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3 yr old near Ft Shaw (Photo courtesy MT FW&P)
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Better Be Bear Aware

FWP Bear Management Specialist, Jamie Jonkel  says this has been an especially busy fall for grizzly bear activity in Region 2, measured in reports he has received from archery and bird hunters.  Jonkel notes that he continues to get a number of reports of grizzlies in the Blackfoot and Clearwater drainages and a few from the Rattlesnake Wilderness, the Ninemile area northwest of Missoula and Garnet and Sapphire Mountain Ranges

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Montana Follows Nation With Rising Violent Crime Rates

The National Crime Victimization Survey reports that America's violent crime rate jumped up 15 percent in 2012. Statistician Tyson Mclean works as the Statistical Analysis Center Director at the Montana Board of Crime Control and he said Montana's crime rate is up too.

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New Poll Shows Less Than 50 Percent of Montanans Approve of Congressional Delegates

A new poll done by faculty and students at MSU-Billings has politicos across Montana pointing to winners and losers after the fallout of the federal shutdown debates.

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EPA Coal Regulation Listening Tour Accused of Skipping Coal Country

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday, October 23, that it would be holding listening sessions across the U.S. to get feedback on proposed coal plant regulations. The problem, according to a press release from the Montana Attorney General's office, is that the tour "skips coal country altogether."

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Montana Insurance Commissioner Worried Healthcare.gov Problems Could be Critical [AUDIO]

Montana's Commissioner of Insurance Monica Lindeen hasn't been shy recently in her criticism of the federal health exchange website roll out.

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Montanans Awarded for Fighting Mental Illness, State Still Behind Much of Nation

The Montana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has announced the winners of its 2013 Hero Awards. The awards are dedicated to individuals or organizations that have fought for better mental health in their community. All of the winners this year were either from Helena or Western Montana communities, like Stevensville, Hamilton, and Missoula.

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Ninth Circuit Court Issues Injunction Halting Kootenai Forest Timber Sale

On Monday, October 21, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an environmental group, and agreed to issue a two-week injunction temporarily halting a timber sale harvest in Kootenai National Forest.

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Vandals Destroy $300 Easement Sign, Authorities Seeking Information

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is looking for anyone who might have information about vandalism caused at the Bolin Ranch Conservation Easement near Stevensville.

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Griz in the brush (Photo courtesy Thor Mark/Flickr)
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Bears Are Hunting Too

General big game rifle season opens this Saturday at sunrise. FWP Bear Management Specialist, Jamie Jonkel  says this has been an especially busy fall for grizzly bear activity

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U.S. Senate Showdown Between Steve Daines and Champ Edmunds Possible

Steve Daines' vote to bring an end to the recent debt ceiling and federal government shutdown may have opened the door to a primary challenge from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Champ Edmunds.

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State Insurance Official Calls Healthcare.gov “Disappointing” – “Frustrating” [AUDIO]

When Montanans encounter trouble accessing the new health insurance marketplace via the website www.healthcare.gov, they call the State of Montana Commissioner of Insurance for help.

 

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Montana Congressman Steve Daines Votes to End Government Shutdown – Says it Adds Safeguards on Healthcare Law [AUDIO]

After the U.S. Congress voted to end the partial government shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling late Wednesday night, October 16, President Obama signed the measure.

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