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Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney / MTPR

Montana’s health department was dealt a major blow in late 2017, when the agency was forced to cut almost $50 million to help balance the state budget.

Mary Windecker of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing about 30 addiction and mental health care providers, says that was, “A huge shock to both the mental health and substance use systems in the state of Montana.”

Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.
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The ongoing partial government shutdown has scuttled an upcoming meeting between Missoula County and the Environmental Protection Agency.

That meeting was meant to discuss ongoing concerns about the closed and contaminated Smurfit-Stone Container pulp and paper mill site in Frenchtown.

Flu shot. File photo.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials say a Missoula County child has become the first person to die of an influenza-related illness in the state this season.

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials said in a statement Monday there aren't many flu cases in Montana right now, but the number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Sample Montana ballot.
Montana SOS

Hoping to get meaningful Montana election results by the time you go to bed tonight? If so, prepare to be disappointed.

Missoula County Elections Administrator Dayna Causby wants to set realistic expectations for voters seeking election returns tonight.

A screen capture of the Missoula County Draft Land Use Map, October 23, 2018.
Missoula County

Missoula County is updating its future growth map.

Why? Maybe think about it like this: you go to a restaurant, open the menu and have to choose from 64 different entrées. Not only would it be a chore to simply decide what to order, your selection probably wouldn’t even taste very good.

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