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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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Significant Wildland Fire Potential August 2018.
National Interagency Fire Center

A five-acre fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday near Alberton. Lolo National Forest spokesperson Boyd Hartwig says the fire is burning mostly grass, and that it’s not yet known if the fire is human-caused.

Glacier National Park Entrance At St. Mary
Glacier NPS

An Idaho teenager fell to his death Tuesday in Glacier National Park while exploring a culvert in a steep mountain roadway.

State Budget Director Dan Villa and State Health Department Director Sheila Hogan hear input on how to allocate $45 million in restored state funding at a listening session in Helena, MT August 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney / MTPR

"This has been a very difficult year," says Sheila Hogan, director of Montana's state health department.

She was talking to hundreds of people online and in a hotel ballroom in Helena who were not shy about telling her just how tough their year has been. They were people impacted by a nearly three percent cut in payments to people and organizations that help Montanans on Medicaid.

It’s official. The Republican and Democratic candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats have confirmed they will debate this fall. Both events are hosted by MontanaPBS. 

Kathleen Williams is the Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.
Olga Kreimer


We’re going on the road with Kathleen Williams, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Greg Gianforte.

Air Quality Update For Western Montana, August 1, 2018

Aug 1, 2018
CIRA and NOAA

Today's air report courtesy of Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

Good morning, no, you’re not imagining things. That really is wildfire smoke dimming the morning sun.

L to R - Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Commissioner Terry Vermeire, County Chief Executive Bill Everett, EPA Region 8 Administrator Doug Benevento, State Budget Director Dan Villa,  Atlantic Richfield VP Patricia Gallery in Anaconda Tuesday night.
Nora Saks

Last night Anaconda residents got their first chance to hear about the conceptual Superfund cleanup agreement reached over the weekend with the Environmental Protection Agency, but few details were shared.

Smoke Covers UM Campus Last July
Josh Burnham

Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids on: smoke.

Invasive species decontamination in Montana includes some firefighting aircraft
Nicky Ouellet

Non-native species in Montana have a way of making their presence known.

In June a KULR TV reported this from near the Ft. Belknap reservation:

“Trooper Matt Finley says the driver of the vehicle swerved to avoid hitting a kangaroo,” said Angela Marshall.

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John Schneider (CC-BY-2.0)

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