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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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Whistleblower
11:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Whistleblower says war on terror doesn’t justify warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens

Former Department of Justice attorney Thomas Tamm
Credit Joe Newman

Thomas Tamm's career as an attorney with the Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review came to an end during the Bush Administration, after Tamm leaked information to the New York Times that the government was eavesdropping on American citizens without seeking a warrant. The Times story won a Pulitzer prize.

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"Love Lives Here"
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Laying a foundation for peace, one tile at a time

The "Community Spirit Monument" features tiles created by 2,000 plus Flathead Valley residents.
Katrin Frye

A grassroots human rights organization in the Flathead is building upon its anti-hate message, literally. The group “Love Lives Here” teamed up with local artists and people from across the community created ceramic tiles spelling out messages of love and peace through words and pictures. The first step of this project happened with the construction of a tile-lined gazebo in 2008. This month the group is unveiling several tiled-lined benches as an addition to the monument.

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Keys to Success
11:11 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Consultant says being real is the key to success

Creative consultant Andy Stefanovich

  Businesses and organizations have to be innovative and creative to survive - but that maxim is easier said than done.

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2014 Senate Race
2:39 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

FULL INTERVIEW: Lt. Gov. Walsh announces U.S. Senate bid

A screenshot taken from Lt. Gov. John Walsh's Senate campaign website.

Montana's Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh has announced he is running for the U.S. seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus in 2014. 

Walsh announced his intentions today, launching this website complete with a more than two minute video outlining his 33 years serving in the Montana National Guard, including serving as Adjutant General from 2008 to 2012, when he left the guard to join the ticket of then-gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock.

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Copple Lockdown
2:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Missoula city councilwoman locked down at the Capitol

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple
Credit Missoula Independent

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple was among those locked down in the U.S. Capitol for about half an hour today, because of that shootout near the Capitol.

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Government Shutdown
11:26 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Oh snap, you traveled from Ontario to see Yellowstone? Bad timing...

Canadians Donna and Bob flew over from Ontario, Canada to begin their tour of National Parks in the western US early this week. They are improvising in the wake of the government shutdown closing those parks.
Credit Dan Boyce

The partial shutdown of the federal government is now stretching into its third day.

President Obama is now saying House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the government. Congressional leaders made no progress on ending the shutdown after a Wednesday night meeting at the White House. 

The Wall Street Journal reports about 800,000 federal employees remain on furlough. 

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