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Matt Blois

Matt Blois is a reporter and evening news host.

Federal law requires utility companies like NorthWestern to buy power from small renewable energy projects at the price it would cost the utility company to generate it or buy it from somewhere else.
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A company proposing a new wind farm near Martinsdale has agreed to sell electricity to NorthWestern Energy after state regulators lowered the price NorthWestern would have to pay.

Professor of Women’s Studies Elizabeth Hubble said several faculty members recieved an angry email from an athletic department employee after criticinzing the decision to hire Bobby Hauk as head football coach.
Matt Blois

Several University of Montana faculty members who sent a letter criticizing the rehiring of Bobby Hauck as head football coach received an angry email today from an athletic department employee who was not authorized to speak for the department.

Democratic governor Steve Bullock released a statement today criticizing the tax reform bill moving through Congress for increasing the national debt without reducing taxes on the middle class. Democratic Senator Jon Tester has already criticized the bill because of cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

McLeod St. in Big Timber, MT.
Matt Blois

Every morning at 6 a.m. a group of men gather at the Frosty Freeze in Big Timber to drink coffee and share gossip. It's a diner, decorated with 1950s Coca Cola posters and old records. A sign hanging near the cash register reads, "Cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in this place goes on forever."

Five men sit at a table near the door, and a waitress provides a continuous stream of hot coffee. She places a plastic pitcher with ice cold tap water in the center of the table. Lately, this coffee group has talked a lot about water.

911 calls in Flathead County went unanswered for about an hour Thursday morning after a construction crew cut a fiber optic line near Kalispell.

Immediately after discovering the outage, the Flathead Emergency Communication Center attempted to reroute the calls through its administrative phone line, and then through a backup system in Whitefish, but both failed because they were also affected by the damaged cable. Anyone calling during that time would have just heard a busy signal.

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