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Copple Lockdown
2:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Missoula city councilwoman locked down at the Capitol

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple
Credit Missoula Independent

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple was among those locked down in the U.S. Capitol for about half an hour today, because of that shootout near the Capitol.

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Government Shutdown
11:26 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Oh snap, you traveled from Ontario to see Yellowstone? Bad timing...

Canadians Donna and Bob flew over from Ontario, Canada to begin their tour of National Parks in the western US early this week. They are improvising in the wake of the government shutdown closing those parks.
Credit Dan Boyce

The partial shutdown of the federal government is now stretching into its third day.

President Obama is now saying House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the government. Congressional leaders made no progress on ending the shutdown after a Wednesday night meeting at the White House. 

The Wall Street Journal reports about 800,000 federal employees remain on furlough. 

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Missoula Water
9:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water fight boiling in Missoula

Missoula Mayor John Engen

A public hearing will be held later this month before the Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance that would give Mayor John Engen authority to open negotiations with The Carlyle Group to purchase Mountain Water Company.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager, purchased Mountain Water about two years ago, with the stipulation the city of Missoula would get the first shot at buying the utility if it ever went up for sale.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Engen explains why he thinks it's important to pursue this discussion - and why now.

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MTPR Music
5:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Cedar Walton tribute part two

Cedar Walton at the piano, courtesy of npr.org
Credit Mark Memmot

Tonight on WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JAZZ , it's part two of a tribute to the late Cedar Walton. We'll hear a selection of "later" recordings from the last 30 years; solo piano, duets with Ron Carter, the Sweet Basil trio, Eric Alexander and more,  including one of his latest recordings with Houston Person.  8:30 pm Wednesday, October 2.

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Folk Art Exhibit
4:15 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New exhibit illustrates the individualism of American folk art

Mark Negus, "Stumbler", carved wood

A new exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum showcases folk art from around the country.

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MTPR Weekly Highlights
12:42 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

October 3 - October 9, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for September October –October 9, 2013.

THURSDAY- October 3, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Dvorak: Poetic Tone Pictures (selections), Op. 85, for piano; Hagen: Masquerade – Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra; Spohr: Potpourri #4 in B major, Op. 24; Suk: Ripening, Op. 34

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Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and The Weavers
8:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Monday Music Special, October 7th: "You Must Remember This"

Monday, October 7th, 7:30pm: For October, Allen Secher's monthly edition of the Monday Music Special, "You Must Remember This," wanders from the Great American Songbook and to the Great American Folksong. Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, The Weavers, and Pete Seeger perform folksongs and sing-alongs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Literary Essays
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Melissa Kwasny Explores Image and Vision in the Non-Human World

Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision, by Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny talks about her book Earth Recitals: Essays of Image & Vision, and about how reflecting on the images we see in the outer, nonhuman, world can stimulate human creative imagination and enhance our everyday lives.

About the book:

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Park closure strands visitors
5:41 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Glacier Park, closed for the shutdown

Blockade at West Glacier entrance to Glacier Park.
Katrin Frye

Arguably the most visible effect of the government shutdown is the closure of 401 National Parks, including Glacier Park. Glacier counts on an average of 50 to 60 thousand visitors in the month of October. Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann with the Park said there has been confusion, and surprise about the Park being closed.

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Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown?

  Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state’s federal workforce.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel—which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.

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