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Rep. Greg Gianforte at his Washington D.C. office, May 2018.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Rep Greg Gianforte Launches Gubernatorial Campaign

Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte kicked off his campaign with a YouTube video that opens with scenes of Montana’s sweeping backcountry vistas, small towns and ranching lifestyle.

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Russ Nasset at Montana Public Radio studios April 19, 2016.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Russ Nasset: Missoula's Americana Revelator

If you attended college in Missoula any time in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators at least once. Nasset takes his inspiration from the songs and styles passed down to him from a childhood spent in Shelby, on Montana’s Hi-Line. "I love that '50s and '60s honky-tonk sound. I like to say we rock up the country and country up the rock."

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Democratic governor candidate Reilly Neill.
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The first Democratic candidate for Montana governor has filed her paperwork with state regulators.

Former state Rep. Reilly Neill of Livingston pledges to carry on Gov. Steve Bullock's legacy.

Yellowstone County is one of very few counties in Montana that is responsible for burial of residents who passed away without family or financial resources.

Bug Bytes: Earwigs - Creepy But Caring

Jun 10, 2019
Earwig
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For some people it’s spiders. For others it’s centipedes. But for many people, the answer to “What kind of bug really creeps you out” is earwigs.

Maybe it’s the big pincers at the end of their abdomen? Maybe it’s the fact that it's a bug with the word “ear” in its name. Whatever the case, they’re not high on many people’s lists of lovable insects.

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After two years in the making, the Canadian government released its National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous persons on Monday. The report concluded that the violence committed against indigenous communities amounts to a “race-based genocide” by the Canadian government.

CORRECTION: The orginal draft of this story said this bill would remove wilderness study designation to some public lands. The bill does not address wilderness study areas. 

For the third time in three years, Sen. Jon Tester held a rally for a bill he’s sponsoring to expand federally designated wilderness in northwest Montana, and allow some snowmobile and mountain bike use on public lands in the area.

About two hundred people packed the Kettlehouse Brewing taproom in Bonner over the noon hour to hear Tester speak at an event hosted by the Montana Wilderness Association. They’re all hoping this is the year the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act passes.

Steve Bullock
Courtesy Bullock campaign

Montana Democrats insist the Democratic National Committee is unfairly preventing Gov. Steve Bullock from participating in the party’s first national primary debates later this month. The DNC, however, shows no signs of budging.

July Max/Min Temps and Precipitation.
Coleen Haskell/Michael Richmond - National Interagency Fire Center

Average fire conditions are expected throughout most of Montana this summer, according to analysis given to Gov. Steve Bullock during his annual pre-fire-season briefing today. However, fire officials warn that climate change is continuing to lengthen fire seasons throughout the West.

A quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may be receiving bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they had already paid.

But they shouldn't toss the letter in the garbage. It's not a scam or a mistake.

Because of what the Social Security Administration calls "a processing error" in January, it did not deduct premiums from some seniors' Social Security checks and it didn't pay the insurance plans, according to the agency's "frequently asked questions" page on its website.

Democratic presidential hopefuls have until next Wednesday to qualify for the first presidential debate later this month. So far 13 candidates have qualified, and the Democratic National Committee will only accept 20 total. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michael Scherer (@michaelscherer), national political reporter for The Washington Post, about how the process works.

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