Montana Evening Edition

Monday - Friday 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Local and regional stories from the Montana Public Radio Newsdesk.

Gov. Bullock continued his tour of Montana last night, making his case for a new carbon emission plan. The federal government is setting tougher emission standards across the country, and that has some people in the coal industry worried about losing their jobs. Eric Whitney will have more from last night's public meeting in Missoula.

We'll also have political analysis of this week's congressional debate between U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke.

The U.S. Forest Service says it had to go hundreds of millions of dollars over budget this year to fight fires in Montana, but it shouldn't affect other areas of forest management.

We'll also speak with an economics expert who has ideas about how to help curb firefighting costs, and talks about protecting private homes near public lands.

Governor Bullock's climate plan gets a chilly reception in Montana's coal country. And there's been a change in plan to relocate a group of bison out of Yellowstone.

Governor Bullock's ideas for how to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants gets its first public airing tonight in Colstrip - we talk to a lawmaker from there. Montana business people who are just back from the state's trade mission to China tell us about their trip. And more Republican leaders join a lawsuit to change Montana voting laws.

The Billings originally sentenced to a month in jail gets a new, 10-year sentence. Montana's campaign season seems like kind of a snoozer so far. And volunteers will help clean up Montana's newest state park this weekend. The infamous trailer of rotting chicken in Missoula is finally buried.
 

A political analyst says both candidates from Montana's U.S. House seat have to "tread a fine line" in tonight's debate. Missoula's Saint Patrick Hospital says it's ready to treat an ebola patient if the need arises. And we hear from a Missoula doctor who's just returned from the front lines of the ebola fight.

The U.S. Forest Service is extending the comment period on its controversial policy of requiring permits to film or take pictures in wilderness. We'll hear from the four men running for Montana's Supreme Court. And a second European man is punished for piloting a drone in Yellowstone National Park.

The head of the Canadian company that's trying to buy Missoula's water system says they're in Montana for the long haul.Missoula's Mayor says he's not sure that company can even legally buy the city water system. Montana supreme court candidates debate. And a truckload of raw chicken is held for ransom on I-90.

Tribes from the U.S and Canada sign a new "Buffalo Treaty." A Lolo area man is dead in an accidental shooting. A Missoula principal in hot water announces his retirement. And we hear from the new publisher of Missoula's daily newspaper.

Newscast 09-22-2014

Sep 22, 2014

A late-season fire in Missoula is quickly brought under control. The University of Montana talks about why enrollment is down again this year. And a leading Montana climate scientist says it looks like the state is making progress in talking about climate change.

Newscast 09-19-2014

Sep 19, 2014

Missoula's city water system is potentially sold to a Canadian company. Sally Mauk takes a look at the latest campaign ads. And renewable energy advocates want to change how Montanans pay their utility bills.

Newscast 09-18-2014

Sep 18, 2014

A new center to research and help prevent suicide has been approved at Montana State University. Montana's coal-fired power plants emit as much carbon dioxide as Mongolia. And a prominent lawyer says banning voter registration on election day would be especially bad for Native Americans.

Newscast for 09-17-2014

Sep 17, 2014

Time is running out to comment on Montana's new state water plan. A Polson man is sentenced to 50 years in a murder-for-hire case. We look at why working oil industry jobs in North Dakota is so dangerous. And we have a commentary on the upcoming Montana trade mission to China.

Newscast for 09-16-2014

Sep 16, 2014

Montana's U.S. Senate candidates have agreed to debate next month in Billings. A Massachusetts Senator is pushing a measure to halt coal leases on public lands. And Missoula's Mountain Water has secured enough supply for a new, 1500-home development.

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Sep 10, 2014

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Sep 8, 2014

Newscast 09-05-2014

Sep 5, 2014

A federal budget gap is keeping the Montana National Guard from training until late September, a Missoula company is awarded a large settlement in a lawsuit against the largest school bus maker in the country, and both the Curtis and Daines campaigns are employing individuals to physically track the every move of their rivals' campaigns.

Yellowstone Drone Problems Don't Plague Glacier

Sep 4, 2014
National Park Service

A German man has been charged with four misdemeanors related to crashing a drone into Yellowstone Lake this summer. In addition to violating the park’s ban on unmanned aircraft, Andreas Meissner is charged with filming without a permit, leaving property unattended, and giving a false report to authorities in the July 17 incident.

Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Al Nash says Meisner is not the only person to be cited for flying a drone in the park.

“We’ve actually charged three different people regarding use of unmanned aircraft in Yellowstone this summer,” Nash says.

Newscast 09-01-2014

Sep 1, 2014

Police are investigating a fatal early morning dispute in a Missoula strip club parking lot. State officials say taking over management of federal lands is a complicated proposition, and Montana School Superintendent Denise Juneau talks about the brand new school year.

Newcast 08-28-2014

Aug 28, 2014

More charges filed in the case of a Great Falls man who stands accused of killing a local sheriff's deputy. Senate candidate Amada Curtis visits Missoula to present her plan to address mounting student debt. We'll have more on a plan to build the largest distillery west of the Mississippi - in Butte, America.

Newscast 08-27-2014

Aug 27, 2014

The Montana Senate majority leader's claims that state officials conspired to drive him from office are dismissed, the state insurance commissioner says Montana's bucking the national trend in health insurance costs, and Edward O'Brien and the Montana Repertory Theatre's Greg Johnson fondly reminisce on the life of artist, teacher and mentor Bill Raoul.

Newscast 08-26-2014

Aug 26, 2014

The trial of the Missoula man charged with shooting a German exchange student will not be moved out of Missoula county. Experts say the scientific modeling used in the state's water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is "reasonable." A new report says a "living wage" would make a huge difference in the lives of those struggling to cover their debt and day-to-day existence.

Newscast 08-25-2014

Aug 25, 2014

The search for an incoming U of M student continues today, an investigation by the Billings Gazette shows half of Montana sex offenders haven't received a tiered status designation, and fire officials make a surprise downgrade of the fire danger level in Missoula county.

Newscast 08-22-2014

Aug 22, 2014

Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's immigrant-law ruling, a former Butte Catholic school teacher is suing the school district for firing her after finding out she was pregnant and unmarried, and the University of Montana broke ground today on its brand new Missoula College.

Newscast 08-21-2014

Aug 21, 2014

Cascade county sheriff Joe Dunn's funeral was held today as the man who's accused of running him down makes his initial court appearance. 14 state highway patrol troopers are graduating tomorrow, and

firefighteres are wrapping up operations on the remains of the over 1000 acre Seepay wildfire.

Newscast 08-20-2014

Aug 20, 2014

The Obama administration details the toll wildfire-fighting is having on other projects, a little girl will be alright after a wild horse gives her a solid kick in a western Montana Park, and a major change is expected in our weekend weather forecast.

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