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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Courtesy Montana DOJ

Montanans will be voting for attorney general in the fall. Our Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney recently sat down with the Republican and Democratic candidates for attorney general. In this interview, incumbent Republican Tim Fox talks about why he's running for re-election and what his priorities are if he's elected to a second term in office.

At a campground in northwestern Montana, 30 people are groggily gearing up for a day of mushroom picking.

Most are here because they want an excuse to get outside and taste some of Montana's more exotic wild mushrooms. But others, like Matt Zaitz from Kansas, are here to turn a profit.

"It's not easy work," Zaitz says. "It's tough."

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 30, 2016

Aug 30, 2016
Single engine air tanker (SEAT) returning to Plains, Montana airport from the burnout operation on August 29. SEATs have been dropping water in support of burnout and fireline construction on both the north and south sides of the Copper King Fire.
Montana Legislative Committee Promises Action On Air Ambulance Costs
William Marcus

A legislative committee today has agreed to sponsor two bills in the next legislative session related to air ambulance service in Montana.

Montana Group Working To Register Native Voters

Aug 30, 2016
Western Native Voice works to register voters in Indian country.
Josh Burnham

Among the organizations working to get out the vote this fall in Montana is Western Native Voice,  a nonpartisan group based out of Billings.

Jewell Deschamps-Gopher works for them. Part of her job is motivating people to register to vote.

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Gracie hazes mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.
Nicky Ouellet

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Glacier National Park’s newest “bark ranger,” Gracie. Gracie the border collie has been working at Logan Pass this summer to help manage human interactions with wildlife. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet tagged along on one of Gracie’s morning rounds.

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.

U.S. House candidates Denise Juneau and Ryan Zinke stand on stage at Frazer High School for their first debate on August 29, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

The first debate between Montana’s major party candidates for its lone seat in the U.S. House was last night. It was colored by both national politics and the very local concerns of the community that hosted it — the tiny town of Frazer on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana.

Listen to the first debate between Ryan Zinke and Denise Juneau from Frazer, Montana on August 29, 2016.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 29, 2016

Aug 29, 2016
A Chinook helicopter brings water to the northwest portion of the Maple Fire over the weekend.

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.