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Eve Byron
3:55 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Wildfires, wolves and the watchdog: Eve Byron on 20 years in Montana journalism

Long-time Helena Independent Record reporter Eve Byron left the newspaper at the end of last week to "pursue other interests."
Credit Eliza Wiley, Helena Independent Record

Reporter Eve Byron has been a force at the Helena Independent Record for decades.

Starting out covering local government, Byron moved to being a journalistic authority on wildlife and natural resource issues in Montana.

After 20 years and about 15,000 stories, Byron left the Independent Record last Friday.

She’s starting a new job as a communications specialist for the Helena-based non-profit National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Photography and Poetry
6:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Still Here: Not Living in Tipis

Still Here: Not Living in Tipis, photographs and poetry by Sue Reynolds and Victor Charlo

San Francisco Bay-area photographer Sue Reynolds and American Indian poet Victor Charlo talk about their book, Still Here: Not Living in Tipis.

In this first collaborative photo-poetry book between a white urban photographer and a reservation Indian, Sue Reynolds' images and Salish poet Victor Charlo's poems tell a story of resurrection in the face of long odds. The book includes forty-five color photos and five Salish poems. A percentage of sales goes to American Indian College Fund.

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Wolves
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.

“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

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Suicide
1:31 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Team researching Montana's high suicide rate

Karl Rosston
Credit MT DPHHS

As we've reported this week, the state's recently-appointed Suicide Review Team has pledged to review every suicide that occurs in Montana this year to try to determine the reason and recommend ways to reduce the state's suicide rate, which is nearly twice the national average.
 
     The team, appointed in November by Gov. Steve Bullock, includes a pastor, psychologist, psychiatrist, sheriff, a schools official and a social worker along with Karl Rosston, the state's suicide prevention coordinator for the past six years.

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MTPR Program Highlights
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

January 23 - January 29

Here are MTPR program highlights for January 23 – January 29, 2014

THURSDAY- January 23, 2014

9:05 a.m.   Boccherini: 2 String Quartets: #2 in C minor and #3 in Eb major; Selections for flute and harp by Monti, Blavet, and Paganini; Petrini: Duo in Eb major, Op. 30, for flute and harp; Richter: Sonata #2 in G major for flute, harpsichord, and cello; Mozart: flute Concerto in D major, kv 314

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Corrections Department
1:49 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Corrections Department working to diversify staff

Mike Batista
MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 

In this final segment of a two part series, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections director, Mike Batista and Department of Corrections American Indian Liaison, Harlan Trombley, about a variety of topics including what,  if anything, can be done to stem problems associated with poverty and high drug and alcohol abuse rates:

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Monday Poems
6:23 am
Mon January 20, 2014

"Dreaming Winter"

Riding the Earthboy 40: poems, by James Welch

Don't ask me if these knives are real.
I could paint a king or show a map
the way home—to go like this:
Wobble me back to a tiger's dream
a dream of knives and bones too common
to be exposed. My secrets are ignored.

Here comes the man I love. His coat is wet
and his face is falling like the leaves,
tobacco stains on his Polish teeth.
I could tell jokes about him—one up
for the man who brags a lot, laughs
a little and hangs his name on the nearest knob.
Don't ask me. I know it's only hunger.

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MLK Day
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Some thoughts on the state of racial equality in Montana

Martin Luther King Junior Day provides a time for us to reflect on equality.

The civil rights leader spent his life pursuing equal opportunity for all people, especially people of different racial backgrounds.

In this story, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network Kim Abbott about the state of race issues in Montana.

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Corrections
1:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Corrections Department working to build bridges with Native American inmates

Harlan Trombley
MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 
       In this first of a two-part interview, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections Director, Mike Batista and

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Commentary - January 17th, 2014
1:34 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Election Protection

I love election day.

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