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Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

After Montana’s primary election on June 7, candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race are building up their bank accounts to fund the contest in November.

A new road/area closure order was expanded Monday evening to include Lost Creek Horse Road from the junction with Lick Creek Road west to Twin Lakes, Schumaker Campground and Bear Creek Pass trailhead. The closures are for firefighter and public safety.
Bitterroot National Forest

A wildfire burning in Bitterroot National Forest has grown to over 300 acres. Most of the activity on the 322 acre Observation Point Fire is reported on its northwest flank. It’s burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain.

Wildfire South Of Hamilton Burning Over 200 Acres

Jun 27, 2016
The Observation Point Fire south of Hamilton.,

The Observation Point Fire that was first reported Friday about 10 miles south of Hamilton is currently covering 202 acres, and is on very steep terrain, making suppression efforts difficult. About 80 people are on hand fighting the fire.

Veterans salute the casket of David J. Thatcher at his memorial service in Missoula.
Eric Whitney

If you were in Missoula around noon Monday, you may have heard something very loud. It was an Air Force B-1 bomber from Malmstrom Air Force Base making a pass through the valley to honor David Thatcher, a member of the Doolittle Raiders who died Wednesday and was buried in Missoula today.

Montana’s gubernatorial candidates sparred over several issues, including stream access and Syrian war refugees, during their first debate. Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte squared off Sunday in Big Sky. Watch and listen to the debate below.

Medical Marijuana advocates in Montana are running out of options to delay a state law that could shut down pot shops here in August.
Flickr user Laurie Avocado (CC-BY-2)

Medical marijuana advocates in Montana are running out of options to delay a state law that could shut down pot shops here in August. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it won't hear an appeal from the Montana Cannabis Industry Association over the 2011 Montana Marijuana Act.


 The Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service has a new director of Fire, Aviation and Air.

Ralph Rau will oversee fire management programs spanning 25 million acres of forests and grasslands in Montana, northern Idaho, North Dakota and part of South Dakota.

Corin Cates-Carney

Montana Republicans met today at the Missoula Hilton Garden Hotel for day one of their party’s biggest fundraising event of the year. They spent the day teeing up issues for tomorrow’s vote on the party’s platform. 

NorthWestern Energy is warning customers in the Bitterroot Valley of scam calls requesting immediate payment on overdue bills. 

UM enrollment official talks SCOTUS affirmative action ruling

Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action plan.

Staff in the admissions office at the University of Montana say that at least in the immediate future, not much will change.