Montana News

Aging in Place
9:45 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Our aging population wants to grow old at home – but how?

Aging expert Louis Tenenbaum

Thirteen percent of the American population is over 65 years  old, and the average life expectancy by 2020 is projected to be 80. Add to those facts a decreasing number of people available to care for the elderly, and you have what many gerontologists believe is a looming crisis.
    Most of those elderly do not want to go to an assisted living facility or a nursing home; they want to grow old and die at home. But few are planning how best to do that.

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Agriculture
1:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers

24-year-old Allie Ritz is working this summer as an intern with Glory Farm, a small community-supported agriculture project north of Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana is steeped in agriculture—it’s prominent in the state’s history; it’s still our number one industry.

It’s a changing world for farmers, though, and young people looking to get into the field are facing very different challenges.

But, the modern age is also bringing unique agricultural opportunity.

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Montana FWP
12:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Hunters refute FWP mountain lion study

Credit Bas Lammers/flickr

Montana Wildlife officials are hearing complaints about a new mountain lion study showing populations much higher than previously expected in the Bitterroot.

Opponents of the study accuse the state of using a faulty method to come to the higher population. They say the lion numbers are much lower, and hunting quotas should be lowered. The most vocal supporters of bringing down these quotas are the lion hunters themselves.

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Civics Education
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

She’s new to the job but not to the message: education matters

Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean
Credit Dan Boyce

Angela McLean has only had her new job a couple of months - and it looks like a good fit. Governor Steve Bullock appointed the former Anaconda high school teacher to be his lieutenant governor in February, to replace John Walsh, who replaced Max Baucus in the U.S. Senate.

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Growth Through Agriculture
3:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream scooper Catie Bricks is one of about 40 summertime, 20 wintertime employees the business employs in its four shops. Sweet Peaks uses many Montana grown products in its ice cream.
Credit Katrin Frye

Sure Montana has cows, but it also has dairies, cheese and ice cream makers. The same is true for wheat, barley, beer and liquor. Many of these are small, local businesses, but they do create jobs, and encouraging the growth of the value-added agriculture industry in Montana is part of the goal behind the state’s “Growth Through Agriculture” grant program.

The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.

Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.

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Listen Again
1:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Best of Sally Mauk: Seven Memorable Interviews

Sally Mauk, Montana Public Radio News Director

4/9/14: This week's Wednesday special is an hour-long salute to Sally Mauk's thirty-four years as Montana Public Radio News Director. Ahead of Sally's retirement in May, 2014, she indulged us with this retrospective hour, including memorable excerpts of conversations with Hillary Clinton; Conrad Burns; George McGovern; Lake County Sheriff, Jay Doyle; Joan Baez; residents of Sleeman Gulch who were evacuated from their homes during the Lolo Complex fires; and NPR News's Cokie Roberts.

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Forest Restoration
10:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Top federal official urges forest restoration – and warns of severe fire season

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Arthur "Butch" Blazer
Credit Bob Nichols, USDA

Growing up on the Mescalero Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico, Arthur "Butch" Blazer hunted and fished and spent all his time outdoors. He translated that love of the outdoors into a career, as a natural resources manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then as the first Native American appointed state forester for New Mexico, and now as the Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - where he oversees the U.S. Forest Service.

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Malmstrom
4:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

  Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.

A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.

"I think the win is here that the missile silos, even though they don't have a missile in them will be kept operational," he says.

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Flathead Job Fair
1:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead

The Flathead Valley Community College and Flathead Job Service host a Job Fair 4/16 featuring 70 employers.
Credit Katrin Frye

A sold out job fair is a sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead. For the past three years Flathead Valley Community College and the local Job Service have sponsored a spring Job Fair. They had stopped offering it for a few years prior to 2012 because of the lack of job openings.

Manager of the Flathead Job Service Bill Nelson said in the depths of the recession they were listing about 40-job openings.

Over the last few days its closer to 5-hundred.

Student Advisor and Navigator Jori Bullemer with FVCC also used to work at the Job Service.

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Tiananmen Legacy
11:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Chinese exile says Tiananmen was a beginning, not an ending

Harvard lecturer and author Rowena He
Credit Kris Snibbe, Harvard staff photographer

Rowena He was a teenager in China when the Tiananmen democracy protests began. The June 4th, 1989 massacre, when the Chinese government moved in to murder many of the protesters, marked a turning point for her, and many others of her generation.

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