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Maxine Speier

Maxine is a UM Journalism School graduate student working on Montana news for MTPR.

Grant Kier announces his intention to run for Montana's U.S. House seat at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner, Montana, September 12, 2017.
Matt Blois

On Tuesday, congressional hopeful Grant Kier became the second challenger in the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republicans for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat in 2018. Kier, a Missoula resident, made the announcement to a crowd of about 80 at the newly-built Kettlehouse Amphitheatre in Bonner.

Whitefish Middle School.
Josh Burnham

Flathead County schools have canceled all weekend extracurricular activities at more than 30 schools, due to threats received earlier this week. School administrators consulted with law enforcement and were told the situation has not been resolved.

Whitefish Superintendent Heather Davis Schmidt told the Flathead Beacon that schools were advised to prevent large gatherings of students.

Rain for Rent high-capacity pumps, pipes, and sprinklers headed for Lake McDonald Lodge to create a curtain of water if necessary, September 7, 2017.
Glacier National Park

With large fires burning across nearly 1.5 million acres nationwide and no end to the fire season in sight, fire management crews in Montana are starting to think outside the box.

"Part of the issue is that there are so many fires throughout the west that the regular kinds of pumps that firefighters use are all in use in other locations," says Diane Sine, a spokeswoman for the management team on the Sprague Fire that’s burning in Glacier National Park.

USFWS Reopens Public Comment On Future Of National Bison Range
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they are reopening the public comment period on the future of the National Bison Range. That’s in response to feedback the agency got earlier.

Service officials will hold a public meeting in Missoula next week.

A super scooper plane loads up at Seeley Lake on the evening of August 1, while fighting the Rice Ridge Fire visible in the background.
Eric Whitney

The waters of Seeley Lake were reopened for recreational use earlier Friday.

Kristen Miller, a spokesperson for the Rice Ridge Fire, says the lake reopened because super scooper planes that had been pulling water from the lake were no longer being used on the fire.

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