Montana News

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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Gay Rights
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

DOMA decision does not change all that much for MT's gay couples

Jan Donaldson (left) and Mary Anne Guggenheim pose for a picture outside their Helena home Wednesday
Credit Dan Boyce

Montanans are split in their feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

The nation’s highest court yesterday threw out a provision denying federal benefits to married gay couples and in a separate decision allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California.

Both were passed with tight 5 to 4 majorities.

Montana’s gay rights advocates are applauding the decisions, although they acknowledge it doesn’t mean much here in the state.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientific research, water samples, and a bottle of scotch

The 1967 time capsule was discovered behind the cornerstone of the Elrod Building, built in 1967, during recent renovations.
Katrin Frye

While remodeling the Elrod Building at the Yellow Bay Station workers found a time capsule in the wall behind the cornerstone. The Biological Station was founded in 1899. The Elrod lab was built in 1967 under the tenure of Dr. Richard Solberg as director.

“The first half of the life of the Biological Station focused primarily on teaching; the professors taught, the professors didn’t do research. They did some observations, and wrote a few papers and a book or two and so on, whereas now the primary focus of the station is research,” Solberg said.

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