Montana News

Climate Change
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future

Credit mt.gov

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report at the end of March.

The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.

In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.

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Trapping Initiative
12:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Should Montana ban trapping on public lands?

l to r: Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trappers Association, and Tom Gignoux of the anti-trapping group "Trap Free Montana Public Lands"
Credit Sally Mauk

Opponents of trapping hope to get enough signatures to get Initiative 169 - which would ban trapping on public lands - on the November ballot.
    The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department reports there are between 5000 and 6000 trapping licenses sold annually. In 2012 those trappers caught 67,000 furbearers - everything from beaver to wolverine. They also, unintentionally, caught an occasional dog, and other non-targeted animals. 

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Tax Assistance
4:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Low income Montanans eligible for property tax assistance

  Elected officials in the Helena area are trying to remind people about their options for reducing their state property taxes.

Those opportunities exist for veterans, elderly and people of low income. 

Leaders are looking to educate at the Helena Food Share. 

  Click here for information on the Property Tax Assistance Program

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Senate candidate
2:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Democratic Senate candidate Dirk Adams says he’s the one who can beat Steve Daines

Democratic Senate candidate Dirk Adams
Credit Dirk Adams for Senate campaign

Born in Nebraska, educated at Harvard, with stints as a New York trial attorney, California banker and now Montana rancher - Dirk Adams of Wilsall wants to be Montana's next U.S. Senator. The political newcomer Adams is running against former lieutenant governor John Bohlinger and recently-appointed Senator John Walsh in the June democratic primary.

In this feature interview, Adams talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his background, why he's running, and his stance on the issues.

 

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"Fire Speaks the Land"
10:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Using dance to teach science

The professional dancers of the CoMotion Dance Project and students from Flathead-area schools learn about fire ecology through dance.
Credit William Munoz

Using dance and movement to teach concepts like conduction, convection and radiation is the goal behind a Co-Motion Dance Project about fire ecology. The Project is based out of the University of Montana and brings dance into the classroom as a teaching tool.

The Program, “Fire Speaks the Land,” was written by Director of the CoMotion Dance Project Karen Kaufmann and her husband, Steve Kalling. Kaufmann said the idea is to help understand concepts through movement.

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Economic Development
5:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative

Gov. Steve Bullock announces the Main Street Montana Project Business Plan at the Boeing plant in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock has released a major economic development initiative which will guide his administration’s approach to growing jobs and raising wages.

The governor’s office has been working on the Main Street Montana Project for almost a year—holding roundtable discussions around the state led by some top business leaders.

The Governor describes the plan as a bottom-up method for growing the state economy.

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Bear hibernation
2:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bears starting to - or soon will - emerge from winter dens

Flying over the Rocky Mountain Front/bear country
M. Madel

Springtime in Montana brings with it a few certainties: For one, it's gong to be muddy. It's also going to be warm and beautiful one day, then snowy and cold the next.   
     It also means bears are starting to wake up and will soon be lumbering out of their dens.

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Healthcare Associated Infections
7:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why its important for both patients and healthcare workers to wash their hands

Say you’re in the restroom at a public place, like the mall. You’re at the sink, washing your hands, and you see the sign, complete with step-by-step pictures, on how to wash your hands.

Ever actually read that sign? It tells you to wash your hands for 20-seconds.

Registered Nurse Melody Finch said proper hand hygiene is the first step in prevention, and this relates to alcohol-based hand sanitizers as well as soap and water.

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McCutcheon Decision
6:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.

The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.

It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.

But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.

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Water Purchase
3:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

City of Missoula goes to court to get water system

Missoula Mayor John Engen speaking to reporters about the Mountain Water eminent domain filing
Credit Sally Mauk

The city of Missoula has filed to obtain its privately owned water system through eminent domain. The complaint was filed in District Court. The city has been trying to negotiate a purchase of the Mountain Water company from its owner, the Carlyle Group, but has not been able to reach agreement. Missoula is the only major Montana city not to own its water system, and Mayor John Engen says it's in the public's best interest to control its water. He says the current owner is only interested in profit and has not been a good steward of the water system.

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