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The Solenex well site in the Badger-Two Medicine
Corin Cates-Carney

Blackfeet Tribe: Badger-Two Medicine Too Sacred To Drill

John Murray, the Blackfeet Tribe’s historic preservation officer says the Badger-Two Medicine is sacred land. As he walks through the tall dry grass here, he refuses to give life to the idea that this land will be disturbed in search of natural gas.
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Jon Herington on stage at the Crown Guitar Festival. Tune in Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m. to hear a replay of this concert.
Michael Marsolek

Jon Herington & Madelein Peyroux Concert On MTPR

Steeley Dan's Jon Herington, and the sultry songstress Madelein Peyroux shared the stage for an incredible show Monday night at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival. Tune in to MTPR at 8:00 p.m. Friday September 4 for a replay of the entire concert.
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Lightning Photo: Courtesy of NOAA
Courtesy of NOAA

Two Storms, One Harrowing Night For MTPR Engineer

August was a stormy month at Montana Public Radio. On the evening of August 10, when Missoula experienced a remarkable thunderstorm with hurricane level winds, the MTPR team was all hands on deck keeping the station on air. Then 11 days later, a lightning storm crashed both the primary and backup transmitters for Missoula’s 89.1 frequency, and one intrepid engineer had a harrowing night on the mountain.
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Jon Herington on stage at the Crown Guitar Festival. Tune in Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m. to hear a replay of this concert.
Michael Marsolek

Steeley Dan's Jon Herington, and the sultry songstress Madelein Peyroux shared the stage for an incredible show Monday night at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival. Tune in to MTPR at 8:00 p.m. Friday September 4 for a replay of the entire concert.

Solomon Hicks is an accomplished young musician, and a student and performer at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork.
Micheal Marsolek

Musical prodigy Solomon Hicks describes himself as a blues musician with a jazz mind. He's back in Bigfork for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival going on this week. He talks with Michael Marsolek about his dual role as Crown guitar fest student and performer.

Morning Newscast 09-03-15

4 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A hearing in Choteau yesterday afternoon discussed proposed drilling in the Badger­-Two Medicine area.

A firefighter working to battle a wildfire north of Helena has been hospitalized after an ATV crash.

Manuscripts, drafts and other items belonging to renowned Western author Ivan Doig will be housed at Montana State University.

STEM Education And More

20 hours ago
Jackie Yamanaka

As the Baby Boom generation starts to retire in big numbers, Montana is facing a potential shortage of skilled workers.

Efforts to fill jobs being vacated by retirees start in elementary school.

At first glance, Mr. Marquis’ classroom may seem chaotic. Take a closer look and you’ll find students standing at tables with plastic tubs filled with wires, wheels, joy sticks, and various small parts, and they’re consulting their tablets.

Evening Newscast 09-02-15

20 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Despite a Red Flag warning being in effect, firefighters on the Holter Complex Fire between Helena and Great Falls managed to keep the blaze’s growth under a hundred acres.

The Sheep Fire just south of Essex is also showing slowed activity as crews continue to build fire lines and put out hot spots.

Firefighters continued to de-mobilize from the Clark Fork Complex fires straddling the Idaho-Montana state line near Heron.

A soldier was injured during a U.S. Army Special Operations parachute training exercise near Hamilton yesterday.

Several groups voiced concerns today about proposed new rules that govern Montana political campaigns.

Lightning Photo: Courtesy of NOAA
Courtesy of NOAA

August was a stormy month at Montana Public Radio. On the evening of August 10, when Missoula experienced a remarkable thunderstorm with hurricane level winds, the MTPR team was all hands on deck keeping the station on air. Then 11 days later, a lightning storm crashed both the primary and backup transmitters for Missoula’s 89.1 frequency, and one intrepid engineer had a harrowing night on the mountain.

The Solenex well site in the Badger-Two Medicine
Corin Cates-Carney

John Murray, the Blackfeet Tribe’s historic preservation officer says the Badger-Two Medicine is sacred land. As he walks through the tall dry grass here, he refuses to give life to the idea that this land will be disturbed in search of natural gas.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 2, 2015

Sep 2, 2015
InciWeb

Information from InciWeb.nwcg.gov. We will update this post as more information becomes available today.

West Fork Fish Creek Fire:
Some evacuees from the West Fork Fish Creek fire southwest of Alberton are being allowed back into their homes this afternoon.
 
"The evacuations along Fish Creek have moved from Cache Creek drainage, and they’ve moved north up to Surveyor Creek," says Breanna Thomasson, fire information officer.

Morning Newscast 09-02-15

Sep 2, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a federal court has rejected Montana's request to rehear their defense of state campaign contribution limits. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says none of its 44 judges moved to reconsider the case that the court already decided was tried on out-of-date standards.

A southwestern Montana doctor charged with 400 felonies in connection to overprescribing pain medication, which officials say lead to the deaths of two patients, has pleaded not guilty. The Ravalli Republic reports 67-year-old Chris Arthur Christensen made his first appearance in Ravalli County District Court yesterday.

An attorney for a Louisiana oil company is asking a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease in Montana that's on land sacred to American Indians.

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