(Left to right) Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb. Jim Cole, Wilson Ring, AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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This year the U.S. Forest Service is only issuing personal-use permits in Montana's national forests. Nicky Ouellet for NPR hide caption

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Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

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"Some days I wake up and go, 'Am I wasting time, when I could be on chemotherapy or getting a surgery?' " asks Tony Lapinski, a Montana veteran who worries about what is causing his severe back pain. Michael Albans for NPR hide caption

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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

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Theresa Mondale, a broker with United Country Real Estate in western Montana, says her sales of off-grid, "survivalist" properties have risen by 50 percent over the past several years. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In The Rural Northwest, A Growing Market For Survivalist Homes

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Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services. Corin Cates-Carney/MTPR hide caption

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Amy Thomson holds 2-month-old Isla in Seattle Children's Hospital in early 2014. When the Thomson family learned Isla's heart was failing, they took an air ambulance from Butte, Mont., to Seattle to get medical care. Courtesy of the Thomson family hide caption

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Lifesaving Flights Can Come With Life-Changing Bills

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A bison herd with calves travels through Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. The park has proposed a cull of 1,000 bison, primarily cows and calves, this winter. Neal Herbert/National Park Service/Flickr hide caption

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Bull trout are running out of time in Montana as their traditional waters heat up, biologists say. By moving more than 100 fish to higher elevations, fisheries scientists hope to save the species by seeding a new population in waters that will stay cooler longer. Jim Mogen/USFWS hide caption

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Scientists Try Radical Move To Save Bull Trout From A Warming Climate

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Kevin Murphy says he is proud of what he and the other workers do at the Rosebud mine, including digging the coal and reclaiming the land afterward. Amy Martin/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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New EPA Rules Motivate Montana To Look Beyond Coal

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Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services. Corin Cates-Carney/MTPR hide caption

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How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

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An analysis shows the monthly premiums for many people with Obamacare policies will not much change in 2016. But the high increases of some policies are drawing fire. Rob Colvin/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

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Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion. Jonathan Casurella/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

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At Montana's Nkwusm Salish Language School, teacher Echo Brown works with a student learning Salish words. Luk means "wood" or "stick." Picct means "leaf" and solsi translates to "fire." Courtesy of Nkwusm Salish Language School hide caption

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Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

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In 22 states, people who default on their student loans can have professional licenses suspended or revoked. The percentage of Americans who default on student loans has more than doubled since 2003. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

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A warning sign shows the location of a 12-inch oil pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline Co. that spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude along the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Mont. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is giving Medicaid expansion another try. Matt Volz/AP hide caption

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Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student, was fatally shot in the head and arm when he entered the garage of Markus Kaarma in Missoula, Mont., on April 27. Kaarma said it was self-defense, but a Montana jury recently found him guilty of deliberate homicide. Oliver Hardt/Getty Images hide caption

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Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine'

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Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula, Mont., in this Dec. 5 photo. A jury found Kaarma guilty Wednesday of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage. Arthur Mouratidis/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, encourages Native Americans in Montana to enroll in private coverage through Healthcare.gov at an outreach event on Saturday, November 15. Eric Whitney hide caption

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