Montana News

Anzick Artifacts
10:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ancient human remains from Montana ancestor of most Native Americans

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

Scientists unveiled the new research published in the journal “Nature” at the Montana Historical Society in Helena on Wednesday. Remains of the so-called “Anzick boy” show a direct lineage with most native peoples in North, Central and South America.

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Conrad Mansion
9:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Why Kalispell first said "no" to owning the historic Conrad Mansion

Conrad Mansion, recent photo.
Karen Weyer Photography

Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion Museum is an east side institution, built by a city founder. School children take field trips there, brides have their pictures taken in the summertime gardens, and visitors from around the world take the tour. This year marks 40 years since the city took possession of the Mansion.

But, Conrad Mansion Museum Director Gennifer Sauter says Kalispell was not eager to take on the mansion at first.

Sauter described a picture of the home when the city first took charge of it.

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Farm Bill
2:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

MT Farmers Union says Farm Bill not perfect, but helps farmers and ranchers

Credit Montana Farmers Union

The Farm Bill is now the law of the land, garnering unanimous support from Montana Senators Baucus and Tester and Representative Daines. We thought we'd take a few moments to get local reaction to the measure that was years in the making.

Chris Christiaens is lobbyist and Projects Specialist for the Great Falls-based Montana Farmers Union.
      Christiaens tells Edward O'Brien the Agricultural Act of 2014 isn't perfect, but provides certainty to farmers and ranchers as they head into this next year of planning, planting and applying for those all-important operating loans.

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AP Classes
5:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Advancement Placement High School classes growing in popularity

Helena High teacher Ryan Schulte conducts his AP American History class on Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The number of Montana High School students taking Advanced Placement classes fell slightly in 2013, but the overall trend is up considerably in the last ten years.

Statistics released Tuesday by College Board, the non-profit which runs the AP program, shows about a two-percent decrease in students leaving high school having taken an AP exam between the class of 2012 and 2013.

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Disappearing Snow
1:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years

Bridger Mountains in Montana
Credit Porter Fox

It's safe to say that these days many Montanans are either watching the Winter Olympics, or out skiing a local mountain themselves. We live in a snow culture, and it's one of the things we love about Montana.
    But that snow is disappearing, not just here but around the world.

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Angela McLean
6:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov.

Anaconda High School teacher and Board of Regents Chair Angela McLean giving her last classroom lesson after taking the oath of office as Montana's 31st Lt. Gov. on Monday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.

Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.

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Sapphire Women's Wellness
2:07 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Ravalli County group working to fill local health care gap

Backers of an outreach program to provide basic health care services to under served women in Ravalli County say there are precious-few low income, health care options available locally.
       Ravalli County's Sapphire Community Health Center was the only state-funded community health center in the county. It closed its doors several years ago.

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Flathead Foster Care
3:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Why kids from the Flathead end up out of the area in an emergency

Kids with chaotic family situations, with behavior and mental health issues, as young as you can imagine, end up needing emergency housing. The need for foster families trained to help these kids is ever present.

Youth Dynamics is a non-profit organization operating across Montana. Katie Gerten works out of the Kalispell office licensing people to be foster parents. She said in the past six months she’s has about 20 children referred to her office to be placed in foster care that she had to turn down. She said it’s hard to find people up for becoming foster parents.

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Senate appointment
11:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator

Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters shortly after Gov. Steve Bullock (left) announced he is nominating Walsh to fill the Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.

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Restoration Project
9:13 am
Fri February 7, 2014

USDA unveils $30 million national forest and watershed restoration initiative in Helena

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie
Credit USDA

Federal agencies will be spending $865,000 dollars to help restore Helena’s primary watershed. 

The Ten-Mile watershed lies just southwest of the Capitol city and provides 80 percent of the community’s drinking water. 

The restoration is one of 13 projects across the country announced this week by the US Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie unveiled the $30 million dollar partnership in Helena.

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