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Human remains found near Pryor on Tuesday

Human remains discovered Tuesday on the Crow Reservation are believed to belong to a man who has been missing since December 2013. The remains are thought to belong to Michael Plainbull. Other parts of Plainbull’s body were discovered near Pryor by a rancher in July 2014, said Travis Burrows, supervisory senior resident agent of the Read More…

Guest opinion: Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers. The Legislature is currently moving more than $1 billion worth of infrastructure projects directly to Montana communities. You read that right – billion. This is an important piece of the puzzle Read More…

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Read the Constitution and find common ground

Like many of us, I’ve serious concerns about the political climate in our country today. The political discourse is so toxic. The outrage on both sides of the political spectrum reminds me of how divided we were during the Vietnam War. I hardly recognize my own country these days. The reasons are numerous, but I Read More…

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Does it pay to get a double major in college?

(THE CONVERSATION) Students are bombarded with an array of competing opportunities during college, all with the promise that each will lead to a better job or higher earnings upon entering the “real world.” One such option is the double major, in which a student earns two bachelor degrees at once, sometimes in entirely different disciplines. Read More…

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What motivates moral outrage?

Similarly, more than four decades after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized certain forms of abortion, people regularly gather to voice their anger at those providing abortion services. Social psychologists refer to such displays of anger against a third party (such as a government) for perceived harm against someone as moral Read More…

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Why does the GOP want to bail out private business?

Capitalism allows for success and failure. If you can’t sell your product and you have outdated technology, whether you sell widgets or coal, you will fail. Republicans want to loan Talen Energy (or its predatory private equity owner) $30 million to “prop up” operations until 2022, to allow time to “prepare” for closure. Talen’s plant Read More…

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Keep public funds in our public schools

I am the assistant principal at Bozeman High, a national board certified social studies teacher, and an advanced placement government teacher with the Montana Digital Academy. I’m also a product of K-12 education in Bozeman’s public schools and the Montana University System. I’m proud of the innovation in Montana’s public schools. For example, our BioMedical Read More…

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Trump's FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

As far back as 1927, American lawmakers sought to balance the needs of the public against the desire of big telecommunications companies to make huge profits off delivering information to Americans nationwide. Today, the Federal Communications Commission is charged with ensuring that the broadcasting and telecommunications systems work in “the public interest, convenience and necessity.” Read More…

Law enforcement remove suspicious item from airport; later tests found no danger to public

CASPER — Local and federal law enforcement removed a suspicious item from the Casper/Natrona County International Airport on Tuesday morning. Tests found that the item posed no threat to public safety, authorities said. TSA agents found the item about 7 a.m. as it passed through security, according to a news release from the Natrona County Read More…

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PACE will boost Montana economy

It’s hard to get a good idea across the finish line in politics, and it takes a lot of effort and attention. Today, we have the opportunity to bring a new financing tool to Montana that would help you save money by investing in the energy efficiency of your building and reducing your utility bills. Read More…

Officers arrest suspect they billed 'Natrona County's two-time hide and seek champion'

CASPER — Casper police arrested a man Monday wanted on multiple felony warrants who had repeatedly eluded police, earning him the department’s title of “Natrona County’s two-time hide and seek champion of 2017.” Multiple officers arrested Johnathan Arket on Monday afternoon on warrants for two counts of probation violations and two counts of failure to Read More…

Dillon company hopes to go big with big data

DILLON — One Montana company is hoping to harness the power of big data to become more competitive on the national stage. Months after announcing its intention to compete against Panera by adding more bakeries to its franchised locations, Dillon-based Great Harvest Bread Co. has tapped analytics firm Buxton to study the growth potential of Read More…

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ACA has not been a disaster

To our Congress: Please do not support the replacement for the Affordable Care Act, especially giving huge tax breaks to wealthy Americans at the expense of the poor and middle class. The ACA has not been a disaster as asserted by Trump, especially in Montana. Please protect low and middle class Montanans. Thank you, Sens. Read More…

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Fans of Native teams always unruly

This letter is in support of Paul Mushaben’s comments on the state of affairs when playing a Native American team in sports. I have played sports in Billings since 1969, and without fail, at every event involving a Native American team, there are issues of unruly fans, some of these incidents escalated into physical violence. Read More…

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Trump's policies hurt his supporters

I’m quite certain my numerous friends, clients and relatives who voted for The Donald in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon thought his “America First” slogan meant he would prioritize the lives of the American people. I don’t believe my conservative friends or family were aspiring to end services that compromise Read More…

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High voter turnout key to democracy

The implications of the 2016 election are still unfolding. This is happening in the form of starkly conservative policy proposals and nominees for key cabinet and judicial posts that continue to divide voters. Regardless of these deepening partisan divisions, one common thread continues to hold all Americans together: democracy. Montana was a beacon of hope Read More…