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The next time you’re in a supermarket or bookstore, check out the magazines. On the racks, you’re likely to see a profusion of glossy publications devoted to Montana stories about fly fishing vacations, high-end restaurants, and art, printed on pages supported by ads for trophy homes and custom-built furniture. But the Montana Quarterly takes a different approach, says Editor-in-chief Scott McMillion.

Three environmental groups prevailed in a lawsuit challenging expansion of the Spring Creek mine near Decker.

Author Jon Krakauer speaks during about his book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" during a community forum in Missoula, MT Wednesday May 6.
Cheri Trusler

Author John Krakauer will get a hearing before the Montana State Supreme Court in April. The best-selling author and investigative journalist is arguing that the University of Montana should make public its disciplinary records for former Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.

Bison on the move near Yellowstone's northern border.
Amy Martin

Two bison cows and one calf were wounded during the Montana bison hunt today on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park.

This week hundreds of people in Butte got a long-awaited chance to talk Superfund issues with the EPA and state and local leaders. The event was co-sponsored by the Montana Standard newspaper. Susan Dunlap is the Standard’s natural resource reporter. She was at the meeting and joins us now.

This week on "Campaign Beat": dig in to Greg Gianforte's announcement, platform and PAC pledge, on our weekly political analysis program with Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, & Rob Saldin.

Layoffs Begin At UM

Jan 22, 2016
University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says the school will lay off 27 employees by July
Josh Burnham

University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says the school will lay off 27 employees by July. In a letter to colleagues today Engstrom said that, in total, 192 full-­time positions are being eliminated. Besides layoffs, the cuts will come by attrition, reducing adjunct positions and not renewing contracts.

Proposed Rules Target Oil, Gas Waste On Public Lands

Jan 22, 2016
Oil pump.
Dan Boyce

The federal government today proposed new rules to reduce the amount of natural gas released into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

Sen. Duane Ankney (R) SD20
Montana Legislature

On Wednesday four Montana state senators testified before a legislative committee in Washington state. They said that even a partial closure of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant that supplies electricity to Washington would raise power rates in both states and cause big job losses in Montana.

Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman
Eric Whitney

A day after officially joining the race for the governor’s office, Greg Gianforte continued a two-day campaign swing through the state. Today he drew a crowd at Helena Sand and Gravel.