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The Bitterroot National Forest Tuesday re-opened the objection period for mountain bikes in wilderness study areas, following a court order to do so.

A handful of backcountry mountain bike, snowmobile and off-roading advocate groups filed a lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot Travel Plan.

The final plan closed roughly 62 miles of trails to mountain bikes in the Sapphire and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Areas that weren’t part of the initial draft plan, and therefore were not subject to public comment. The Forest’s 2016 travel plan remains in place.

Matt Rosendale at the Republican Senate primary debate in Helena, April 26, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

A piece of the Trump administration’s attack on Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, takes effect this week, and Matt Rosendale, Montana’s insurance commissioner, who’s running to defeat Senator Jon Tester in November is really happy about that.

Wheat
Flickr user, Keith Ewing

Montana grain producers seem cautiously optimistic about the revamped North American Trade Deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

L to R, Libertarian Elinor Swanson, Democrat Kathleen Williams and Republican Greg Gianforte
MTN News/Yellowstone Public Radio

The candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat met this weekend for the first of two debates before election day.

It was a chance for the Libertarian and Democratic challengers to try and chip away at incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte, who had the most to lose going into the candidates’ in-person faceoff.

On a closed TV set at Montana Television Network in Helena, Gianforte along with challengers Democrat Kathleen Williams, and Libertarian Elinor Swanson took turns answering questions from MTN and Yellowstone Public Radio journalists.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale, Republican, left, and Senator Jon Tester, Democrat, right.
Montana PBS

In the first of two televised debates Saturday night, Democratic Senator Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, State Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale clashed over campaign contributions, health care and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme court nomination.

The event was broadcast live by Montana PBS from a closed set in Missoula.

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