Montana News

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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Forest Legacy Project
10:41 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Preserving water quality, recreation, and a working forest in Whitefish

75% of the municipal water supply for Whitefish comes from Haskill Basin, in the summer, when that supply runs low, the city pumps and treats water from Whitefish Lake.
Credit Katrin Frye

The U-S Forest Service ranks a Whitefish project involving drinking water, recreation, and logging as a number one priority in the nation. The Haskill Basin project encompasses about 3-thousand-acres of the F.H. Stoltze Lumber Company’s land.

Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld said it’s a popular recreation area, and it also supplies 75% of the city’s water.

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Childhood Hunger
8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

“The Dude” fights to end childhood hunger

Actor Jeff Bridges, national spokesman for "No Kid Hungry" campaign

One in five kids goes hungry in America - a statistic the national "No Kid Hungry" campaign hopes to change. Bill Shore is the founder of the national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America, and Oscar-winning actor, and part-time Montana resident, Jeff Bridges is the campaign's national spokesman.

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State Budget
8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MT's budget on track

Analysts expect Montana’s budget surplus to be slightly higher than previous predictions.

The estimate comes from the Legislative Fiscal Division. It now predicts the state will have nearly $353 million left in the bank at the end of this budget cycle. That’s almost $6 million higher than estimates in December.

Conrad Republican Senator Llew Jones chairs the Legislative Finance committee, which looks at the budget between Legislative sessions. He said, overall, the budget is staying right about where it should.

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Children in Crisis
4:06 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bridging gaps, and overlaps in child welfare in the Flathead

There are a number of groups in the Flathead working to help children in crisis. The problem is that they don’t all know each other, and gaps and overlap in services can form among these agencies.

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Timber Industry
9:27 am
Thu March 13, 2014

From real estate to biofuels – the timber industry is changing

Potlatch Corporation CEO Mike Covey

Mike Covey went to work for the Plum Creek timber company right after getting his forestry degree from the University of Montana in 1980, and stayed with Plum Creek for 23 years. Covey is now chairman and CEO of the Spokane-based Potlatch Corporation, another big timber holder in the Pacific Northwest.

Covey was in Missoula this week to lecture at his alma mater and he also took time to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk, to talk about the sweeping changes in the timber industry in the last few decades.

 

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