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The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West is a regional studies and public education program of The University of Montana in Missoula.  It focuses on the Interior West of North America – the region straddling the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada.  The University of Montana lies at the center of this region.  Through cross-disciplinary programs in research, teaching, and public education, the Center explores the region's rich history, current challenges, and emerging opportunities.
What's New ...

We are introducing a newly designed web site for our Mountain West News regional news service. Please take a look.

You’ll also see that we are expanding the mission and purpose of MWN to include content developed by our own writers. Our first in-depth story is by journalist and news writer Matthew Frank and is entitled, “Off the Rail – Will the ‘dreadful’ global coal market kill the Tongue River Railroad and the massive Montana mine it would serve?”

We also are featuring a new radio program by Clay Scott which can be accessed as a podcast on the new MWN site. It is entitled, “Cracks in the Earth: Montana Rancher Ellen Pfister Talks Cattle and Coal.” .

Mountain West Voices airs at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Montana Public Radio, and Sundays at 7:00 am on Yellowstone Public Radio. To hear more than 150 archived stories from around the Rocky Mountain West, please visit our website at
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