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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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Forest Photography & Filming
3:43 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Montana's DC Delegation Opposes Forest Service Photo Permits

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed  requiring permits for still photography and commercial filming in designated wilderness areas, making permanent an interim rule in place since 2010.

According to The Oregonian, permits would cost up to $1,500, with a $1,000 fine for failure to get a permit.

Montana's entire congressional delegation has written to the Forest Service expressing concerns with the proposal.

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Montana News
10:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

DEQ: Air Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups Today

Image courtesy Montana DEQ

Montana's Department of Environmental Quality reports HERE that the persistent wildfires in Idaho have caused significant impacts in western Montana this morning. Cumulative concentrations are currently UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in Hamilton and Frenchtown and MODERATE in Missoula and Seeley Lake. Smoke began to move into the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula area yesterday evening.

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Montana News
6:07 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Missoula Mayor Meets With Algonquin CEO

Missoula Mayor John Engen talks about his meeting with Algonquin Power & Utilities, the proposed buyers of Missoula's water system, at a press conference on Sept. 24, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

Missoula Mayor John Engen says he understands Algonquin's intent in buying Mountain Water, but he's not convinced the company can actually buy it, given the city's attempts to take ownership by condemnation from The Carlyle Group. Engen spoke at a press conference in his office this morning after meeting with Algonquin's CEO.

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Mountain Water Sale
3:58 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Algonquin CEO Visits Missoula, Likes Mountain Water

Algonquin Power and Utilities CEO Ian Robertson.
Credit Danny Dauterive

Montana Public Radio’s Edward O’Brien sat down with Algonquin Power and Utilities CEO Ian Robertson. Robertson says "we would like to be part of the Montana utility landscape forever."

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Two Seats Up In November
3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Montana Supreme Court Candidates Debate

Montana's Current Supreme Court Justices
Credit Montana Supreme Court

Montana's Supreme Court candidates faced off Tuesday night in a forum at the University Of Montana Law School. Sitting Justice Mike Wheat is running against former Montana solicitor general Lawrence Van Dyke, and incumbent Justice Jim Rice faces Billings Attorney and Podiatrist David Herbert. Listen to the entire the debate at the link above.

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Bitterroot Elk Migration
4:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Biologists Track Bitterroot Elk Migration

A herd of elk gather in agricultural field.
Credit Flickr User Ian Sane CC-BY-2.0

It’s big game season in Montana, and hunters aren’t the only ones tracking the state’s elk herds. Wildlife biologists are currently studying the animals’ migration patterns in the Bitterroot Valley. They’re trying to understand why elk are spending more time on the valley floor. In this story, University of Montana Graduate Student, Nate Hegyi, follows the scientists as they use a helicopter to net, collar and release elk for a study that should provide some answers.

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Montana News
4:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Missoulian Welcomes New Publisher

Mark Heintzelman has been named the new publisher of the Missoulian.
Credit Kurt Wilson- Missoulian

The Missoulian newspaper is welcoming a new publisher.

Mark Heintzelman says newspaper reporters face new challenges in gathering news and their readers want to access those stories in brand new ways. Heintzelman says it's his job to help both accomplish their goals.

He succeeds Jim McGowan who's now working as the Missoulian's Sales and Marketing director.

Heintzleman comes to the Garden City from Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he most recently worked as the publisher of The Sentinel newspaper.

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A Change in Dialogue
11:03 am
Tue September 23, 2014

UM Climate Scientist: Governor's C02 Options Are Progress

Dr. Steve Running, is a Regents Professor of Ecology and Director of the Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group at UM.

The state of Montana has a new set of proposed options for reducing how much carbon dioxide the state’s coal burning power plants release. Those options, released by Governor Bullock Friday, have won praise from both the Montana Environmental Information Center, and PPL, the company that owns the Colstrip power plant, which is the state’s largest C02 emitter.

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Down 573 studnets
3:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

UM Enrollment Drops Again

UM fall semester enrollment has dropped by 573 students.
Credit Josh Burnham

Another enrollment drop at the University of Montana.

A total of 13,952 students enrolled at UM this fall semester. That's 573 fewer than a year ago.

This time last year, UM recorded over 400 fewer students than the prior year.

UM spokeswoman, Peggy Kuhr, says this semester's enrollment drop was not a surprise:

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