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  • WMMHC making 'lemonade' out of state budget cut impacts

    WMMHC making 'lemonade' out of state budget cut impacts

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 12:04 PM EDT2018-05-09 16:04:44 GMT

    The Montana state budget cuts throughout 2017 slashed Western Montana Mental Health Center’s community based mental health care services. 

    The Montana state budget cuts throughout 2017 slashed Western Montana Mental Health Center’s community based mental health care services. 

  • Cuts & Consequences

    Montana budget cuts hitting case workers, clients

    Montana budget cuts hitting case workers, clients

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 2:55 PM EDT2018-05-02 18:55:10 GMT
    The Western Montana Mental Health Center has been forced to layoff case workers as a result of state budget cuts. (MTN News photo)The Western Montana Mental Health Center has been forced to layoff case workers as a result of state budget cuts. (MTN News photo)
    The Western Montana Mental Health Center has been forced to layoff case workers as a result of state budget cuts. (MTN News photo)The Western Montana Mental Health Center has been forced to layoff case workers as a result of state budget cuts. (MTN News photo)

    Mental health case managers play a critical role in our communities but because of state budget reductions, many have lost their jobs. 

    Mental health case managers play a critical role in our communities but because of state budget reductions, many have lost their jobs. 

  • Western MT parents seek answers to school violence issue

    Western MT parents seek answers to school violence issue

    Friday, April 27 2018 11:50 AM EDT2018-04-27 15:50:55 GMT

    Kent Luetzen went On Special Assignment and sat down with five parents from Western Montana who have five different points of view about the issue of threats and violence in schools.

    Kent Luetzen went On Special Assignment and sat down with five parents from Western Montana who have five different points of view about the issue of threats and violence in schools.

  • Montana budget cuts: Looking back, and moving forward

    Montana budget cuts: Looking back, and moving forward

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:58:21 GMT
    The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system. (MTN News photo)The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system. (MTN News photo)
    The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system. (MTN News photo)The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system. (MTN News photo)

    The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system.

    The 2017 state budget cuts have slashed services for Montana’s vulnerable populations, from social work to healthcare to the criminal justice system.

  • On Special Assignment: Teaching outside the box

    On Special Assignment: Teaching outside the box

    Thursday, March 1 2018 12:43 PM EST2018-03-01 17:43:03 GMT

    A teaching method that reignites a teacher's passion and gets students excited about learning is popping up in schools across the country. 

    A teaching method that reignites a teacher's passion and gets students excited about learning is popping up in schools across the country. 

  • On Special Assignment: Sushi is on the menu in the Flathead

    On Special Assignment: Sushi is on the menu in the Flathead

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 12:12 PM EST2018-02-28 17:12:59 GMT
    Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)
    Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)

    Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell.

    Tuyen Tran has been working on mastering the perfect bite of sushi at his restaurant in Kalispell.

  • On Special Assignment: Eddie the Eagle comes to Whitefish

    On Special Assignment: Eddie the Eagle comes to Whitefish

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:24 PM EST2018-02-20 21:24:09 GMT
    Michael Edwards -- Eddie the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo)Michael Edwards -- Eddie the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo)
    Michael Edwards -- Eddy the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo)Michael Edwards -- Eddy the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo)

    MTN News talked with Michael Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who turned his unlikely childhood ski dreams into a reality.

    MTN News talked with Michael Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who turned his unlikely childhood ski dreams into a reality.

  • On Special Assignment: Budget cuts impacting Montana's non-profits

    On Special Assignment: Budget cuts impacting Montana's non-profits

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 11:19 AM EST2018-02-13 16:19:23 GMT
    Missoula non-profit Opportunity Resources says they have already seen drastic changes and the situation looks to only get worse.(MTN News photo)Missoula non-profit Opportunity Resources says they have already seen drastic changes and the situation looks to only get worse.(MTN News photo)

    Missoula non-profit Opportunity Resources says they have already seen drastic changes and the situation looks to only get worse.

    Missoula non-profit Opportunity Resources says they have already seen drastic changes and the situation looks to only get worse.

  • On Special Assignment: Discount DNA testing

    On Special Assignment: Discount DNA testing

    Friday, February 2 2018 11:21 AM EST2018-02-02 16:21:09 GMT
    DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get.  (MTN News photo)DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get.  (MTN News photo)
    DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get.  (MTN News photo)DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get.  (MTN News photo)

    DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get. But can you trust the result of a DNA test you buy on the internet?

    DNA tests that were thousands of dollars are now hundreds, and easy to get. But can you trust the result of a DNA test you buy on the internet?

  • On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide

    On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:26 PM EST2017-11-21 18:26:08 GMT
    Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo)Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo)
    Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo)Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo)

    Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. 

    Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. 

  • On Special Assignment: Aging out of Montana's foster care system

    On Special Assignment: Aging out of Montana's foster care system

    Monday, November 20 2017 1:54 PM EST2017-11-20 18:54:52 GMT
    Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo)Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo)
    Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo)Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo)

    According to data from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, 65 foster kids aged out just last year.

    According to data from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, 65 foster kids aged out just last year.

  • Missoula's Partnership Health Center facing uncertain federal funding

    Missoula's Partnership Health Center facing uncertain federal funding

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 11:20 AM EST2017-11-07 16:20:08 GMT
    Partnership Health Center in Missoula (MTN News photo)Partnership Health Center in Missoula (MTN News photo)
    Partnership Health Center in Missoula (MTN News photo)Partnership Health Center in Missoula (MTN News photo)

    Partnership Health Center is one of 1,400 community health centers across the country that went off a funding cliff at the end of September.

    Partnership Health Center is one of 1,400 community health centers across the country that went off a funding cliff at the end of September.

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