Montana News

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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Frozen Game
11:29 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bitter cold is chilling ticket sales for Griz playoff game

While our bitter cold spell is delaying today's scheduled opening of Missoula's Snowbowl ski area, tomorrow's big FCS playoff football game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will go on as scheduled.

The temperature at kickoff could be below zero, with an even more frigid wind chill.

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Big Mountain Ski Patrol
10:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

For this job you have to be able to handle explosives, provide first aid, and ski too

ALERT Helicopter from Kalispell Regional Medical Center comes to meet with ski patrol during training at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Credit Katrin Frye

It’s not quite the ski patroller Olympics I was hoping for; skiing backwards, jumping through hoops, blindfolded…

In fact, when I showed up to the Whitefish Mountain Resort patrollers are inside, practicing specific stretches shown to them by a local physical therapist.

President of the Big Mountain Ski Patrol Incorporated Ryan Friel was, however, wearing ski boots.

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Civil War myths
2:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Noted historian debunks Civil War myths

Historian James Oakes

One of the leading historians of 19th century America is in Missoula to speak at the University of Montana. James Oakes teaches history at the City University of New York, and has written several award-winning books on the Civil War and slavery.

In this feature interview, Oakes talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the debate over whether the Civil War was fought over preserving the Union - or over slavery. Oakes says it most definitely was fought to end slavery.

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Bakken Spinoffs
6:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Oil Boom continues to strain infrastructure of Eastern Montana communities

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser stands out on the sidewalk of Central Avenue, which has seen a dramatic increase in truck traffic the last few years.
Dan Boyce

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

Sidney’s Mayor, Bret Smelser, stood at the corner of his community’s busiest street, Central Avenue. A steady stream of traffic, punctuated with big rigs, leaves thick white exhaust hanging in the frigid air. Smelser nodded to one truck.

“One of our city crew, collecting twice as much garbage as we did two years ago,” he said.

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MT Healthcare Foundation
2:35 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Healthcare foundation board will decide how to spend $40 million from BCBS-MT sale

Montana Healthcare Foundation Interim Trustee E. Edwin Eck

Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said Tuesday a group of candidates have been nominated for the board of a new healthcare foundation created following the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to an out-of-state company.

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