Montana News

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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Drug policy
2:07 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Should drugs be legalized and regulated?

A retired Oregon corrections counselor, who also worked as a parole and probation officer, says America's war on drugs is an abject failure.
       Shelley Fox-Loken says states should have the authority to decide whether they want to legalize drugs that are now illegal. She predicts that responsibly legalizing drugs would result in decreased violent crime and drug use rates, while simultaneously  benefiting state coffers.
       Loken is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

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NCAA investigation
10:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NCAA announces results of its investigation into UM's athletics department

The results of the NCAA's investigation into the University of Montana athletics department have just been released. Here's a copy of the memo UM president Royce Engstrom released to the campus community today: 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

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Sandy Hook
1:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Sister of Sandy Hook victim urges Montanans to support new gun control

Carlee Soto's 27-year-old sister Victoria was one of the 26 teachers and students massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school last December - and this photo of Carlee learning the tragic news became one of the iconic photos of that tragedy.
Credit Associated Press


    Carlee Soto will never forget December 14th, 2012.

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Project Minerva
10:10 am
Tue July 23, 2013

UM looks for ET

Project Minerva logo

NASA recently awarded a 1.125 million dollar grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets.

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Winter in the Blood
2:22 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

“Winter in the Blood” film a labor of love for Native American actors

"Winter in the Blood" cast members (l to r): Chaske Spencer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Michael Spears
Credit Sally Mauk

The new film "Winter in the Blood", based on the late Montana author James Welch's novel, had its Montana premiere over the weekend in Missoula.

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Education
3:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

$2 million grant to create entrepreneurship ‘LaunchPads’ and UM, MSU

University of Miami Senior Vice Provost William Greene speaks in the Capitol Rotunda Friday, with (from left) University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, Sen. Jon Tester, Blackstone President Tony James, Sen. Max Baucus and Gov. Steve Bullock looking on.

Political leaders, college students, colorful banners and flat screen TVs ringed the state capitol building’s rotunda on Friday for the unveiling of a 3-year, $2 million grant to expand entrepreneurship through Montana’s two biggest Universities.

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Wldlife Researcher
9:05 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Wildlife scientist Joel Berger studies everything from “takins” in Bhutan to goats in Glacier

"Takins" are the national mammal of Bhutan
Credit Joel Berger

A professor at the University of Montana has won this year's prestigious Aldo Leopold award from the American Society of Mammalogists

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Flathead Cherries
3:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Fresh pack, helicopters, and the "last best cherry"

Growers started harvesting cherries along the east shore of Flathead Lake this week.
Credit Katrin Frye

From Polson, north to Bigfork cherry stands which have remained shuttered through the year are just opening up as the cherry harvest starts in Montana.

Some of the growers along the east shore of Flathead Lake are hobby growers with a couple of acres of orchard in their yards scaling down toward the lake, or up to the edge of the mountains.

Many pool their resources and their cherries as part of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative.

Earlier this week harvest started on the first Flathead cherries of the season.

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Indian Country
5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Gordon Belcourt
Credit Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

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