Montana News

Paycheck to Paycheck
2:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival premiere film showcases plight of women on the economic edge

Katrina Gilbert and family
Credit HBO

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Missoula and its opening night film - Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert - will be screened at the Wilma Theater and is free and open to the public.

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Aquatic Invasive Species
7:45 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Why you may see dogs at boat check stations this summer

Pepin, a Working Dog for Conservation, sniffs for scat in a recent demonstration.
Credit Katrin Frye

Pepin is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois trained to identify about 19 different scents.

In a demonstration at the Flathead National Forest office he’s finding wolverine scat Megan Parker placed out there earlier in the day. Parker is the Director for Research, and also a co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. The Missoula-based group is in the Flathead to talk with the Flathead Basin Commission about how dogs like Pepin could help in the effort to stop aquatic invasive mussels and weeds from getting into the area.

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REAL ID
3:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates

Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduces his "Repeal ID Act of 2014" Thursday in the state capitol along with Attorney General Tim Fox (R-MT)
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana Congressman Steve Daines announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.

“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.

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Gender pay gap
11:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Montana women have more education but make less money, than Montana men

Credit singlemindedwomen.com

Montanans are more likely to be poor, compared with the rest of the nation, and women are more likely to be poor than men. That's just one of the sobering facts contained in a new report on the status of women in Montana, summarized in the winter issue of the Montana Business Quarterly.

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Anzick Artifacts
10:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ancient human remains from Montana ancestor of most Native Americans

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

Scientists unveiled the new research published in the journal “Nature” at the Montana Historical Society in Helena on Wednesday. Remains of the so-called “Anzick boy” show a direct lineage with most native peoples in North, Central and South America.

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Conrad Mansion
9:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Why Kalispell first said "no" to owning the historic Conrad Mansion

Conrad Mansion, recent photo.
Karen Weyer Photography

Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion Museum is an east side institution, built by a city founder. School children take field trips there, brides have their pictures taken in the summertime gardens, and visitors from around the world take the tour. This year marks 40 years since the city took possession of the Mansion.

But, Conrad Mansion Museum Director Gennifer Sauter says Kalispell was not eager to take on the mansion at first.

Sauter described a picture of the home when the city first took charge of it.

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Farm Bill
2:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

MT Farmers Union says Farm Bill not perfect, but helps farmers and ranchers

Credit Montana Farmers Union

The Farm Bill is now the law of the land, garnering unanimous support from Montana Senators Baucus and Tester and Representative Daines. We thought we'd take a few moments to get local reaction to the measure that was years in the making.

Chris Christiaens is lobbyist and Projects Specialist for the Great Falls-based Montana Farmers Union.
      Christiaens tells Edward O'Brien the Agricultural Act of 2014 isn't perfect, but provides certainty to farmers and ranchers as they head into this next year of planning, planting and applying for those all-important operating loans.

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AP Classes
5:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Advancement Placement High School classes growing in popularity

Helena High teacher Ryan Schulte conducts his AP American History class on Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The number of Montana High School students taking Advanced Placement classes fell slightly in 2013, but the overall trend is up considerably in the last ten years.

Statistics released Tuesday by College Board, the non-profit which runs the AP program, shows about a two-percent decrease in students leaving high school having taken an AP exam between the class of 2012 and 2013.

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Disappearing Snow
1:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years

Bridger Mountains in Montana
Credit Porter Fox

It's safe to say that these days many Montanans are either watching the Winter Olympics, or out skiing a local mountain themselves. We live in a snow culture, and it's one of the things we love about Montana.
    But that snow is disappearing, not just here but around the world.

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Angela McLean
6:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov.

Anaconda High School teacher and Board of Regents Chair Angela McLean giving her last classroom lesson after taking the oath of office as Montana's 31st Lt. Gov. on Monday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.

Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.

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