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The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota are drawing hundreds of people from across the country, including Montana’s Indian reservations.
Courtesy Orlando Avery

The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota are drawing hundreds of people from across the country, including Montana’s Indian reservations. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet spoke with a Flathead Reservation resident who’s there now.

A billboard spotted in Cody, WY on June 26, 2016 says "Yellowstone's grizzlies are not trophies."
Eric Whitney

A second public comment period on the proposal to remove Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from the endangered species list is now open.

Missoulian Jared Broxterman says he likes the flexibility and pay of being an Uber driver.
Mike Albans

Last month Uber drove into Big Sky Country. The world-wide private ride-hailing company started service in Butte, Bozeman, Helena, Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. That’s giving locals a shot at a new income stream, and residents more choices for public transportation.

Judith Heilman, executive director of the Montana Racial Equity Project says, "the Montana Racial Equity Project is all about education and informing people. And then motivating them to activate. To interrupt."
Mara Silvers

As it approaches its one-year anniversary, a Bozeman-based nonprofit is challenging people to talk about an elephant in the room: racism in Montana.

Over 200 people came to the Bozeman Public Library last week for the Montana Racial Equity Project’s first ever Race in Montana Community Forum.

Missoula Grain and Vegetable Company
Parker Beckley

Many people work a day job to keep money coming in while they start a new business during evenings and weekends. But 26-year-old Max Smith does just the opposite. To support his day job as a farmer, he works weekends and nights for a funeral home.

Max Smith: The death industry has a phrase for this. It’s called a “remover.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte toured ExplorationWorks! science center in Helena September 02, 2016.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor focused on education today in campaign stops in Helena.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016
Distant smoke is visible from the Nez Perce Fire, located 11 miles northeast of Butte, on September 1, 2016
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Challenger Denise Juneau and incumbant Ryan Zinke met in Billings for their second debate on September 1, 2016
DENISE JUNEAU: COURTESY BRONTE WITTPEN; RYAN ZINKE: WILLIAM MARCUS

Last night, for the second time in less than a week, the candidates for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives met to debate, arguing policy and social issues, and making their case to voters.

Ryan Zinke and Denise Juneau debated on September 1 from the campus of Montana State University-Billings.
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Ryan Zinke and Denise Juneau debated tonight from the campus of Montana State University-Billings. A panel of journalists from Yellowstone Public Radio, the Billings Gazette and Cowles Montana Media asked questions of the U.S. House candidates. Listen the to full debate right here.

Glacier National Park
Flickr user photommo (CC-BY-ND)

A man died and his adult son was injured in Glacier National Park when the two slipped and fell while descending the east face of Mount Jackson.
 
Park officials say the 27-year-old son, who was able to stop his fall on a snowfield, could not find his father.

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