Montana News

Habitat Volunteers
7:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

How about a spring break swinging hammers and helping strangers?

College students on spring break and NCCC members working on a Habitat for Humanity townhouse in Columbia Falls.
Credit Katrin Frye

A Habitat for Humanity home in Columbia Falls took great strides toward completion over the past two months with the help of young volunteers. A National Service group with volunteers aged 18 to 24 came on the scene two months ago, and this month a steady stream of college students are spending spring break in hard hats and tool bags building a home for strangers.

For three weeks in March Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead hosts three different college groups. The week of the 17th it was a group of spring breakers from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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Bomb Threat
12:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

California boy arrested as suspect in Helena bomb threats

Jefferson Elementary students and their parents sign out with school officials Friday from the Capitol Rotunda, the school's evacuation area.
Credit Dan Boyce

UPDATE 5:00 PM

Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy Dublin, California in connection with the series of bomb threats this week in Helena.

Police Chief Troy McGee says researching the calls earlier from earlier in the week led authorities to believe they may have been coming from out of state.

“All the IP Addresses, all the wifi connections, there are just so many ways you can connect with people this day and age, but all of them you can trace backwards,” he said, adding the department asked the FBI for help in the case.

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Indian Service
10:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Native and non-Native women played crucial role in early years of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill

It's Women's History Month, and as we reported earlier, part of the observance at the University of Montana, was a talk this week on the historical role of women in the U.S. Indian Service. University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill  is the author of the book "Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933."

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Disabled Access
11:25 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Technology only works if you can access it

As we reported yesterday, the University of Montana has reached an agreement with the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, assuring that UM will provide better access for disabled students to campus technology.

Amy Capolupo is Director of UM Disability Services for Students. In this feature interview, she talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the agreement, which grew out of complaints from several disabled students about the lack of access.

 

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Veteran's Outreach Program
1:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

White House honors UM student

Tristan Persico

University of Montana student, Tristan Persico, was honored this week at the White House for his conservation work and helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life.

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Jewell Visit
9:40 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Secretary Jewell visits the Flathead

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
Credit Department of the Interior

Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh recently hosted Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on a tour of Montana, stopping at Glacier Park to talk about protection of the trans-boundary North Fork Flathead River.

Jewell said grassroots efforts hold a lot of sway with policy makers as chances for them to hear people’s voices on issues they find important.

She said securing protection of the North Fork of the Flathead is a great example of people from all over the spectrum coming together for a common goal.

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Cancer Challenge
5:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

State employees to don sneakers with their suits for cancer awareness

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announces the American Cancer Society's Suits and Sneakers Challenge from the capitol rotunda Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

State employees are taking an opportunity to sport some casual wear to work in exchange for donations to the American Cancer Society.

It’s part of what the society calls the suits and sneakers challenge.

From now until the end of the NCAA finals basketball tournament, state workers will be able to wear sneakers with their business suits or collegiate apparel on Thursdays and Fridays in exchange for a $5 dollar donation.

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John Walsh
4:17 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment

U.S. Sen. John Walsh (D-MT)

Montana’s newest United States Senator, John Walsh, is starting his second month in office.

The former Lieutenant Governor and head of the Montana National Guard was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the seat vacated by long-time Senator Max Baucus. Baucus is now the U.S. Ambassador to China. 

Walsh was already running for the Senate Seat when appointed. Bullock’s move to appoint him has been seen as an attempt to give Walsh a political edge in this November’s election against likely Republican challenger, Congressman Steve Daines.

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Wolf Hunting
5:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Only five additional wolf kills recorded despite liberalized season

A wolf is featured on the latest issue of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks magazine, "Montana Outdoors."
Credit Dan Boyce

  The final numbers for this wolf hunting season look to be very close to those from last year. The six-month season ended this past Saturday. Hunters and trappers killed a total of 230 wolves, compared with 225 last season.

The very similar numbers come despite more aggressive hunting rules from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

It’s the second year trappers have been added to the state’s strategy to reign in wolf numbers--and trapping numbers actually dropped, from 97 down to 86.

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Climate Change
3:26 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Land managers gather to talk about adapting to climate change

Executive Director of "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen

Land managers from Montana, Alberta and British Columbia are gathering in Missoula this week to talk about managing the Crown of the Continent ecosystem for climate change. Participants include government agencies, non-profit organizations, academics and tribal representatives.
    The executive director of the Seattle-based nonprofit organization known as "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen, is one of the forum's featured speakers.

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