Montana News

Glacier Park Reopens
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Barricades down, gates reopened at Glacier National Park

Glacier Park employee Brenda Woll greets visitors as the Park reopens after a 16 day shutdown.
Credit Katrin Frye

Barricades came down, open signs switched on, and employees went back to work as Glacier National Park reopened. The partial government shutdown closed the national parks October first.

Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann says the Park had about 20 to 30 people working during the shutdown. As of Thursday about 250 employees were back on.

She said a lot of the work going on right now involves getting housing and lodging buttoned up for the winter.

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Wood for Haiti
9:38 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Emmy-winning actor in Missoula to advocate for aid to Haiti

Actor Keith David
Credit Sally Mauk

Emmy-award-winning actor Keith David is in Missoula to advocate for the organization "Wood for Haiti", started by Missoula resident Gary Funk and his daughter Angela.

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Human Trafficking
5:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

DOJ launches anti human trafficking poster campaign

Attorney General Tim Fox unveils the Department of Justice human trafficking poster campaign in the capitol rotunda Thursday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The Montana Department of Justice launched a poster campaign Thursday aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking in the state. Five-thousand of the posters will be put up in rest stops and other public locations around the state.

A bill passed by the state legislature created the poster campaign.They are written in both English and Spanish and highlight a toll free number to a national help line and a Q-R code for smart phones. 

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Contaminated fish
2:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

State issues “do not eat” advisory for contaminated fish caught in the Clark Fork

Clark Fork river near Paradise
Credit Sally Mauk

The state issued an advisory today against eating northern pike caught in a 105-mile stretch of the Clark Fork river from Missoula to Paradise.

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Immigration
9:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Immigration group sues Montana Highway Patrol

A group focused on the rights of immigrants in the state is suing the Montana Highway Patrol alleging racial discrimination.

The Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance claims the highway patrol has in place a policy of checking the immigration status of Latino drivers during routine traffic stops.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us the group believes the practice is unconstitutional.  

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British Historian
10:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

British historian says America is becoming a laughingstock

Historian Andrew Roberts

Renowned British historian Andrew Roberts is harshly critical of his country's increasingly isolationist foreign policy - and says America is becoming a laughingstock internationally because of its political paralysis.

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Senior Health and Wellness
4:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Getting older doesn't mean you're "doomed to be depressed"

Credit Flathead County Agency on Aging

Montana’s population is aging, and the number of people aged 65-and older living in Montana is expected to keep growing.

A report from the state Department of Health and Human Services says in 2000 Montana ranked 14th in the nation in the percentage of its population aged 65 or older.

That rank is expected to jump to 5th by the year 20-25.

Connecting this population with the necessary health services is part of an effort that brings together several organizations for seniors.

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2014 Election
3:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Only Democrat in MT’s U.S. House race officially announces candidacy

Sen. Max Baucus's former State Director John Lewis officially announces his run for U.S. House Monday at a Helena union hall.
Credit Dan Boyce

The only Democrat so far to file for Montana's U.S. House seat in 2014 officially announced his campaign Monday. John Lewis, former State Director for Sen. Max Baucus, held the kick-off event for his campaign from a Helena union hall about two months after submitting paperwork for the bid.   

Lewis opened the kick-off by unveiling this campaign video:

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Journalism
2:35 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

The "Intimacy of Violence"

Tamara Jones

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Tamara Jones, knows more than most about the aftermath of tragedy.

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Park Furloughs
2:33 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Furloughed park workers are disappointed – and angry

Glacier National Park public affairs officer Denise Germann

If reporters have a question about Glacier National Park, they usually first call the park's public affairs officer, Denise Germann.

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