Montana News

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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Septage Bioreactors
3:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

From flush to flash, how septic systems could help power your home

A garbage compactor at the Flathead County Landfill.
Credit Flathead County Solid Waste

The Flathead County Landfill currently has a gas-to-energy project where methane gas is collected to power a generator instead of being burned off.

Waste management officials recently learned more about how to use the waste from septic tanks to make trash decompose faster, and produce more energy.

St.Clair County in Michigan has about 50,000-septic tanks- residences or businesses not hooked up to a sewer system and therefore using septic tanks to collect their waste.

Those tanks need to periodically be pumped.

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Modern Art Exhibit
12:59 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New art exhibit aims to teach us how “to see”

Art collector Jordan Schnitzer talking with Hawthorne school 5th-graders about a new exhibit of modern art currently on display at the Missoula Art Museum. The prints are from Schnitzer's private collection.
Credit Daniel Dauterive

An exhibit featuring over 100 prints from some of the most notable artists of the modern era opened this month at the Missoula Art Museum. Works by such luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Barbara Kruger are featured - and are part of the private collection of  Oregon real estate developer and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer.

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Republican Rift
5:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election

Credit Jacob Baynham, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

 As Montana moves toward the June primary elections, a deep divide still exists between elements of the state legislature’s Republican caucus.

This split between moderate and conservative Republicans was most dramatically seen in the 2013 Montana Senate, where the GOP held a 29-21 majority over Democrats. The body almost seemed to have three caucuses, though, as a small group of Republicans regularly defied party leadership to side with Democrats on a number of key issues such as campaign spending law changes, school funding legislation, and state employee pension reform.

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USDOJ investigation
4:03 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missoula County Attorney meets with county commision to explain agreement

Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg met with the County Commission today to discuss the most recent revelations concerning his ongoing dispute with the United States Department of Justice.

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Freeskiing Phenom
12:01 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Whitefish's injured Olympian gets a warm welcome home

Olympian Maggie Voisin get a hometown welcome in Whitefish Tuesday afternooon.
Brian Schott/ Whitefish Visitors Bureau

An injury may have kept 15-year-old Maggie Voisin from competing in Sochi, but it did nothing to damper the enthusiasm of her hometown crowd.

Pe

ople of all ages line the street in Whitefish as Maggie Voisin and her family cruised through town on the top of a fire truck.

Among the onlookers was 12-year-old Libby Goldhirsch.

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USDOJ Investigation
5:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Landquist: Van Valkenburg threw the Missoula County Commission “under the bus”

A 2012 letter from then-Attorney General Steve Bullock to UDDOJ's Montana representative Michael Cotter requests a meeting to discuss the federal agency's investigation into how Missoula handles sexual assault.

A Missoula County Commissioner believes County Attorney, Fred Van Valkenburg is throwing the commission “under the bus” in the county’s lawsuit against the federal Department of Justice.

The DOJ has been investigating how Missoula law enforcement, the University of Montana and the County Attorney’s Office handle sexual assault cases after a string of such crimes were brought to light in 2012.

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