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Montanans Rally At Capitol To Air Grievances, Advocate Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions

Apr 20, 2020

More than three hundred Montana citizens and multiple Republican candidates for statewide office gathered at the state Capitol in Helena on Sunday, flaunting federal, state, and public health agency social distancing recommendations to express a range of opinions centered on the belief that it’s time for state directives closing schools and businesses to end.

A campsite beside the Smith River on a float trip in April, 2016.
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DEQ said Tuesday morning after the story had been published that the agency has decided to cancel the in-person meetings for the Smith River Algae Study and will offer the Helena meeting as a live stream on DEQ's YouTube channel, Wednesday from 3-5 pm.

Updates on an ongoing study of algae growth on the iconic Smith River are expected from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality this week. Details on the study will be released at public meetings in Helena and White Sulphur Springs.

A second Montana city has set a goal to turn away from fossil-fuels by 2030. The city of Helena approved a resolution Monday to move toward 100 percent renewable electricity.

The five members of the city commission unanimously backed the measure that aims to shift the energy makeup powering the Helena area.

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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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.

Mule deer
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City officials in Montana have suspended its culling of urban deer this fall and winter seasons amid budget cuts.

Helena Public Schools

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The city of Helena has reached a $100,000 settlement with a teacher who suffered hearing damage during an active shooter drill at an alternative high school.

Superintendent, Journalists React To Helena Bomb Scare Confusion

Class resumed Wednesday at a Helena elementary school that was evacuated after a bomb scare Tuesday. No bomb detonated and no one was injured.

MTPR's Edward O’Brien reports on the aftermath of the unusual day for both the school and Montana journalists.

Updated 4:30 p.m., Oct 15, 2019

Students at Rossiter School in Helena evacuated Tuesday morning after the Lewis and Clark’s Sheriff’s Department reported a detonated improvised explosive device found on the school playground. But law enforcement now says there was no detonation and no bomb.

Participants in the 2019 Environmental Stewardship Tour look at several fish species collected from Deep Creek, Broadwater County, Montana, September 09, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Ranchers in Montana are finding innovative ways to support their livestock while conserving native fisheries. A group of ranchers, conservationists and wildlife advocates recently visited the Hahn Ranch, a 2018 National Environmental Stewardship Award finalist recognized for its role restoring Deep Creek.

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for input on a 140,000 acre management project in the Big Belt Mountains, northeast of Helena. But there are few details of what exactly the agency is proposing. 

Kathy Bushnell with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says the Middleman Project includes the Avalanche drainage continuing north to the Trout Creek drainages of the Big Belts.

“The end goal is to have a healthier and more resilient forest," Bushnell says. "And then also to reduce the fire risk to communities, and homes, and people, and firefighters.”

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