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Montana Agriculture
8:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The last of the Flathead dairy farms

Holstein milk cows eat a mixture of alfalfa hay and barley at the Kalispell Kreamery.
Credit Katrin Frye

“My dad started with one cow 35 years ago, they loved the animal, and we grew to 200 head, because of the animal, and so, I like people to understand that we sell the milk to keep the cows- it’s not the other way around,” Mary Tuck is Vice President and owner of Kalispell Kreamery.

It’s the last of the Flathead dairy farms in an area that used to boast more than forty. Kalispell Kreamery evolved from her family dairy farm; Hedstrom Dairy.

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Bakken Spinoffs
6:14 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

How the Bakken is changing reporting at the Sidney Herald

Sidney Herald Editor Bill Vanderwheele has been at the paper for almost 30 years.
Credit Dan Boyce

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

Covering news in the Eastern Montana town of Sidney has been a changing business over the last five years.

Front pages depicting the life and times of a sleepy farm town now include headlines about a booming population, a booming economy, and crime.

This month, we’re bringing you a series of stories on the side effects of the Bakken Oil Boom, positive and negative.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has the story.

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Capitol Flooding
5:49 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cleanup continues at state capitol after early December flood

Politically Correct Cafe owner Larry Strang is back to work after a frozen pipe broke in the Capitol and flood waters closed his cafeteria for a week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Maintenance crews are still cleaning up the state capitol building after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the basement and first floor on December 5th.

Water damaged sheetrock and ceiling tiles and ruined equipment in basement offices. On Monday, the basement hallway was still littered with tables and boxes.

Public Information Officer at the Department of Public Administration Sheryl Olson said the state does not yet have a cost estimate from the flood. Not all the bills have come in yet.

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Financial Oversight
11:36 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Too big to fail and too big to jail

Financial policy advocate for "Public Citizen", Bart Naylor

The financial crash of 2008 brought increased scrutiny and louder calls for reform of the financial industry. Some of that has come to pass, but it's also true the financial sector continues to have tremendous influence over government, which is its chief regulator.

As financial policy advocate for the consumer advocacy group "Public Citizen", Bart Naylor tracks that regulation and lobbies for stricter oversight of a financial industry he believes has too much power.

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Climate change
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some public officials sign letter supporting climate action plan

As we told you earlier this week, at least 43 Montana public officials recently signed a letter supporting actions within the President's National Climate Action plan to address climate change.
      Some of those actions include adopting pollution controls, investment in renewable energy research and development and creation of climate adaptation strategies.  
     Democratic  state representative Doug Coffin, of Missoula, is one of those to sign the letter. Coffin is a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Montana.

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Grizzly Bears
2:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Is it time to delist Yellowstone's grizzlies?

A family group in Yellowstone
Credit National Park Service

A panel of wildlife officials says it's time to lift Endangered Species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

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Newtown Anniversary
10:33 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Shooting victim now an “accidental activist”

Kim Russell, Director of Outreach for "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"
Credit Beatrice Moritz

This Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 six and seven-year-olds - and 6 of the school's adult staff.

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Sagebrush Redux
10:04 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Leader of new Sagebrush Rebellion argues for local control of public land

Utah state representative Ken Ivory

Last week we aired an interview with UM forestry professor Martin Nie, about the resurgence of a western movement to get federal lands turned over to state and local governments - and why he thinks that's a bad idea. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with one of the leaders of the new Sagebrush Rebellion - Utah state representative, and CEO of the American Lands Council, Ken Ivory - about why he thinks state ownership of federal lands is a good idea.

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Mountain Water
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Less wind means less water for the Pacific Northwest

Snowy day in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

A recent article in the journal "Science" investigates whether decreasing winds in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies are contributing to declining precipitation.

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Extreme athletes
2:26 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

So, just how far can a "freak" be pushed, anyway?

Brent Ruby
Credit Edward O'Brien

(Update{12/12/13}:  Last week's winter storm in the Northeast kept the Weather Channel busy and this episode of "Freaks of Nature" was preempted for live coverage.  It now airs this Sunday -12/15/13-  at 8:00 p-m, MST.)

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