Montana News

Native Games Conference
4:59 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

How reconnecting with traditional games is helping tribes heal

The Stone People game requires a steady hand, good memory, and storytelling. Hoop games involve throwing accuracy and eye-hand skills.
Credit Katrin Frye

The International Traditional Games Society was started when a group of native middle school students in Browning asked a simple question.

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Environment
2:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Coal, petroleum industry say Obama climate plan will hurt Montana

Credit Montana Coal Council

Representatives from Montana’s coal and petroleum industries are blasting the new climate action plan announced by President Obama this week.

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Climate change
1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Senator Jon Tester says addressing climate change will be good for Montana

Senator Jon Tester

Montana's Senator Jon Tester was quick to praise President Obama's recent speech on climate change, where the President outlined actions he intends to take to address it.

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Gay Rights
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

DOMA decision does not change all that much for MT's gay couples

Jan Donaldson (left) and Mary Anne Guggenheim pose for a picture outside their Helena home Wednesday
Credit Dan Boyce

Montanans are split in their feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

The nation’s highest court yesterday threw out a provision denying federal benefits to married gay couples and in a separate decision allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California.

Both were passed with tight 5 to 4 majorities.

Montana’s gay rights advocates are applauding the decisions, although they acknowledge it doesn’t mean much here in the state.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientific research, water samples, and a bottle of scotch

The 1967 time capsule was discovered behind the cornerstone of the Elrod Building, built in 1967, during recent renovations.
Katrin Frye

While remodeling the Elrod Building at the Yellow Bay Station workers found a time capsule in the wall behind the cornerstone. The Biological Station was founded in 1899. The Elrod lab was built in 1967 under the tenure of Dr. Richard Solberg as director.

“The first half of the life of the Biological Station focused primarily on teaching; the professors taught, the professors didn’t do research. They did some observations, and wrote a few papers and a book or two and so on, whereas now the primary focus of the station is research,” Solberg said.

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Minimum Wage
3:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Why Montana's minimum wage statistics are not as good as they look

A national study from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the percentage of minimum wage workers in Montana shrinking at the fastest rate in the country. That figure may be of particular note today, the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act—a law signed by President Franklin Roosevelt which created the minimum wage.

However, the figures gathered by BLS need to be taken in context.

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Immigration Reform
9:36 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Janet Napolitano says immigration reform bill is fair

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

The U.S. Senate is expected to pass an immigration reform bill later this week.

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Fort Belknap bison
10:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Fort Belknap tribes hope to soon give some Yellowstone Park bison a new home

Fort Belknap bison herd
Credit Mark Azure

Last week, the state supreme court reversed a lower court ruling blocking the transfer of disease-free bison from Yellowstone National Park to tribal lands.

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Corrections
4:53 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

New Women's Prison Warden to take over next week

Joan Daly
Credit Montana Department of Corrections

Hear Dan Boyce's story from "Montana Evening Edition"

The Montana Department of Corrections announced the hiring of a new Warden for the Montana Women’s Prison on Friday. 

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Montana News
1:51 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Caregiving for the elderly and disabled is rewarding and very stressful

Experts says that providing care for the elderly or the disabled can be a very rewarding experience. It can also be extremely challenging work.
     A company providing in-home non-medical services to the Missoula and Ravalli counties recently launched a family caregiver stress relief program to specifically address those challenges.
     In this feature interview, Home Instead Senior Care owner, Denise Krueger, says home care is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

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