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Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
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At $8 Million, Montana's 2018 Fire Season Costs Well Below Average

Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state. The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday .

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'Threshold' Season Two Explores Climate Change In The Arctic

The ice is melting, the polar bears are in trouble – but what about the 4 million people who call the Arctic home? The award-winning podcast & public radio show, Threshold , brings you stories about people adapting to a quickly changing world. It breaks down complex science, weaves in culture and history, and illuminates what’s at stake – for all of us – if the Arctic crosses a series of thresholds.

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'Field Notes:' 100 Centuries Of Squash Growers Can't Be Wrong

August had just begun when a friend delivered my first hand-me-down squash of the summer: a round, green variegated giant that had reached the size of a jack-o-lantern seemingly overnight, just the way squash like to do. Later in the kitchen, I eyed down the squash and started my perennial should-I-grill-it-or-make-zucchini-bread debate. I suspect some version of this dilemma could be ages old.

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Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state.

The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday

A poster for Darlene Billie, who went missing in October 2017.
LuCinda Marie Michel, Facebook


The remains of a woman from the Flathead Reservation who’s been missing since last October have been identified by a North Dakota sheriff’s office. 

President Donald Trump signed a bill sponsored by Senator Jon Tester Monday that will give additional resources to treat veterans in the criminal justice system across the country.

Tester served as chief co-sponsor of the “Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act,” which passed the Senate unanimously in February of this year.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R).
Rosendale: Corin-Cates-Carney / MTPR

MontanaPBS will host a U.S. Senate candidate debate this fall. On Saturday, September 29 in Missoula, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Methane flaring.
WildEarth Guardians (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Tuesday, two states announced they’re suing the Trump administration just hours after it announced sweeping rollbacks of Obama-era regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas production.

Attorneys general from California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California over the rule revision just hours after it was announced by the U.S. Interior Department.

The ice is melting, the polar bears are in trouble – but what about the 4 million people who call the Arctic home? The award-winning podcast & public radio show, Threshold, brings you stories about people adapting to a quickly changing world. It breaks down complex science, weaves in culture and history, and illuminates what’s at stake – for all of us – if the Arctic crosses a series of thresholds.

Donald Trump Jr. returned to Montana on May 11, 2018 to rally supporters for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte in Butte, Montana.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Donald Trump Jr. is returning to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale next week.

The president’s son was in Billings in June for the same purpose.

Montana Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale with his wife Jean at their home in Glendive, MT.
Corin Cates-Carney

A couple of weeks ago I went to Glendive, where Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale lives.

He appeared at the local VFW post. About 40 people sat around folding tables eating pie and ice cream before the event, where he’ll repeat his strongest campaign theme: That he’ll be a faithful soldier for President Donald Trump.

Sheriff truck.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

A Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy is now on paid administrative leave after briefly forgetting her service weapon in a faculty bathroom of a public school last week.

Missoula County Undersheriff Rich Maricelli says the incident unfolded last Friday afternoon.

A Missoula-based nonprofit is a finalist for a million dollar grant in a national competition sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy.

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