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A man in a mask holds a gun during a simulation crisis intervention in Bozeman, February 14, 2020.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Law enforcement officials in Montana’s fastest growing county say the number of mental health and substance misuse related calls to 911 is going up. Since 2009, a training program has been trying to help first responders work with mental health professionals to better assist people facing a crisis.

Jess Sheldahl / Yellowstone Public Radio News

 

A group of government agencies and Yellowstone county organizations have released a plan they say will cut back on drug-related crime and addiction in the region. 

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday unveiled a final cleanup deal for Butte, marking a crucial turning point in the decades-long Superfund saga of Montana’s Mining City.

More than a century of copper mining in Butte helped electrify America and win both world wars. But, it also left behind a huge toxic mess that earned the city a Superfund site designation in the 1980s.

Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams fielding questions at Montana State University.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The two Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 governor’s race each argue they’re the best candidate to defend the party’s decade-and-a -half hold of the office from Republicans. Current Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and businesswoman Whitney Willams faced off in their first forum Wednesday night.

Yellowstone Public Radio News reports candidates fielded questions on topics including public safety, women’s health care and access to public land.

Glacier National Park will continue offering free shuttle rides for visitors around the park in 2020. The service has been in question after Flathead County pulled out of its contract to run the shuttles.

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Astronaut Christina Koch recently returned to Earth after a 328-day mission in space. The Livingston resident made history with the longest space flight by a woman astronaut and the first all-female space walk. Koch’s contributions to science could be even more far-reaching. 

Much of downtown Missoula was on lockdown Wednesday after a police officer reported his patrol car was fired upon.

Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh says the officer was driving northbound on the 400 block of Woody Street at about 9:45 a.m. when the rear window of his cruiser was shot out.

Some Montana vape and e-cigarette retailers are once again squaring off with the Bullock administration over the state’s temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

This time they disagree on when it ends.

A red building of housing units.
Montana Department of Commerce

The Montana Department of Commerce announced Feb. 11 that four towns will receive state funding to support development and rehabilitation of affordable rental homes.

This season on Richest Hill you’ve been hearing all about what mining meant for Butte, the toxic legacy it left behind, and about sprawling efforts to clean it up that have spanned more than 30 years.

And this week, something big is gonna happen.

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