MTPR

Montana News

Montana news focused on the western side of the state. Montana politics, healthcare, wildlands, wildlife and wildfire.

Montana News podcast

Mountain Water Company.
Cherie Trusler

Missoula Mayor John Engen received an important email a little after 5 o’clock  Tuesday afternoon. It was from Harry Schneider.

"When we win, Harry always says the same thing in all caps: ‘BINGO’. So I open the thing up and it was a ‘BINGO’."

Students and staff from the UM Journalism School traveled to Berlin in early summer of 2016
Missoula To Berlin / University of Montana School of Journalism

Montana is often called “the last best place,” but for whom? In the last few months, Montana’s identity as a state of sanctuary has been complicated — some people say necessarily so — by Missoula’s agreement to resettle around 100 refugee families fleeing violent conflict.

Councilman Bryan Von Lossberg addresses a rally in favor of a Missoula takeover of the city's drinking water in March of 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana’s Supreme Court yesterday handed the city of Missoula a win in the legal battle to take ownership of the city’s drinking water system.

Tribal Health officials for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced on Monday that the over-the-counter drug PlanB will be provided at several locations on the reservation without a prescription.
BGTP (CC-BY-SA-3)

The emergency contraception pill known as Plan B is now available to any female of any age on the Flathead Reservation. Tribal Health officials for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced on Monday that the over-the-counter drug will be provided at several locations on the reservation without a prescription.

Montana Capitol
Eric Whitney

Republican lawmakers took to the Capitol steps Tuesday to discuss the state’s revenue outlook and criticize Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s administration for the handling of the state budget.

Monica Lindeen, commissioner of securities and insurance, and Democratic candidate for Montana secretary of state.
Courtesy Monica Lindeen

Because Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is term-limited, Republican Corey Stapleton and Democrat Monica Lindeen will face each other in the general election to replace her.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 2, 2016

Aug 2, 2016
Copper King fire near Thompson Falls, 08/01/16.
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Roaring Lion Fire
Eric Whitney

Neighbors are helping neighbors in Hamilton as the 35-hundred acre Roaring Lion fire rages southwest of town.

Copper King Fire burning on July 31, 2016
Inciweb

The Copper King Fire, detected Sunday eight miles east of Thompson Falls, grew from 200 to 700 acres by Monday. The fire is visible from Highway 200. Its cause remains unknown.

Blackfeet constitutional reform faces opposition despite early support
Courtesy Photo

Every four years, Americans line up at the polls to vote in a new executive. We call it nation-building. But the nation-building that Americans will do in November pales in comparison to what members of the Blackfeet Tribe are doing right now.

Pages