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Few surviving trees remain in the changed landscape located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho.
Camille Stevens-Rumann

New Study Finds Climate Change Reducing Forest Regrowth After Fires

In the forests of the Rocky Mountains, fewer trees are growing back after recent wildfires because of climate change. That’s what a team of researchers discovered after studying seedling regeneration at 1,500 sites in five different states. University of Montana fire ecology Professor Philip Higuera is a co-author of the study. He joins us now.

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Sally Kohn, Krista Tippett, Erick Erickson.
Krista Tippet Photo: Peter Beck

Join In A Civil Conversation With 'On Being’s' Krista Tippett

Join us for an exercise in civil political disagreement with " On Being’s" Krista Tippett , along with guests Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson at a live on-stage event Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Missoula at the Dennison Theater on the UM Campus. Admission is free. The exploration of politics and civility will be about 90 minutes long and there will be time for Q & A, so bring your best questions. The conversation will be recorded, and if all goes well it may be edited for an episode of "On Being" or included in the Civil Conversations website archive .

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Why No Two Snowflakes Look Alike

You know the old saying “no two snowflakes are alike”? Well, there may be more truth to that than you think. I am from Hillsboro, Oregon, where the snow falls in wet, indistinguishable clumps. When I moved to Montana, I immediately noticed a difference.

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Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says an 18-year-old Darby High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge after he made a social media threat toward the school district.

A press release from the Sheriff’s office says, “school officials were made aware of a SnapChat message that had been received by other students.  The message referenced the recent school shooting in Florida, and implied a threat of violence to the Darby School District.”

Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson
Kalispell Regional Health Care

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing backcountry skier they’ve been searching for since Saturday evening as Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, a 62-old-physician from Columbia Falls who has long practiced in the area.

The Sheriff’s office says it got a report at approximately 7:15 p.m. Saturday that Torgerson was overdue from a solo ski in the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Why No Two Snowflakes Look Alike

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You know the old saying “no two snowflakes are alike”? Well, there may be more truth to that than you think. I am from Hillsboro, Oregon, where the snow falls in wet, indistinguishable clumps. When I moved to Montana, I immediately noticed a difference.

Few surviving trees remain in the changed landscape located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho.
Camille Stevens-Rumann

In the forests of the Rocky Mountains, fewer trees are growing back after recent wildfires because of climate change. That’s what a team of researchers discovered after studying seedling regeneration at 1,500 sites in five different states.

University of Montana fire ecology Professor Philip Higuera is a co-author of the study. He joins us now.

Recipe: Pizza Dough

Feb 18, 2018
Flickr user, Nicola. (CC-BY-2.0)

"There's something that goes on with refrigeration and pizza dough," observes Jon Jackson, one of the Food Guys. Other Food Guy Greg Patent agrees and gives this phenomenon a name: it's cold fermentation, and you can take advantage of it when you make pizza dough or sourdough bread. After you've kneaded the dough, stash it in the fridge to give it additional time to ferment.

Map of National Weather Service predictions for winter storm in Western Montana February 17 and 18, 2018.
National Weather Service

Brace yourselves for some weekend weather. The National Weather Service advises that an arctic cold front moving south across Western Montana this weekend will bring winter storm conditions including snow and high winds to much of the area.

"Travel will be hazardous to impossible with the blowing and drifting snow and low visibility" said an NWS official in a video released Friday afternoon.

This week on "Campaign Beat," gun control: Montana's trickiest political issue? How lack of money is forcing some candidates out in both the House and Senate races, Senator Daines' criticism of UM over the Mike Adams controversy, and the Billings Gazette tete-a-tete with former Wisconsin sheriff David Clark. Listen in now.

Whitefish-native and Olympian Maggie Voisin.
Brian Schott

Whitefish-native Maggie Voisin is competing at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday night, in the women’s slopestyle skiing event.

At a bar in Whitefish, locals are sure to turn out tonight to cheer on nineteen-year-old Voisin. She spoke with NBC Sports in January after clinching her spot on Team USA.

UM President Seth Bodnar meets with UM's oldest living graduate Emma Lommasson in Missoula, Thursday Feb. 15, 2018.
Edward O'Brien

At 106 years-old Emma Lommasson is the University of Montana’s oldest living graduate. When Lommasson woke up Thursday morning, she could boast of having met all but five of UM’s presidents. By Thursday afternoon, with the help of some loyal friends, that list whittled down to four when President Seth Bodnar walked in her senior living center to surprise her.

Growth in reported influenza cases in Montana since October, 2017
Montana DPHHS

The number of flu cases in Montana continues to climb, with 859 new cases reported last week, the most recent reporting period. A month ago about 500 cases were reported in a single week.

The state health department says influenza continues to be widespread in Montana. So far this flu season more than 5,000 cases have been reported across the state, more than ten percent of those resulted in hospitalizations. Twenty four deaths due to flu have been reported in Montana this season, all but three of those deaths were people age 65 and older.

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