Montana News

Western Montana Family Residency
10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Second Family Medicine Program In Montana Gets Its First Class

Dr. Kevin Kropp and Dr. TJ Sherry (left to right) are two of the first class of residents in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.
Credit Katrin Frye

A new family-medicine residency program in western Montana aims to develop and keep a next generation of family physicians in the state.

Dr. Justin Buls is the Kalispell Site Director for the new Family Medicine Residency for Western Montana. This new program is a partnership between the University of Montana, two Missoula hospitals, Missoula’s Partnership Community Health Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and the Flathead Community Health Center.

Buls said Montana ranks last in the country in graduating residents and training physicians.

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Mountain Water Company
5:02 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities

Missoula and the southern California town of Apple Valley are separated by over 11-hundred miles, but both have at least one thing in common; officials from both towns want their local water systems under public ownership.

Leaders from both communities met earlier this week in Missoula to discuss ways to do just that.

Apple Valley's water system is owned and operated by Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. In Missoula, it's Mountain Water Company.

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Joan Baez
11:40 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Joan Baez Falls Ill. Missoula Concert Canceled

Joan Baez
Credit Marina Chavez

Here's the University of Montana press release on this evening's canceled Joan Baez concert:

MISSOULA – Musician Joan Baez announced today that her Thursday, July 17, concert at the University of Montana will be canceled due to illness. Baez intends to reschedule her Missoula performance. An announcement with details will be made Tuesday, July 22.

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Trade Agreements
2:20 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

British Consul General Says US/EU Free Trade Agreement Good For Both

Priya Guha
Credit www.gov.uk

The British Consul General in San Francisco, Priya Guha*, is in Montana this week meeting with officials to discuss existing U.K./Montana trade and investment ties.

Guha is also discussing the potential benefits of a successful U.S./E.U. free trade agreement; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
    Guha stopped by the Montana Public Radio studios this week to discuss T-T-I-P with Edward O'Brien.

*In case you're wondering, pronounced PREE-yuh  GOO-hah

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Glacier Park Incorporated
10:06 am
Wed July 16, 2014

West Glacier Businesses And Land Sold

Many of the businesses in West Glacier as well as 199 acres of undeveloped land owned by one family for 70 years, was sold recently to Glacier Park Incorporated.
Credit Katrin Frye

After 70 years the bulk of the businesses in West Glacier have changed hands from one family, to an Arizona-based Corporation. Glacier Park Incorporated runs several hotels and businesses in the area surrounding Glacier Park, and had been the concessions contractor for the in-Park hotels for thirty-plus years before losing the contract to Xanterra last year.

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"Winning the West"
3:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Conservation A "Popular And Winning Issue" In The West

Jessica Goad, Advocacy Director for the Center for Western Priorities.

How much do you value the Mountain West's national parks and other public lands?

Organizers of a new ad campaign are betting these areas - and land conservation in general - are of great value to the vast majority of people.

The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities have launched the "Winning the West" campaign to, among other things, demonstrate to public policy leaders that national forests and parks are held dearly by most Americans.

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Mobile Food Pantry
4:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New Mobile Food Pantry To Feed Rural Montana

The Montana Food Bank Network's new mobile food pantry, AKA "The Chuck wagon".
Credit Montana Food Bank Network

The Montana Food Bank Network has purchased a new refrigerated mobile food pantry truck, allowing it to distribute emergency food assistance to some of the more rural areas of the state.

Based in Missoula, the Montana Food Bank Network is Montana’s only statewide food bank, distributing nearly 8 million pounds of food in 2013. 1 in 7 Montanans report struggling to afford food on a daily basis.

CEO Gayle Gifford says the new truck will allow them to serve 28 counties that don’t currently have emergency food services.

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Montana Folk Festival
3:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Montana Folk Festival Photo Gallery

Crowds surround the Original stage on day 1 of the 2014 Montana Folk Festival
Michael Marsolek

Butte knows how to rock! The 2014 Montana Folk Festival was last weekend, and MTPR's Michael Marsolek was on hand stage announcing and taking pictures. Check out our photo gallery from the 2014 Montana Folk Festival.

McDonald Creek fatality
2:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Visitor Drowns In Glacier National Park

Just above McDonald Falls at the lower end of Sacred Dancing Cascades.
Credit GlacierNPS License (CC-BY-2.0)

A Washington state woman died one day after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann identifies the victim as Abigail Sylvester of Buckley, Washington. Sylvester was 33-years-old.

Germann says the investigation indicates Sylvester was taking a picture of McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, when she slipped, fell in and was rapidly carried downstream in the cold, swollen and fast-running creek. Her husband jumped-in to save her, but eventually had to save himself due to the extreme conditions.

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Montana Politics Week In Review
4:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

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