Montana News

Montana Folk Festival
3:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Montana Folk Festival Photo Gallery

Crowds surround the Original stage on day 1 of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival
Michael Marsolek

Butte knows how to rock! The 2014 Montana Folk Festival was last weekend, and MTPR's Michael Marsolek was on hand stage announcing and taking pictures. Check out our photo gallery from the 2014 Montana Folk Festival.

McDonald Creek fatality
2:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Visitor Drowns In Glacier National Park

Just above McDonald Falls at the lower end of Sacred Dancing Cascades.
Credit GlacierNPS License (CC-BY-2.0)

A Washington state woman died one day after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann identifies the victim as Abigail Sylvester of Buckley, Washington. Sylvester was 33-years-old.

Germann says the investigation indicates Sylvester was taking a picture of McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, when she slipped, fell in and was rapidly carried downstream in the cold, swollen and fast-running creek. Her husband jumped-in to save her, but eventually had to save himself due to the extreme conditions.

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Montana Politics Week In Review
4:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

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West Nile Virus
3:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

West Nile Virus Season Is Almost Here

Credit Tennessee Department of Health

State and local public health officials are warning Montanans to be aware of the increasing risk of infection with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Since the disease first made its appearance in Montana back in 2002, more than 90-percent of cases in humans were reported in August and September.

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North Fork Flathead River Valley
10:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What "Completing" A Canadian Park Would Mean For Glacier And The North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River, with it's headwaters in the Canadian Flathead River Valley, borders the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

Waterton-Glacier International Peace park connects over the US-Canada border between Montana and Alberta. However, the two parks don’t match up in their cross-border boundary.

Glacier Park stretches west to encompass the North Fork Flathead River Valley, but the Canadian Flathead is not part of the Park. The Canadian Flathead is Provincial land, akin to state or forest service land in the US, and offering the potential for logging or mineral development. Conservationists have been angling to “Complete the Park” by expanding Waterton into the North Fork Valley.

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Sage-Grouse
3:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fish & Wildlife Commission Alters Sage-Grouse Hunting Season

Sagegrouse
Credit NRCS - Montana

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has barred sage-grouse hunting in all or part of 32 counties and shortened the hunting season from two months to one.

An earlier plan that would have closed the entire state to hunting the game birds due to their low numbers.

Instead, all or part of 13 counties in central Montana and six counties in the southwestern part of the state will be open to hunting from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

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Firehole Lake Drive Closure
3:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Melting Yellowstone Road Temporarily Closed

Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to melting caused by nearby thermal features. (CC-BY)
Credit Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park officials have temporarily closed a loop called Firehole Lake Drive because of damaged road surfaces caused by extreme heat.

Park spokesperson Dan Hottle says extreme temperatures coming from the surrounding thermal areas have caused oil to bubble to the surface of the 3 mile loop that branches off a heavily-used route through the park called the Grand Loop Road, "creating an unsafe condition for drivers".

The closed loop usually takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.

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Immigration and Veterans Administration
2:52 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Tester Blames Child Immigrant Crisis On U.S. House

Tester
Credit US Senate photo

Senator Jon Tester says if the U.S. House would have passed comprehensive immigration reform, the United States would not be dealing with the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the nation's southern border.

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Obama's $3.7-billion-dollar emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill.

They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly.

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South Fork Flathead
10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cutthroat Conservation Project Nears Finish Line In The Flathead

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer holds a West Slope Cutthroat Trout caught in Blackfoot Lake in the Jewel Basin in the fall of 2008.
Credit Katrin Frye

A large scale conservation project to restore genetically pure west slope cutthroat trout in northwest Montana nears the finish line. Three of 21 lakes remain for Fish, Wildlife and Parks to treat as part of the South Fork West Slope Cutthroat Trout Project.

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer said this September they’ll be working on Koessler Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This lake they’ll be treating with a poison called Rotenone and re-stocking with genetically pure West Slope Cutthroat Trout.

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Fire danger
3:09 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Missoula County outdoor debris burning closes

Credit Montana DNRC

It's July, it's getting hot and the forecast is calling for very warm temperatures by week's end.

It's with this in mind that the Missoula County Fire Protection Association has restricted open burning as of today.

Burning permits for Missoula County cannot be activated until this restriction is lifted.

MCFPA chairman, Matt Hall, says the hot, dry weather of the past week - combined with the forecast for more of the same for at least another week - will continue to dry out fuels.

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