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Housing Prices
5:40 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Montana sees increase in median home prices

Real estate broker Alan Bock shows off a $375,000 home near Helena, which is about $175,000 more than the counties median price.
Credit Dan Boyce

Data released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Montana’s median home value moved up 5 percent in the two years after the Great Recession.

The statistics were gathered in the states nine most populous counties in the years 2010-2012 and were compared to the same figures from the recession years of 2007-2009. They show the state’s median price for owner-occupied households bumped up to $183,600 from $174,900 during the recession.

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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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MTPR supporters rule!
12:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

MTPR Staff Say Thanks

Check out the MTPR fall fundrasier thank you video!

Fall Pledge Drive 2013 Thank You from Montana Public Radio on Vimeo.

Watching the tally climb
12:27 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Pledge Tally Update

The fall pledge tally just broke $200,000!  Thank you.

We are watching the fall pledge tally climb with additional donations coming in online and through the mail.

Pledge Week Bonus Results
11:58 am
Thu November 14, 2013

MT Food Bank Network Challenge Results

Susan Israel and Linda Talbott, MTPR fall fundraiser

Here are the final results of the Montana Food Bank Network Challenge. Thanks to the thousands of people who are supporting MTPR!

$195,265 in pledges made or postmarked by November 8th.  

$9,763 is the 5% bonus going to the Montana Food Bank Network.

Thanks to Missoula Federal Credit Union, our co-sponsor of the bonus match.

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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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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Gwen Florio's 'Montana' Begins New Mystery Series

'Montana,' a mystery novel by Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio talks about her transition from newspaper reporter to fiction author and the process of writing her mystery novel Montana, the first in a new series. She also reads two passages from the book.

About the Book:

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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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