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President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

President Trump May Visit Missoula Oct. 18

Rumor has it that President Donald Trump will visit Montana again next week. If true, it would be Trump’s third rally in Big Sky Country this year . It would be his first appearance west of the divide.

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Montana Public Radio will do the listening during our fall pledge drive, which begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and runs through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. MTPR will ask listeners to share feedback and support the local programs and news coverage aired daily across the state. We hope to raise $260,000 during the week.

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The Arctic sun in Sweden
Amy Martin

Threshold S02 Episode Three: Impermafrost

All across the Arctic, frozen soil is thawing out. A lot of stuff is buried there -- plants and animals that lived more than 10,000 years ago. What happens when a Paleolithic bison bone starts to decompose for the first time? And what does that have to do with climate change?

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New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse, MTPR journalist Sally Mauk and Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd at the University of Montana.
Beau Baker / MTPR

Two New York Times journalists — Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd and Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse — are in Missoula to kick off the Baucus Institute lecture series at the University of Montana. Hulse and Dowd sat down in our studios to talk journalism and politics with Sally Mauk.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger Matt Rosendale (R).
Montana Public Radio

Jon Tester was among 50 senators voting for a resolution to re-establish requirements for health insurance plans to cover people with pre-existing conditions Wednesday. The resolution failed on a 50-50 vote.

Montana absentee ballot application.
MTPR

Up to 90,000 Montanans have been getting mail this week from a political group backing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, encouraging voters to register for absentee ballots. 

Threshold S02 Episode Three: Impermafrost

Oct 10, 2018
The Arctic sun in Sweden
Amy Martin

All across the Arctic, frozen soil is thawing out. A lot of stuff is buried there -- plants and animals that lived more than 10,000 years ago. What happens when a Paleolithic bison bone starts to decompose for the first time? And what does that have to do with climate change?

Montana Public Radio will do the listening during our fall pledge drive, which begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and runs through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

MTPR will ask listeners to share feedback and support the local programs and news coverage aired daily across the state. We hope to raise $260,000 during the week.

The latest campaign finance reports show that a lot of the $3 million that’s flowed into the race for Montana’s I-186 ballot measure so far has come from organizations and individuals with out of state and international ties. 

Medical marijuana sign.
Flickr user Laurie Avocado (CC-BY-2)

The Blackfeet Nation Tribal Business Council decriminalized medical marijuana use on the reservation last week. At the same meeting, the council declared a state of emergency in response to drug and alcohol abuse on the reservation.

The Sperry Chalet on Oct. 3, 2018.
Amy Boring/ A Boring Photo

With snow dusting the peaks in Glacier National Park, crews are buttoning up their work rebuilding Sperry Chalet, the backcountry dormitory that burned in the Sprague Fire last summer. Phase 1 of the rebuilding plan is on schedule and on budget. 

The 2018 Baucus Leaders (from the left) Noah Hill, Shane St. Onge, Marianna Yearboro, Makkie Haller and Katie Wilkins.
University of Montana

A million dollar gift to the University of Montana is permanently endowing an internship program that will allow 10 students a year to spend a summer working in Washington, D.C.

Colstrip coal mine.
Amy Martin

Westmoreland Coal Company, the Colorado-based owner of three coal mines in Montana, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court on Tuesday.

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