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Grizzly bear.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are recommending against holding a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after the animals lost their federal protections across a three-state region around Yellowstone National Park.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Martha Williams said Thursday the state wants to demonstrate its commitment to the grizzly's long-term recovery.

Hearing room at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

State lawmakers are considering dissolving the state workers compensation system, or turning it into a private entity.

A public workers compensation insurance fund is written into Montana’s constitution.

Olympian Hilary Lindh speaks during the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala, Feb. 7, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

As the Olympic Games kick off today in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a three-time Olympic downhill skier who now lives in Whitefish shares her race memories and lessons learned.

A team of volunteers rallied to get thousands of pounds of potatoes and bread to Heart Butte after a severe storm stranded the community on New Year's Day.
Courtesy Kathryn Hayes

Hunger is a chronic problem for many families on the Blackfeet Reservation. Grocery stores are few and far between, and the poverty rate is around 40 percent.

Like in any rural area, fresh food especially is expensive. It takes a lot of hours in the car or on the phone to access public assistance programs. But when a severe winter storm blew in around New Year's Eve, the chronic hunger issue became an acute crisis.

Time is running out. Congress still needs to approve a must-pass budget bill tonight or else the government shuts down. The Senate version doesn’t include a fix for the DACA program. This has one recipient in Montana feeling anxious.


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