Montana News

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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Extreme Broadband
10:53 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Missoula looks at the need for superfast Internet service

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple
Credit Caitlin Copple

Does Missoula need faster and more affordable Internet service? That's the question a new study will seek to answer. With a 26-thousand dollar matching grant from the state,the city and county of Missoula are chipping in 13-thousand dollars each to fund a feasibility study of affordable extreme broadband service. City councilwoman Caitlin Copple chairs the council's economic development subcommittee. She believes superfast - and affordable - high speed Internet is an attractive recruitment tool for new business.

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Montana News
12:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pakistani energy officials visit PSC

Hassan Mehmood, Director of Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum & NR questions Public Service Commissioners Tuesday
Dan Boyce

Montana Public Service Commissioners Bill Gallagher and Kirk Bushman hosted a discussion Tuesday with high-ranking officials from Pakistan’s energy sector.

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Top citizens honored
11:23 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Missoula philanthropists to receive honorary doctorates from UM

John and Sue Talbot
Credit John and Sue Talbot

Missoulians John and Sue Talbot will receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the University of Montana commencement ceremony tomorrow.

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Flathead Lake
6:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Beers for the Bio Station? Paying for water quality monitoring on Flathead Lake

One of two hi-tech buoys transmitting weather and water quality information to the Bio Station. The information is available to the public, updated every 15 minutes, through the FLBS website.
Credit Katrin Frye

Water temperature and the types of life it supports are some of the things scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station track to determine water quality in the Lake and its tributaries. The Bio Station has been monitoring water quality, and amassing information about the Flathead since its founding in 1899. But recently it went to the public to help cover costs.

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