Montana News

Garden City Harvest
2:21 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gardening helps transform a Missoula teenager

Jesse Linton (top right) at one of Garden City Harvest's Mobile Market sites
Credit Laurie Bridgeman

17-year-old Jesse Linton of Missoula has changed a lot over the past couple of years.

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Great Falls
10:11 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls

The new Rainbow Dam power plant generates 60 megawatts of electricity, the old plant (left) generated 36 megawatts.
Credit Dan Boyce

PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.

The $230 million project marks the biggest investment in energy generation in the state since the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was built about 30 years ago.

PPL Montana Director of External Affairs David Hoffman said the new power house generates almost twice as much electricity as the old one. It’s enough to power about 45-thousand homes.

Construction on this renovation started back in 2009 and went fully online this past April.

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Interface Project
12:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The ambiguity - and sometimes shame - of being born not clearly male or female

Eden Atwood and Jim Ambrose
Credit Sally Mauk

One in 2000 kids are born with genital or reproductive anatomy or chromosomal patterns that are not clearly male or female.

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Healthcare
11:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State looking for trustees to head new Montana Healthcare Foundation

Interim Trustee E. Edwin Eck

The Montana Attorney General’s Office deposited a new $40 million check this week—money from the sale of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Montana to an out of state company.

Another $100 million or more may eventually be on the way as Blue Cross sells off its assets.

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Weather
1:38 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A good, soaking rain possible for west central and northwest Montana

National Weather Service meteorologist LeAnne Allegretto describes an incoming weather system as a potential "resetting" event; one that could - at least temporarily - give firefighters in parts of western Montana a much needed break.
       The technical term for this sort of wet, slow-moving weather event is a "cut-off low". Allegretto says thunderstorms will start to develop across central Idaho and southwest Montana.

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Kerr Dam
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam

Salish and Kootenai chiefs at dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit photo courtesy Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

If all goes as planned, in September 2015, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes will be the first tribes in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility.

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Great Falls
11:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act?

Marsha Fries smokes while playing keno in the smoke shack of the 'Do Bar' in Great Falls
Dan Boyce

A group of Great Falls health advocates are accusing at least nine bars and casinos in that city of not being in compliance with Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

The law prohibits smoking in public buildings and fully went into effect in 2009.

At issue are so-called ‘smoke shacks’ attached to the casinos. These ventilated rooms allow people to smoke, drink and use gaming machines. Bar owners are open-air vents in the rooms make them technically not indoor, enclosed, spaces.

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Montana Coal
4:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

To export coal, or not to export coal

Coal development generates money in Montana. Executive Director of the Montana Coal Council Bud Clinch said an average train carrying coal has about 120 cars, and represents about $30,000 of local, state, and federal taxes being paid.

He said Coal is worth continuing to invest in, it’s what Montana has, and the demand for it is not going away.

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Rodeo tobacco
1:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Teen rodeo athlete stars in new anti-tobacco ad

Charley Yeager competing in barrel racing
Credit Bev Yeager

You may have already seen them: new TV ads featuring a Montana high school rodeo athlete promoting tobacco-free rodeo.

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The Lovebird
9:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Author’s debut novel set on Crow reservation

Author Natalie Brown
Credit Margaret Stratton

Natalie Brown's first novel "The Lovebird" is set first in southern California and then on the Crow reservation in Montana

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