Handful of huckleberries
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Huckleberry running shoes to all those involved in this weekend’s Missoula Marathon events, including participants, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and even residents who live along the route and helpfully leave their sprinklers on so runners can cool off as they pass by. It’s because of this strong community backing, and especially the hard work done by the folks at the nonprofit Run Wild Missoula, that the local marathon is widely known and celebrated as one of the best in the world. Visit www.missoulamarathon.org for race details and other event information.

Undocumented chokecherries to the government-run health clinics in Montana that have failed to keep accurate records, demonstrate cost savings or even show they had any measurable effect on the health of their patients. A recent state audit concluded that after five years, Montana’s clinics have not documented any tangible improvements in state employees’ health – even after the state has spent more than $26 million to operate the network of six clinics, including one in Missoula.

Fields of wild huckleberries to the new outdoor exposition being held at the Missoula County Fairgrounds this weekend. Starting today and continuing through Sunday, the first-ever Montana Outdoor Recreation Expo includes an array of activities to enthrall every kind of outdoors enthusiast imaginable, from anglers and archers to berry-pickers and campers. Organizer Jim Solomon set the price of admission at a single can of food, to be taken in turn to the Missoula Food Bank and Haven House, making the expo affordable in addition to being entertaining and informative.

Chokecherries en flambé to the rising fire danger designation in Missoula County. As the forecast for the next week shows unrelenting hot, dry weather, the Missoula County Fire Protection Association updated the short-term fire risk to “high.” Meanwhile, the long-term wildfire outlook for the remainder of the summer is still in the “normal” range, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Huckleberry affidavits for Kurt Alme of Billings upon his nomination to become Montana’s newest U.S. attorney. The Montana District has been without a U.S. attorney since President Trump ordered the resignations of 45 Obama administration appointees, including Montana’s previous U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, recommended Alme for the position and received a slew of endorsements for the former First Assistant U.S. Attorney from across the state and across political lines, including from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, who urged Alme’s swift confirmation.

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