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Political Mailers Causing Confusion For Montana Absentee Voters

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.

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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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The viewing stand at the Berkeley Pit in September.
Nora Saks / MTPR

Construction on a long-awaited water treatment facility that will pump and treat toxic water from the Berkeley Pit officially began Monday in Butte.

State Auditor Drops Fines Against Top Campaign Donor

Sep 25, 2018

Family members and employees of a Billings-based bail bond company facing fines and sanctions by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance gave nearly $13,000 to Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s political campaigns in 2016.

One day after a 2017 face-to-face meeting with company representatives, Rosendale dropped the fines and dismissed two of the three allegations against Friedel LLC. The company paid no penalty under the terms of the agreement.

Longtime grizzly advocate Mike Bader presents at a letter-writing meetup for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' new grizzly rule.
Nick Mott / MTPR

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) says Monday’s federal ruling to put grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park back on the Endangered Species List will not affect the agency’s work on a new rule that will dictate how Montana will manage grizzlies in and around Glacier National Park if that population is removed from the Endangered Species List.

Threshold S02 Episode One: The Water Is Wide

Sep 25, 2018
Waves pound a seawall in Shishmaref, Alaska
Nick Mott

In Shishmaref, Alaska, no one’s asking if climate change is real. What they want to know is how bad it has to get before the world decides to act.

Each season, Threshold explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season two is all about the Arctic: what it is, what’s changing there, and why that matters for everybody.

Evening Newscast 09-24-18

Sep 24, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence is making a second trip to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

Montana State University continues to set enrollment records, with nearly 17,000 students this fall.

The Dumas Brothel, the longest operating brothel in the United States when it was shut down in 1982, is again for sale.

A flyer posted on a UM bulletin board Monday
Eric Whitney

Weekend rumors about the impending demise of the University of Montana’s arts program were, a dean now says, greatly exaggerated.

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Stephen Kalm on Monday clarified what he says was misinformation widely distributed on Saturday.

Grizzly bear.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert

UPDATED 6:27 PM

The U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service must return grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park to the Endangered Species List, a federal judge in Missoula ordered today.

The Yellowstone-area grizzly was removed from federal protections under the Endangered Species Act last year. Grizzlies in the lower 48 have been listed as “threatened” since 1975.

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Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines weighed in on the latest allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh today.

On Sunday, The New Yorker published allegations from a Colorado woman who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when the two were students at Yale in the 1980s.

Rep. Greg Gianforte meets with tech executives in Missoula, August 20, 2018.
Katy Spence

These are high times for Montana’s high-tech sector. According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, the industry is growing at almost 10 times the state’s overall economy, pays its workers nearly twice the median wage, and last year generated nearly $2 billion in revenue.

But some say the industry has a glaring problem, and point to an August roundtable in Missoula featuring high tech executives and Congressman Greg Gianforte. Ten executives participated in that meeting with Gianforte; all were white men.

Woman working at a computer. File photo.
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Women make up about 40 percent of the nation’s overall high-tech workforce; including positions in marketing, accounting and human resources, according to Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business. But that figure shrinks to 15 percent when it comes to high level executive and specialized technical positions.

Three Montana women talk about what it's like working in the state's high-tech sector.

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