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In Gun-Friendly Montana, Student Walkout Steers Clear Of Politics

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Wilmot Collins, the next mayor of Helena, Mont., came to the U.S. as a refugee during Liberia's civil war. Refugees are "not bloodsuckers," he says. "We are not just here to consume the resources. We provide for the economy." Corin Cates-Carney for NPR hide caption

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Black-footed ferrets are the most endangered mammal in North America. Scientists in Montana are trying to save the ferrets by saving their main food source, prairie dogs. Kathryn Scott Osler/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Biologists With Drones And Peanut Butter Pellets Are On A Mission To Help Ferrets

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Smoke plumes rise from the Rice Ridge Fire in August, behind Montana's Seeley Lake Elementary School, in Seeley Lake, Mont. Eric Whitney/MTPR hide caption

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Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms

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On July 21, Sperry Chalet was still a beautiful refuge for those who made the trek into the wilderness. Courtesty of Bret Bouda hide caption

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Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters at a May 25 election night party in Bozeman, Mont., after being declared the winner. Janie Osborne/Getty Images hide caption

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The Colstrip Generating Station near Colstrip, Mont., is the second-largest coal-fired power plant in the West. Two of its four units are scheduled to close by 2022, if not sooner. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal

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Republican Greg Gianforte greets supporters after winning a special election for the House from Montana last month. He apologized then and now has apologized in writing for assaulting a reporter. Bobby Caina Calvan/AP hide caption

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Charmayne Healy (left) and Miranda Kirk (right), co-founders of the Aaniiih Nakoda Anti-Drug Movement, have helped Melinda Healy (center) with their peer-support programs. Nora Saks/MTPR hide caption

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2 Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation

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Republican Greg Gianforte (right) welcomes Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, onto the stage at a rally in East Helena, Mont., on May 11. Gianforte, a businessman, is embracing his party's president in his race for the state's open congressional seat. Bobby Caina Calvan/AP hide caption

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Rob Quist is the Democrat running in the Montana special election. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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Trump Casts Shadow Over Tightening Montana Special Election

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The three candidates, from left, Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks, who are vying to fill Montana's only congressional seat. Bobby Caina Calvan/AP hide caption

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Candidates Confront GOP Health Care Bill In Montana Special Election

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Rob Quist, the Democrat who's running for an open U.S. House race in Montana, campaigns at the University of Montana on April 27, 2017. Quist is a political newcomer who's a well-known country singer in the state. Josh Burnham/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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A Singing Cowboy, A Millionaire And Rifles Dominate Montana Special Election

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Emmie de Wit, who usually works in a Biosafety Level 4 Lab, spent time in less secure labs in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Above, she prepares to test Ebola patient blood samples. Courtesy of NIAID hide caption

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Flathead Lake in Montana's Flathead Valley is fed by the glaciers in Glacier National Park. Here in rural northwest Montana, there is postelection unease in some communities about far-right extremist views entering the mainstream. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In Montana, An Unease Over Extremist Views Moving Out Of The Woods

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(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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