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SPORT
Backpackable boats: Packrafting lures more paddlers into wild places
By Brett French
(Source: Billings Gazette (VIDEO))

NATURE
House GOP passes bill that would limit Endangered Species Act
Montana's lone delegate in the House of Representatives, Steve Daines, voted in favor of the bill.
(Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle )

ENERGY
Judge grants access for Blackfeet oil operations pipeline
The proposal calls for three pipelines running from Canada to refining operations in Billings, Mont., that will cross the Blackfeet Reservation in the northwest part of the state.
(Source: Flathead Beacon/AP )

TECH
Broadband supporters urge Missoula to move forward with system
Butte has already installed the service, while other Montana communities—including Missoula and Bozeman—look ready to pounce.
(Source: Missoulian )

MONTANA
War College to make final decision on Walsh's plagiarism
The investigation is scheduled to begin on August 15th.
(Source: Billings Gazette/AP )

ENVIRONMENT
Satellites show major groundwater loss in southwest U.S.
With a loss of 53 million acre feet, or 17 trillion gallons, of water, the effects of the Colorado River Basin depletion are expected to affect the long-term water supplies for 7 states.
(Source: ABC News)

LIFESTYLE
Montana's huckleberry harvest best in years
"It's a pretty bumper crop," said James Willows, owner of the Huckleberry Factory in Hungry Horse, Mont..
(Source: KBZK)

MONTANA
Tribe: Remove 'halfbreed' from Montana place names
The time has come to remove the words "halfbreed" and "breed" from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
(Source: Chron/AP)

Previous Headlines
MONTANA
Glacier rangers continue search for bear believed to be shot by hiker
An incident occurred on Saturday along the Mount Brown Lookout Trail, where a 57-year-old tourist from Texas said he shot a bear who charged him. By Vince Devlin
(Source: The Missoulian )

SUSTAINABILITY
Recycling consultant: Helena could save $1M per year on trash
“It’s about providing the best level of service at the lowest cost to residents of the city and county in an environmentally responsible manner,” the City of Helena's Public Works Director said.
(Source: Helena Independent Record )

LIFESTYLE
Montana 10-year-old's stir-fry recipe earns her lunch with First Lady

(Source: Helena Independent Record/LEE )

ENERGY
NorthWestern seeks to pay indie power producers far less than it's asking customers to pay for dams
If the $870M dams purchase is approved by the Public Service Commission, NorthWestern's customers will be paying $60 per megawatt-hour. NorthWestern has another request before the PSC where they plan to pay small wind- and hydro-electric producers just $40 per megawatt-hour.
(Source: Montana Standard )

LIFESTYLE
Butte, Montana, hopes to stay Evel
A smattering of photos and an essay on Butte's recent Evel Knievel Days, a celebration of daredevils.
(Source: al Jazeera America)

SPORT
The death of backpacking?
The lede: "Younger people don't seem interested in this outdoors tradition."
(Source: High Country News )

BUSINESS
The increasing irrelevance of corporate nationality
Robert Reich wrote: "Rather than focus on the newly-fashionable tax-avoidance strategy of changing corporate nationality, it makes more sense to tax any global corporation on all income earned in the United States (with high penalties for shifting that income abroad), and no longer tax "American" corporations on revenues earned outside America."
(Source: Huffington Post )

SPORT
Kalispell competition draws attention to the equestrian sport of eventing
This year's The Event at Rebecca Farm drew more than 550 national riders of all ages and abilities.
(Source: Flathead Beacon )

BUSINESS
Montana wheat nears harvest in good shape
Insiders suggest it's going to be another $1B crop year.
(Source: Helena Independent Record/LEE )

SUSTAINABILITY
Heart of the Valley going solar
“This is green and ongoing and future-oriented,” Heart of the Valley's Kathryn Hohmann said. “We're heading in the right direction, but this is just the beginning.”
(Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle )

LIFESTYLE
Missoula's first all-abilities playground nears completion
(Cool.)
(Source: The Missoulian )

TECH
CodeMontana offers college credit through Montana Tech
CodeMontana has created a computer programming curriculum whereby Montana middle and high school students can attain college credit via a 90-day online program.
(Source: Helena Independent Record )

NATION
Army War College to investigate plagiarism allegations against Sen. Walsh

(Source: Navy Times)

NATION
U.S. gov't proposes new safety rules to curb oil train fires
Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America’s towns and cities.
(Source: Flathead Beacon/AP)

LIFESTYLE
Spanky Spangler plunges from mine headframe, kicks off Butte's Evel Knievel Days
(Last night's urban downhill race—with a live rattlesnake pit—was the talk of the town yesterday.)
(Source: Montana Standard )

BUSINESS
Concerns growing over damage to European wheat crop
Though a large crop is expected, this year's wheat crop in Europe was set back by heavy rains and may only be useful as feed for livestock.
(Source: Scientific American/Reuters)

NATION
Sen. John Walsh, of Montana, plagiarized his Master's thesis
The New York Times, the publication that broke the story, reported, "An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution."
(Source: The New York Times )

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