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Forest Poll
1:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Poll shows Americans love their forests – and are willing to pay for them

Blodgett Canyon trail, Bitterroot National Forest
Credit Sally Mauk

Americans love their national forests.

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Darko Butorac and Martina Filjak
12:55 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Piano soloist opens Missoula Symphony season

Friday, September 27th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Missoula Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Darko Butorac, and piano soloist, Martina Filjak, about the opening concerts of the 2013-2014 season.

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Stoltze Cogeneration Plant
10:42 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Using sawmill leftovers to power homes

Two silos hold fuel; dry planer chips and the sawdust and bark from the sawmill, to feed the biomass boiler of FH Stoltze cogeneration plant.
Credit Katrin Frye

After years of raising money, securing a buyer, and months of construction F-H Stoltze Land and Lumber’s cogeneration plant is running. The plant will be providing up to 2.5-megawatts of power to the Flathead Electric Co-op for 20-years. That boils down enough to power between 1,800 and 2,500 homes. Plant Manager Bryan O’Connor said the biomass boiler burns a mix of sawdust, bark, and wood chips produced from the sawmill to produce steam which then is used to dry lumber, and to turn a turbine which generates energy for the power grid.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sylphion: Worth its Weight in Ancient Silver

Credit Flora de la Terre

September 28th & 30th, 2013: Sylphion was so valuable to the ancient North African city of Cyrene - the only place where it grew - that the plant was pictured on the city's coins. People harvested sylphion to extinction for its medicinal and seasoning properties. http://www.floradelaterre.com

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Painted Lady Butterflies

Vanessa cardui, or Painted Lady.

"Fieldnotes," September 29th & 30th, 2013: "Painted Lady Butterflies," by Byron Weber / Caroline Kurtz.
http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm animals
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

Enteritis Salmonella

September 29th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a New York Times piece by Mark Bittman on the practice of giving prophylactic doses of antibiotics to livestock, and how it accelerates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Climate change
1:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Environmental law expert says climate change era demands we adapt or die

Clark Fork River in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

One of the resources most directly impacted by climate change is water.

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Documentary Special
1:15 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Of The West with Philip Aaberg. “The Long View from a Little Town”

9/26/13 - Phil, Jake and Patty Aaberg participated in the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race, along with approximately 200 other teams.  Everyone received the topic “The Last Thing You’d Expect” and then had 24 hours to write, record, edit and upload a six minute non-fiction radio story.  This program goes behind the scenes and follows their participation in the race and the making of the story. 

 

http://ofthewest.net/

Commentary - September 26th, 2013
10:37 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Let’s Require Civics Education at All Levels

After many years away from the formal classroom, I am teaching again.

When I left graduate school in 1968, I was hired on to teach civics to high school seniors.  I ended up with a different teaching position, and after one year of teaching, I took a 44 year fork in the road.  Instead of teaching civics, I entered the real world of civics – the world of government and politics.  Over that period I was heavily engaged in government at local, state and federal levels – working for and with governors, senators, congressmen, legislators, local government officials. 

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Glacier National Park
12:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Young volunteers building trails, and résumés at Glacier Park

Montana Conservation Corps members finish up trail maintenance at Glacier Park's Rocky Point Trail. Their work is part of a new Youth Corps Partnership at Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Glacier Youth Corps Partnership just wrapped up the first of two summers of volunteer work at the Park. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Kusky with Glacier said the Partnership is an opportunity for the Park to get different projects completed, and for the volunteers to learn about careers in the Park Service. Kusky said the project also aims to connect the next generation with Glacier Park.

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