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Yellowstone Bison
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Won't Be Transferred Out Of State

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has decided that 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.
Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

It turns out 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.

Several out-of-state entities wanted those animals.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
5:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Governor Confident Providence Saint Patrick Hospital Can Handle Ebola Patients

A scanning electron micrograph image of Ebola virons.
Credit Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa. PLoS Biol 3/11/2005: e403 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403 (CC-BY-2.5)

Governor Steve Bullock says he's confident that should Missoula's Providence Saint Patrick hospital be asked to treat an Ebola patient, it would provide top notch care.

St.Pat's is one of four hospitals in the country specifically prepared to care for someone with such a highly infectious disease.

As we reported yesterday, some people who work there aren’t sure the hospital is adequately prepared to accept an Ebola case.

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First Time in 14 Years
6:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

USFS Northern Region Reaches Timber Harvest Goal

The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region met its timber harvest goal this year for the first time in over 14 years.
Credit Bell & Jeff (CC-BY-2.0)

The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region met its timber harvest goal last year. That’s the first time that has happened in over 14 years.

Regional Forester Faye Krueger says Region One, which includes Montana, harvested about 280 million board feet of timber.

Krueger says a major factor in the agency reaching its goal is that it's  overhauled its litigation strategy.

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Montana Politics
5:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Gov. Bullock Promotes Early Education In Missoula

Gov. Bullock pushed his early childhood education proposal at a Missoula pre-school on Oct. 15, 2014.
Credit Edward O'Brien

Governor Steve Bullock's early childhood education proposal received an enthusiastic response today at a Missoula pre-kindergarten program, even as critics are wondering about its expense and value to taxpayers.

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St. Patrick Hospital A Designated Facility
5:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Is Missoula At Risk For Ebola?

Credit Missoula City Website

The news that a nurse has contracted the first-ever case of Ebola transmitted in the United States could make it more likely that any future Ebola patients in the United States might come to Missoula. That nurse in Dallas became infected while caring for a patient from west Africa.

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Montana Schools
3:56 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Montana Teachers Come To Missoula To Sharpen Skills

Credit MEA-MFT Facebook page

Montana public school students have a short week so their teachers can attend a two-day conference in Missoula this Thursday and Friday. Up to 3,000 teachers will participate in the annual Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers conference. The MEA-MFT teachers' union vice president Melanie Charlson says this conference is anything but some sort of a vacation for teachers.

"You want to make certain that all of your professionals are honing their skills," says Charlson.

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15th Annual Flathead Chess Championship
4:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Blackfeet Community College Chess Team Competing In Flathead Championship

At Blackfeet Community College, competitive chess is a growing interest.
Credit Thomas Helbig (CC-BY-2.0)

Chess Masters from across Western Montana convene in Kalispell tomorrow for the 15th annual Flathead Chess Championship.

The Blackfeet Community College chess team will be among the competitors looking to take home the grand prize and bragging rights.

The team was formed last year and won an overall national tournament. It also won 1st and 3rd in individual rounds at the same event. 

Chess team coach Dr. Mark Anderson says the club is attracting students despite stiff competition for their attention by gadgets and videogames.

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Walsh Plagiarism Penalty
1:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Army War College Revokes Senator Walsh's Graduate Status

Senator John Walsh, D-Montana

The U.S. Army War College has revoked Senator Walsh's graduate status.

The New York Times reported in July that Walsh had plagiarized over 25 percent of his final paper needed to earn a master’s degree from the United States Army War College in 2007.

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Missoula County Sheriff's Race
4:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Missoula Sheriff Candidate Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Missoula County Sheriff candidates disagree about the seriousness of the violations.
Credit Courtesy Photo

Montana’s commissioner of political practices says Missoula County Sheriff candidate T.J. McDermott violated campaign finance laws.

McDermott has a very different interpretation of what that means than does his political opponent, Josh Clark.

Clark filed complaints about McDermott’s campaign practices in August.

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Conservationists Hopeful, Ranchers Skeptical
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

State Plan For Wild Bison On The Table Thursday

Credit Josh Burnham-cc-by-2.0

Bison management always spurs passionate debate in Montana and a meeting tomorrow in Great Falls will consider whether wild herds should be established outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is considering that possibility.

Conservationist Keith Aune says he thinks Montana can develop a good plan. Aune's director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's bison programs.

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