Edward O'Brien

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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
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Former Governor Brian Schweitzer says Montana is well-positioned to help lead what he believes is the country's inevitable energy revolution.

"We're one of the 31 states that passed a [mandatory] renewable energy portfolio. Electricity that we're using in Montana, more than 15 percent of our portfolio is already from renewables."

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is bullish on the future of energy generation and distribution.

Schweitzer's written a new book titled "Power Up.energy" in which he asserts an energy revolution is underway in the United States. He says our dependence on foreign fossil fuels can and should be replaced within 20 years by natural gas, solar and advanced battery technologies.

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Montana's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in September to 4.1 percent, compared to the revised August estimate of 4.2 percent.

Wintertime El Niño Pattern
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As we reported yesterday, this winter may be warmer and drier than normal in Montana. Experts base their predictions on El Niño, that band of warmer-than-normal ocean water in the Equatorial Pacific. Exactly how dry and warm could it be?

Rep. Ryan Zinke
Eric Whitney

Congressman Ryan Zinke's announcement Tuesday that he's considering running for Speaker of the U.S. House caught just about everyone by surprise, so don't feel too out-of-the-loop if you didn't see it coming.

Montana's timber industry is watching to see if Canadian lumber will soon flood the market. That's because a 9 year-old U.S.-Canada Lumber trade Agreement expired today.
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Montana's timber industry is watching to see if Canadian lumber will soon flood the market. That's because a 9 year-old U.S.-Canada Lumber trade Agreement expired today.

LWCF.org

The Land and Water Conservation Fund which uses fees paid by offshore oil and gas drilling companies for conservation programs, has suffered a significant defeat in Congress.

Sean Robb

The University of Montana's four sororities and seven fraternities will be taking a month-long break from social events involving alcohol.

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Ninety employees of Tricon Timber in St. Regis were laid off Friday. The company's website says it’s one of the largest employers in western Montana's Mineral county.

A new pilot course designed to address the shortage in computer programmers in Montana opens Monday.

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