Montana News

Smuin Ballet
11:12 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Missoula native Michael Smuin’s ballet legacy alive and well

Smuin Ballet company performing work based on the music of Patsy Cline
Credit David DeSilva

The Smuin Ballet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with performances in Missoula and Great Falls this month.

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Healthy Snacks
1:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Healthy snacks not an oxymoron for this new Missoula company

Credit Sally Mauk

You get that craving say mid-afternoon, when the computer is down, and dinner is still hours away; you go to the vending machine and punch the Cheetos button.

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West Nile Virus
1:12 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

West Nile strikes more Montana horses

The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed several new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses over the past week.

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Cuban journalist
2:54 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Cuban journalist working to save historic Havana

Cuban journalist Magda Resik Aguirre
Credit Adriana Toural

A Cuban historic preservation expert and journalist is in Montana this week, speaking about the effort to restore historic buildings in Havana.

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Energy
7:20 am
Fri August 30, 2013

AG blasts proposed BLM 'fracking' regulations

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is formally protesting new proposed ‘fracking’ regulations from the Bureau of Land Management. He signed a letter last Friday to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell along with four other Attorneys General—from Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma and West Virginia expressing strong objections to these new hydraulic fracturing rules being considered by the BLM.

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University System
9:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Largest university employee union reaches tentative pay raise deal

The largest union of Montana University System employees announced this week a bargain has been reached with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education over pay raises for the next two years.

The Montana Public Employees Association represents nearly 1700 ‘classified employees’ of the university system. Executive Director Quinton Nyman said the tentative agreement includes the following raises:

·        Effective Oct. 1, 2013: all MPEA bargaining unit members will receive a 46-cent per hour base pay raise.

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Trumpeter Swans
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tribes ask for "citizen scientists" to search for cygnets

Trumpeter Swans and Cygnets.
Credit CSKT Wildlife Program

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are calling their Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program a success. The Tribes have been releasing swans bred in captivity since 2002 on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley.

Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Dale Becker says the swans were historically hunted for food and for marketable goods.

The population was wiped out. The Tribes have released 239 swans since 2002. They count 87 successful nesting attempts with 146 fledgling cygnets since the releases started.

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Beer
2:10 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

A new book examines Montana's craft beer revolution

The History Press

Beer lovers have no shortage of choice in Montana.

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Tourism
2:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

What our non-resident guests think of Montana...

Norma Nickerson
Credit Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research

Most people visiting Montana - and who chose to participate in a recent survey - seem to have overwhelmingly positive comments about their experience here.

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Healthcare
3:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Insurance Commissioner seeks to dismiss fears of privacy infringement from ObamaCare

Montana Commissioner for Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen clarified Tuesday that workers who will be helping citizens enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must follow the same state privacy laws as insurance companies.

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