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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

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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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"Climate Transformation"
3:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

$12 Millon In Mental Health, Anti-Bullying Grants To Schools

Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Credit MT OPI

Public school students and faculty are dealing with more than just academics today; they're also struggling with bullying and various mental and emotional health issues.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced today it's been awarded three grants worth over $12 million to address those needs.

School Superintendent Denise Juneau says a 5-year "School Climate Transformation" grant worth over $3 million will help reduce bullying in schools. It will also provide adults with clear guidelines on what to do when they see students being intimidated.

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Frenchtown Fire
6:02 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Folf Course Fire

Credit Crystal Beckman

A fire was reported today just after 1:00 up Roman Ceek Road, north of Frenchtown and Interstate 90. The fire is named the Folf Course Fire, approximately 7 acres and cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is being fought by land and air support has been ordered. The fire is burning in grass and moving towards timber, the terrain is steep and potential high winds are a concern.

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House Debate Recap
5:26 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

House Debate Reveals Clear Differences Between Lewis, Zinke

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated in Bozeman on Oct. 4, 2014

Montana's U.S. House candidates squared-off this weekend for their third - and arguably liveliest - debate.

Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke repeatedly drew sharp contrasts throughout Saturday evening's debate in Bozeman, starting with the question of how to best respond to the rise of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Zinke repeated his long-held stance that he'd prefer to fight the militants in the deserts of Iraq than here in America. Lewis called that a "simplistic" viewpoint:

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Preliminary Numbers Say
5:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

2014 Wildfire Spending Lower Than Past Years

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It was yet another expensive wildfire-fighting season, but early estimates indicate it won't be as spendy as some others in recent memory. Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers says preliminary estimates show the Forest Service went $200 million over budget this season. Congress authorized the agency to spend $995 million on fire suppression this fiscal year.  That's compared to about $3 billion in recent years. Forest Service Region One spokeswoman Heather Noel says we were lucky this year.

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Coal Town Wary Of More Regulation
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

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Ski, Liquor Businesses Make Deals
6:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Montana Trade Mission Returns From China

The Montana Trade Delegation in China.
Credit Meg O'Leary

Governor Steve Bullock’s eight day trade mission to China has concluded and participants say Montana still has a lot to learn about conducting business there.

Montana exported over $100 million worth of goods to China last year, but state officials say we can do more.

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