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Montana is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges that are part of the Rocky Mountains. This fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain).


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HELENA, Mont. — Firefighters expected to have the state’s largest wildfire contained Monday, but the victory could be short-lived with lightning, heat and 50 mph wind gusts forecast to sweep into central and southeastern Montana later this week.

All the fire lines holding back a complex of five wildfires burning in southeastern Montana held overnight, information officer Terina Mullen said Monday in a statement. The largest of the five, the 250,000-acre Ash Creek fire, was 90 percent contained Monday morning, with full containment expected later in the day.

Article: Montana’s largest wildf...
Source: Washington Times

Montana's beautiful summers come with the increased incidence of wildfires. MDT doesn't often close roads, but when the safety of the traveling public is in question, traffic is detoured to an alternate route.

Visibility due to smoke, fire fighting activities, proximity of the fire to the road, and increased movement of animals are some of the considerations that are taken into account when closing a road.

Conditions can change quickly.

Article: Current Montana Fire Info...
Source: Montana Department of Tra...

The records presently available indicate it was during this period that white men first became aware of the thermal features of the Yellowstone region. With our purchase of Louisiana from France on April 11, 1803, the way was open for official, semiofficial, and private exploration of the western reaches of that vast territory, and such ventures were immediately organized. Chief among these was the party led across the almost unknown West, from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River and back, by Captains Lewis and Clark in 1804-06; and yet, despite the great interest of those explorers in the geography, geology, anthropology, and natural history of the country they traversed, the first notice of something unusual on the headwaters of the Yellowstone River did not come from them.

Article:   Yellowstone National Park…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Tribal Veterans
The Department of labor and industry through the Miles city Job service office met with Northern Cheyenne tribal members to plan and conduct a Veteran’s Day Ceremony. the ceremony held in Lame Deer honored
all northern cheyenne tribal members who served during all conflicts of war. through the Glendive office, the Department helped organize a Veteran stand Down in Glendive.

Article:   Impacting Tribal People
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

BLACKFEET RESERVATION: home of the blackfeet nation headquartered in browning, Montana

FLATHEAD RESERVATION: home of the confederated salish, pend d’oreille & Kootenai tribes headquartered in pablo, Montana

FORT PECK RESERVATION: home of the assiniboine & sioux tribes headquartered in poplar, Montana

NORTHERN CHEYENNE RESERVATION: home of the northern cheyenne tribe headquartered in lame Deer, Montana

CROW RESERVATION: home of the crow nation headquartered in crow agency, Montana

FORT BELKNAP RESERVATION: home of the Gros Ventre & assiniboine tribes headquartered in fort belknap agency, Montana


ROCKY BOY’S RESERVATION: home of the chippewa cree tribe headquartered in rocky boy agency, Montana

Article:   Indian Tribes of Montana
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

World's Largest Collection of Geysers
It's wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Article: World's Largest Collectio...
Source: National Park Service

White persons, percent, 2011 (a)- 89.9%
Black persons, percent, 2011 (a)- 0.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a)- 6.4%
Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a)- 0.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a)- 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011- 2.4%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b)- 3.1%

Article: Montana QuickFacts
Source: US Census Bureau

Montana was the 41st state in the USA; it became a state on November 8,1889.
State Abbreviation - MT
State Capital - Helena
Largest City - Billings
Area - 147,046 square miles [Montana is the 4th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 902,195 (as of 2000) [Montana is the 44th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Montanans
Major Industries - farming (wheat, sugar beets), cattle ranching, mining (gold, silver, copper, coal), oil, lumber, tourism

Article: Montana: Facts, Map and S...

Geography QuickFacts
Land area in square miles, 2010- Montana (145,545.80)
Persons per square mile, 2010- Montana (6.8)

Article: Montana QuickFacts
Source: US Census Bureau

Montana's official flag was adopted in 1905. The flag has a deep blue field with "Montana" written in yellow, with the state seal below. The seal pictures a beautiful Montana lansdcape: the Rocky Mountains, cliffs, a waterfall, and river beneath a golden sky with white clouds and white sun rays. A plow represents agriculture; a pick and shovel represent mining. A ribbon below the scene states Montana's motto, "Oro y plata" [meaning "Gold and Silver" in Spanish].

Article: Montana: Facts, Map and S...