In the Rockies today, thousands of temporary federal firefighters can now get health care coverage, a new deal is inked on two Idaho trout fisheries, and wild winds push a Wyoming wildfire out of containment lines.
After a petition drive gathered 125,000 signatures in support of allowing seasonal wildland firefighters access to federal health insurance coverage, the White House announced that nearly 8,000 of those firefighters would be allowed to participate in the federal plan.
In Idaho, the Kalispel Tribe and three federal agencies have signed a deal to protect bull and cutthroat trout fisheries in the Pend Oreille Lake watershed.
And in Wyoming, crews lost ground on the Sawmill Fire burning near Glendo State Park after a storm front with strong winds moved into the area.
Tonight on Montana Public Radio, Clay Scott continues Mountain West Voices' series of stories exploring Montana's legacy of homesteads and homesteaders.
The second broadcast in the series takes listeners to Virgelle - the tiny settlement along the Missouri that epitomizes the rise and fall of Montana's dry land homesteads in the early 1900's.
Tune into Montana Public Radio at 8:25 p.m. or listen online via the Mountain West Voices website.