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 Fly fishing
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Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

Park officials say rubber sole boots will be allowed because they trap fewer organisms and can be cleaned with water and a scrub brush.

The boating season will run from May 26 through Nov. 4.

All watercraft entering the park must have a boat permit and a Yellowstone aquatic invasive species inspection before launching in the park.

FY 2017 Montana General Fund Revenue by source
Montana Legislative Fiscal Division

The latest legislative analysis says Montana's state budget could be in the black by the end of 2018.

The monthly state revenue estimate issued today says Montana could end up $13 million ahead of what was forecast in last year's regular legislative session budget bill.

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed Monday.

The Montana Standard reports that two Butte natives, Pat Dudley and Ray Rogers, are establishing a $35 million medical training center in uptown Butte to bolster hands-on healthcare in rural areas in the U.S. and beyond.

On campus Tuesday night, a University of Montana researcher will share some of his findings on the detrimental health effects of smoke.

Algae growth is increasing on Montana's famed Smith River and scientists don't know why, so they're turning to the public for help.

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed today.

The Bureau of Land Management pulled the leases on the parcels just outside Livingston and in the foothills of the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges one week before they were set to be part of a statewide oil and gas lease sale.

John Cech, current Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, was selected as the 18th president of Carroll College.
Montana University System

Carroll College announced today that John Cech, the current deputy commissioner for the Montana University System, will be the college’s next president. Cech was chosen to be the 18th president of Carroll by the school’s board of trustees.