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Workers in SmartLam's current facility in 2015
Corin Cates-Carney

The Columbia Falls company SmartLam Technologies is expanding.

The timber products company plans to increase production and more than double its workforce to 75 employees. In January, it’s moving its operation to the former Weyerhaeuser lumber mill property in Columbia Falls.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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The state health department is proposing changing its rules so Montanans who are intersex or transgender will be able to more easily change the gender status on their birth certificates. A public comment period on that opened yesterday.

Corin Cates-Carney

Update: This is an extended version of the story we posted Thursday, Oct. 12, the original text is at the bottom of this post.

Along a rocky shoreline at Canyon Ferry Reservoir Thursday, if you listened closely, you could hear the sound of a dog sniffing, using its nose to search for invasive mussels threatening to overrun Montana waters.

Hilo, a three year old black lab, isn’t finding any evidence of the adult quagga or zebra mussels he’s been sent to search for along the shoreline.

Trump Administration To End Obamacare Subsidies For The Poor

Oct 12, 2017

Updated at 11:40 p.m. ET

The Trump administration said Thursday that it would end the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments designed to help low-income Americans get health care. Not paying the subsidies, health care experts have warned, could send the health insurance exchanges into turmoil.

Glacier National Park Conservancy

The fundraising organization for Glacier National Park has hit its goal for donations to winterize the historic Sperry Chalet, partially burnt in a wildfire this summer.

Glacier National Park Conservancy set a goal of $106,000 to assess and stabilize the Sperry Chalet complex, which was scorched by the Sprague Fire this August.

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