Montana News

"Pastured Poultry"
9:47 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Why it's hard to buy local when it comes to chickens

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye talks with Jan Tusick and Jeff Schahczenski about pastured poultry an challenges to growing a chicken industry in the state.

“Pastured Poultry” is a method of raising chickens or turkeys by giving them free range over the ground and the most natural life possible. Agriculture Economist Jeff Schahczenski  with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT, said it’s a method gaining interest across the country.

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Outdoors
12:49 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Keeping tabs on Montanas grizzly bears

Field biologists measure and monitor a tranquilized grizzly in Glacier National Park in 2005.
Credit GlacierNPS / Flickr

Spring and fall are both prime times for biologists to trap grizzly bears. Wildlife officials are trapping the bears as part of a long-term bear monitoring project spanning across the northern continental divide ecosystem.

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Homeless Shelter
9:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Missoula’s homeless will soon have a new home

Credit MMW Architects

Missoula officials hope to break ground for a new emergency soup kitchen and homeless shelter this fall.

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Glacier Program
1:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Want to hang out with goats in Glacier Park this summer? Here’s how…

Citizen scientists working in Glacier Park
Credit National Park Service

If hanging out in Glacier National Park is how you want to spend part of your summer, you might want to look into the citizen science program offered by the park's Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center. The program trains individuals to identify, observe and record information on species of interest in the park. This summer, the citizen scientists will study mountain goats, pikas, common loons and invasive plants.

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Glacier Institute
1:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Solar panels to power, and teach -- in the North Fork of the Flathead

It took a contest from a company out of Maine, and a social media effort spanning across international borders for the Glacier Institute to get an alternative energy project installed on their off-grid campus. The Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational opportunities for students and adults in and around Glacier National Park.

Executive Director Joyce Baltz said the Institute plans to have its alternative energy project be both functional, and educational.

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Outdoors
1:04 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

How Flathead Valley students are growing their own outdoor classroom

Students planting the first starts in the West Valley School Native Plant Garden.
Credit Katrin Frye

Several gardens at Flathead Valley schools are bringing the outdoor classroom a little bit closer to the indoor one. $16,000 in grant money received by Flathead National Forest in partnership with the Flathead Audubon Society is paying the way for native plant gardens at four area schools.

The grant comes through the US Forest Service “More Kids in the Woods” program.

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Don Oliver Obit
1:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Former NBC News correspondent and UM grad Don Oliver remembered as a 'hard-nosed' reporter

Former NBC News correspondent Don Oliver
Credit University of Montana


    Longtime NBC News correspondent and University of Montana alumnus Don Oliver died last week at the age of 76. Oliver was a Billings native who worked for NBC nearly thirty years, covering everything from wars to presidential campaigns. He received a Distinguished Alumnus award from UM in 1985, and taught a semester there after he retired from NBC in the 1990's.

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Hunger in Montana
9:55 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Summer presents unique challenges for Montana's "food insecure"

Montana Food Bank Network CEO, Gayle Gifford

Summer is almost here and for many Americans that's the time to think about spending a few well-earned days away from work and getting away for an adventure.
     For many though, it's also a time of increased anxiety and stress because it can sometimes be a little more difficult to find that next meal.   
  

In this feature interview, Edward O'Brien speaks with Gayle Gifford, C.E.O of the Montana Food Bank Network.

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Montana News
9:15 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Virginia City celebrated 150 years since Alder Gulch strike this past weekend

Virginia City has retained much of its historic architecture from the late 19th century
Dan Boyce

Last Sunday marked 150 years since a small group of gold miners struck it rich up Southwest Montana’s Alder Gulch.

The swarms of people following that strike quickly established Virginia City, Montana’s first territorial capital.

Virginia City remains remarkably well-preserved today and survives off an annual boom of Summer tourists looking to take in the frontier town’s history.

The community hosted a variety of events all through the weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alder Gulch Strike.

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Gun Control
9:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Gun Control: Knee Jerk or Necessary?

News Director Sally Mauk and panelists Dana Gale, Doug Webber, Ed Monnig, Sheriff Chris Hoffman
Credit William Marcus

Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online.

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