Montana News

DNRC Water Plan
5:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What a new water plan could mean for state climate policy

The Montana Legislature's Water Policy Interim Committee meets Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

A Democratic state representative believes a new water plan being developed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) may provide a vehicle for inserting more climate science into state policy.

On Tuesday, members of the legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee heard presentations from several prominent state climate scientists on the future of agricultural water use. These addressed the changing of Montana’s mountain snowpack, key stresses on the state’s water sources, and projections of future water supply.

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Kalispell Mini Maker Faire
2:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Montana's first "Makers Faire"

The Kalispell Mini Maker Faire follows in the tradition of the San Mateo, California Maker Faire which started in 2005 and has grown to feature more than 800 makers with nearly 110,000 people attending.
Credit Flickr / lemonkey

Inventors, practical science buffs, and “makers” of all kinds are invited to demonstrate their projects at an event called the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire.

The first Makers Faire happened in San Mateo, California in 2005. Now, it has featured more than 800-makers with nearly 110,000 attendees.

The World Maker Faire in New York has grown in three years to more than 500 makers with 55,000 attendees. 

Public Services Librarian April Szuch said the one planned for Kalispell will be much smaller, a Mini Maker Faire. She says it’s the first of its kind in Montana.

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Bakken oil rail
1:31 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Two dramatic explosions in a year raise questions about the safety of carrying Bakken oil by rail

Explosion of oil tanker cars after train derailment near Cassleton, North Dakota December 30th
Credit usatoday

The boom in oil development in this country has increased the amount of oil shipped by rail from 10,000 tanker cars annually to 400,000 cars - just in the last four years.

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Montana News
5:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics

Jim Smith with the Montana Independent Bankers (right) speaks to Congressman Steve Daines about his concerns about the Affordable Care Act during a Monday roundtable in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana Congressman Steve Daines held a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“My objective here today is to learn and listen,” Daines told the group gathered at the Montana Chamber of Commerce Building in Helena.

Daines heard from small business owners who complained of higher insurance rates stemming from mandated changes to policies. Another woman said her planned kidney transplant was put on hold as she navigated from her old insurance plan to a new one as a result of the law.

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Badluck Way
1:37 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New book looks at the beauty –and brutality - of ranching

Author and ranch hand Bryce Andrews
Credit Bob Howell

Bryce Andrews grew up in Seattle but childhood visits to a family friend's ranch in Montana began a love affair with ranching that carried him back to Montana to live and work full-time as a ranch hand.

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2014 Election
5:09 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Candidates announce bids for Gallagher’s Public Service Commission Seat

At least two candidates have already stepped forward saying they intend to run for the Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Chairman Bill Gallagher at the end of the year.

Gallagher announced this week he would not be seeking re-election to the seat he has held for the last three years after learning pancreatic cancer he had been diagnosed with last Summer had spread to his liver.

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Native American Incarceration
1:21 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Native American advocates say Native staffers under-represented in Department of Corrections

Lita Pepion
Credit Lita J. Pepion

The Montana Department of Corrections 2013 Biennial Report points out the agency has conducted 10 American Indian cultural awareness training courses for Corrections staffs in state and contracted facilities.

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Bakken Spinoffs
2:25 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sex trafficking, another growing industry in the Bakken?

Administrator with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation Bryan Lockerby said anecdotal evidence points to increased prostitution in the Bakken, but it's hard to pin down.
Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the fifth of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

A Friday night at J Dubs Bar and Grill in Williston, North Dakota begins and ends with flashing multi-colored lights, thumping dance music and crowds of young men with money to spend.

"A lot of testosterone, (there’s) a lot of testosterone being thrown around in this town,” said 24-year-old Williston-native Nathan Kleyer.

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Firefighting Changes
10:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Retired smokejumper says firefighting training needs to change in wake of Yarnell Hill tragedy

Retired Missoula smokejumper Wayne Williams
Credit Sally Mauk

Wayne Williams started fighting wildfires in 1974, and became a smokejumper in 1977.

Over his 40 year career, the now-retired Missoula smokejumper was mentored by - and himself mentored - many other wildland firefighters.
    Williams was part of the team that recovered the bodies of 14 firefighters who died fighting the South Canyon fire on Storm King mountain in Colorado in 1994. That incident prompted several changes in firefighting safety protocols and strategy.

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Clark Fork cleanup
2:03 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

First phase of Clark Fork River cleanup dubbed a success

Tracy Stone-Manning
Credit mt.gov

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced this week the first phase of the Clark Fork River cleanup near Warm Springs is mostly complete.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, D-E-Q Director Tracy Stone-Manning, says this first of the 15-year project was a tremendous success.

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