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Restored Budget Cuts May Be Too Late For Libby, Eureka Mental Health Offices

The state health department is figuring out how to restore funding to health care providers who take Medicaid, but it may be too late for people in Libby and Eureka who need help with mental health. "I don’t think we’ll be able to keep those offices open," Megan Bailey, a therapist with Sunburst Mental Health told a legislative committee Monday.

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Share of working age populatin who own a business as their main job.
2017 Kauffman Index of Mainstreet Entrepreneurship

Montana Leads The Country In Entrepreneurship, UM Study Says

Montana leads the country in entrepreneurship, according to a new study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research .

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A female belted Kingfisher with her catch.
Teddy Llovet (CC-BY-2)

Fishing With The King: The Belted Kingfisher

While recently visiting the Rock Creek area to simply go fishing, I became distracted as I cast my red skwala into the clear, frigid stream. I was not distracted by the surrounding beauty of grasslands and different flora, or my ongoing love/hate relationship with fly-fishing, but rather the immense variety of sound echoing off the rock outcroppings surrounding the area.

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A portion of the area north and west of Deer Lodge where Montana's DEQ plans to start work this fall
Montana DEQ

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality is preparing to haul 20,000 semi-truck loads of contaminated soil from the banks of the Clark Fork River in and around Deer Lodge.

Share of working age populatin who own a business as their main job.
2017 Kauffman Index of Mainstreet Entrepreneurship


Montana leads the country in entrepreneurship, according to a new study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Stacy Courville checks his arm for splatter from the "bait bucket."
Nick Mott

Corrected 08/02/18, 6 p.m.

Grizzly bears in northern Montana are being killed this year at a rate far outpacing what’s typically seen.

On average, 25 grizzlies are removed from the population each year in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. So far this year that number is already at 27.

Grizzly bear.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)


A female grizzly bear was found dead last week in the Spotted Bear area south of Hungry Horse Reservoir. A cub was also orphaned by a car wreck last weekend on Highway 93 south of Ronan that killed its mother and two siblings.

Missoula County’s 911 call center experienced an outage for three full hours early Thursday morning. Shortly after midnight, all lines at the call center stopped operating.

Sage grouse.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (PD)

The federal government’s most recent sage grouse public comment period wrapped up Thursday.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed tweaking conservation plans that were hammered out back in 2015. That’s unnerved some of the people and groups who were involved in that process.

EPA Region 8 Administrator Doug Benevento talks to MTPR's Nora Saks in Butte.
Eric Whitney

Last summer, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt established a Superfund Task Force, and named Butte and Anaconda as top priorities for completion of Superfund cleanups.

When Pruitt resigned last month, many in Montana wondered what that would mean here.

On the first anniversary of the Superfund Task Force, I sat down in Butte with Doug Benevento, the top administrator for EPA Region 8, to talk about what changes at the top mean for Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018
What is a red flag warning?
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says fire-weather conditions now exist across much of Montana, with high temperatures, low humidity and strong wind gusts forecast through tomorrow. Red flag warnings are in effect.

Lindsey Byrnes

Solo musicians Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz discovered a strong musical bond while jamming onstage at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and after follow-up group appearances, they formed a band called I’m With Her.

In Italian, there is no word for wilderness. Yet in the mountains of Italy, brown bears not only exist, they are fighting to survive amid encroaching development, local and international politics, and the mafia. This meticulously researched and eye-opening book tells the incredible stories of two special populations of bears in Italy--one the last vestige of a former time that persists against all odds, the other a great experiment in rewilding that, if successful, promises to change how we see not only Italy but all of Europe.

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