Montana News

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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Water Plan
1:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

State Water Plan meetings for Clark Fork Basin kick off next week

Beartooths Lake
Credit Montana DNRC

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has launched an initiative to update the state's water plan.

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This Town
1:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Best-seller describes the greed and celebrity-driven culture of Washington, D.C.

News Director Sally Mauk and NY Times chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich
Credit William Marcus

The government shutdown has put Washington's paralysis on full display, but if you want more reinforcement of just how dysfunctional the nation's capital has become, you might want to read Mark Leibovich's best-selling book "This Town".

Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for the New York Times magazine, a former reporter for the Washington Post, and now best-selling author. He has lived and worked in D.C. for 16 years, and is a self-described "insider".

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2014 Election
10:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Sen. Peterson continues efforts to rein in dark money with ballot initiative

Sen. Jim Peterson (R-Buffalo)

A prominent Republican State Senator is leading efforts to qualify an initiative for the 2014 ballot which would require more disclosure of political spending on state elections. The Stop Dark Money initiative is based upon a bill that failed this last legislative session.

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Wildfire
1:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Fire season is over...for now

The Lolo Creek Complex
Credit Sally Mauk

Western Montana's fire danger is back to a "low" rating, there's been plenty of rain recently - even some high-elevation snow in western Montana. The 2013 fire season is essentially behind us.

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Butte
11:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

When your lab class is 100 feet underground

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin listens to instructions in Butte's Orphan Boy Mine
Dan Boyce

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin and the eight other students in her lab class were taking turns using a heavy, pneumatic, jack-leg drill to bore six foot holes into a solid rock wall last Friday. It’s definitely louder than the average college lab course, and rather than crisp, white lab coats, students wear mud-soaked work boots, dust streaked faces and hard hats.

About 22,000 men worked the underground mines of Butte at the city’s peak, hauling 20,000 tons of ore back to the surface every day.

But, that was almost 100 years ago.

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