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Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
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Federal Judge Blocks Construction On Keystone XL Pipeline

A federal judge in Great Falls Thursday night blocked the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline until the U.S. government further studies its impact on the environment and climate. The controversial pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The 36-inch-wide Keystone XL would pass through six eastern Montana counties and near the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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The icebreaker Polaris in Finland
Amy Martin

Threshold S02 Episode Seven: Hello Central

If there's one thing everybody's heard about the Arctic, it's that sea ice is melting, and that's bad news. But what's less well-known is that some people see opportunity in sea ice loss. This time, take a seat in the captain's chair of a Finnish icebreaker, sing along with a very musical Alaskan mayor, and find out what it means when the world gets a whole new ocean.

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Carrie Schrader

Amy Ray's Music Hollers 'Subversiveness With A Smile'

Amy Ray , who is one-half of the Indigo Girls duo, has always leaned toward the rockier side of folk-rock, but neither "folk" nor "rock" fully describes the breadth of her solo work. It's infused with a Southern punk feel she likes to call "subversiveness with a smile." On the next “Musician’s Spotlight,” Amy Ray returns to chat with host John Floridis about her most recent recording Holler , and to reflect on her decades-long career.

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Asian Sauces Can Pep Up Your Cooking

Nov 11, 2018
Marco Verch (CC-BY-2.0)

Asian sauces add zip to more than just Chinese dishes; they can pep up barbecue, chili, duck, chicken or broccoli. Chinese chefs use these off-the-shelf sauces in their kitchens, so you can, too.  Oyster sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili paste, black bean sauce with garlic, plum sauce, satay sauce, sriracha: all of them keep well on the shelf or in the fridge. They'll serve as a condiment, a spice, or a marinade. 

Mark Mariano does daily waterfowl observations rounds at the Berkeley Pit during migration season. October 2018.
Nora Saks / MTPR

With the fall bird migration now in full swing, the companies in charge of Butte’s Berkeley Pit are using their new and improved scientific bird-hazing program to keep birds away. This week, their program got put to the test.

Two years ago this November, Butte made national headlines when several thousand late-migrating snow geese landed on the Berkeley Pit, exhausted and died. The huge numbers overwhelmed the companies jointly in charge of managing the former open pit copper mine and their usual methods of hazing birds off the massive toxic lake it now contains. 

Tester picks up votes in Trump country, and Montanans continue a long tradition of ticket-splitting. Governor Bullock has his hands full with another Republican-led Legislature, and this election stands out in many ways from previous Montana mid-terms. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break it all down in this season's final installment of "Campaign Beat."

Network cables.
(PD)

Microsoft announced a new agreement this week to deliver broadband internet service to over 73,000 people in rural Montana and Washington who currently have slow, or no internet whatsoever.

The FCC says roughly 40 percent of rural Montanans lack access to a broadband internet connection.

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
shannonpatrick17 (CC-BY-2.0)

A federal judge in Great Falls Thursday night blocked the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline until the U.S. government further studies its impact on the environment and climate.

The controversial pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The 36-inch-wide Keystone XL would pass through six eastern Montana counties and near the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Montana Vote Totals, Absentee Returns Set State Records

Nov 9, 2018
Sample Montana ballot.
Montana SOS

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More voters cast ballots in this week's election than any other midterm in Montana history, and only two presidential elections have had higher voter numbers.

The secretary of state's unofficial results from Tuesday's election puts total turnout at 497,393 voters. That's the state's third-highest total behind the 516,901 people who voted in 2016 and the 497,599 in 2008. 

Zinke Says He Won't Run For Montana Governor In 2020

Nov 9, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he won't run for Montana governor in 2020.

Zinke told KBUL-AM Friday that he's not going to enter the race. He says there are exciting candidates who will be running and that he plans to continue his job at the Interior Department. 

Montana Republicans Retain Legislative Control

Nov 9, 2018
Montana Legislature balance of power, 2019 vs 2017.
Timothy Pierce, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

Although all votes have yet to be counted, Montana Republicans will hold a legislative majorities in both the Montana House of Representatives and Senate.

The majorities will give Republicans the power to elect leaders of both the Senate and the House and choose committee chairpersons at upcoming party caucuses in Helena.

Boat propeller encrusted with invasive mussels.
National Parks Service (PD)

A summit that could shape the future of invasive species policy in Montana will take place next week in Helena.

Stephanie Hester, coordinator for the Montana Invasive Species Council, says invasive species management in Montana spans the Departments of Agriculture, Livestock, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and other organizations.

Blackfeet Community College faculty, staff and nursing students stand in front of the new $7.5 million building.
Maxine Speier / MTPR

In Browning, Blackfeet Community College held a ceremony this week to name a newly-built $7.5 million Health Science and Education Building in honor of the late Blackfeet tribal elder, Elouise Cobell.

On Monday, nearly two dozen nursing students wearing brand-new navy blue scrub tops stood in front of a crowd outside the east entrance of the newest building at the college. They linked arms as one student used scissors to cut through red ribbon.

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