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A 2019 photo of the M&M bar sign in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A fire gutted the historic M&M Cigar Store in Butte early Friday, taking with it 131 years of the Mining City's history.

“It’s a total loss. No question,” said Jim Merrifield, a battalion chief with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fifty And Forward

Apr 29, 2021

NPR grew up alongside a post-Watergate journalism ethos that shaped the media industry for decades. Hosted by Audie Cornish and featuring other NPR journalists, we'll unpack that ethos: how it developed in the newsroom and changed over time, through today. Analytical, critical and forward thinking, this program tells the story of NPR's history in the context of the growth of modern media.

Listen May 2 at 4 p.m. on MTPR.

Thank You For Supporting MTPR

Apr 14, 2021
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Thank you to everyone who donated during pledge week. Your support makes this service possible. Thanks to your generous donations, as of today we've raised $572,000 toward our $700,000 spring goal.

Here’s a look at our revenue and expense breakdown for the year:

As I look back on 2020 and forward to 2021, there is one word that continues to pop into my mind: resiliency. Just like all of you reading this, 2020 threw the MTPR staff curveball after curveball. The MTPR team persevered, bounced back and became even more resilient than they were before to provide you uninterrupted coverage when you needed it the most. If only you could see the behind the scenes shuffle and hustle to make this all work!

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Help us wish Richest Hill reporter and host Nora Saks good luck as she embarks on the next phase of her career. Today is Nora's last day at MTPR. While we're all sad to see her go, we know she has a bright future ahead, and we count ourselves lucky to have been able to work with her over the years. Keep your ears open, you'll hear her insightful and colorful reporting in your speakers again soon.

From the wars of the copper kings to the environmental fallout from a century of mining, follow the characters and stories of Butte, Montana to see how historic city is looking to the future. MTPR's Nora Saks details Butte’s past, present and future on Richest Hill.

Listen Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Montana Public Radio. Or listen anytime online or wherever you get your podcasts.

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