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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling over new rules regulating mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change Montana operations, as Big Sky power plants have already complied with EPA rules. Historic photo of a Colstrip plant under construction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite s...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Crab grass is a new invasive species showing up in Montana lawns because of milder winters.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana gardeners have seen some surprises this year. New pests, diseases and invasive species are presenting challenges as the U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones move north. Toby Day is a Montana State University Extension horticulture specialist who coordinates the mas...Read More

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PHOTO: The Blackfeet Nation is hosting a Badger Two-Medicine Day on Saturday at Mitten Lake. Hikes, trail rides, language lessons and ceremonies all are free to the public.

BROWNING, Mont. - The Badger-Two Medicine area's history, landscape and recreational opportunities will be celebrated Saturday at Mitten Lake. Badger Two-Medicine Day offers a plant-identification workshop, hikes and trail rides, Blackfeet language lessons and stories about the cultural heritage of...Read More

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PHOTO: An analysis of operational costs and energy markets shows that the two oldest coal-fired plants at Colstrip may have a limited future. Photo credit: Colin Ruggiero

COLSTRIP, Mont. - The energy market has been tough on coal-fired power, according to research from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. A new look at data for the two oldest coal-fired power plants at Colstrip, 1 and 2 raises questions about their profitability, based on energy...Read More

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PHOTO: Three conservation groups have filed suit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approval of a proposed copper and silver mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, on the grounds the development would harm endangered bull trout and grizzly bears. Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MISSOULA, Mont. – Plans to mine and process 20,000 tons of silver and copper every day in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the proposed Montanore Mine would inflict substantial and irreversibl...Read More

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PHOTO: Cheatgrass thrives with warmer temperatures and increased levels of carbon pollution. The latest climate change research is being offered through a new portal on the Montana Farmers Union website,  Photo credit: Cassondra Skinner, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.

GREAT FALLS, Mont - Montana farmers and ranchers have a new tool today to help track climate-change research and learn what it might mean for them. The portal is offered through the Montana Farmers Union website,, and can be accessed by anyone. Climate-change researcher Fa...Read More

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PHOTO: Greater sage-grouse. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. - Land-use plans for federal sagebrush landscapes in Montana and nine other western states have been unveiled by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The plans have been years in the making, and while ensuring stable populations of greater sage-grouse is one goal, the plans reflect th...Read More

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PHOTO: The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. Photo credit: "Pipes for Keystone Pipeline in 2009" by shannonpatrick17 from Swanton, Neb., Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The TransCanada pipeline-project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the project say Mo...Read More

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