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Colstrip power plant as seen in the early 1980s.
David T. Hanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

Things have changed a lot since January, when it comes to Montana's response to groups in Washington state that could shut down parts or all of the Colstrip coal-fired electricity plant southeast of Billings.

Montana's Governor and a dozen business representatives from here are wrapping up a four-day trade mission to Taiwan and South Korea Friday. They're coming home to some bad news: the state's coal exports to Asia are being cut back.

There are 566 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States. Gerald Gray hopes Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gets to be the 567th.

”Because we’re always under the assumption and have been told that Congress can recognize tribes.”

Montana State Senator Duane Ankney joined other Montana and Washington policymakers to discuss the future of the Colstrip power plant.
Eric Whitney

About a dozen Montanans were in Spokane Wednesday to talk to Washington state lawmakers about legislation that would impact the Colstrip coal-fired power plant southeast of Billings.

The dam power generation plant as seen from down river. CSKT paid $18.3 million for Séliš Ksanka QÍispé, formerly known as Salish Kootenai Dam and Kerr Dam, located about five miles southwest of Polson.
Corin Cates-Carney

The tribal corporation that took ownership of Kerr Dam (now called Séliš Ksanka QÍispé) just over a month ago hosted an open house explaining the change in ownership.

When Energy Keepers Incorporated of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes took over the dam in early September it became the first major hydroelectric generation facility owned by native tribes. That raised interest from politicians and policy influencers around the state. About a dozen showed up at the dam Wednesday for a tour.

A group of Montana parents says lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” are shortsighted and dangerous.

A group of Montana parents says lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” are shortsighted and dangerous.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined 23 other states suing to stop the plan, which calls for Montana to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 47 percent by 2030.

Sen. Duane Ankney (R) SD20
Montana Legislature

Five Montana elected officials are in Spokane tomorrow to talk with Washington state lawmakers about the future of Montana’s Colstrip power plant.

Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor (PD)

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez cautions Montana educators against thinking too narrowly about their jobs.

"It's a false choice to suggest we're either training people for the jobs of tomorrow or we're training people to be critical thinkers. Our workforce needs both critical skills and critical thinking."

Flickr User Alachua County

Montana's economic success in the future hinges on the ability to adapt, collaborate and communicate.

That applies to workers, the companies that employ them and the schools that prepare workers to meet Montana's future workforce demands.

Amber Alert: Cheyenne Peterson

Oct 26, 2015

The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing & Endangered Persons Advisory  on behalf of Helena PD for Cheyenne Petersen, age 16 who was reported missing from Helena, MT at 3:20 PM on Oct 26, 2015. Cheyenne is believed to be suicidal. Cheyenne is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 145 lbs, with brown hair (currently dyed blue on front and pink on top) and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black belly shirt with a picture of Jesus on the front that says "I shall return", black leggings and a black hat with rainbow colored dots. Cheyenne has a tattoo above right hand thumb that says "love" and a heart tattoo on the right wrist. If located please contact Helena Police Department 406 442-3233.