Montana Public Radio

Kevin Trevellyan

Kevin is a UM Journalism graduate student and reporter for MTPR.

An informational sign at the entrance of the National Bison Range near Moiese, MT.
Josh Burnham

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) have told Montana’s congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of Interior that it wants management of the National Bison Range restored to the tribes.

Under the proposal, tribal leaders would continue to prioritize bison conservation at the 19,000-acre refuge near Charlo, which the federal government would own in a trust.

Hellgate High students will join in the Youth Climate Strike, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of students outside their classrooms this week in protest of environmental inaction.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Count Missoula among the cities to be represented in the Youth Climate Strike, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of students outside their classrooms this week in protest of environmental inaction.

Seventeen-year-old Hellgate High School senior Wren Cilimburg has been planning her school’s strike with other members of its environmental club.

Hole-in-the-Wall backcountry campground in Glacier National Park.
David Restivo - National Parks Service (PD)

Glacier National Park managers are implementing new lottery-based backcountry camping reservations intended to preserve the park’s overloaded internet system and campers’ chances at getting sites.

The new system will collect all campsite reservation requests placed opening day, this Friday, and process them in a randomly sequenced order.

Snow plow. Stock photo.
iStock

Another blast of winter weather was expected to drop up to 8 inches of fresh powder in parts of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys by Wednesday evening. This just two days after a powerful winter storm buried Hamilton and Stevensville in up to 2 feet of snow.

Heavy snow will continue this week across north central Idaho into west central Montana, bringing blowing snow, low visibility, and treacherous driving conditions.
National Weather Service Missoula

The winter storm dumping and blowing snow across much of western Montana is forcing school closures and creating severe driving conditions.

National Weather Service Missoula issued a telling tweet Monday afternoon.

"It looks like #spring has been cancelled until further notice."

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Black and African college students from around northwest Montana and Michigan will converge in Missoula this weekend to discuss racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, social organization and other topics. 

Grizzly bear. Stock photo.
(PD)

Two Montana-based environmental groups Monday announced they’re preparing to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the recently enacted Flathead National Forest Plan.

Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan say the new management plan violates the Endangered Species Act by increasing road building in sensitive habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout. They plan to file their lawsuit if the agencies don’t act within the next 60 days.

Rescuers on skis locate a missing hiker near the Pioneer Falls Trail, a few miles from the Spanish Creek Cabin, Feb. 6, 2019.
Courtesy Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

A search and rescue team saved a lost 12-year-old boy and his father late last night from blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures in the Spanish Peaks area near Big Sky.

The pair was overdue returning from a hiking trip when the man’s wife in Utah alerted authorities around 6:30 p.m.

Graph showing the percentage of survey respondents who reported improved access to healthcare due to Medicaid expansion in Montana.
Montana Healthcare Foundation

A new survey suggests Montanans who enrolled in the state’s Medicaid expansion program are healthier, less likely to put off treatment and more able to access mental health and substance abuse care.

Forty-three percent of those who responded to the nonprofit Montana Healthcare Foundation’s survey said their general health has improved since joining the program. Nearly 70 percent reported improved access to medical care.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
iStock

The number of confirmed measles cases in Washington state continues to grow amid a government-declared emergency there.

Thirty-five confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of measles have been identified as of Sunday. Thirty-one victims were unvaccinated, while the status of the remaining four isn’t known. Most cases struck children one to 10 years-old.

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