Montana News

Animal History
1:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

We love them - and we eat them: our contradictory relationship to animals

University of Colorado historian Thomas Andrews

University of Colorado historian Thomas Andrews' first book on Colorado coal miners won the prestigious Bancroft award - and also led him to the topic of his second book, with the grandiose title "An Animal's History of the United States."

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Red Cloud
10:37 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The only Indian chief to win a war against the U.S. Army

Oglala Sioux Chief Red Cloud

The names of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull are well-known but another less famous Native American leader had at least as great an impact on the history of the American West.

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Energy Efficiency
5:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Electric Co-op's paying a different kind of energy bill

Local electric co-ops are writing checks for a different kind of energy bill. Flathead Electric Co-op in Kalispell recently wrote a check to Plum Creek for more than $380,000. It’s for energy efficiency upgrades at the lumber company’s sawmill. Promoting energy efficiency is something F-E-C is doing with the Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial Program incentives.

Key Accounts Representative Don Newton with FEC said it’s actually in the Co-op’s best interest to get members to lower their electric bills.

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Deer Culling
5:37 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Helena asks state for permission to cull 70 'urban deer' in 2014

Credit flickr/jseattle

The City of Helena is asking for permission to trap and kill 70 deer next year that live in the city limits.

The state wildlife commission approves such requests.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us Helena has been working for years to lower the population of these so-called urban deer.

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Food donations
2:02 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Montana Food Bank Network going from one busy season to another

Credit Montana Food Bank Network

There are very few chances to step back, catch your breath and admire ones work at the Montana Food Bank Network.

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NSA Leaks
11:36 am
Mon November 11, 2013

ACLU National Security Attorney says MT leading in digital privacy

ACLU National Security Project Attorney Patrick Toomey

The National Security Agency has come under public scrutiny the past few months after details of secret surveillance programs were leaked to the media.

These programs involve broad monitoring of cell phone calls, emails, and online chats.

The NSA claims these programs have kept Americans safe, but they have raised widespread concerns the agency is going too far in invading the privacy of U.S. citizens.

The American Civil Liberties Union actively opposes the NSA’s spy programs.

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Montana Bats
8:23 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

How hibernacula may help scientists understand a deadly bat disease

White Nose Syndrome has not made it as far west as Montana, it's a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in the eastern US.
Credit Bigfork High School Cave Club

Where bats hibernate, how warm or cold, and how dry or damp the environment is, are questions being asked as researchers and recreationists explore Montana’s caves.

Bat Specialist Dr. Cori Lausen with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada says some species of bats are facing potential extinction because of the White Nose Syndrome which has been decimating bat populations along the east coast, and is spreading west.

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NorthWestern Energy
4:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NorthWestern details PPL Dam purchase proposal to lawmakers

NorthWestern Energy continues to work on plans to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.

The approximately $900 million dollar deal will have to be approved by the state Public Service Commission.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says NorthWestern updated members of the Montana Legislature on their plans.

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Deadly fire season
10:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Deadly fire season raises new questions about public responsibility

Environmental historian Char Miller
Credit Pomona College

2013 has been a deadly year for wildland firefighters, including the loss of 19 members of a hotshot crew on a fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Their shocking deaths raised new questions about firefighting policy - and about the proper response to our changing climate and growing wildland urban interface.
    These are issues renowned environmental historian Char Miller has been pondering and writing about for some time.

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Judy Smith
3:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Judy Smith: feminist, social justice advocate and friend of MTPR, dies.

Judy Smith
Credit Eliza Wiley Independent Record

Western Montana feminist, social justice advocate and long-time Montana Public Radio commentator, Judy Smith, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Edward O'Brien has more on the life and legacy of a woman remembered as a "warrior" by those who knew her.

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