Montana News

Deadly fire season
10:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Deadly fire season raises new questions about public responsibility

Environmental historian Char Miller
Credit Pomona College

2013 has been a deadly year for wildland firefighters, including the loss of 19 members of a hotshot crew on a fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Their shocking deaths raised new questions about firefighting policy - and about the proper response to our changing climate and growing wildland urban interface.
    These are issues renowned environmental historian Char Miller has been pondering and writing about for some time.

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Judy Smith
3:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Judy Smith: feminist, social justice advocate and friend of MTPR, dies.

Judy Smith
Credit Eliza Wiley Independent Record

Western Montana feminist, social justice advocate and long-time Montana Public Radio commentator, Judy Smith, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Edward O'Brien has more on the life and legacy of a woman remembered as a "warrior" by those who knew her.

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Conservation Pioneer
10:14 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Pioneer conservationist reflects on his 50 years of activism

Conservationist Brock Evans

Like many, Brock Evans fell in love with Glacier National Park the minute he set eyes on it - and his first visit there as a young man began his lifelong commitment to conservation.

Evans is a past lobbyist for the Sierra Club, and current president of the national Endangered Species Coalition. His career as an environmental activist spans 50 years. Evans returned to Montana this week to lecture and visit old friends.

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Toxic Feminine Products
10:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Feminine care products may not be as safe as you think

New report on feminine care products safety
Credit Women's Voices for the Earth

Almost all women use some form of feminine care product - from tampons to sprays - but how toxic are these products?

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Farm to School
6:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

What one school is doing to maximize the amount of local veggies in its lunches

Whitefish School District reports spending 30% of it's food budget on farm-to-school, the state wide average is 12%.
Katrin Frye

Getting fresh fruits and veggies onto kids’ plates is one of the goals of local farm-to-school efforts. This idea of buying local is going national with support from the U-S Department of Agriculture. The USDA recently conducted a census of schools across the state and the country.

USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said the farm-to-school model fits in with new school meal requirements calling for schools to serve fruits and vegetables every day.

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Affordable Care Act
3:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Study says uninsured Montanans likely to buy plans through Obamacare

A screenshot from the Affordable Care Act insurance website, healthcare.gov.

Few uninsured Montanans go without coverage voluntarily, says a new report released Monday by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

“That means that had insurance been available, they would have taken it,” said the bureau’s Interim Health Care Research Director, Paul Polzin.

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Jazz Pioneer
10:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Pioneer jazz sax player mentors young women

Jazz musician Madaline "Mad" Duran

When saxophone player Madaline "Mad" Duran started playing jazz in the late 60's, there weren't a lot of women jazz instrumentalists.

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Education
2:14 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report says Montana should do more to promote early education

Thale Dillon
Credit University of Montana

A new report produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation concludes Americans should do more to promote early childhood education.

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Racist e-mail
2:57 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Yellowstone County Treasurer admits sending racist e-mail

Yellowstone county treasurer, Max Lenington
Credit James Woodcock, Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County treasurer and county superintendent of schools, Max Lenington, says his use of racist and anti-gay slurs in an email were a private message to his sister, and reflected his anger that President Barack Obama was re-elected.

The Billings Gazette reports Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito is investigating whether there are grounds to recall Lenington for comments made in an email sent from his work computer last year.

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Diabetes
1:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Taking control of diabetes can change your life

A free diabetes awareness program is being held tomorrow at Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
         Diabetes is a serious and growing problem across the country.
         The Coordinator of Providence St. Patrick's Diabetes Care and Prevention Center, Jennifer Troupe, says managing the symptoms of diabetes can seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated.
         In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Troupe says taking control of the disease is not only possible, but can change the course of a life for the better.

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