearheading a project that organizers say will improve the quantity and diversity of native plants on the Butte Hill.

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Healthcare
3:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

BCBS-MT sale proceeds will create Montana Healthcare Foundation

Attorney General Tim Fox announces the Montana Healthcare Foundation during a press conference Friday.

Montana’s Attorney General announced Friday the proceeds from the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to a larger, out of state, insurance company will be used to create the “Montana Healthcare Foundation.”

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Heat Tips
9:38 am
Fri June 28, 2013

It's HOT! Here are some tips to avoid getting TOO hot

Credit noaa

Just as forecasters promised, hot temperatures have moved into the region.

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Native Games Conference
4:59 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

How reconnecting with traditional games is helping tribes heal

The Stone People game requires a steady hand, good memory, and storytelling. Hoop games involve throwing accuracy and eye-hand skills.
Credit Katrin Frye

The International Traditional Games Society was started when a group of native middle school students in Browning asked a simple question.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Coal, petroleum industry say Obama climate plan will hurt Montana

Credit Montana Coal Council

Representatives from Montana’s coal and petroleum industries are blasting the new climate action plan announced by President Obama this week.

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Climate change
1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Senator Jon Tester says addressing climate change will be good for Montana

Senator Jon Tester

Montana's Senator Jon Tester was quick to praise President Obama's recent speech on climate change, where the President outlined actions he intends to take to address it.

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