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Megan Myscofski

Megan is a student reporter.

Black bear stock photo.
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Two backpackers reported shooting an adult female grizzly bear in self-defense in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness south of Troy on Friday. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently investigating the incident. 

Melanoma is the second most common cancer among women ages 15 to 29, according to a new report, and the risk of getting it goes up 59% when using an indoor tanning device before age 35.
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Montana is one of 18 states that fall short in cancer prevention, says a new report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

Nearly 6,000 Montanans will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 2,000 will die from the disease this year, according to ACS CAN. About half of U.S. cancer deaths could be prevented with knowledge we already have.

Park regulations require people stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife including bison, elk and deer and at least 100 yards from wolves and bears. Disregarding those simple rules can lead to to fines, serious injury or death.
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A nine-year-old girl was injured by a bison Monday in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone officials say about 50 people were within 10 feet of the bison near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area for at least 20 minutes before it charged the group. 

A National Weather Service advisory for elevated fire danger for July 24-25 in north-central and southwest Montana.
National Weather Service.

North-central and southwest Montana are facing elevated fire danger this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

After a fairly cool, wet summer, the area is beginning to see the dry, warm weather that could lead to fires. 

Airplane
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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Montana will get nearly $48 million in grants for airports. It’s part of $477 million in airport improvement grants nationwide.

U.S. Small Business Administration Logo
U.S. Small Business Administration Website

Montana small businesses received about half a billion dollars in 2018 through federal contracts. The federal government says it exceeded its small business federal contracting goal nationwide for the sixth year in a row in 2018.  

Montana businesses received about $729 million dollars last year, and about 60% of that went to small businesses. That’s according to a U.S. Small Business Administration press release on Wednesday.

Ghalia Almasri, right, and Mary Poole of Soft Landing Missoula led an event last year to introduce locals to the cuisines of local refugees.
Olga Kreimer

The number of refugees being resettled in the U.S. dropped by a third last year. Montana saw a smaller percentage decline, and the number being resettled here remains low.

Wild horses at the Britton Springs holding facility near the Montana-Wyoming border just days before their new owners picked them up at an event in September 2015..
Blair Koch / Yellowstone Public Radio

A wild horse and burro adoption event in Hamilton this weekend was postponed following the deaths of two horses.

One horse died, and another was euthanized Thursday after showing signs of severe colic and endotoxemia.

A state-to-state comparison in overall child well-being.
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Montana ranks low among U.S. states in children’s health, but is about average in overall child well-being, says a new report.

Though Montana ranks 22nd in the country for overall child well-being, it places 44th for children’s health. That is according to the new KIDS COUNT Data Book the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Monday. It offers data on health, education and other indicators of the state of the nation’s children.

White-tailed deer.
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A second deer in Libby is suspected of carrying Chronic Wasting Disease.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced Friday that it was notified of a sample collected from a white-tailed buck and sent to a lab to be tested.

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