Montana Voices: Cheers for Forward Montana’s work to rejuvenate democracy

In an effort to encourage Montana’s younger population to participate in their government, Forward Montana has built an organization that addresses issues of concern to those aged 16 to 34. They have shown how important voting is and how it is possible to have influence on elections.

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Lolo Forest’s fire management officer named No. 1 in nation

Laura Ward, the Lolo National Forest’s Fire Management Officer, was recently named Forest Service Fire Management Officer of the Year by a national committee and was honored in a ceremony here in Missoula.

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Governor vetoes bill expanding definition of ‘trespass’ to help landlords

Vetoed by the governor, House Bill 231 would have required someone to have written permission or a valid rental agreement to be on residential property. If someone didn’t have either of those, or wasn’t invited, they could be removed from the property immediately.

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Senate says ‘no’ to amendments stripping political practices boss of independence

The Senate rejected amendments to a bill Monday that would require the now-independent Commissioner of Political Practices to report to the state’s Attorney General.

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Fond memories and misspoken words at Missoula City Council

In less than a whirlwind that harkened back to a lighter time, the Missoula City Council on Monday night approved a number of items agreed to during last week’s committee meetings before embarking on thoughts and fond commemorations.

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Greening up: Fort Missoula Regional Park set to open

An expanded Fort Missoula Regional Park will open to the public this weekend, capping a process that dates back more than 20 years and included moving several thousand cubic yards of earth, not to mention building pavilions from timber and stone.

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Montana Voices: Leg doing good work on suicide prevention

Rep. John Fleming is happy to report that the Legislature has passed some good measures to help the state deal with important issues, including suicide prevention and the increasing problem of invasive species on our public lands and in our waters.

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Missoula teachers look to bring coding into the classroom

Twenty-four teachers from Missoula to West Yellowstone buckled down before computers and occasional puzzles on Sunday to gain the skills needed to bring computer science into the classroom, starting with children as young as 5 years old.

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UM to showcase Dance New Works in movement and light

The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present the work of emerging choreographers next month, celebrating the up-and-coming talents of its graduating seniors.

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International curator and art theorist to talk ceramics at MAM presentation

A senior scholar at the Yale Center for British Art will stop at the Missoula Art Museum this month to discuss the museum’s current exhibit and how it set a precedent for others working in the field of ceramic arts.

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