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After Montana’s new Grizzly Bear Advisory Council met last week in Bozeman to map out a state management plan for the expanding grizzly bear populations near Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, researchers in Missoula railed against turning management over from federal agencies to the state.

As grizzly bear populations in Montana expand into areas where they haven’t been seen for generations, so does the number of potential conflicts with humans.

Evening Newscast 11-18-19

Nov 18, 2019

A mandatory 35% fine that’s been on the books for certain drug cases since 1995 was ruled unconstitutional by the Montana Supreme Court.

The Environmental Protection Agency has put a stop to ‘Bag O’Slag,’ sandwich bags filled with mining waste sold by the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce.

An inmate at Havre’s Hill County jail died Sunday after a fight with another inmate.

What Is Soul Food?

Nov 17, 2019

How would you define "soul food?" To 'Food Guy' Jon Jackson, it's ham hocks, butter beans, cornbread and mustard greens. But Jon's fellow Detroiters might name red beans and rice, or barbequed ribs. Greg Patent's idea of soul food is Iraqui chicken or Russian borscht. "Ethnic food--maybe that's what all soul food is," concludes Jon.

Thermophiles: Multitudes In The Hot Spring

Nov 17, 2019

Researchers are now testing theories that archaea populate the lowest branches, maybe even the roots, of our phylogenetic family tree. The hydrothermal ecosystems that encompass hot springs are among the oldest continuously-inhabited ecosystems on earth. These environments and the creatures that thrive there need to be protected, for they may tell us invaluable information about evolution and our ancestry.

Out-of-staters are becoming a greater share of the hunters and anglers in Montana. Out-of-state anglers accounted for more than 85% of the increase in Montana fishing license holders from 2010 to 2017, according to data gathered by the Legislative Fiscal Division.

Evening Newscast 11-15-19

Nov 15, 2019

The head of Montana’s Public Service Commission says he didn’t intentionally hide from the public the panel’s approval of a $6.5 million rate hike for NorthWestern Energy customers.

Flathead’s Bigfork High School has its first school resource officer in 11 years.

NorthWestern Energy is asking state utility regulators to sign off on the company’s request to increase their customers’ electric bills by $23.8 million for one year.

After more than 25 years spent running hospitals in Tennessee and Montana, Jeff Fee jumped into entrepreneurship with the 2018 launch of PatientOne. In February of 2019, the startup attracted $1.2 million in venture capital from several funds, including Revolution’s Rise of the Rest seed fund, co-founded by former AOL CEO, Steve Case.

On this episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Jeff Fee talks about what’s new in digital medical care and the challenges of jumping mid-career into the world of startups.

Evening Newscast 11-14-19

Nov 14, 2019

A debate between Montana Republican gubernatorial contenders is moving forward in Helena despite the absence of one of the candidates.

Gov. Steve Bullock will again miss the debate stage in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

The Psychedelic Circus is rolling back to the airwaves to share more psychedelic gems mined & collected by Doc Sandoz over the last month. Join Joan Richarde and Doc Sandoz Nov. 15 from 10 p.m. to midnight for a trip into the deepest part of your psychedelic sensibilities!

A moose in Montana has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time. The finding expands the area wildlife managers believed the disease to exist.

The moose was killed north of Troy, just a half of a mile outside of the Libby CWD management zone, which spans a 10-mile radius around Libby. Thirty white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD within the management zone since the disease was discovered this spring.

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