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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
Flathead Lake sunrise
Flathead Lake sunrise
Photos courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz