Maxine Speier

Maxine is a UM Journalism School graduate student working on Montana news for MTPR.

A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.

An invasive mussel prevention plan is creating conflict between some recreational boaters and resource managers over access to Tiber Reservoir.

Tiber is the only lake in the state that’s tested positive for invasive mussels two years in a row.

A newly-released poll says almost three-quarters of Montanans say they would vote to continue a property tax that keeps tuition low for state college and university students. That’s according to the University of Montana Big Sky Poll conducted earlier this year by Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration program.

Most people don’t describe crawling into mountain lion dens in the middle of winter or exploring abandoned buildings littered with animal corpses by moonlight as a dream come true. But for one Montana filmmaker, those hair-raising moments were the opportunity of a lifetime.

Paradise Valley filmmaker Casey Anderson’s newest film “The Mountain Lion and Me” is debuting on the Smithsonian Channel Wednesday night. Anderson is best-known as a host and explorer on Nat Geo Wild. He joins us now to tell us about making his film.

Missoula County Public Schools say they are ready for a student walkout that’s set to take place Wednesday, March 14. In a statement posted online and emailed to students and their families today, the district outlined how it plans to handle the walkout.

A U.S. District Court judge Thursday ordered the reinstatement of an oil and gas industry regulation that aims to lower harmful methane emissions. Environmental groups say it’s a win for states including Montana.

Brace yourselves for some weekend weather. The National Weather Service advises that an arctic cold front moving south across Western Montana this weekend will bring winter storm conditions including snow and high winds to much of the area.

"Travel will be hazardous to impossible with the blowing and drifting snow and low visibility" said an NWS official in a video released Friday afternoon.

The Olympics are barely underway, but there’s one world record that Montana already has locked down: world’s largest bighorn sheep ram.

The Boone and Crocket Club confirmed on Wednesday that a 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes at a Montana state park is a shoe-in as the new world record bighorn sheep.

More than three times as many men participate in hunting and fishing nationally as women. A Montana program that seeks to change that by teaching women outdoor skills turns 25 this year. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman kicked off the anniversary with a weekend-long workshop in Seeley Lake.

The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a public hearing in Billings in a couple of weeks on the use of motorized vehicles in managing wild horses and burros.

Jerrie Bertola, the Wild Horse and Burro Program lead for Montana and the Dakotas, says the BLM uses motorized vehicles to get population estimates and collect monitoring information as well as general management.

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