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'Save Colstrip' plan falls through on last day of Montana legislature

In the end, the 2019 Legislature’s major Colstrip plan was a stalled solution that couldn’t catch a ride. Lawmakers ended the 87-day session Thursday afternoon with amendments drawn up to commit customers of NorthWestern Energy to covering debts associated with the utility’s potential purchase of Colstrip Power Plant generation and transmission lines. Billed as a Read More…

Lake County looks at drone policy

POLSON — Two years ago, Lake County purchased a drone. They’re still crafting a policy for how to use it. At a meeting Wednesday, the county commissioners and staff discussed several potential uses for their drone: mapping, planning, law enforcement and search-and-rescue. None of these have been carried out yet, said IT director Russ Rodda. He Read More…

Funding for existing public preschools expires as Montana legislature allocates no money

The last of many nails was driven into the coffin of public preschool funding at the Montana legislature Thursday, as two last-ditch proposals were rejected.  That leaves no replacement for the expiring $3 million-per-year STARS preschool program and no aid for public preschool programs built using a four-year, $40 million federal grant.  The final two Read More…

Gardiner-area residents call winter bison hunts along Yellowstone border unsafe, lobby for change

BEATTIE GULCH — The scavenger-cleaned bison carcass scattered across the grassland provided the perfect punctuation point for Nathan Varley. Varley was lobbying a group of officials Wednesday to modify how the winter bison hunt is conducted in the Gardiner Basin, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The hunter-killed bison bones, fur and offal emphasized his argument: Read More…

GlaxoSmithKline plans $100 million Hamilton expansion

Construction is underway on $100 million expansion to the Hamilton GlaxoSmithKline facility that will increase the production capacity of the key components of an enhancement system used in several of the company’s vaccines, including products that help prevent malaria and shingles. The construction project is expected to be completed in 2022. Work began on the Read More…

No avalanche deaths in Cooke City in 3 years

For a third consecutive winter season there were no avalanche fatalities in the Cooke City area, maybe in large part due to the extra efforts of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and Montana State Parks to educate snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders in the region about avalanche danger. The information is contained in a wrapup Read More…

Scientists devise plans to monitor Yellowstone hydrothermal features

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week’s contribution is from Mike Poland, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey and scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, and Wendy Stovall, geologist with the USGS and deputy scientist-in-charge, of the YVO. Last week, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientists gathered in Read More…

Caldera chronicles: Scientists devise plans to monitor Yellowstone hydrothermal features

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week’s contribution is from Mike Poland, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey and scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, and Wendy Stovall, geologist with the USGS and deputy scientist-in-charge, of the YVO. Last week, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientists gathered in Read More…

Country acts complete MontanaFair lineup

MontanaFair kicks off Aug. 9 with the “Triple Threat Tour” of Blackhawk, Restless Heart, and Shenandoah. Country music act Old Dominion performs Aug. 11 at Rimrock Auto Arena during the 2019 MontanaFair. Courtesy photo The 1990s boy band 98 Degrees will play MontanaFair Saturday, Aug. 10. Courtesy photo Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday Read More…

Acadia Montana: Use of injected medication, tolerated for years in state, draws Oregon outrage

First in a three-day series. When Annette Smith found out a 9-year-old Oregon girl she represents was being injected with Benadryl and other antihistamines to chemically restrain her for misbehavior and was also frequently being placed in locked seclusion while being treated at Acadia Montana in Butte, she was “horrified and scared for my client’s Read More…

Regulation of Acadia Montana overseen by former CEO

As Acadia Montana faces criticism and questions about the care it provides kids with behavioral and psychiatric issues, the state of Montana’s oversight of the facility is complicated by a startling fact: the person responsible for the oversight and regulation of Acadia Montana is its former CEO, Carter Anderson. Anderson led Acadia Montana from early Read More…