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Lodgepole Complex Fire
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This is the worst fire season Montana has seen in years. The state is spending about $1.5 million dollars a day battling the blazes and meteorologists say they’re being fueled by something called a flash drought. 

Kay Erickson

MontanaFair, the state’s largest, starts tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 11, in Billings, Montana.

For some, a big draw is the carnival, but a lot of attention is on ride safety since the tragedy last month in Ohio. Montana is one of five states that does not have an official ride inspector.

So who is responsible for ride safety in Montana?

Heenan for Congress

Billings attorney John Heenan says Washington, D.C. is corrupt and that the current Congressman is part of the system that rewards money over people.  

Heenan says that’s just one of many reasons why he decided to announce his candidacy for the U.S. House. He says the tipping point was what happened after Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) admitted to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

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Stella Fong

At Tippet Rise, passion rendered music, erected life-sized sculptures, and created food. Chefs Nick Goldman and Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen cater with energy and gusto at the 10,260-acre art and music center in Fishtail, Montana. Amongst the musical notes and wide-open spaces, they feed world-renowned performers from afar, and guests arriving for chamber music recitals or tours of the vast sculpture park.

Coal
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The Trump administration is repealing an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to pay more royalties on fossil fuels. Coal producers call it a return to fairness, but environmental groups say the repeal allows companies to continue exploiting a decades-old loophole.

Audemio Orozco-Ramirez
Courtesy of Emma Kerr Carpenter

A Mexican man who recently settled a lawsuit over claims he was sexually assaulted in a jail in Jefferson County has been moved to a detention facility near Denver.

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The Pole Creek Fire is estimated to be about 3,169 acres and only 5 percent contained. The fire was discovered last Friday and is fueled by heavy timber and grass.

An emergency area closure is in effect to allow firefighting resources to safely perform their job and provide for public safety. The closure includes all roads and trails as well as adjacent forest service lands from the southern boundary of the Bridger-Teton National Forest to just north of the fire perimeter.

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