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Voters at the Missoula County ballot drop-off center, May 23, 2017.
Eric Whitney

Federal Grant Funds Montana Election Security Updates

Montana is preparing to replace its more than decade-old voter registration system as part of a federal grant program to improve election security. However, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says not all those improvements will be in place ahead of the 2018 midterms.

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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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Nathan East: You're Been Listening To Him For Years Without Knowing It

Just two years after he'd taken up the bass guitar, sixteen-year-old Nathan East found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming, and for more than forty years, East has been holding down the bass on hit songs with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Daft Punk.

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New ads in the Senate race go after ethics pledges, campaign finance violations — and feature the inevitable cow. The booming economy and the Trump factor are featured in new ads in the House race. And last but not least, a new ad appeals to Montana beer drinkers. We break down the latest ads and issues in the congressional races, right now on "Campaign Beat."


Survivors of last year’s shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas have until October 1 to apply for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program. The Nevada Victims of Crime Office reports that 135 Montanans had tickets to the festival, but only 28 have applied for the program.

Matthew Rosendale, Montana state auditor..
Eric Whitney

A pair of campaign watchdog groups says they’re filing complaints with federal authorities over alleged illegal coordination between the NRA and the Republican candidate for Senate in Montana.

The Campaign Legal Center and former Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords’ political organization are asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate what Candidate Matt Rosendale says in a recording released this week by The Daily Beast.

Montana Green Party's Ballot Benefactor May Remain Unknown

Sep 14, 2018
Montana Green Party
Montana Green Party

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Whoever bankrolled the effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for this year's state ballot may get away with remaining unknown because the state's campaign disclosure laws do not address anonymous groups funding certain signature gatherers.

Freight Train Kills Grizzly Bear Near West Glacier

Sep 14, 2018
Grizzly bear.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a freight train struck and killed a 2-year-old grizzly bear near West Glacier.

The bear's death on Monday was noted because it had been fitted with a GPS collar after being trapped in May east of Bigfork. It was relocated to the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Butte-Area Surface Water Features And Drainages.
Montana DEQ

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality wants public feedback on a mining company’s year old plan to expand the Yankee Doodle Tailings Impoundment above Butte.

Montana Resources wants to raise the height of the impoundment by 45 to 75 feet over about 336 acres.


The dialogue around substance abuse and mental health disorders, when it happens at all, is often shrouded in shame, blame and guilt. An event in Missoula this weekend is aiming to change that, and also to celebrate people in recovery. 

Refugee Welcoming Week 2018 calendar of events.
Soft Landing Missoula

A week-long cultural celebration of Missoula’s refugee community kicks off Friday at Imagine Nation Brewing.

Mary Poole, the executive director of the Missoula non-profit Soft Landing, says "Welcoming Week is a national week of events to celebrate refugees and immigrants in our communities and to bring them together with other folks in the community."

Join Us At The KettleHouse September 26

Sep 14, 2018

Missoula, it's been too long since we got together! How about joining us for a beer at the KettleHouse Northside, Wed. Sept. 26 from 5-8 p.m.?

We can catch up, and $1 from each beer sold will help support the Montana news, arts & hand-picked music that you rely on from MTPR.

Bring a friend and join us, we'll save you a seat!

Navigators help people shop for health coverage on Healthcare.gov, and from other sources
Healthcare.gov

Montana won't be getting any federal money to help people find health coverage this fall. Since 2013, Washington D.C. has offered grants to non-profits to hire so-called 'navigators' who help people enroll in coverage that's required under the Affordable Care Act.

This year, no Montana organizations applied for the funding. Bozeman Daily Chronicle reporter Katheryn Houghton broke that story and joins us now to tell us more.

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