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Cassidy Alexander

Cassidy Alexander is a UM Journalism School student and MTPR reporter.

Screen capture, Montana Heritage Center project website, August 20, 2019.
The Montana Heritage Center / Montana Department of Administration

Two committees have been appointed for the building of a new Montana Heritage Center.

Department of Administration Director John Lewis appointed 12 Montanans for their backgrounds, experience and affiliations with Helena to analyze the best location and design for the new center. 

University of Montana Summer Enrollment, 2017 - 2019
Cassidy Alexander and Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Summer enrollment spiked for the second year in a row at the University of Montana, with over 3,000 students taking summer classes. This is the highest summer enrollment since 2014, about a 3% increase from last year.

Proposed road treatments for the Swamp Eddy project on the Lolo National Forest.
Lolo National Forest

The Lolo National Forest is taking public comment on an environmental assessment for a 28,000-acre project that was delayed by fire. 

The Swamp Eddy project was initiated in 2016 but was delayed the next year when the Sheep Gap Fire burned over half the area, which is about five miles southwest of Plains.

An Army veteran pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 13-year-old boy who the suspect said refused to remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo in Superior earlier this month.

The University of Montana is expecting freshmen enrollment to increase this year, possibly marking a turning point away from years of decline. 

A former high school athletic trainer in Miles City who has acknowledged sexually abusing dozens of teenage boys has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

The United States Census Bureau is taking a count of buildings in Montana. It’s part of the preparation to collect census data next year. 

Some Montana residents are cleaning up after a series of weekend thunderstorms that brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles.

An appeals court has upheld a Montana law requiring nonprofit groups to register with the state as political committees if they run ads that refer to a candidate or ballot issue.

Smoke from the Lolo Peak Fire seen from Missoula on the evening of August 16, 2017.
Anne Hosler

The Lolo National Forest announced Wednesday that over 65,000 tree seedlings were planted across the area burned in the Lolo Peak Fire in 2017. 

The planting occurred in May thanks to a partnership with the National Forest Foundation, which donated $30,000 to purchase seedlings for the project.

Missoula County fire officials announced Monday they will move fire danger signs to "High" effective immediately.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Missoula County fire officials announced Monday they will move fire danger signs to "high" effective immediately.

The U.S. Forest Service's Wildland Fire Assessment System shows at least two other regions with "High" fire danger — north-central and southeast Montana.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester echoed a call by many democrats for Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s resignation Wednesday during a Facebook Live town hall. 

Montana Bureau Chief of the Census and Economic Information Center Mary Craigle discusses Census data security alongside federal census Partnership Specialist Karen Murphy in Missoula Monday.
Cassidy Alexander / Montana Public Radio

U.S. Census officials speaking in Missoula Monday avoided commenting on whether a citizenship question will be added to the 2020 Census and what it could mean for Montana. It comes at a time when the Trump administration is assembling a legal team determined to ask the country about its citizenship status.

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