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Treating patients in west Africa
6:34 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Missoula Doctor On Ebola Front Lines

Dr. George Risi
Credit Courtesy Providence St. Patrick Hosptial

 

Dr. George Risi is an infectious disease specialist in private practice in Missoula. He’s just returned from working with the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone treating around 300 Ebola patients, and training medical workers in Cuba that were on their way there.

 

On Friday he returned to Missoula,  Eric Whitney talked with him Sunday at a local coffee shop.

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Hospital hasn't been asked yet
6:14 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

St. Patrick Hospital Ready To Accept Ebola Patients

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Today Providence Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula said that it is ready to admit a patient with Ebola if the need arises. A hospital press release says there are no immediate plans for an Ebola patient to be sent there, but that it has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to treat such patients.

The release says its special Care and Isolation Unit is separate from other patient areas and has equipment that “provides an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation compared to standard hospital rooms.”

 

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Name Recognition Still A Challenge For Both
3:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Analyst: In Tonight's Debate, Lewis, Zinke Must 'Tread Fine Line'

What a difference a weekend can make in Montana's U.S House debate schedule.

Republican U.S House candidate Ryan Zinke will debate Democrat John Lewis tonight in Billings. Zinke originally declined to participate in the Billings debate citing scheduling conflicts. His campaign issued a press release late Friday afternoon saying he'd changed his mind.

Montana Public Radio is broadcasting the debate starting this evening at 7:00. That debate will be aired on this radio station and streamed on our website.

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MTPR Will Air The Debate
7:13 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Lewis, Zinke Debate Tonight In Billings

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke will debate in Billings on Sept. 29.

Montana Public Radio will air the debate between Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis in Billings live tonight at 7:00 p.m. Listen on our live stream.

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Milltown State Park
5:02 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Volunteers Cleaning Up Milltown State Park Saturday

A 2011 arial view of the location of Milltown State Park at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers,
Credit Montana State Parks

East Missoula is home to Montana’s newest state park, Milltown State Park. The new park is located near where the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers meet. It’s not yet fully open to the public, that’s expected later this year. Michael Kustudia with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the new park still needs some work.

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Campaign Beat
4:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Campaign Beat: Have Voters Tuned In Yet?

Screen shot from the Daines "good guy" ad.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Is the media counting Curtis out too soon? The analysts look at the "good guy" ad by Steve Daines. Ryan Zinke continues to tout his military experience, and John Lewis gets more aggressive in the House race. Sally, Chuck, and Mike wonder if voters have tuned in for this off-year election yet.

"Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

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Rotten Chicken
3:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sordid Saga Of Putrid Poultry Inspires Song

Bob Wire
Credit YouTube

The sordid saga of an abandoned trailer containing 37,000 lbs of rotten chicken ended today when the stinky freight was buried in a freshly dug pit.

The semi-trailer had been sitting at a Missoula-area truck stop for possibly a month or longer.

Authorities say the truck driver abandoned the trailer after his employer, Dixie River Freight Inc., refused his demands for more money to deliver its then-frozen cargo.

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Four Running For Two Seats
6:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Supreme Court Candidates Differ On First Amendment Issues

There are pretty sharp differences in the candidates running for the two Montana Supreme Court seats being contested this fall. They came out at a candidate forum in Missoula on Tuesday.

One of the big issues at the forum was campaign financing, both for this year’s Supreme Court race and for elections in general.

The candidates talked about the 2010 Citizens United case in the US Supreme Court. It allowed unlimited independent corporate spending in federal elections. The high court applied that ruling to state elections in 2012.

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Yellowstone Drone Crash
5:08 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Tourist Fined For Yellowstone Drone Crash

The use of un-manned aircraft, or drones is prohibited in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit National Park Service

A federal court has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3,000 dollars for crashing a drone in the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Theodorus Van Vliet crashed a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring in early August. Workers have been unable to recover the unmanned aircraft so far.

Park authorities banned drones in late June.

Van Vliet was one of three visitors to crash one in the park this summer.

This is the second federal conviction for piloting drones in Yellowstone in a just over a week. One other illegal drone case is still pending.

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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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