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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.

Wildland Firefighters working on fire line on the West Fork Fish Creek Fire.

A Bitterroot Valley group is bringing an alternative perspective on wildfire prevention to town tonight. At a time when much of the debate over forest policy is focused at federal policies about how to pay for ever-growing firefighting budgets, or how to take trees out of fire-prone forests, George Weurthner has different ideas.

Kalispell Core Area Revitalization Study Area Boundry
Courtesy City of Kalispell Planning Department

A $10 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced this morning is giving a boost to a project reshaping Kalispell.

The federal grant is funding the Core Area Revitalization Plan. The plan involves removing the railroad tracks that divide downtown, paving new sidewalks, connecting streets and creating a park path running through the city.

Amber Alert: Gabriella And Abbigail Stratton

Oct 26, 2015

Amber Alert issued for Gabriella And Abbigail Stratton.

[Update 8:30 a.m. 10/27/15] Amber alert canceled. Both girls found safe in Great Falls. Donald Stratton was arrested on a $15,000 custodial interference warrant.

[Update 5:00 p.m. 10/26/15] Maria Sandoval is in custody in Vaughn, Cascade County.  The children and suspect Donald Stratton are still missing.

Two small children abducted by non-custodial parents under life threatening circumstances. Believed to be heading to Great Falls Montana in a Blue/Gray 1994 GMC Suburban, Montana license plate 3C9021H. The Gold/Silver KIA has been located unoccupied in Billings. If seen please call Billings Police department at 406-657-8460

The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools.

The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools. Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau has appointed a 16-member committee to consider recommendations presented to them by educators and artists from across the state.

Coal with the town of Colstrip in the background
Amy Martin

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today joined the state to a lawsuit to stop President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

"It does not really have anything to do with whether this is wise policy, it has to do with whether it violates the rule of law, the individual states’ sovereignty," Fox said.

Crow Tribe Says Coal Development Crucial To Survival

Oct 23, 2015
Coal train.
Flickr user Erin Kinney(CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

In south-central Montana, plans are underway to get more coal out of the ground and onto ships headed to Asia. The Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy of Wyoming are partnering to develop a new coal mine on the reservation and to open a new export terminal in Washington’s Puget Sound. Although coal prices are in decline and a protest movement is growing, the Crow are undeterred. For them, coal equals survival.

Photograph showing the seepage outflow from the drain pipe at the     American Tunnel at Gladstone, Colorado, as it appeared on September 3, 2015, with  about 100 gpm of acid water flowing out.
U.S. Department of Interior

An Interior Department probe blames sloppy work by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine.

Roughly a third of Montana's estimated 3,000 known abandoned mines could potentially pollute surface water.