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Yellowstone Sees Record Number Of Visits In 2015

Jan 12, 2016
Tourists fill the bleachers at Old Faithful waiting for the geyser to erupt.
YellowstoneNPS (CC-BY-2.0)

Yellowstone National Park had a record breaking number of visitors last year.  The park counted over 4 million visitors in 2015, placing new strains on the park’s capacity. With the unprecedented crowd also came long lines, a dearth of parking options and other visitor frustrations.

Lewis Stockdale's remains were among five of his fellow shipmates from the Oklahoma that were positively identified this week.
Courtesy Trudy Ritz

The remains of an Anaconda man have been positively identified nearly 75 years after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

More MDC Residents Moving To Group Homes

Jan 12, 2016
A plaque with MDC's mission statement hangs on the wall.
Steve Jess

Yesterday a panel of state lawmakers heard that 21 of the 52 people currently housed at Montana Developmental Center in Boulder will be moved to group homes around the state over the next seven months.

research found the biggest reasons for teacher turnover isn’t retirement, changing careers or moving for family reasons. Teachers were just unhappy with their jobs.
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Today, an interim legislative committee looked into why schools have such a hard time finding and retaining qualified teachers.

University of Pennsylvania researcher Richard Ingersoll told state lawmakers that the problem isn’t a shortage of teachers, as much as it is teacher turnover. And keeping those teachers from leaving the profession.

Members of a legislative committee overseeing Montana’s Child and Family Services Division heard several storylines Monday for the reasons why the Division is struggling with child abuse and neglect casework.
William Marcus

Members of a legislative committee overseeing Montana’s Child and Family Services Division heard several storylines Monday for the reasons why the Division is struggling with child abuse and neglect casework.

A main topic of the hearing was an audit report released last fall that found several problems with how the department is investigating cases, using casework data and documenting information.

Federal Officials Consider Protections For Fishers

Jan 11, 2016
Fisher.
USFWS Region 5 (CC-BY-2)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are considering new protections for a small, fanged predator that lives in remote, old-growth forests in the Northern Rockies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it will conduct a 12-month review to determine if the Northern Rockies fisher should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Mountain Water Company.
Cherie Trusler

The owner of the water system that serves the city of Missoula has sold it to another company without the approval of the state Public Service Commission. This despite a court ruling that gives the city the right to buy the utility for a little under $90 million.

Mental health.
Flickr user Publik15 (CC-BY-SA)

Montana lawmakers are working on trying to improve mental health care treatment for young people. One idea they’re looking at would link how much counselors or mental health care providers get paid to how well their patients do.

Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Today, the state agency that oversees child abuse and neglect services challenged parts of an audit of their work released last fall.

In front of a legislative panel today, Child and Family Service Division Administrator Sarah Corbally acknowledged truth in most of the audit. It raised problems with inconsistent documentation, limited oversight, and a lack of management information.

Billings Clinic purchased a 54 acre plot of land near I-90 in Bozeman last week.
Google Maps

Last week Billings Clinic announced that it has purchased 54 acres of land in Bozeman.

Economist Bryce Ward at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research said it’s not surprising to see Billings Clinic expanding its presence in Bozeman.

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