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Olga Kreimer

Olga is a UM Journalism School graduate student and MTPR reporter and host.

A large male grizzly bear captured west of Dupuyer this weekend was euthanized today, according to state officials. Specialists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the USDA Wildlife Services conducted the capture operation in response to nearby cattle depredations.

Grizzly bears have been involved in a number of other incidents along the Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent plains in recent weeks.

Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest

If you spend much time in the Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest, you might find yourself unexpectedly talking to rangers. This week, the national forest started a one-year survey to count how many people use the publicly-owned land. In addition to road and trail counters at randomly chosen spots in the Helena, Lincoln and Townsend ranger districts, that means a Forest Service employee might stop you on a hike to ask about your visit. According to the agency, these interviews will take about ten minutes.

Wildland Firefighters working on fire line on the West Fork Fish Creek Fire in 2015.
Inciweb

Future fire seasons in Montana don’t have to be as bad as this one, a new report says, if people here can learn lessons from other states and better use existing tools. 

The last of four finalists in the University of Montana search for a new president addressed the school in an open forum today. Charles "Chuck" Ambrose, currently the president of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), took questions about student debt, socially conscious investments, campus sexual assault, and more.

Site of the the proposed Montana Artesian Water Company bottling plant near Creston, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

 UPDATE: Friday, September 22: The public hearing record remains open pending closing briefs from counsel and Montana Artesian Water Company owner Lew Weaver's testimony. Weaver's testimony is optional to the proceedings.

 

The DNRC's 90-day decision period will not commence until the record closes. Hearing examiner David Vogler will meet on a conference call with the parties' counsel on Wednesday, Sept. 27 to determine next steps in this matter.

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