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This week on Blue Light Boogie, Art Hooker starts off the season with sets on school blues and summer heat. Join us for blues all summer on YPR Fridays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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Stella Fong

The world of wine ferments its own speak. In describing the aroma, taste and sensation in a glass, descriptors abound. Flavors of fruit and non-fruit are not purposefully added to wine, but develop as grape juice ferments into a spirited drink. The words used to communicate what is sensed come from experience and memory. We identify smell and taste from what we have already sensed in our lifetime.

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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small talks about his day job at the Indian Health Service in Lame Deer.

Brie Ripley

Big Sky Pride transformed Billings into an epicenter of glitter, rainbows, music and solidarity between LGBTQI+-identifying folks and straight allies over the weekend.

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  • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to administer the oath of office to Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte next Wednesday
  • Montana's incoming congressman, Greg Gianforte, is calling for civility in politics as heads to Washington with a conviction for assaulting a reporter
  • An earthquake shook a backcountry area in the northwest part of Yellowstone Park last night

Mountain Time Arts

A series of art events and performances celebrating water, called Upstream, begin tomorrow in the Gallatin Valley. One of the organizers, Dede Taylor, said it is an intersection of art and the science of water.

“With climate change we have a situation that is unfathomable in some ways for us as humans," said Taylor. "And I think we need all the tools available. And art and imagination is a crucial tool for how we look to the future of the planet.”

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Big Sky Pride kicks off today in Billings. It’s the first time in nine years that the state’s annual pride festivities will take place in our region’s largest urban center. YPR’s Brie Ripley spoke with members of the festival planning committee about the festival’s history and what folks can expect from this weekend’s celebration.

  • Republican Greg Gianforte was officially declared the winner of Montana's special congressional election today, allowing the Bozeman entrepreneur to be sworn into his first public office and as the state's only representative to the U.S. House
  • Montana would lose nearly $5 million in federal funding if the current health care bill in Congress is enacted
  • U.S. officials are launching an expanded review of predator-killing cyanide traps and additional guidelines for workers deploying the devices after accounts of sick children and dogs across Idaho and Wyoming

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  • Federal legislation that calls for expanding the Amber Alert system in Native American Communities across the country has cleared its last hurdle before heading to the full U.S. Senate for consideration
  • Low oil prices continue to stifle activity in Wyoming's oil industry
  • A coalition of environmental groups has petitioned the U.S.