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Power plant at Colstrip, MT.
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Bill To Reduce Oversight Of Some Colstrip Costs Advances In Montana Senate

A rewritten Republican plan aimed at protecting the future of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip is moving forward. But concerns remain about its potential impact on Montanans’ electric bills. When the so-called Montana Energy Security Act of 2019 was first introduced it drew comparisons to the deregulation of the Montana Power Company in the late 1990s, which skyrocketed electric bills across the state.

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Mallory Ottariano, founder and CEO of Kind Apparel.
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Can Do: Design By – And For – Women

The very day Mallory Ottariano graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in architecture and design, she bought a $100 sewing machine on eBay and started running an Etsy shop in the corner of her parents’ basement. Seven years later, Ottariano’s design skills have fashioned Kind Apparel , a Missoula, Montana-based high-tech women’s adventure clothing line. Her colorful Lycra and fleece garments – made in the U.S. mostly out of recycled plastic bottles – have created thousands of loyal customers among indoors and outdoors women alike.

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A podcast about the past, present and future of one of America's most notorious Superfund sites

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Who was Frank Little? And what could his grisly murder more than a century ago possibly have to do with Butte’s Superfund cleanup? Find out on Episode 3, coming soon.
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Hey there loyal Richest Hill listeners, Nora Saks here. I wanted to let you know that we’re hard at work on Episode 3.

Who was Frank Little? And what could his grisly murder more than a century ago possibly have to do with Butte’s Superfund cleanup? That’s one of the questions we’ll be asking in Episode 3, which is coming at you in 3 short weeks. Stay with us for more about Butte's past, present and future!

Johnathan Bertsch was charged with homicide and attempted homicide for a shooting that killed one person and wounded three others.
Missoula County

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge set bail at $2 million Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring three, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.

The trooper, 35-year-old Wade Palmer, was transferred to a Salt Lake City hospital after he was critically wounded Thursday.

The suspect accused of killing one man and wounding three others, including a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court Monday.

Bond for 28-year-old Johnathan Bertsch was set at $2 million.

Sen. Scott Sales (R) - Bozeman
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Senate President Scott Sales announced today that he is running for the office of Secretary of State in 2020.

The Republican from Bozeman is the first declared candidate for the position since current Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced earlier this year that he will run for governor.

A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio


A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups has launched an effort to find ways to fund conservation and maintenance projects on public lands.

Eric Melson says the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is trying to hear from 10,000 Montanans on what they value about the state’s public lands and outdoor recreation, and how those values should be funded.

Corin Cates-Carney

While much of the state was enjoying a sunny St. Patrick’s Day, state lawmakers and scores of people concerned about health care spent all day Saturday inside the state Capitol debating two competing visions for the future of Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Recipe: Welsh Tea Bread

Mar 16, 2019
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Food Guy Greg Patent recalls:

"While I was hunting for immigrant bakers for my cookbook, “A Baker’s Odyssey,” I asked my Welsh friend and fellow Missoulian, Tottie Parmeter, if she might have a recipe she’d like to contribute.  She said she’d be delighted to show me how to make it, so here it is.

Missoula High School students join in the nationwide "climate strike", March 15, 2019.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A couple of hundred Missoula high school students walked out of class today, demanding tough action on climate change.

"It’s a huge deal!" says Big Sky High School Senior Cassie Farago.

Greater sage-grouse.
USFWS

The Trump Administration today finalized plans that will open millions of acres in the West to oil and gas development and strip protections for a struggling greater sage-grouse.

Tonight on Capitol Talk: State lawmakers are buckling-down on a number of issues, including increased oversight of non-profit schools for troubled teens; what infrastructure projects to support or reject; what to cut or support in the health department; and whether ratepayers should bear the burden of keeping Colstrip's coal plant going.

Learn more now on Capitol Talk.

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