Around 200 people filled up Inspiration Hall at Montana State University in Bozeman to hear a presentation by Physicist Rob Davies February 18, 2020.
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Guest Speaker, Panelists At MSU Discuss Climate Change And Solutions

A group of city, state and tribal representatives met this week in Bozeman to share ideas about how to address climate change in Montana. A guest speaker at the conference said Rocky Mountain states are going to see catastrophic changes on our current path.

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How Havre Public Schools Handled A Ransomware Attack

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Brucellosis Detected In Ruby Mountain Elk

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A third-party review of Montana’s largest electric utility says NorthWestern Energy failed to sufficiently factor renewable energy sources into how it could meet customer demand in the future.

It's Friday, February 21st. Today we have stories about sports betting in Montana, a lawsuit against NorthWestern energy and upgrades to employee housing in Yellowstone National Park.

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The Billings Gazette announced it's eliminating the jobs of Editor Darrell Ehrlick and Editorial Page Editor Pat Bellinghausen on Feb. 2nd. 

Around 200 people filled up Inspiration Hall at Montana State University in Bozeman to hear a presentation by Physicist Rob Davies February 18, 2020.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

A group of city, state and tribal representatives met this week in Bozeman to share ideas about how to address climate change in Montana. A guest speaker at the conference said Rocky Mountain states are going to see catastrophic changes on our current path.

It's Thursday, February 20th. Today we have stories about the elimination of the Billings Gazette's editorial staff, ideas from Bozeman on how to address climate change and funding issues for livestock losses in Montana.

The Bitterroot National Forest banned the creation of new, bolted rock climbing routes earlier this month, forcing climbers and conservationists to contemplate the future of the sport in the area.

In so-called “sport climbing,” climbers clip ropes into small bolts fixed in the rock to keep from falling too far should they slip off as they ascend.

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Havre Public School’s computer system was infected with a ransomware virus in early February. It knocked out the district computers for about a week but the system is back online now. This is the 4th reported cyber attack on a Montana school district since 2016, according to tech company SecuLore Solutions. State officials say they don’t keep track of cyberattacks of this kind.

YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl spoke with Paul Dragu of the Havre Herald about how the district dealt with the hack.

It's Wednesday, February 19th. Today we have stories about a land mine at Montana State University, NorthWestern Energy's new coal supply contract and an update on the cleanup of a former wood treatment plant in Butte.

A Wyoming rancher was awarded nearly $340,000 last month after disputing wildlife managers’ initial offer to pay for several livestock killed by grizzlies and wolves. 

While the large payout is unusual, Montana ranchers say it’s calling attention to funding issues for livestock losses on this side of the border.

A piece of war memorabilia spurred an investigation at Montana State University today. Montana State University Police cordoned off a campus parking lot after a defused explosive was discovered in a student’s car.

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