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44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - MT: Environment

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., gave the keynote speech at Montana Conservation Voters' 20th anniversary celebration. (Montana Conservation Voters)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – A "who's who" of Montana conservationists gathered in Livingston on Thursday to celebrate Montana Conservation Voters' 20th birthday. The group rang in two decades of work educating voters about environmental issues. Its executive director, Aaron Murphy, said the list of c

The American Prairie Reserve bison herd has grown to about 850 animals. (Dennis J. Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. – In the face of local concern about bison, the American Prairie Reserve has revised its grazing application for the animals on federal lands in northeastern Montana. The group – aiming to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States – original

Montanans in cities including Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montanans are joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday to demand action on climate change. More than 3,400 climate-strike events are planned in 120 countries. The youth-led movement is to take place in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Monda

Whitefish, Mont., implemented its Climate Action Plan in 2018, providing a potential model for other rural towns. (-ted/Flickr)

WHITEFISH, Mont. – Whitefish has become a model for how rural towns can adapt to the effects of climate change. The jumpstart for the northwestern Montana town was the Resilience Dialogues in 2017, which partly led the city to produce its Climate Action Plan in 2018. Steve Thompson, the pl

Because of concerns for their water sources, residents of Glendive, Mont. are pushing DEQ to make rules about radioactive oil waste. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

GLENDIVE, Mont. – The latest proposed rules for disposing of radioactive oil waste in Montana have some residents concerned. The state Department of Environmental Quality wants to raise the radioactive limit from 50 picocuries per gram to 200. The state already has licensed four landfills

This year, Missoula became the first city in Montana to commit to 100% clean energy. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The 9th annual Montana Clean Energy Fair takes place in Bozeman this Saturday. The event features workshops on topics such as smart solar shopping, energy efficiency in the home and an electric vehicle show-and-tell. It also includes panels on renewable energy policies and

The BLM Lewistown Field Office recommended 200,000 acres of land in its district be conserved for its special environmental characteristics. (brewbooks/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – A resource management plan (RMP) for central Montana is drawing the ire of conservation groups and former public lands officials, calling it a sell-off to the oil and gas industry. The Bureau of Land Management released a draft RMP for 650,000 acres of land it oversees str

A new report finds funding for Montana's state parks is lagging their maintenance needs by more than $25 million. (William Neuheisel/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – A new report finds the needs of Montana's outdoors are eclipsing the funding to meet them. The Headwaters Economics and the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project report looks at state parks, trails, wildlife and working lands, and finds funding demands are outpacing the money from

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