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Senator Jon Tester received the endorsement of the Nation Border Patrol Council Union Friday in Billings
Jackie Yamanaka, YPR News

The major party candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat are campaigning this weekend. Today Senator Jon Tester will attend a Labor Day picnic hosted by the state public employees union, and then this evening he’ll join union workers locked out of the Imerys Talc Mill on the picket line in Three Forks.

On Saturday Republican Candidate Matt Rosendale hosted day of action events in Helena and Kalispell. 

Trump Names Career Official To Lead National Park Service

Aug 31, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday named the superintendent of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis for nearly 20 months.

If confirmed by the Senate, David Vela would become the first Hispanic to lead the agency.

Editor’s note: Senator Jon Tester was asked during the press conference if he had met with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Tester had said he meeting was cancelled by the White House. A Tester spokeswoman called YPR Saturday to clarify that no meeting was actually scheduled and the schedulers were working on setting a date. “Jon misspoke. Our office and the White House were working on scheduling a meeting for the week of August 20, but the White House pushed that back.”

The Rattlesnake fire, burning about 10 miles northeast of Hot Springs, MT, August 31, 2018.
Inciweb

A new wildfire burning on western Montana’s Flathead Reservation serves as a good reminder that the 2018 fire season still has some life in it.

The nearly 1,100-acre Rattlesnake Fire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Hot Springs.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has extended the public comment period for its draft forest plan. That plan will guide the Forest’s land use decisions for the next 15 years.

Forest spokesperson Kathy Bushnell says the original 90-day comment period was extended by one full month.

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