Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Dan Boyce

Helena’s alternative High School is adjusting to the new school-year in a new, make-shift facility; a result of shuffling around students last spring when Central Elementary closed due to structural concerns.

The Project for Alternative Learning, or PAL, had been housed at a former elementary school when Central abruptly closed last March. Seismic tests determined it wasn’t earthquake safe. The Helena School District decided the most sensible place to relocate Central’s kids was P.A.L.’s elementary building.

Newscast 09-04-2013

Sep 4, 2013

Tribal leaders from around Montana gather in Missoula today to outline what they want from the federal government. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us how an alternative high school in Helena is coping with a new location. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the artistic director of the Smuin Ballet about its Montana-born founder.

Newscast 09-03-2013

Sep 3, 2013

Rain could bring flash flooding to areas recently burned by wildfires. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye profiles a ranger who is 93 years young. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the owners of a new company that is bringing healthy snacks to schools and offices.

Newscast 09-02-2013

Sep 2, 2013

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce talks with the Executive Secretary of the Montana AFL-CIO about the labor movement here in the state. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien discusses with Dr. Marty Zaluski about new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses.

Newscast 08-30-2013

Aug 30, 2013

The latest labor report has good and bad news about Montana's economy. We also tell you about new lightning-caused fires in Yellowstone and Idaho. And in our feature interview,  News Director Sally Mauk talks with a Cuban journalist about efforts to preserve historic Havana.

Newscast 08-29-2013

Aug 29, 2013

Hundreds rally in Billings to protest a judge's sentencing decision - and comments - in a rape case. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce looks into a letter sent by the state attorney general, protesting new federal fracking rules. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye has an update on the effort to reintroduce trumpeter swans on the Flathead Reservation. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the author of a new book on Montana's microbreweries.

Newscast 08-28-2013

Aug 28, 2013

Firefighters expect to soon have a line all the way around the Lolo Creek Complex fire. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us the details of a pay raise agreement some University System employees will soon be voting on. In our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with Researcher Norma Nickerson about how visitors view their trips to Montana.

Newscast 08-27-2013

Aug 27, 2013

More progress on the Lolo Creek Complex Fire but it's still not fully contained. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us how community health centers are helping people get health insurance. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has more on how individual privacy will be protected under the Affordable Care Act. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with residents of upper Sleeman Gulch outside Lolo about some of the lessons they've learned about a week living with fire.

Newscast 08-26-2013

Aug 26, 2013

Crews continue to make progress on the Lolo Creek fire and to stay on top of some new lightning-caused fires. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce looks into the controversy over the price of coal leases. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with New York City Assistant Fire Chief Ron Spadafora about responding to the 9/11 attack and about fighting fires in Montana.

Newscast 08-23-2013

Aug 23, 2013

Lolo Creek Complex fire incident commander Greg Poncin says crews are making excellent progress and if that continues over the next 24 hours, Highway 12 may reopen and evacuees may be allowed to return home - but not before tomorrow at the earliest.

Newscast 08-22-2013

Aug 22, 2013

The Highway 12 corridor west of Lolo is filled with the sound of helicopters and chain saws as firefighters rush to corral the Lolo Creek Complex before strong winds arrive this evening. In tonight's feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the director of the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management about some helpful advice in dealing with the Lolo Fire Complex.

Newscast 08-21-2013

Aug 21, 2013

The Lolo Creek Complex fire west of Lolo is now the number one priority fire in the nation. In tonight's feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon about major changes Montana has been making to school lunches.

Newscast 08-20-2013

Aug 20, 2013

Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour pushed two fires to a combined 8,000 acres. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us about fires in the Flathead National Forest. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the new President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Montana about their many successes and significant challenges.

Newscast 08-19-2013

Aug 19, 2013

A western Montana fire that started the day at 60 acres has exploded into a fire that is now 2,000. In tonight's feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen about choices people will have regarding the marketplace.

Sally Mauk

This just in: The Montana Red Cross has opened a shelter at Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Avenue in Missoula to accommodate evacuees of both the Industry Street hazmat emergency and the Lolo wildfire. The Lolo School is also  serving as a shelter for Highway 12 evacuees.

