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  Girls-n-Science  is all about getting young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math…or STEM.

It started with 300 girls. Now this free program brings in some 700 to 900 girls with their parents, grandparents and teachers.

The annual program used to be called Chicks In Science. This year the name has changed and so has some parts of the program.

There’s a special morning event called STEM stars. Organizer Laura Gettings-Carlson says it’s just for middle schoolers.

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Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke, say they need a partner in Montana’s statehouse.

That is why the two Republican members of the state’s Congressional delegation endorsed Greg Gianforte’s campaign for governor.

But the campaign manger for Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock scoffed at the “news.” Eric Hyers charges this event was called to distract attention away Gianforte’s support of discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina.

Gianforte says his focus is on jobs, especially on keeping coal jobs in Montana.

Montana is rich in wind resources, but the demand currently doesn’t support the high cost, according to wind and utility expert.

Rob Gramlich of the American Wind Energy Association says Texas, Iowa, and California are the top states taking advantage of wind power.

He says even though Montana isn’t in the top five there are opportunities.

Gramlich says Montana is “the biggest expected source of wind power across the west.”

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One of the owners of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 denies his company is angling for a fast-track closure of the coal-fired power plants.

Steve Secrist, general council for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) told attendees at the Montana Energy Conference the utility is looking to the long-term.

A bill passed earlier this year by the Washington State Legislature sets up a mechanism to fund a decommissioning and clean-up of the two oldest units at the Colstrip power plant.

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The Crow Tribe moved another step closer to developing its water resources, including a proposed hydroelectric dam project at Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote says the signing of the Storage Allocation Agreement comes after decades of litigation and negotiation.

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A wet, spring snowstorm did not deter about 60 people to a rally on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn to tout renewable energy.

The event, sponsored by the Northern Plains Resource Council, was scheduled to coincide with Senator Steve Daines’ Montana Energy Conference.

“We’re very unique in that we truly do have an all-of-the-above energy portfolio,” said Daines in remarks to employees at the CHS Refinery in Laurel.

Consumer Reports gave Montana poor marks for not using simple language to get more information about doctors.

Lisa McGiffert is the Director of Consumer Reports' Safe Patient Project. Her complaint is with terminology on the Montana Board of Medical Examiner website.

“The terms on that page are licensee search as opposed to something real simple like find your doctor or look up your doctor,” said McGiffert.

Consumer Reports reviewed medical board websites in all 50 states.

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The Republican majority on the Yellowstone County Commission remains firm in opposing a proposed county gasoline tax. But one says he’s not opposed to at least discussing the proposal at a commission meeting.

“They can bring anything they want for a discussion,” says Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund. But he remains firmly opposed to the idea.

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Montana election officials say it’s unlikely the state’s June primary election will see the kinds of long lines and ballot shortages that overwhelmed Arizona officials in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

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CHS Refinery Manager Pat Kimmet told U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT,  the facility’s electricity bill is $18 million a year. He says to put it into perspective, the refinery spends $15 million a year in wages and benefits for its employees. He says the average salary is just over $120,000.

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