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Montana Teens Organize to Prevent Suicides

This story was produced by the Valley Journal as part of The Montana Gap project, in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and High Country News. — BY KAREN PETERSON Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily shot the ball through the hoop. His skill developed after hours of…

Report: Montana Falling Behind Nation in Transition to Renewable Energy Sources

  BY MARTIN KIDSTON/ Missoula Current While Montana’s congressional delegation hailed passage of a bill to extend the license for a hydropower dam on the Rocky Mountain Front this week, a new report suggests the state is falling behind the nation in pursuit of clean energy. The report, released by the Montana Research and Policy Center, found that solar in…

Rural Communities Look at New Ways to Fortify Mental Health

BY KATE SCHIMEL This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced by High Country News in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. It is used with permission.  — In early 2018, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. Some of the effects on the state’s mental health system were immediate:…

Montana is Losing Essential Mental Health Services

BY KATHERYN HOUGHTON & ERIC DIETRICH  This story was produced by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle as part of The Montana Gap project, produced by High Country News in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. It is used with permission.  — Sarah sat in her Livingston, Montana, home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental…

When a Town Wants to Grow — But Not Too Quickly

BY LEWIS KENDALL/BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced by High Country News in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, and is used with permission.  — Gene Townsend likes to talk about railroads. Seated at his kitchen table, the longtime mayor and city council member takes a sip of coffee — his third cup of the day.…

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