Montana News

Montana Olympian
4:36 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Montana Olympian cherishes her Sochi memories

Olympic freestyle moguls skier Heather McPhie

In December we spoke with Olympian Heather McPhie of Bozeman about her hopes for the Sochi Olympics. McPhie is the reigning national freestyle mogul ski champion, and Sochi was her second Olympics.

She placed 18th in Vancouver in 2010. In Sochi, McPhie placed 13th. Although the 29-year-old didn't make it onto the medals podium,  she tells News Director Sally Mauk she had an experience she'll always cherish.

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Train Delays
2:17 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NW Montana avalanche delays BNSF, Amtrak trains again

An Amtrak train delayed by snow in Omaha, Nebraska in 2009.
Credit Loco Steve, flickr

UPDATE: 2:30 PM: Matt Jones with BNSF said freight travel re-opened at 12:30 PM today on one of the two tracks closed by last night's avalanche. The other track should open soon. 

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Amtrak and BNSF trains are delayed after an avalanche was reported late Sunday night east of the small northwest Montana town of Essex.

BNSF Regional Public Affairs Director Matt Jones expects the debris to be cleared from the track and freight trains should running again by this afternoon.

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Suffrage Exhibit
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Exhibits explore the highs - and shameful lows - of Montana’s early suffrage movement

University of Montana history professor Anya Jabour

March is Women's History Month and 2014 is also the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana.

        The occasion is being marked this year with exhibits at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

        U-M History professor Anya Jabour was part of the team that helped create these exhibits. Jabour, the Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at U-M also chairs the Montana Woman's Suffrage Centennial committee.

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Avalanche danger
9:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Missoula avalanche danger warning

Missoula law enforcement are going door to door  in the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood of Missoula between Richard and Holly streets, advising residents of the unstable snow conditions and danger of avalanche. Although no mandatory evacuations are being ordered, residents are being advised of the risk in deciding whether to  stay or leave.

Local authorities have also advised folks to stay off Mount Sentinel, Mount Jumbo, and Waterworks Hill because of the increased avalanche danger.

Avalanche
5:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Avalanche destroys house in Missoula, three people rescued

Rescuers at the site of an avalanche in Missoula's lower Rattlesnake neighborhood
Credit William Marcus

A child and an elderly couple have been rescued after being buried in an avalanche in the lower Rattlesnake area of Missoula. The afternoon slide destroyed at least one house on Harrison street.  Missoula police Sgt. Travis Welsh says the three people were found alive, dug out separately after the slide and taken by ambulance to St. Patrick hospital. Welch says they believe everyone is now accounted for but search teams with dogs continue to check the area. Authorities also continue to evaluate the danger of further snow slides and whether any evacuations will  be necessary.

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State Prison
3:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has written a letter to the state alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.

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Philosophy of peace
12:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When is compromise too rotten to accept?

Hebrew University philosopher Avishai Margalit

Tonight's talk in the President's lecture series at the University of Montana is one of the many events cancelled because of today's blizzard - but the featured speaker did brave the elements today to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk. Avishai Margalit is an emeritus philosophy professor at Hebrew  University in Jerusalem, an author, and one of the foremost living philosophers, who has written extensively about the struggle between Islam and the West.

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Snow and High Winds
8:54 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dangerous Weather Outlook

Snow and high winds are creating hazardous conditions for driving, with drifting snow and poor visibility. In the Missoula valley,and the I-90 corridor, non-essential travel is not advised. if you can stay home - do so.

Here is the link to the road report

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service for our broadcast region:

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Snow Day
8:43 am
Fri February 28, 2014

School Closings

- 08:42AM _ Due do extreme weather there are a number of school closures today in Western Montana.
All the following schools are closed today:

University of Montana
Darby
Columbia Falls
Lone Rock
Stevensville
Missoula County Public Schools

  • All MCPS activities for the night of Friday, February 28, 2014 and all activities on Saturday, March 1, 2014 are cancelled. Schools will attempt to reschedule weekend events, please check school websites for updated event information.

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Brian Schweitzer
4:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Schweitzer: MSNBC contract has nothing to do with Presidential ambitions

  Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be hitting the airwaves of MSNBC as a political contributor, and he’ll be doing so from the comfort of his home on Georgetown Lake. Schweitzer said that was part of the reason he chose to sign with MSNBC.

“Some of the other networks require you to fly to New York or Washington D.C. and do work in the studio and I really don’t like being out of Montana that much,” Schweitzer said.

Since leaving office at the beginning of last year, Schweitzer has regularly appeared on networks like ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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