Montana News

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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Affordable Care Act
5:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

MT's Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to climb

The number of Montanans applying for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to climb. Residents signed up for about 4,000 plans on the state’s online Obamacare marketplace in the month of February. That makes nearly 23,000 plans since the marketplace opened last fall.

The rate of signups sits above the national average, according to Mike Dennison with Lee Newspapers.

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American Military
1:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Retired colonel says American military needs to be more accountable

Historian and author Andrew Bacevich

A critic of American military intervention is in Missoula to deliver a talk in the President's lecture series at the University of Montana. Andrew Bacevich  is a retired Army colonel, author and historian who teaches international relations and history at Boston University.

In this feature interview, Bacevich talks with News Director Sally Mauk about what he calls the "new American militarism".

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Evangelical History
3:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New book traces the rise of the modern American evangelical movement

Historian and author Molly Worthen

The modern evangelical movement is diverse - and contradictory. That's just one of the points of a new book that takes a historical look at the evolution of American evangelicals. The book is titled "Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism" and was written by University of North Carolina historian Molly Worthen.

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Least Obese
2:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Montana least fat of all the states

A recent national Gallup poll lists Montana as the least obese state in the country. Only 19.6 percent of Montana's population is obese - the only state to come in under 20 percent. Nationally, more than one third of adults are obese. Mississippi is the fattest state, with 36.4 percent of their population rated as obese.

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Sentinel Reopened
2:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Mount Sentinel reopened

Conditions have improved enough that University of Montana officials have reopened Mount Sentinel to the public. Most of the east side of Campus Drive has also been reopened to parking.

Sentinel closure
10:34 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Rockslide danger closes Mount Sentinel

large boulder that rolled off Mount Sentinel onto Campus Drive behind UM
Credit Sally Mauk

Falling rocks and snow slides have prompted University of Montana officials to close Mount Sentinel until further notice. Much of the east side of Campus Drive has also been closed to vehicle parking because of the danger of rockslides. The drive itself remains open to moving traffic. Here's a link for campus safety updates:

http://umt.edu/safety/alerts/default.php

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Kerr Dam
11:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam

Tribal leaders at original dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.
    The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation. 

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