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Primary Election Results
7:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Primary Election Results

Primary election results for statewide offices and Missoula County races.

Last updated 10:50 a.m.  6/04/14.

U.S. Senate

677/693 precincts fully reporting. 16/693 precincts partially reporting.

Democrats
John Walsh....................... 48,380
John Bohlinger................. 17,106
Dirk Adams....................... 10,028

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Non-discrimination laws
1:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Another Montana town approves a non-discrimination ordinance

Jeff Krauss

Four Montana cities now have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Bozeman city commissioners have now passed such a measure, although representatives of churches and religious schools who objected were eventually exempted from it.  
 
      The ordinance passed unanimously and without discussion.

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Campaign Beat
3:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Attack ads - and why you should vote

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Last minute attacks ads - and the importance of the primary races - dominate the discussion on this last spring election season installment of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program featuring Lee newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, and News Director Sally Mauk...

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Flathead Reservation Water Rights
10:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled

View of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation.
Credit Katrin Frye

While water rights lawsuits bop around state and federal courthouses there is technically no legal method of drilling a well on the Flathead Reservation, and hasn’t been since 1996. However, new wells and water uses have been allowed on the reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes since. Tribal Spokesman Robert McDonald said they didn’t want to halt progress or development, however, he says there isn’t a legally valid way to dig a new well. There’s no governing structure in place so no change of use permits or new well permits.

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Sally's last day
10:24 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Last Day

Sally Mauk
Credit Josh Burnham

Fantastic memories. To all my wonderful colleagues - past and present - and devoted, thoughtful listeners - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sally Leaving
3:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Sally Mauk sits down on the OTHER side of the microphone

Sally Mauk and William Marcus
Credit Josh Burnham

Friday, May 3oth, is a red-letter day for Montana Public Radio News. After more than three decades as our News Director, Sally Mauk is retiring. She's logged hundreds of hours of interviews, on-the-scene fire coverage, long, frantic election nights and news-poor holidays.

She sat down with MTPR General Manager William Marcus today to reflect on her career. And even though the tables were turned, she still asked the first question.

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Abortion Providers
2:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Montana no longer an "oasis in the abortion desert"

The All Families Healthcare office was broken into in early March and vandalized to an extent that made it unable to reopen. This has been the only medical office in the Flathead Valley to offer abortion services.

The break-in prompted the Montana Human Rights Network and NARAL/ProChoice-Montana to raise funds to help Physicians Assistant Susan Cahill who runs the office, cover the costs of the damage.

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Bigfork Whitewater Festival
9:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paddleboards, kayaks, and rafts, oh my

A kayaker paddles past the Big Rock on the Wild Mile of the Swan River.
Credit Mike Roessmann

Summer rushes in on the rising waters of the rivers around northwest Montana. Each year for 39 years in Bigfork it's also announced through the annual Whitewater Festival.

This years festival featured kayaks and rafts braving the Class IV rapids on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River, as well as Stand Up Paddleboards.

The two-day event features beginner and expert slalom races judged by time and accuracy as paddlers maneuver down the river through specially market gates.

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Smurfit-Stone mill
3:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waste discharge permit renewed for closed plant

Clark Fork Coalition Science Director, Dr. Chris Brick.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A year ago this month, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended a comprehensive Superfund cleanup for the 32-hundred acre industrial site that housed the former Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill.
        The former mill sits 11-miles northwest of Missoula and operated from 1957 to early 2010. Toxic by-products were created during the manufacturing process; some of which still contaminate the site which is now owned by M2Green.

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Whitney Williams
10:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Congressman’s daughter follows her parents into a life of public service

Whitney Williams and her father, former Congressman Pat Williams
Credit Sally Mauk

        To say Whitney Williams grew up in a political family is a bit of an understatement. Her father Pat served 18 years as Montana's representative in the U.S. House. Her mother Carol was the first woman to serve as both the majority and minority leader in the state senate.
    Whitney worked on several political campaigns, served as the trip director for First Lady Hillary Clinton, and is the founder and CEO of the Seattle-based public policy and philanthropic firm known as williamsworks.

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