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Infrastructure, abortion, criminal-record bills debated

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HELENA — As Republicans and Democrats grapple with how to fund statewide infrastructure projects at the Montana Legislature, one bill in the House aims to put that decision in the hands of local voters. House Bill 577, introduced by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, would allow cities and towns to adopt an infrastructure tax on luxury goods and services at a maximum rate of 4 percent. However, the tax would have to be approved by local voters. (more…) Continue Reading →

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All eyes on budget during 2017 legislative session

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to included a correction. The Montana Legislature is responsible for accomplishing a great deal during the 90 days it meets every two years. But lawmakers are actually constitutionally required to do only one thing—create and pass a state budget. (more…) Continue Reading →

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High-achieving Crow-Salish woman builds on family tradition

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Mitchell Rose Bear Don’t Walk said her family instilled in her the idea that she would go to college, and that she would use her knowledge to do good things. Her family’s accomplishments, as much as their words, showed her the way. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New therapy holds out hope for depression sufferers

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W.H., a 38-year-old woman, has suffered from major depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and trichotillomania—an impulse-control disorder sometimes called hair-pulling disorder—since she was 19 years old. Over the years, she has tried a variety of anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications, with little relief. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ekalaka’s ‘Dino Shindig’ wins honors at tourism conference

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The Dino Shindig, put on every summer since 2013 by the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, was named “Event of the Year” Monday night during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Helena. The two-day event celebrates paleontology and brings in speakers and attendees from all over the world to Ekalaka, way down in the southeast corner of Montana. Last year, one of the speakers was Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Special ed in uphill fight to find funding in Legislature

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HELENA — The main state budget bill at the Montana Legislature passed first reading last week with some surprises, including the restoration of  $11.5 million to higher education funding. But one area has consistently struggled to find funding throughout the first half of the 65th Montana legislative session—special education. Funded through a combination of federal dollars and state funds, special education has seen minimal increases in state funds, leaving local and federal dollars to pick up the slack, according to a report by the legislative school funding interim committee. (more…) Continue Reading →

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With special election dance over, Legislature gets back to work

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After uncertainty about how the upcoming special congressional election would change the makeup of the Montana Legislature, the nomination of Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte means it’s back to business as usual at the state Capitol. Multiple legislators had announced their intention to run for the vacant congressional seat after former Rep. Ryan Zinke was nominated and then confirmed as U.S. secretary of the Interior. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Free Verse project gives a voice to kids in detention centers

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Sarah Kahn has been running the Free Verse Writing Project for almost three years, taking creative writing programs to youth detention centers in Montana. The aim of the project is not just to give the young detainees a chance to express themselves, but also a reason to hope. Kahn remembers one boy in particular, “an incredibly talented kid” who was being held at the Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility in Miles City. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Only in Montana: The long, strange tale of 1-of-a-kind car

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The heart is a fickle pump. It drives you to physical extremes when engaged in difficult tasks. Then, with time, it calms you with soothing fond dreamy memories of bleeding fingers, aching bones and questions of self-doubt earned accomplishing those tasks. The nagging passion the heart demands keeps you on your toes. The Little Green Porsche Machine (TLGPM) was the vehicle of passion that transported my wife, Lin, and me to Montana in the spring of 1979. Continue Reading →

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