Butte Montana

Montana Standard Editor David McCumber.
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Half a million gallons of flammable toxic sludge have been sitting just west of Butte since 1997. A multinational chemical company finally has the green light to clean up the site and mine the waste for profit. The Montana Standard has been covering the story. Nora Saks spoke with the paper’s editor David McCumber.

Community Groups Encourage Butte Gardeners To Share Their Bounty
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Gardeners in Butte are being encouraged to share their bounty this week to help honor the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The service project, initiated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is called “Gleaning Gardens for our Community,” to provide food for those who don’t have enough to eat. 

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016
Distant smoke is visible from the Nez Perce Fire, located 11 miles northeast of Butte, on September 1, 2016
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The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Plans to remove a 50-foot-deep pile of smelter waste in the middle of Butte just hit another roadblock. As the Montana Standard reports, it’s the latest in a series of setbacks for plans to relocate the Parrot tailings. Editor David McCumber of the Montana Standard joins us with the latest news.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016
The Maple Fire in Yellowstone National Park burns through a variety of fuels on August 14, 2016
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The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Last Update: 10:00 a.m. 08/19/16

In Yellowstone National Park, five fires continue to burn over 10,000 acres. Some, like the 191 acre Boundary Fire and the one acre Thumb Fire, are being suppressed with teams of smoke jumpers and other aerial resources.

Former state lawmaker Joe Quilici is being remembered as a statesman and advocate for Butte. Quilici died Sunday at the age of 91. The Democrat served in the legislature from 1971 to 1999.

The Parrot Smelter operated between 1891 and 1899
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Some Silver Bow County shop buildings have to move to make way for a major environmental cleanup in Butte. Moving the buildings is proving difficult for a number of reasons. The situation is raising concerns about government transparency, the environment and some good old-fashioned election year politics.
The Montana Standard has followed the story from the beginning. Editor David McCumber now joins us with the latest.


Jason D. WIlliams plays during the opening day of the 2016 Montana Folk Fest in Butte, MT, July 8, 2016.
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The 2016 Montana Folk Festival in Butte wrapped up Sunday. Get a taste of the eclectic outdoor confluence of traditional arts and culture with these videos and pictures from this weekend.

Derek Pruitt

One of the largest free music and folklife festivals in the Northwest whirls into uptown Butte this weekend. 2016 marks the sixth annual Montana Folk Festival, an eclectic outdoor confluence of traditional arts and culture born from the three-year stint of the 70th - 72nd National Folk Festivals in Butte, 2008-2010.

Extremophiles: The Berkeley Pit's Silver Lining?

Jun 15, 2016
The Berkeley pit in Butte, Montana.
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This story almost begins on a dark and stormy night in November of 1995, when 342 snow geese landed on Berkeley Pit Lake. Unfortunately, this was no ordinary lake and the story did not end well for these birds.

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