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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Montana Attorney General and candidate for governor Tim Fox is touring the southern U.S. Border this week. He describes it an eye-opening experience. 

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State Auditor Matt Rosendale is running for Montana's open U.S. House seat - the third time he has sought to become a member of the state's congressional delegation.

Rep. Greg Gianforte at his Washington D.C. office, May 2018.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte kicked off his campaign with a YouTube video that opens with scenes of Montana’s sweeping backcountry vistas, small towns and ranching lifestyle.

A National Forest Service fire danger sign.
Courtesy: Bitterroot National Forest

Consider it the unofficial start of the summer wildfire season in the Bitterroot Valley. Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest was raised up a notch Wednesday, going from “Low” to “Moderate."

Moderate fire dangers means a fire can start from most accidental causes. Fires started under these conditions in open, dry grasslands can quickly take off, while timber fires spread more slowly and are easier to control.

(L to R) Forest Service Fire Scientist Mark Finney, Missoula District Ranger Jennifer Hensiek, Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier, at a Missoula City Club meeting, focused on wild fire, June 10, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

It’s going to take fire — and a lot of it — to fight wildfire in the Missoula Valley, where it is and always has been part of the landscape. Experts say it’s also going to take more prescribed burning, new levels of government agency coordination and new layers of government regulation to make a difference.

Steve Bullock
Courtesy Bullock campaign

Montana Democrats insist the Democratic National Committee is unfairly preventing Gov. Steve Bullock from participating in the party’s first national primary debates later this month. The DNC, however, shows no signs of budging.

Congressman Greg Gianforte addresses a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

One Montana politician may be getting ready to jump into campaign season. Another has hit a potential major snag in securing a spot on the national stage.

KTVH reports that Gianforte filed campaign fundraising papers with Montana's Office of Political Practices Thursday afternoon, making his campaign for the governor's office a near certainty.

Current snow water equivalent, basin percentage of normal, June 1, 2019.
NRCS Montana Snow Survey Staff / USDA

Montana’s latest water supply outlook forecast is in and paints a fairly encouraging picture. 

The Bozeman-based Natural Resources Conservation Service says the water supply in most Montana basins is in pretty good shape as we head into the hot summer months.

This graph illustrates the number of pertussis cases reported to CDC from 1922 to 2017. Following the introduction of pertussis vaccines in the 1940s when case counts frequently exceeded 100,000 cases per year, reports declined dramatically to fewer than
Centers For Disease Control (PD)

Whooping cough continues to be a problem in Missoula County, but local health officials think the worst may finally be behind them.

As of Tuesday, a total of 141 whooping cough – also known as pertussis – cases have been reported in Missoula County since the outbreak started back in mid-April.

A three-month precipitation outlook forecasts a slighter wetter than average summer for Western Montana.
National Weather Service

Western Montana’s extended climate outlook calls for a typically warm summer and maybe more rain than normal.

That from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center which has issued its 90-day outlook.

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