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Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

This week more voices came out in support of canceling oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Nineteen retired U.S. Forest Service leaders sent a letter to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture urging the cancellation of the 18 remaining leases.

States Can Now Sue Over 'Clean Power Plan'

Oct 22, 2015
Colstrip power plant
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The Obama Administration’s signature climate change rule will be published in the federal register Friday. As Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin reports, that opens the door for lawsuits from states unhappy with the plan.

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
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Former Governor Brian Schweitzer says Montana is well-positioned to help lead what he believes is the country's inevitable energy revolution.

"We're one of the 31 states that passed a [mandatory] renewable energy portfolio. Electricity that we're using in Montana, more than 15 percent of our portfolio is already from renewables."

Just because someone can’t afford a lawyer, doesn’t mean they don’t need one.

Holly Jordt, a nurse with the Flathead County Health Department works with a lot of low-income people and says a lot of them can’t make progress because of legal problems – civil legal problems, not criminal ones.

The project near Whitefish Mountain Resort is designed to reduce fire danger and protect the City of Whitefish's watershed.
By Donnie Clapp for Whitefish Mountain Resort

Specialists developing a fuel reduction project to reduce fire danger for homes north of Whitefish and to protect the city’s watershed held an open house Wednesday evening.

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is bullish on the future of energy generation and distribution.

Schweitzer's written a new book titled "Power" in which he asserts an energy revolution is underway in the United States. He says our dependence on foreign fossil fuels can and should be replaced within 20 years by natural gas, solar and advanced battery technologies.

The state Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission is meeting in Kalispell at this evening. It’s the kickoff of a seven-city tour between now and next fall to try to break the barriers many Montanans have using the state’s courts.

Skiers Talk Risk And Uncertainty At Whitefish Avalanche Workshop

During the 2013-2014 avalanche year, six people died in avalanches across Montana. At least 108 have died in the state since record keeping started in the 1950s. For the past decade and a half, these kinds of deaths have been trending upward across the country.

More than a hundred people showed up for information and to listen to speakers about risk and communication in avalanches at the Flathead Avalanche Center workshop in Whitefish last weekend.

Montana's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in September to 4.1 percent, compared to the revised August estimate of 4.2 percent.

Hundreds of people turned out for Missoula city council’s hearing on a proposed gun control ordinance Monday night. Most who spoke were in favor of the measure, which would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales in the city.