Lawmakers in Helena are starting to debate whether the state could borrow up to $500 million to buy the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip . The future of the plant is up in the air. The West Coast consumers who Colstrip sends most of its power to are pushing away from coal-powered electricity due to climate change concerns. Coal power is also becoming more expensive relative to electricity generated by natural gas and renewables.
- Bill Would Empower The State To Buy Colstrip Power Plant
- Bill Would Repeal Montana’s Switchblade Ban
- Bill Would Criminalize Bullying In Schools; ACLU Says It’s Unnecessary
- Grant Will Provide Online Pre-K To Several Hundred Montana Children
- Hundreds Turn Out For Montana Native Women's Vigil In Missoula
- Tester Bill Directs VA To Study Medical Cannabis As Treatment For Veterans
Butte Montana is famous. It was at one time the biggest city between Chicago and San Francisco. It’s in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and sits at the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Butte boomed and thrived for almost a century because of one thing: copper. Butte’s massive copper deposit was key to America’s success. The “Richest Hill on Earth” literally electrified the nation, and made the brass in bullets that won World Wars I and II. But in the 1980s, the last of the big mines shut down. Now, most of the riches are gone, and Butte is struggling.
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The huge, red moon awed viewers across the Americas and parts of western Europe and Africa on Sunday night and early Monday morning. It was the only total lunar eclipse of the year, a "blood moon" in which sunlight leaking around the edges of the Earth makes the moon appear red . And it was also a supermoon, when a full moon appears larger than usual because it has neared the closest point to Earth in its orbit. Some people even hailed the lunar spectacle as a "super blood wolf moon," or...