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When outsiders think of the American West, they probably think of mustangs.

The horses’ ancestors were brought to the New World by conquistadors more than five centuries ago and nowadays, thousands of wild horses roam the Mountain West – especially in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada.

Photo courtesy of the Missoula Police Department

Yet another Indigenous woman has gone missing in the Mountain West.

Jermaine Charlo disappeared near a grocery store in Missoula, Montana last month. The 23-year-old is the 13th native woman to go missing in the state since January.

Separate bills are active in Congress to alternately strengthen or weaken the law used to create national monuments.

Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

Loxie Loring helps lead a march to remember her daughter, Ashley Loring. She went missing from the Blackfeet Reservation over a year ago.
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There’s a storm rolling in over the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The clouds are low and dark as distant lightning cracks over a green prairie. 

Wade Running Crane is starting to get wet.

“This is like a sign from Ashley that she’s here,” he said.

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Montana’s Congressional delegation has two members up for re-election this year, Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. So, in this hyper-partisan climate, how does the three member delegation balance working together to represent the state and Montanans while at the same time campaign against one another? 

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On this episode of Field Days, Stillwater County farmer Phil Davey discovers it is too wet to plant his sunflowers.


Fires are burning in Colorado, Utah and there’s fire danger in other parts of the Mountain West. Now three U.S. Congressmen from Colorado have introduced legislation that would make it a felony to fly a drone over a wildfire. Drones can make fighting fires more difficult and put lives at risk.

Between growing populations and changing climate conditions, our water sources are only expected to get more crunched. Communities in some very dry states have had to get creative about where to get their water, sometimes purifying sewage into drinking water. More western cities are beginning to get on board, too. But there’s a problem: the ick factor.

You may not have heard of PILT payments, but they’re pretty important for local economies in areas like the Mountain West.  The federal government gives these 'payments in lieu of taxes' to counties with federal lands that can't earn regular tax revenue.  

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke on the radio show Voices of Montana Wednesday.
From U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke via Twitter

A federal watchdog group is looking into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s family land deal with an oil executive. But Zinke is calling the controversy fake news.

A large part of our region isn't doing very well when it comes to child health. That's according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book out today.

Every day, about 19 people move to Boise. And that growth is creating a housing crunch in the valley.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the agency is turning its attention to investing in infrastructure, especially in the national parks. Zinke said during a brief stop in Billings, Interior has spent a lot of time on energy development, including renewables, and now it’s time to change focus.

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