Montana News

Healthcare
11:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State looking for trustees to head new Montana Healthcare Foundation

Interim Trustee E. Edwin Eck

The Montana Attorney General’s Office deposited a new $40 million check this week—money from the sale of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Montana to an out of state company.

Another $100 million or more may eventually be on the way as Blue Cross sells off its assets.

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Weather
1:38 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A good, soaking rain possible for west central and northwest Montana

National Weather Service meteorologist LeAnne Allegretto describes an incoming weather system as a potential "resetting" event; one that could - at least temporarily - give firefighters in parts of western Montana a much needed break.
       The technical term for this sort of wet, slow-moving weather event is a "cut-off low". Allegretto says thunderstorms will start to develop across central Idaho and southwest Montana.

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Kerr Dam
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam

Salish and Kootenai chiefs at dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit photo courtesy Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

If all goes as planned, in September 2015, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes will be the first tribes in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility.

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Great Falls
11:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act?

Marsha Fries smokes while playing keno in the smoke shack of the 'Do Bar' in Great Falls
Dan Boyce

A group of Great Falls health advocates are accusing at least nine bars and casinos in that city of not being in compliance with Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

The law prohibits smoking in public buildings and fully went into effect in 2009.

At issue are so-called ‘smoke shacks’ attached to the casinos. These ventilated rooms allow people to smoke, drink and use gaming machines. Bar owners are open-air vents in the rooms make them technically not indoor, enclosed, spaces.

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Montana Coal
4:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

To export coal, or not to export coal

Coal development generates money in Montana. Executive Director of the Montana Coal Council Bud Clinch said an average train carrying coal has about 120 cars, and represents about $30,000 of local, state, and federal taxes being paid.

He said Coal is worth continuing to invest in, it’s what Montana has, and the demand for it is not going away.

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Rodeo tobacco
1:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Teen rodeo athlete stars in new anti-tobacco ad

Charley Yeager competing in barrel racing
Credit Bev Yeager

You may have already seen them: new TV ads featuring a Montana high school rodeo athlete promoting tobacco-free rodeo.

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The Lovebird
9:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Author’s debut novel set on Crow reservation

Author Natalie Brown
Credit Margaret Stratton

Natalie Brown's first novel "The Lovebird" is set first in southern California and then on the Crow reservation in Montana

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Drug policy
2:07 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Should drugs be legalized and regulated?

A retired Oregon corrections counselor, who also worked as a parole and probation officer, says America's war on drugs is an abject failure.
       Shelley Fox-Loken says states should have the authority to decide whether they want to legalize drugs that are now illegal. She predicts that responsibly legalizing drugs would result in decreased violent crime and drug use rates, while simultaneously  benefiting state coffers.
       Loken is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

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NCAA investigation
10:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NCAA announces results of its investigation into UM's athletics department

The results of the NCAA's investigation into the University of Montana athletics department have just been released. Here's a copy of the memo UM president Royce Engstrom released to the campus community today: 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

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Sandy Hook
1:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Sister of Sandy Hook victim urges Montanans to support new gun control

Carlee Soto's 27-year-old sister Victoria was one of the 26 teachers and students massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school last December - and this photo of Carlee learning the tragic news became one of the iconic photos of that tragedy.
Credit Associated Press


    Carlee Soto will never forget December 14th, 2012.

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