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Map of the Howe Ridge Fire perimeter, September 20, 2018.
Inciweb

As Montana's fire season winds to a close, crews are closing-in on the handful of fires still burning across Western Montana.

Election sign in a Montana polling place
Josh Burnham

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says the state will replace its aging voter registration system and upgrade election security with a $3 million federal grant.

Cathy Price retired to Anaconda ten years ago, and decided to get tested for lead and arsenic. September 14, 2018.
Nora Saks

Over the weekend, the federal agency that investigates human health risks at Superfund sites offered free lead and arsenic testing in Anaconda. They collected blood and urine samples from two hundred willing locals. The tests will reveal if they’ve recently been exposed to dangerous amounts of heavy metals, and how.

Yellowstone Park's Ear Spring erupts, September 15, 2018.
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is reporting new thermal activity, including a rare eruption of Ear Spring.

The activity is in Upper Geyser Basin, on the other side of the Firehole River from Old Faithful.

Governor Steve Bullock speaks at a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula, September 19, 2018.
Edward O'Brien / MTPR

Governor Steve Bullock told county government leaders Wednesday that a ballot initiative to increase Montana’s tobacco tax is the right thing to do for basic health-related reasons.

On Wednesday, Bullock warned a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula of dire consequences if voters don’t approve Initiative-185.

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