Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Trump responds to a critic by revoking the security clearance of a former CIA director. Also on the Thursday rundown: farm

groups urge speedy passage of the Farm Bill, and newspapers nationwide publish editorials denouncing anti-press rhetoric.


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State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a program that awards $25,000 grants to 40 charitable causes across the country. The application process for the Neighborhood Assist program is lengthy and competitive, with State Farm dwindling down 2,000 applications to 200. But in the end, the public votes to select 40 causes out of the 200 to each receive a $25,000 grant. This year, Habitat for Humanity of Missoula (HfHM) applied for the Neighborhood Assist program and after beating out 1,800 other applicants, Habitat is now the only applicant from Montana to be competing for a winning top 40 spot and $25,000. But now it is up to all of us to come together and vote for HfHM to ensure that $25,000 is put into the Missoula community and used for local Montanan families.

“As all of us know, whether we are fundraising or donating funds to a non-profit in Montana, the constant requests and effort remains challenging and includes a huge output of human capital to raise what is needed.  Even though Missoula is extremely generous, this opportunity brings national dollars into our community and will have a big impact on our ability to get our mission accomplished,” states Noreen Humes, HFHM Executive Director. 

Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Missoula partners with eligible Missoula families to provide safe, decent, and affordable homes for those living in substandard housing. To make homeownership a reality for Missoulians living in poverty, we sell our homes to eligible families at cost with no interest or profit, allowing us to provide affordable housing while also educating our community about poverty housing and the Habitat solution. By providing low-income Missoulian families with safe and affordable housing, we see the cycle of poverty being broken, an increase in the safety and happiness of low-income children and adults, and an overall improvement in the appearance and value of Missoula’s neighborhoods. The work that HfHM does therefore not only changes the lives of each family we partner with, it also makes Missoula a stronger, safer, and more prosperous community for all.

Every year, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program benefits educational, safety, and community development causes across the US. Winning this generous $25,000 State Farm grant is going to be a challenge, but HfHM knows that if anyone can do it, Montanans can. The only way for HfHM to win is for the public to go online and vote. Voting opens August 15.  People can help us by sharing the event from our Facebook page at and vote at this link If you are a US resident and 18 or older you can vote for Habitat up to 10 times a day each day through Friday, Aug. 24. While HfHM needs votes, they also need the Big Sky to spread the word. To win, HfHM asks for voters to share the competition and voting link on social media and by emailing family, friends, and coworkers. The voting period lasts only ten days, but HfHM knows that ten days is enough time for Montanans and their out of state friends to vote to bring national money into the Missoula community.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Habitat for Humanity of Missoula to maximize our outreach and funding in order to continue to build affordable homes in Missoula,” states Kelin Johnson, HFHM Board President. “We cannot be more thrilled to be a part of this National competition and we are hoping the entire community and state of Montana will come together and rally behind us to make this happen.”

For more information:

Noreen Humes, Habitat Executive Director or main office, 406-549-8210, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Brodie Hurtado, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist for more information about the State Farm competition itself. 480-293-6092, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Eric Tegethoff

August 13, 2018

HELENA, Montana - With less than two months before it expires, conservation groups are calling for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund - a program that has received bipartisan support in the past. 

Montana has received nearly $600 million since the fund was created more than 50 years ago. 

It's helped protect a wide range of landscapes, including Glacier National Park and grizzly bear habitat on the Rocky Mountain Front. 

Dave Chadwick, executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation, says the program is crucial for the outdoor recreation economy, which supports more than 70,000 jobs in the state.

"Acquiring crucial parcels that open up access to other areas of public land," he states. "Of course, 70 percent of the fishing access sites in Montana have been funded in part with LWCF funds, and really these dollars have touched every corner and every community in this state."

The program receives funding from royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas offshore. 

Funds also are used to build playgrounds, swimming pools, urban bike paths and other facilities. 

The LWCF's Forest Legacy Program has supported timber jobs and sustainable logging in Montana as well. It's set to expire on Sept. 30.

Chadwick says the program has played an "immeasurable role" in keeping Montana the way it is today.

"The need is only going to grow in the future, and fully funding and authorizing the program is really going to help us keep Montana so that in 20, 30, 50 years, future Montanans are going to be able to enjoy everything we love about the Treasure State today," he points out.

Montana's U.S. senators have supported fully funding the Land and Water, Conservation Fund. In most years, Congress raids the fund to spend on other projects.




Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Omarosa promises more tapes, while CNN reports there are no black White House senior advisors. Also on the Tuesday

rundown: North Carolina uses social media to protect the environment, and National Parks billions behind in maintenance. 



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Friday, August 10, 2018 - Attorney General Sessions threatened with contempt charges for allegedly jumping the gun on deportation. Also on the Friday

rundown: In Charlottesville, counter-protesters could outnumber white nationalists; and farmers reveal a new campaign against tariffs.