The Montana Gap: Why some young professionals settle in small-town Montana — As rural areas struggle to hold onto youth, a look at a few young professionals who returned

The Montana Gap: Why some young professionals settle in small-town Montana — As rural areas struggle to hold onto youth, a look at a few young professionals who returned

January 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

By ERIC DIETRICH Solutions Journalism Network For much of rural Montana, brain drain has been a fact of life for decades. Come high school graduation, the pattern goes, small towns see their most a...

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The Montana Gap: Examining the disparity of urban and rural growth — A new project taps into how rural Montana is grappling with its uncertain future

January 12, 2018 at 11:09 am

Western News By KATE SCHIMEL High Country News Look at statewide numbers and Montana’s economy seems to be doing well. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of jobs in the state of Montana grew 20 percent, accordin...

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Stoltze, SmartLam to cut lumber from Capitol Christmas tree

January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am

Western News Back in November, a 79-foot Engelmann spruce from the Kootenai National Forest was cut down and hauled to Washington, D.C. to be the Capitol Christmas tree. Now the tree will be hauled back to Mon...

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Deadline to apply for FVCC spring classes is Jan. 16

January 12, 2018 at 2:00 am

Western News Prospective students of Flathead Valley Community College’s Lincoln County Campus have until Jan. 16 to apply for spring semester classes, which begin Jan. 22 and end May 17. College staff can hel...

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Determining how many ‘Libby Bucks’ are missing might take a couple months

January 12, 2018 at 11:11 am

Western News By JOHN BLODGETT The Western News The case of the missing “Libby Bucks” — $10 certificates the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce sells to promote spending at its members’ businesses — likely is “going...

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Libby man sentenced to 20 years for collision that killed Troy woman

January 12, 2018 at 11:11 am

Western News Richard Gene Davidson of Libby was sentenced in 19th Judicial District Court Jan. 5 for his role in a March 2017 collision in which Laura Cooper of Troy was killed. Judge John Larson sentenced Davi...

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County landfill seeks new markets for recyclables

January 12, 2018 at 11:11 am

Western News Following a Chinese ban on imported recyclables that has affected markets worldwide, the Lincoln County Landfill manager is trying to find new markets for at least some items. On Jan. 1, China — the...

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