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Evening Newscast 02-05-18

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana businessman whose U.S. Senate campaign is chaired by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s wife has outspent and out-raised his Republican opponents by pumping $650,000 of his own money into the race.

Senator Tester is courting the women’s vote, saying all issues are women’s issues. The Democrat spoke at the launch of the group calling itself “Women for Tester” Saturday in Bozeman.

Negotiations between the state and companies that help people with developmental disabilities seem to be at a dead end.

A Montana man who died while ice climbing in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has been identified as 74-year-old Elton J. Adams, of Great Falls.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released a seasonal closure reminder on Monday for the Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit in the southwest corner of the reservation.

More than $600,000 has been distributed primarily to volunteer fire departments in Montana thanks to a fundraising campaign sparked by last year's wildfire season.

Montana wilderness advocates are launching a campaign in opposition to a bill introduced by the state’s Republican Senator Steve Daines. If passed, that bill would eliminate protections for some federal lands in Montana.

A proposed exploratory drilling project along an Idaho lake is stirring up concerns from some residents.

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can now purchase entrance passes online instead of in person.

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