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Montana news, with updates on politics and elections, wildfires and air quality, heath care, wildlife, public lands and more, from Montana Public Radio.

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Montana news, with updates on politics and elections, wildfires and air quality, heath care, wildlife, public lands and more, from Montana Public Radio.

    2020 Primaries Highlight Montana GOP's Internal Rift

    2020 Primaries Highlight Montana GOP's Internal Rift

    Two different versions of Montana conservatism have been butting heads for years in the statehouse. And they’ll be pitted against each other again in Tuesday's primary election as GOP voters choose them between factions of the Republican party – business-minded Republicans willing to work across the aisle and party hardliners who legislate with strict ideology.

    • 6 min
    Montana Gun Sales Soar In May

    Montana Gun Sales Soar In May

    Gun and ammunition sales are surging nationally, and Montana is no exception. According to the FBI there were over 3 million background checks last month, the highest for any May on record. The National Instant Criminal Background Check system has logged over 15 million checks so far this year, putting 2020 on track to break last year’s high of 28 million.

    • 1 min
    Wildlife Officials Discuss COVID-19's Impact On Grizzly Bears

    Wildlife Officials Discuss COVID-19's Impact On Grizzly Bears

    As bear activity is picking up across northwest Montana, grizzly bear managers are juggling the uncertain and unexpected impacts of COVID-19 on wild places. On Friday, state, federal and tribal wildlife officials met remotely over Zoom for their semi-annual meeting. The group discussed how to manage the largest grizzly populations in the lower 48 states – the bears in and around Glacier National Park.

    • 2 min
    Attack Ads, Voter Turnout And The Republican Party's Future

    Attack Ads, Voter Turnout And The Republican Party's Future

    There's still time to get your ballot in before Tuesday's primary, but you'll need to deliver it in person. Voter turnout could be heading to a new record for a primary. New ads in the Senate and gubernatorial races follow political playbooks. Democrats seek to increase Native American participation. And some key primary races could set the future direction of the state Republican Party. Listen now on Campaign Beat , with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

    • 13 min
    Montana Entering Phase 2 Of COVID-19 Reopening Plan

    Montana Entering Phase 2 Of COVID-19 Reopening Plan

    On June 1, Montana will enter into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney and YPR's Nicky Ouellet explain what that means for individuals, businesses and tourists. Find more information about what COVID-19 restrictions are in place in Montana .

    • 5 min
    Montana Launches Tourist Education, Business Safety Programs As Reopening Proceeds

    Montana Launches Tourist Education, Business Safety Programs As Reopening Proceeds

    Montana is starting two new programs for tourism education and business safety as the state enters the second phase of its economic reopening plan on June 1. Starting June 1, out-of-state travelers will no longer have a two-week quarantine requirement when coming into Montana.

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