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Helena News:
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Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

The Wyoming Legislature has passed a proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

The economic benefits of Montana’s Medicaid expansion outweigh it costs to the state, according to a study released Thursday by researchers at the University of Montana.

Two University of Montana students have been arrested after a clerk and a customer were injured in a shooting at a convenience store near the campus. 

 Fly fishing
File photo (PD).

Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

Park officials say rubber sole boots will be allowed because they trap fewer organisms and can be cleaned with water and a scrub brush.

The boating season will run from May 26 through Nov. 4.

All watercraft entering the park must have a boat permit and a Yellowstone aquatic invasive species inspection before launching in the park.

FY 2017 Montana General Fund Revenue by source
Montana Legislative Fiscal Division

The latest legislative analysis says Montana's state budget could be in the black by the end of 2018.

The monthly state revenue estimate issued today says Montana could end up $13 million ahead of what was forecast in last year's regular legislative session budget bill.

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed Monday.

The Montana Standard reports that two Butte natives, Pat Dudley and Ray Rogers, are establishing a $35 million medical training center in uptown Butte to bolster hands-on healthcare in rural areas in the U.S. and beyond.

On campus Tuesday night, a University of Montana researcher will share some of his findings on the detrimental health effects of smoke.

Algae growth is increasing on Montana's famed Smith River and scientists don't know why, so they're turning to the public for help.

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed today.

The Bureau of Land Management pulled the leases on the parcels just outside Livingston and in the foothills of the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges one week before they were set to be part of a statewide oil and gas lease sale.

John Cech, current Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, was selected as the 18th president of Carroll College.
Montana University System

Carroll College announced today that John Cech, the current deputy commissioner for the Montana University System, will be the college’s next president. Cech was chosen to be the 18th president of Carroll by the school’s board of trustees.

Snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park
PD

It’s the last chance for oversnow travel for skiers and snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park this season.

Roads in the park began closing Thursday to make way for the plows that need to clear feet of packed snow in preparation for summer tourism.

A Helena attorney wants to change Montana's constitution to explicitly ban non-U.S. citizens from voting in elections, a measure that one immigrant-rights advocate called an attempt to stoke anti-immigration sentiment ahead of midterm elections.

The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment.

Plans President Donald Trump’s made to place new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum Thursday have rattled Montana’s agriculture sector.

Montana Resources and the Atlantic Richfield Company are planning to begin pumping and treating the toxic waters of the Berkeley Pit in Butte as soon as the end of this year. That’s five years earlier than planned.

Glacier National Park unveiled four options Wednesday night to restore the historic Sperry Chalet dormitory, destroyed by the Sprague Fire in August last year.

Evening Newscast 02-27-18

Feb 27, 2018

More than two weeks of blizzard conditions in Montana’s northern tribal nations pushed Governor Steve Bullock to sign an executive order today declaring a state of emergency.

A central figure in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon has been sentenced to three years and a month in prison, the longest term for anyone convicted in the case.

State retirement systems for game wardens, peace officers, and highway patrol officers are not meeting standards set by the Montana Constitution, according to a report from legislative auditors.

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