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Water Plan
1:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

State Water Plan meetings for Clark Fork Basin kick off next week

Beartooths Lake
Credit Montana DNRC

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has launched an initiative to update the state's water plan.

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Fiction
2:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Shawn Vestal's Godforsaken Idaho is Populated with Mormons

Godforsaken Idaho: Stories, by Shawn Vestal

During the program Shawn Vestal talks about and reads from his collection of stories titled 'Godforsaken Idaho.'

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This Town
1:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Best-seller describes the greed and celebrity-driven culture of Washington, D.C.

News Director Sally Mauk and NY Times chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich
Credit William Marcus

The government shutdown has put Washington's paralysis on full display, but if you want more reinforcement of just how dysfunctional the nation's capital has become, you might want to read Mark Leibovich's best-selling book "This Town".

Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for the New York Times magazine, a former reporter for the Washington Post, and now best-selling author. He has lived and worked in D.C. for 16 years, and is a self-described "insider".

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2014 Election
10:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Sen. Peterson continues efforts to rein in dark money with ballot initiative

Sen. Jim Peterson (R-Buffalo)

A prominent Republican State Senator is leading efforts to qualify an initiative for the 2014 ballot which would require more disclosure of political spending on state elections. The Stop Dark Money initiative is based upon a bill that failed this last legislative session.

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MTPR Music
6:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Mulgrew Miller tribute part one

Credit Ebet Roberts/Redferns / Getty Images

What I Like About Jazz this week features part one of a two-part tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Miller had a long and varied career as a leader and sideman, prominently featured with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1980's band that also featured Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard. He then went on to spend 9 years with another great jazz drummer, Tony Williams, playing on 6 albums with his classic quintet that featured Wallace Roney and Billy Pierce, and on Tony's final trio album in 1993. Along the way, he played sideman to a host of jazz greats, as well as many up-and-comers.

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Avalanche Safety Workshop
6:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Combating the rising trend of avalanche deaths

Credit Craig Moore, GlacierWorld

The number of people being killed in avalanches in Montana has been growing over the years. New avalanche education opportunities have been cropping up to combat this trend.         The Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop started up three years ago in the Flathead

The Workshop features a range of speakers presenting on weather conditions, avalanche safety, forecasting, and more as well as back country winter safety gear representatives.

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Wildfire
1:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Fire season is over...for now

The Lolo Creek Complex
Credit Sally Mauk

Western Montana's fire danger is back to a "low" rating, there's been plenty of rain recently - even some high-elevation snow in western Montana. The 2013 fire season is essentially behind us.

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Butte
11:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

When your lab class is 100 feet underground

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin listens to instructions in Butte's Orphan Boy Mine
Dan Boyce

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin and the eight other students in her lab class were taking turns using a heavy, pneumatic, jack-leg drill to bore six foot holes into a solid rock wall last Friday. It’s definitely louder than the average college lab course, and rather than crisp, white lab coats, students wear mud-soaked work boots, dust streaked faces and hard hats.

About 22,000 men worked the underground mines of Butte at the city’s peak, hauling 20,000 tons of ore back to the surface every day.

But, that was almost 100 years ago.

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Commentary
4:36 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

“Drill, Baby, Drill”: The Ongoing Economic Fantasy

          Some economic fantasies never seem to recede, even in the face of economic reality. One of these is the belief that if only more and more federal land were opened to oil and gas drilling, local and state economies would enter a period of permanent prosperity. That source of extensive economic prosperity, we are told, is just beneath our feet. All we have to do is drill. But, we are told, the federal government’s environmental regulations and bureaucratic incompetence block this drilling and keep  us unnecessarily poor.

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Monday Poems
11:37 am
Mon October 7, 2013

"Magic Fox"

Riding the Earthboy 40: poems, by James Welch

They shook the green leaves down,
those men that rattled
in their sleep. Truth became
a nightmare to their fox.
He turned their horses into fish,
or was it horses strung
like fish, or fish like fish
hung naked in the wind?

Stars fell upon their catch.
A girl, not yet twenty-four
but blonde as morning birds, began
a dance that drew the men in
green around her skirts.
In dust her magic jangled memories
of dawn, till fox and grief
turned nightmare in their sleep.

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