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Olga Kreimer

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Olga is a Missoula-based journalist, columnist and grad student on the MTPR news team. You can find her freelance work online at kreimero.com. She once won a fight with a rooster using only her words.

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.

Water bottle.
(PD)

The second day of testimony in Kalispell today regarding a permit for a proposed water bottling plant in the Flathead Valley saw mostly expert witnesses.

Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is holding the hearings, and will determine whether to allow Lew Weaver’s Montana Artesian Water Company to draw up to 710 acre feet of water a year.

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