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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
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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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Name Recognition Still A Challenge For Both
3:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Analyst: In Tonight's Debate, Lewis, Zinke Must 'Tread Fine Line'

What a difference a weekend can make in Montana's U.S House debate schedule.

Republican U.S House candidate Ryan Zinke will debate Democrat John Lewis tonight in Billings. Zinke originally declined to participate in the Billings debate citing scheduling conflicts. His campaign issued a press release late Friday afternoon saying he'd changed his mind.

Montana Public Radio is broadcasting the debate starting this evening at 7:00. That debate will be aired on this radio station and streamed on our website.

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Rotten Chicken
3:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sordid Saga Of Putrid Poultry Inspires Song

Bob Wire
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The sordid saga of an abandoned trailer containing 37,000 lbs of rotten chicken ended today when the stinky freight was buried in a freshly dug pit.

The semi-trailer had been sitting at a Missoula-area truck stop for possibly a month or longer.

Authorities say the truck driver abandoned the trailer after his employer, Dixie River Freight Inc., refused his demands for more money to deliver its then-frozen cargo.

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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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