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The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers - Beware undisclosed influence on local news :


Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold -- potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters ...


Western Governors' News: Idaho restructures workforce efforts, manufacturing growth in Montana and Colorado's career coaching program:


The Western Governors' Association offers a regular roundup of news showcasing the work of Western Governors in economic development, natural resources, education, health and safety, and other areas. ...


The Only Federal Agency Dedicated to Homelessness Could Be Shut Down:




15,000 Scientists Just Signed A "Warning To Humanity":


In 25 years, human numbers have increased by 2 billion, or 35 percent. Close to 121 million hectares (300 million acres) of forest have been cut down, while the number of ocean dead zones has increased ...


Bozeman City Commission tables vote on strategic plan:




35 states, including Idaho, support bid to collect online sales taxes:


Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia have signed on to support South Dakota's legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. South Dakota is asking ...


Face the Nation - Inside Trump administration's effort to staff the government - Michael Lewis:


The folks at the Department of Agriculture laid on a friendly welcome for the Trump transition team, but they soon discovered that most of his appointees were stunningly unqualified. With key U.S.D.A. ...


Millennials aren't satisfied with capitalism -- and might prefer a socialist country, studies find:


Ask a millennial if they would rather live under a socialist or capitalist country, and they're likely to give an answer much different than their parents or grandparents would. That's according ...


Bozeman to vote on strategic plan at Monday's meeting:


Bozeman's leaders will narrow their project priorities for the first plan that outlines the city's growth for the next three to five years. "As we continue to grow as a community, it is important for ...


Gianforte's chief of staff Charles Robison appointed next rural development director for Montana:


U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte's chief of staff has been appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development director of Montana. USDA announced directors of Rural Development and Farm Service ...


Bozeman City Commission running low on time to update development code:


Bozeman leaders have little time to update the rules on how building can happen in the city, but they said this week they're going to try. Dec. 18 marks the current Bozeman City Commission's last meeting ...


Several of Missoula's top federal forest service fire science experts blocked from attending major fire conference:


Several of Missoula's top federal fire scientists have been denied permission to attend the International Fire Congress later this month, leading conference organizers to suspect censorship of climate-related ...


Montana's Crusade to Limit Campaign Contributions Could Have Nationwide Repercussions:




Senator Jon Tester Launches Portal to Receive Feedback from Montanans on Tax Reform, Debt:


Senator: This Process Needs to be Bipartisan, Transparent & Open U.S. Senator Jon Tester launched an online portal today to receive feedback from Montanans about tax reform and the importance ...


Trump Calls Opioids a Crisis, but Puts No Money Toward a Fix:


"175 people die every day from opioids. That's a 9/11 disaster every 2 1/2 weeks. If we had a 175 death terrorism attack every day what would we spend to counter them?" Chris Christie *** In ...


The Park Service's proposal to double entry fees could fix its maintenance problem 161 years from now:


The National Park Service raised eyebrows this week with a plan to more than double, and in some cases nearly triple, entrance fees at the nation's most popular national parks. The new changes would ...


While Trump Is Tweeting, These 3 People Are Undoing American Government as We Know It:




The FCC plans to roll back some of its biggest rules against media consolidation:


The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to eliminate a decades-old rule designed to preserve media diversity in local markets, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday. The move is aimed ...


Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review:


Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump's administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of ...


White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer's ability to sue banks or credit card companies:


The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for ...


Senator Tester Blasts Proposed Hike in Entrance Fees for Glacier, Yellowstone:


Senator encourages Montanans to weigh in with public comment on proposed $70 fee U.S. Senator Jon Tester is blasting a new proposal by the National Park Service to significantly increase entrance ...


Senator Tester Secures $576 Million for Wildfire Relief and Forest Management in Disaster Funding Bill:


Senator: These Resources Will Help Montana Recover from Record-Breaking Fire Season (U.S. Senate)--U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $576 million for wildfire relief and forest management ...


' Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' by Sarah Chayes :


We must confront corruption, for it is a cause―not a result―of global instability. "I can't imagine a more important book for our time." ―Sebastian Junger *** Trump flouting ...


Daines, Gianforte support STEM, sort of:


U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte are surely gung-ho STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) guys; champions of technology. Daines "helped grow" the RightNow Technologies company ...


Facebook could make up for delay in census data:




Ethics provisions updates back on Great Falls City Commission agenda:


This year's Community Development Block Grant funding allocation process was plagued with conflict of interest issues. In response, city staff recommend changes to the city code regarding ethics. Many ...


60 Minutes - Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress:


Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities -- knowing that people were dying -- and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA's efforts to ...


DATE ERROR - Montana Congressman Gianforte To Host Tele-town Hall Thursday - 10/19 - Phone:


MATR apologizes for the erroneous date on this post. This was a 3 hour notice for a town hall that occurred on 10/12. MATR has assumed that there would be a normal time span between the announcement ...


Where's Zinke? The Interior secretary's special flag is hoisted whenever he's in the building.:


At the Interior Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can remember ever happening in the federal government. A ...


Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte's mugshot goes public:


Rep. Greg Gianforte's mugshot, taken after assaulting a reporter on the eve of his election, was released to the public Wednesday on the order of a Montana judge. The Republican Gianforte, Montana's ...

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