Montana News

YMCA Has Sister Group In Sierra Leone
4:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Missoula Y Responds To Ebola Crisis

Christian Kamara and Chris Siegler, far left, in Sierra Leone recently.
Credit Chris Siegler

As the Ebola crisis rages on in West Africa, Missoula’s YMCA is raising money to help their sister organization in Sierra Leone fight the deadly outbreak.

Chris Siegler, who’s been on the board of Missoula’s Y since 1983, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the west African country in the late 1960s with his wife Jeannie. They went back to visit after Sierra Leon’s 11-year civil war that ended in 2002. On that trip they discovered the Y in its capital, Freetown.

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ISIS Airstrikes
3:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Candidates Weigh In On Necessity Of Military Strikes

U.S. Sailors move a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Aug. 26, 2014, in the Persian Gulf as the ship supports operations in Iraq.

Montana's candidates for federal office are weighing in on President Obama's intent to unleash military strikes on the so-called "Islamic State" extremist organizations.

Obama last week announced his counter-terrorism campaign to use intel, training and airstrikes to weaken and destroy Islamic radical groups know by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

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MTPR's News Director
3:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Bringing Montana Issues "Alive On The Radio"

Eric Whitney on the left chats with Ed O'Brien
Credit Cherie Newman

Before becoming  senior news analyst, Sally Mauk spent three decades as Montana Public Radio's news director.

Sally retired in late May, opening the door - and a lengthy search process - for a new leader who will guide the MTPR newsroom into the future.

And that person is Eric Whitney. Whitney comes to Montana from Colorado where he spent over 20 years working in various Public Radio positions. One of them was news director at the NPR affiliate in Colorado Springs.
Whitney's also an experienced and well-versed freelance journalist.

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Campaign Beat
8:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Dissects The Ads And Examines The Issues

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, and MIke Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

"Campaign Beat" returns to dissect the latest campaign ads and examine the issues in the U.S. House and Senate races.

Today Sally, Chuck and Mike discuss the competitiveness of the U.S. House and Senate races, the effectiveness of the latest TV ads from the Daines and Lewis campaigns, and whether voters mind the scarcity of debates in the top races. 

The "Timber" ad from the Daines campaign:

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Islamic State
6:38 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Tester: Obama Can Strike ISIS Without Congressional OK

Senator Tester says he doesn’t think President Obama needs to ask Congress for authorization for the military campaign against the Islamic State he announced yesterday.

"I think he already has the authorization. That authorization was given after 9-11 and I think that authorization still exists."

But Senator Tester says he does want the President to consult with Congress on his military action.

Campaign Finance
6:36 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Tester-Backed Campaign Reform Measure Dies In Senate

Sen. Jon Tester co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to limit outside spending in elections.

A proposed constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance laws failed in the U-S Senate today. The amendment was co-sponsored by Montana Democrat Jon Tester.

Senator Tester says the amendment is needed to restore state control of campaign spending regulations.

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4:23 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Cold Weather's Not Done With Us Yet

The fall colors will be here before you know it

Mother Nature gave Montana a real one-two punch of cold weather yesterday, and forecasters say it's going to get even colder tonight. 

First, a blustery low-pressure system moved into the state yesterday afternoon. The winds died down and the skies cleared early this morning. That allowed those temperatures to plummet.

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Public health
4:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

More Possible Enterovirus Samples Off For Analysis

Enterovirus sufferers contend with flu-like symptoms
Credit Loren Kearns (CC-BY-2.0)

As we reported yesterday, a Montana child has contracted the virus that’s suspected of sickening hundreds of children in at least 10 states. That child fell ill in Yellowstone County.

The state health department is sending samples from other suspected cases to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for further testing.

Experts say enterovirus D68 can be tricky to both diagnose and treat.

It can cause mild cold-like symptoms including runny noses, coughing and wheezing.

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Community Medical Sale
5:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Missoula’s Community Medical Center Reaches Sales Agreement With For-Profit Partnership

Community Medical Center, Missoula, MT.
Credit Courtesy photo

Community Medical Center in Missoula announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its assets for 67-million-dollars. The 151-bed hospital is selling to a partnership between Billings Clinic and a Tennessee-based hospital management firm.

The agreement, if approved by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, would transform Community Medical from a not-for-profit corporation into a for-profit hospital.

John Barnes, a spokesman for the attorney general, explains why his office is involved.

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Veterans Administration Hearings
5:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Missoula Veteran Weighs In On VA Reform

Sam Redfern, Iraq combat veteran and president of The United States of Hope, a veterans advocacy group.

Missoulian Sam Redfern is paying particularly close attention to the ongoing Veterans Administration hearings. VA officials are holding meetings nationwide to address questions about scheduling problems, long waits and other problems facing veterans seeking care from the VA system.

Redfern is an Iraq combat veteran who serves as president of an organization called The United States of Hope, which provides a variety of services to veterans.

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