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Reservation-based Satellite Election Offices Help Native American Voters, Says Leaders

Early voting started today in Montana for the mid-term elections. Some Native American voters say the satellite election offices on the reservations will make it easier for them to exercise their right to vote.

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A major U.S. coal producer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday morning.

Westmoreland Coal Company operates five mines in Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. They employ more than a thousand people.

Breastfeeding may help babies control their stress according to new research out of the University of Utah.

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A Texas federal judge just has declared unconstitutional a decades-old law that aims to keep Native American children within their own communities.

A class action lawsuit is alleging the U.S. Olympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs tolerated sexual abuse, exploitation and forced labor. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not specifically named as a defendant in the suit, but that could change as the suit moves forward. 

The flu epidemic was especially deadly last year. And our region was no exception. Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have died in the U.S. from the flu virus last season, including a record high of 180 children.  

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The midterm elections are notorious for low voter turnout. In 2014, it was the lowest since World War II. So this year, companies, celebrities and non-profit organizations are rallying behind get-out-the-vote campaigns.

A Wyoming animal shelter using pepper spray to train a puppy has caused outrage in the community. It's also shone a spotlight on the region's animal abuse and neglect laws.

Public lands are a big deal in the mountain west. Conservationists across our region are celebrating these lands all this month.

 


Andy Smetanka holds a sign protesting the closure of Montana's only alternative weekly newspaper.
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Freelance writer Sarah Aswell leans against a big rock near downtown Missoula, Montana.

She’s surrounded by people holding signs and protesting the abrupt closure of the state’s oldest alternative weekly newspaper.

“It feels weird to think about anything except our loss today,” she said .

The federal agency overseeing the Lake Powell Pipeline license application issued a key ruling on Tuesday which some critics are saying will delay the project. But supporters insist that now they're actually a step closer to getting final approval.

It may be autumn in a couple of days but wildfire season isn't slowing down. People living in parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah remain evacuated from their homes because of nearby wildfires. And the flames are fueling another thing-private firefighting companies.

The outdoor recreation industry is growing faster than ever, especially in our region. In fact, new statistics show this sector grew faster than the overall U.S. economy.

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Locations around the region could soon find “frost is on the pumpkin” as night time temperatures drop into the 30s.

Many home gardeners want to prolong the growing season when the first frosts threatened produce. Crops like cabbage, kale and broccoli can handle a frost or light freeze. But warm season crops like tomatoes, green beans and corn need protection.

The Trump administration just relaxed Obama-era industry regulations for methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal lands. But reactions to the change in the Mountain West are mixed.  

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