Montana News

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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Missoula Water
9:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water fight boiling in Missoula

Missoula Mayor John Engen

A public hearing will be held later this month before the Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance that would give Mayor John Engen authority to open negotiations with The Carlyle Group to purchase Mountain Water Company.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager, purchased Mountain Water about two years ago, with the stipulation the city of Missoula would get the first shot at buying the utility if it ever went up for sale.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Engen explains why he thinks it's important to pursue this discussion - and why now.

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Folk Art Exhibit
4:15 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New exhibit illustrates the individualism of American folk art

Mark Negus, "Stumbler", carved wood

A new exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum showcases folk art from around the country.

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Park closure strands visitors
5:41 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Glacier Park, closed for the shutdown

Blockade at West Glacier entrance to Glacier Park.
Katrin Frye

Arguably the most visible effect of the government shutdown is the closure of 401 National Parks, including Glacier Park. Glacier counts on an average of 50 to 60 thousand visitors in the month of October. Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann with the Park said there has been confusion, and surprise about the Park being closed.

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Government Shutdown
2:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown?

  Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state’s federal workforce.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel—which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.

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