Montana News

Missoula Water
9:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water fight boiling in Missoula

Missoula Mayor John Engen

A public hearing will be held later this month before the Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance that would give Mayor John Engen authority to open negotiations with The Carlyle Group to purchase Mountain Water Company.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager, purchased Mountain Water about two years ago, with the stipulation the city of Missoula would get the first shot at buying the utility if it ever went up for sale.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Engen explains why he thinks it's important to pursue this discussion - and why now.

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Folk Art Exhibit
4:15 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New exhibit illustrates the individualism of American folk art

Mark Negus, "Stumbler", carved wood

A new exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum showcases folk art from around the country.

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Park closure strands visitors
5:41 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Glacier Park, closed for the shutdown

Blockade at West Glacier entrance to Glacier Park.
Katrin Frye

Arguably the most visible effect of the government shutdown is the closure of 401 National Parks, including Glacier Park. Glacier counts on an average of 50 to 60 thousand visitors in the month of October. Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann with the Park said there has been confusion, and surprise about the Park being closed.

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Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown?

  Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state’s federal workforce.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel—which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.

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Obamacare Montana
10:56 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State official anxious to see how many of Montana’s 200,000 uninsured will sign up for Obamacare

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

State insurance commissioner Monica Lindeen has been traveling a lot lately, answering questions from Montanans about Obamacare, and what it means for them.

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Internet healthcare marketplace
2:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Montana healthcare "navigators" ready to help the uninsured sign up for coverage

Individuals and groups looking for health insurance will - starting tomorrow - have another alternative at their disposal.

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Forest Poll
1:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Poll shows Americans love their forests – and are willing to pay for them

Blodgett Canyon trail, Bitterroot National Forest
Credit Sally Mauk

Americans love their national forests.

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Climate change
1:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Environmental law expert says climate change era demands we adapt or die

Clark Fork River in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

One of the resources most directly impacted by climate change is water.

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Climate Report
10:38 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Climate scientist says new report should, but likely won’t, spur Congress to act on climate change

University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology, Dr. Steve Running
Credit Dan Boyce

The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week

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Steve Daines
2:16 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Congressman Daines wants to cut timber--and food benefits

Republican Congressman Steve Daines

Montana’s Congressman Steve Daines is touting a bill he is cosponsoring which would increase logging on national forest lands.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed the U.S. House last Friday.

Supporters say the bill would boost local economies near forest land and help lower the risk of catastrophic wildfires like those seen near Yosemite National Park this summer.

But, the bill faces some stiff opposition, including from the Obama Administration.

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