Montana News

Flathead Cherries
3:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Fresh pack, helicopters, and the "last best cherry"

Growers started harvesting cherries along the east shore of Flathead Lake this week.
Credit Katrin Frye

From Polson, north to Bigfork cherry stands which have remained shuttered through the year are just opening up as the cherry harvest starts in Montana.

Some of the growers along the east shore of Flathead Lake are hobby growers with a couple of acres of orchard in their yards scaling down toward the lake, or up to the edge of the mountains.

Many pool their resources and their cherries as part of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative.

Earlier this week harvest started on the first Flathead cherries of the season.

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Indian Country
5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Gordon Belcourt
Credit Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

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Winter in the Blood
4:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Much-anticipated film "Winter in the Blood" has its Montana premiere this weekend in Missoula

Actor Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film "Winter in the Blood"
Credit Ken Billington

The new Montana-made film "Winter in the Blood" received a warm reception at its recent premiere at the Los Angeles film festival, and will have its Montana premiere this Saturday evening in Missoula. The film is based on the acclaimed novel by the late Montana author James Welch - who was a family friend of the film's directors, brothers Alex and Andrew Smith. Both the novel and the movie give a harsh but authentic portrait of growing up on Montana's Blackfeet reservation and the hi-line, where it was filmed.

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Education
3:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Top education leaders discuss priorities with Gov. Bullock

The Board of Education meets in the state capitol building in Helena Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

  

Leaders from across Montana’s public education spectrum met in Helena Tuesday to discuss shared priorities for improving the experience and results for the state’s students.

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Schweitzer Senate race
11:05 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Brian Schweitzer talks politics, rumors and dark money

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer brandishing his veto branding iron

The political world - both in Montana and nationally - is still reeling a bit from former Governor Brian Schweitzer's announcement last weekend that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat

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TV Writer
3:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Writing for television is fun – if you’re really good at it

Ron Fitzgerald has written for the hit network television series "Friday Night Lights" and the Showtime hit series "Weeds" but he started his writing career as a playwright.

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Student Assistance Program
2:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

A school program with a non-academic focus

The Student Assistance Program doesn’t involve money for school, or extra study time. It focuses on helping students in something other than academics. It’s a network of support groups offered through a school with focuses varying from grief, to substance abuse, anger, and self-esteem, among others. Whitefish School Psychologist Robin Bissell said SAP came to Whitefish four years ago after the high school lost a student to suicide.

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Obesity
2:28 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Working to reduce childhood obesity

Credit letsmove.gov

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss recently returned from a symposium in Washington D.C featuring First Lady Michelle Obama that was designed to let elected officials share strategies effective in addressing childhood obesity.
     "Let's Move!" is a public/private partnership designed to enhance and build healthy environments for children and adults.  

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Montana Folk Festival
2:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Butte's ready for the party

Montana Folk Festival starts tomorrow
Credit Montana Folk Festival

Organizers are hoping for another huge turnout to the Montana Folk Festival which kicks off tomorrow.

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Student behavior survey
2:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Student risk behavior survey has mixed results

Denise Juneau
Credit MT OPI

There's some encouraging results in a survey of Montana students; and some troubling results as well.

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