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It took a contest from a company out of Maine, and a social media effort spanning across international borders for the Glacier Institute to get an alternative energy project installed on their off-grid campus. The Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational opportunities for students and adults in and around Glacier National Park.

Executive Director Joyce Baltz said the Institute plans to have its alternative energy project be both functional, and educational.

Katrin Frye

Several gardens at Flathead Valley schools are bringing the outdoor classroom a little bit closer to the indoor one. $16,000 in grant money received by Flathead National Forest in partnership with the Flathead Audubon Society is paying the way for native plant gardens at four area schools.

The grant comes through the US Forest Service “More Kids in the Woods” program.

University of Montana


    Longtime NBC News correspondent and University of Montana alumnus Don Oliver died last week at the age of 76. Oliver was a Billings native who worked for NBC nearly thirty years, covering everything from wars to presidential campaigns. He received a Distinguished Alumnus award from UM in 1985, and taught a semester there after he retired from NBC in the 1990's.

Summer is almost here and for many Americans that's the time to think about spending a few well-earned days away from work and getting away for an adventure.
     For many though, it's also a time of increased anxiety and stress because it can sometimes be a little more difficult to find that next meal.   
  

In this feature interview, Edward O'Brien speaks with Gayle Gifford, C.E.O of the Montana Food Bank Network.

Dan Boyce

Last Sunday marked 150 years since a small group of gold miners struck it rich up Southwest Montana’s Alder Gulch.

The swarms of people following that strike quickly established Virginia City, Montana’s first territorial capital.

Virginia City remains remarkably well-preserved today and survives off an annual boom of Summer tourists looking to take in the frontier town’s history.

The community hosted a variety of events all through the weekend to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alder Gulch Strike.

William Marcus

Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online.

Caitlin Copple

Does Missoula need faster and more affordable Internet service? That's the question a new study will seek to answer. With a 26-thousand dollar matching grant from the state,the city and county of Missoula are chipping in 13-thousand dollars each to fund a feasibility study of affordable extreme broadband service. City councilwoman Caitlin Copple chairs the council's economic development subcommittee. She believes superfast - and affordable - high speed Internet is an attractive recruitment tool for new business.

Pakistani energy officials visit PSC

May 22, 2013
Dan Boyce

Montana Public Service Commissioners Bill Gallagher and Kirk Bushman hosted a discussion Tuesday with high-ranking officials from Pakistan’s energy sector.

John and Sue Talbot

Missoulians John and Sue Talbot will receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the University of Montana commencement ceremony tomorrow.

Katrin Frye

Water temperature and the types of life it supports are some of the things scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station track to determine water quality in the Lake and its tributaries. The Bio Station has been monitoring water quality, and amassing information about the Flathead since its founding in 1899. But recently it went to the public to help cover costs.

Hundreds of Missoula high school students recently witnessed a mock scenario portraying teenagers involved in a devastating car crash; a crash caused by a drunk driver.
     The staged event portrayed everything that typically happens in its real-life equivalent.
     If you've been fortunate enough to have never been in a serious car accident, it was an eye-opening event. And that's just what organizers were hoping for.
     Edward O'Brien - along with hundreds of high school students at Loyola Field - was there and files this feature story...

Health officials are considering changes to the way the state operates Medicaid.

The 2013 Legislature approved rate increases to providers of Medicaid—the government health service for the poor.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says stakeholders are applauding some of the changes, but suppliers of medical equipment see a big problem.

Courtesy Fort Missoula Historical Museum

Fort Missoula has undergone several incarnations since it was built in the late 19th century. Tate Jones, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, has a new book out that gives a pictorial history of the fort.

In this feature interview, Jones talks with News Director Sally Mauk about that colorful history - everything from the fort's involvement in the Battle of the Big Hole to the internment of Japanese civilians during World War II. The fort was created in 1877.

Sally Mauk

  Civil rights attorney and co-founder of the National Innocence Project Peter Neufeld and others have been instrumental in winning the freedom of over 300 people wrongly convicted of crimes, through the use of DNA evidence.

Flickr, Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now mulling their options after the 2013 Montana Legislature failed to pass the Flathead Water Rights Compact; but CSKT officials are hopeful the agreement can be passed by the 2015 Legislature.

Dan Boyce

 

NorthWestern Energy is rolling out the major phase of a seven-year, $375 million infrastructure upgrade project this year, and it has already led to an increase in some utility rates with more potentially on the way.

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