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Decision On Swan Forest Initiative Due Thursday

Sep 13, 2017
A map of lands in the Swan Forest Initiative
Lake County Conservation District

There’s a decision coming up on a proposal to have the state of Montana take over management of some federal lands.

The Lake County Conservation District board will decide tomorrow whether to move forward with state management of some Flathead National Forest land in the Swan Valley.

Covellite International Film Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

There's a film festival in Butte this week, and there's a rumor that the head of the EPA may visit the mining city too. Montana Standard Editor David McCumber joins us now with  more information.

County election officials criticized Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Thursday, August 10 for his repeated allegations of voter fraud, and for poor communication with them since taking office.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Secretary of State’s Office will expand on its claims of illegal votes cast during the special election earlier this year before a joint legislative committee on Thursday, September 14.

Jackie Stermitz looks over the remains of her Florence area home, which burned in the Lolo Peak Fire on August 17, 2017.
Mike Albans

"I don’t know where it was, but the other day I saw one of my mother’s silver cups," says Jackie Stermitz.

"I see a cup over there! Ohhh – I’d almost rather not see this stuff, to be honest, because it’s all broken up."

Jackie Stermitz spent seven years in her home that was built into the hillside in the upper reaches of the Macintosh Manor subdivision near Florence. On August 17, the raging Lolo Peak fire reduced it and a neighbor’s home to rubble.

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State lawmakers want to know more about why the cost of health care keeps rising, and make it easier for Montanans to know the prices for health care procedures up front. The state Legislature says that’s a top priority ahead of the next legislative session.

A group lawmakers, healthcare and insurance representatives charged with studying health care costs and price transparency met for the first time at the capitol Tuesday.

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