Butte Montana

Jason D. WIlliams plays during the opening day of the 2016 Montana Folk Fest in Butte, MT, July 8, 2016.
Michael Marsolek

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.
NASA (CC-BY-2)

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.

Montana Standard Editor David McCumber.
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Significant changes seem to be coming in the ongoing Butte Superfund cleanup.

EPA, Montana Reach Tentative Deal On Butte Cleanup Work

Jun 3, 2016
Uptown Butte, looking north, at the intersection of Main Street and Park Street in April, 2006.
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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana and federal officials have reached a tentative agreement on the removal of more contaminated mine waste around Butte.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Will Rally Saturday in Butte

May 4, 2016

Supporters of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say the race for the Democratic nomination is not over. With one month to go before Montana’s primary election, they’ve scheduled a training session and rally Saturday in Butte.

Margot Kidder of Livingston is one of the organizers. She says Butte was selected because of its deep roots in this country’s labor union movement.

Police Stepping Up Patrols For Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 15, 2016
Police Stepping Up Patrols For Saint Patrick's Day
Cheri Trusler

This Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of Montana’s most high-spirited celebrations. So law enforcement is ramping up patrols.

Butte will be the center of attention. That means stepped-up enforcement of impaired driving laws.

Captain Keith Edgell is with Montana Highway Patrol. He says they’re bringing up to 20 additional troopers to the Butte area.

The Berkeley pit in Butte, Montana.
NASA (CC-BY-2)

This week hundreds of people in Butte got a long-awaited chance to talk Superfund issues with the EPA and state and local leaders. The event was co-sponsored by the Montana Standard newspaper. Susan Dunlap is the Standard’s natural resource reporter. She was at the meeting and joins us now.


The Parrot Smelter operated between 1891 and 1899
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The State of Montana says the best way to clean up toxic waste rock at the former Parrot copper smelter site in Butte is to dump it into the Berkeley pit. The buried tailings threaten to contaminate Silver Bow Creek and the Clark Fork River.

Uptown Butte, looking north, at the intersection of Main Street and Park Street in April, 2006.
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The board that’s in charge of $14 million for community redevelopment related to the Butte Superfund settlement said this week that it only intends to use interest that money is earning to fund local grant requests. Reporter Susan Dunlap has been following the board for the Montana Standard, and joined us earlier to explain what it’s doing.


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