There is an ant and she is next to my foot, dragging a fly up the same hill that I have just stopped trying to drag myself up.  All worker ants are females and this particular female has a black fly in her mandibles, but she’s having a hard time keeping it there because she is negotiating her way backwards through lichen, and the uncooperative (i.e., dead) fly keeps getting hung up.

Recipe: Gâteau Breton

Sep 15, 2019

Brittany is well-known for its butter -- as is this small Breton cake, which uses eight ounces of butter to nine ounces of flour.  You can quickly whirl together its five ingredients in a food processor. Greg Patent first tried Gâteau Breton on vacation in San Francisco and was enchanted by its slightly chewy texture and Wall Of Butter wallop.

Evening Newscast 09-13-19

Sep 13, 2019

Missoula police released the names of two officers involved in a fatal shooting earlier this month.

The Montana University System Board of Regents approved a $1.6 billion budget Thursday, an 8% increase from last year’s budget, according to the Missoulian.

Montana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ballard announced Friday he is ending his campaign.

It’s been nearly two months since Montana health officials removed 27 children from the Ranch for Kids in Rexford due to allegations of physical and emotional abuse. Ranch for Kids’ license is still suspended, and according to the ranch’s director, a hearing to appeal that decision has not been held.

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A viral Facebook post is spreading false information about a toxic blue-green algae bloom in Flathead Lake, according to lake researchers. The post claims that a dog died after swimming in the lake, but the Flathead Lake Biological Research Station says there’s no evidence to support the claim.

The results of Montana’s statewide college-readiness test for high school juniors were released Friday. The overall test scores are identical to the previous year but down over the last four years.

Montana gives the ACT test to nearly all juniors as part of its federal accountability requirements.

Montana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ballard announced Friday that he’s ending his campaign. The writer and photographer from Red Lodge says earlier this week he was diagnosed with symptoms of a heart condition.

Ballard wrote in a statement Friday that he “made a final decision to cease the campaign” on the advice of his doctor and family.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox cheered the Trump administration's rollback Thursday of an Obama-era clean water regulation.

The 2015 Waters of the United States rule was designed to protect many American wetlands and streams from pollution, but opponents argued it was too restrictive.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services held a hearing Thursday on new rules for private residential youth programs. While there was support for the regulations, some of the programs that would fall under the proposed rules said they went too far. 

Erica Johnston with Health and Human Services told reporters before Thursday’s hearing that the department consulted with the 18 private residential youth programs statewide that would fall under its proposed list of expanded regulations.

Johnston said site visits also helped inform the overhaul.