This just in From the Lolo National Forest:

A planned public meeting for tonight at Travelers Rest State Park has been cancelled due to ongoing emergency fire operations and evacuations. Residents should come to the Lolo Super Stop for fire information until 9 P.M. tonight

 

Highway 12 is now closed beginning at the junction of Highway 93. Residents are being allowed to access the area.

 

 

Missoula County Office of Emergency Services has established a hotline for landowners and residents in the fire area.

Sally Mauk

Fire, law enforcement, and emergency management officials will meet with the public tonight at 6 P.M. to brief them on the West Fork Two Fire.

 

Time: 6 P.M.

Location: Traveler’s Rest State Park, Lolo

 

The West Fork Two Fire is approximately 2,000 acres at this time.

 

Missoula County Office of Emergency Services has established a hotline for landowners and residents in the fire area.

Hotline number: 406 258-4636

Newscast 08-16-2013

Aug 16, 2013

A downed power line started one of two fires yesterday. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about Governor Steve Bullock's new early childhood education program. And in tonight's feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a Buddha relic tour manager about the historical Buddha relics that are visiting Missoula and their significance in the Buddhist faith.

Newscast 08-15-2013

Aug 15, 2013

A democrat has officially filed to run for U.S. Senate. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us about a company that will replace Glacier Park Incorporated. And in tonight's feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the Montana Government Relations Director of the Cancer Action Network about how the state's policies affect cancer prevention outcomes.

Newscast 08-14-2013

Aug 14, 2013

U.S. Representative of Montana Steve Daines is joining other members of Congress for a week-long trip to Israel. In tonight's feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the Director of Sussex School about why social-emotional learning skills should be taught right along side other core subjects.

Newscast 08-13-2013

Aug 13, 2013

Firefighters are chasing a series of new fires because of recent thunderstorms that brought lots of lightning. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye talks about an effort that aims to save room for open space. And in tonight's feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with an associated professor at Harvard Medical School about the rehabilitation that many cancer survivors are not getting.

Newscast 08-12-2013

Aug 12, 2013

Seven fires started burning in the Bitterroot National Forest yesterday and two are now controlled. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce takes us on a look around the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with Dr. Wendy Ring who discusses a connection between our health and climate change.

Newscast 08-09-2013

Aug 9, 2013

A petroleum refinery in Great Falls plans to expand and double production. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce talks about Governor Steve Bullock's Main Street Montana Project. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the Missoula County Fairground's new director.

Newscast 08-08-2013

Aug 8, 2013

The public had the opportunity to pay their respects to former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock at the capitol. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye talks about an upcoming race that supports a cancer community. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a University of California, San Francisco professor who compares the tobacco industry to Godzilla.

Newscast 08-07-2013

Aug 7, 2013

Montana Department of Transportation has issued a permit for a 21-foot megaload. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about Fish, Wildlife, and Park's effort to simplify hunting and fishing licenses. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye has more on a traveling sculpture that highlights banned books. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a  film programmer about Missoula's Roxy theater and it's future plans.

Newscast 08-06-2013

Aug 6, 2013

The Associated Press's request for information available on the state's concealed carry permit holders draws threats. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye gives us a brief about a traveling sculpture. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a coal terminal executive who says shipping coal to Asia won't harm the enviornment.

Newscast 08-05-2013

Aug 5, 2013

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau makes a decision on running for the U.S. Senate. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has a remembrance of former first lady Betty Babcock. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with three young women who are bicycling across the country.

Newscast 08-02-2013

Aug 2, 2013

Yesterday's stormy weather damaged crops and buildings in southwest Montana. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce takes us to a rehearsal on one of the world's most famous plays. And in our feature interview, Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a young man whose life was changed by a garden.

Newscast 08-01-2013

Aug 1, 2013

Much needed moisture gives firefighters a welcome break. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce takes us on a tour of a major hydroelectric project now operating near Great Falls. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the co-founders of a project to help educate people about those who are born with ambiguous gender traits.

Newscast 07-31-2013

Jul 31, 2013

Weather forecasters say substantial rain is on the way -- offering at least some temporary relief for firefighters. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has an update on this season's firefighting costs so far. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the CEO of a tribal company in the process of buying Kerr Dam.

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