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President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
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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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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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Threshold S02 Episode Two: Invisible Hands

Oct 7, 2018
Shishmaref, Alaska.
Auricle Productions

When a major storm hit Shishmaref, Alaska in 2005, the town became a poster child for climate change in the Arctic. Dramatic pictures of houses falling into the sea showed up in news outlets around the world. But the story here starts way before that storm.

Montana U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams.
(Williams: Olga Kreimer/MTPR)

Wilderness Study Areas:

During the debate, Congressman Greg Gianforte pushed back at challenger Kathleen Williams’ accusation that he had introduced legislation, without public input, to release more than 700,000 acres lands classified as Wilderness Study Areas.

The Kavanaugh effect is tightening the Senate race; new ads are getting nastier; debates are sharpening candidates’ profiles and messages; and Libertarian candidates could impact the outcome of close races. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyze this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

Screenshot of Daines' video statement

Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, will likely not have to return to Washington D.C. by private jet tomorrow to help confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

Pipes gushing water.
Public domain.

A backlog in the review of water pollution permits within Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality is leading to an increased risk to public health and aquatic life. That’s according to an audit of the state’s pollution control program given to state lawmakers Friday.

Montana native Lisa Parks, a media scholar at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellowship this year.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A Montana native and University of Montana graduate was awarded a prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Grant Thursday.

Can Do: KOA, The Future Of Camping

Oct 5, 2018
Kampgrounds of America president Toby O’Rourke
Courtesy KOA

On this week’s episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, host Arnie Sherman talks with Kampgrounds of America President Toby O’Rourke, the first woman president in the company’s 56-year history.

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

A debate between Montana’s U.S. Senate candidates scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed.

The Montana Television Network and Yellowstone Public Radio announced the cancellation of the debate planned in Great Falls Thrusday afternoon. 

Sen. Steve Daines.
Courtesy photo

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he's going to attend his daughter's wedding back home in Montana on Saturday regardless of a possible weekend Senate vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Courtesy Ryan Zinke

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he's expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park.

Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a "major announcement" about conservation on Monday in the Paradise Valley area, Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday.

Swift declined to give further details except to say it was an issue Zinke had been working on for years.

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