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Census 2020 Begins Hiring Process In Montana

12/18/2018
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The U.S. Census Bureau is starting the process to hire people to count Montana’s population in the upcoming 2020 Census.

Duration:00:01:20

Threshold S02 Episode Thirteen: Try Harder

12/18/2018
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18 months of reporting. All eight Arctic countries. So many fascinating people. On the final episode of season two of Threshold , we pull back a little and try to see the big picture. Join us as we bust some myths, travel back in time in a Swedish forest, and search for roadmaps into the future.

Duration:00:31:34

Commission Proposes Funding, Maintenance Fixes For Montana State Parks

12/17/2018
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Montana has more state parks than any other state in the Rocky Mountain region. Friday, the governor's Parks In Focus Commission released its recommendations for addressing the funding and maintenance challenges the state parks face.

Duration:00:04:54

Flathead National Forest Approves Two Vegetation Management Projects

12/17/2018
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The Flathead National Forest announced Monday that it has approved a pair of vegetation management projects that it says will improve forest health and increase resistance to wildfires .

Duration:00:00:46

Rep Kimberly Dudik Announces Bid For Attorney General's Office

12/17/2018
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Missoula attorney and Democratic State Representative Kimberly Dudik says she’s running to be Montana’s attorney general in 2020. Current Republican Attorney General Tim Fox can’t run again because of term limits. Dudik is the first candidate to announce a bid to replace him.

Duration:00:01:29

Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, And One Christmas Bird Count

12/17/2018
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Lou Bruno likes to watch birds, but he calls himself a lazy birder. Especially when he’s at his home in East Glacier during the summers, looking out over a beaver pond.

Duration:00:06:17

Montanans Hold Sandy Hook Vigil At State Capitol

12/14/2018
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On the sixth anniversary of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Montana advocates for gun policy reform held a vigil in the state Capitol building to mourn the 20 students and six adult staff members who were shot and killed. Around 50 people gathered at the giant Christmas tree in the Capitol rotunda to remember what happened at the school in Newtown Connecticut six years ago, and others like it, since.

Duration:00:01:37

Human Remains Found On Blackfeet Reservation

12/14/2018
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Federal agents say human remains have been found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in northwestern Montana where a woman was reported missing last year.

Duration:00:00:48

Conservation Groups Secure Land For Key Grizzly Migration Corridor

12/14/2018
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Two Montana conservation groups purchased a plot of land that could help establish safe passage for grizzly bears in a dangerous but crucial corridor for the spread of the species in Western Montana. Vital Ground Foundation and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative acquired 52 acres that could allow grizzlies and other wildlife to cross from the Ninemile area west of Missoula into the Bitterroot mountains.

Duration:00:01:28

Judge Hears Arguments On Challenge To Trump's Opening Of Coal Leases

12/13/2018
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A federal judge in Great Falls Thursday heard arguments over whether the Trump administration lawfully lifted a ban on coal leasing federal lands. The Department of the Interior lifted the Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing in early 2017 , fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to end the so-called war on coal.

Duration:00:01:42

Former Miles City Athletic Trainer Charged With Child Pornography Possession

12/13/2018
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A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance was arrested Thursday after investigators found child pornography in his room in a Miles City retirement home, authorities said. Seventy-eight-year-old James Jensen was put in jail with a $100,000 bond and charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing the pornography.

Duration:00:02:02

Headwaters Foundation's Biggest Initiative Aimed At Montana's Youngest Children

12/13/2018
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A healthcare foundation has announced a big investment in Montana's youngest residents. "To be able to say that we are coming together to do this work, it just makes my heart sing, so thank you so much for being part of that effort," Brenda Solorzano, executive director of the Headwaters Foundation in Missoula said at a launch event today.

Duration:00:04:21

Updated: Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

12/12/2018
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Three Indigenous women testified at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to share stories of personal loss and profound frustration with a legal system that they say has essentially abandoned them.

Duration:00:01:19

Groups Challenge Trump Move To Open Coal Leases

12/12/2018
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A federal judge in Great Falls will hear arguments on Thursday that could stop the Trump Administration from selling coal from federal lands. Four states, an Indian tribe and environmental groups are challenging the president overturning a ban on new coal leases put in place by the Obama administration.

Duration:00:01:45

UM Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

12/12/2018
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Two University of Montana faculty members won a $1 million grant last week to help conservation groups improve water quality in the Atlantic Coast’s largest watershed.

Duration:00:01:54

Bear Managers Plan For Future As Grizzly Populations, Mortalities Grow

12/12/2018
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Grizzly bears in and around Montana are moving faster than the people tasked with managing them. That’s the takeaway from the year-end update from the group of federal and state wildlife experts who met this week in Missoula. About 20 members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, an organization in charge of grizzly bear management and recovery, crowded around a conference table, discussing the six ecosystems designated as grizzly bear habitat south of Canada.

Duration:00:04:08

Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Tax Credits For Donations To Religious Schools

12/12/2018
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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday struck down a 2015 state law allowing tax credits for donations to private religious schools. The court’s 5-2 ruling voids the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $150, which passed, largely along party lines, out of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Duration:00:02:13

2018 Farm Bill Passes With Support From Montana's Reps

12/12/2018
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Senator Steve Daines called the 2018 Farm Bill a win for Montana on a press call Wednesday morning. "Agriculture is our number one economic driver in Montana," Daines said. "The important outcome of passing the Farm Bill is that it provides certainty for Montana farmers and Montana ranchers in difficult times."

Duration:00:03:03

Montana Reacts To Rollback Of Protections On Nation's Waterways

12/11/2018
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The Trump Administration’s plan to roll back an Obama-era policy designed to protect over half the nation’s waterways from pollution is drawing starkly different reactions in Montana. The Montana Wildlife Federation’s Dave Chadwick condemns the re-write of the so-called “Waters of the United States” policy as a sweeping mistake.

Duration:00:01:28

Montana Senators Push For Bill Supporting Vietnam Veterans

12/11/2018
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Both of Montana’s U.S. Senators are urging the Senate to pass the so-called Blue Water Veterans Act before the current Congress adjourns. That bill would extend benefits to vets who served on ships during the Vietnam War who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. At present, only troops who served on land are eligible.

Duration:00:01:08