Montana News

Missoula sexual assault allegations
11:04 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Missoula county attorney says U.S. Department of Justice is "out of line"

Bakken boom
1:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Missoula businessman sees great opportunity in the Bakken oil boom

Bakken Consulting Inc. President Erik Peterson
Credit Sally Mauk

Business and real estate people attended a daylong summit in Missoula on economic opportunities for Montana and North Dakota from development of the Bakken oil fields.

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Diversity in government
2:15 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

USDA Deputy Undersecretary; there's "strength in diversity"

Butch Blazer

The USDA's Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment says he believes there's strength in diversity.

Butch Blazer's been touring Idaho and Montana to talk about a number of issues including an effort to bring greater diversity to the ranks of the Department of Agriculture.

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"Pastured Poultry"
9:47 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Why it's hard to buy local when it comes to chickens

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye talks with Jan Tusick and Jeff Schahczenski about pastured poultry an challenges to growing a chicken industry in the state.

“Pastured Poultry” is a method of raising chickens or turkeys by giving them free range over the ground and the most natural life possible. Agriculture Economist Jeff Schahczenski  with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT, said it’s a method gaining interest across the country.

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Outdoors
12:49 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Keeping tabs on Montanas grizzly bears

Field biologists measure and monitor a tranquilized grizzly in Glacier National Park in 2005.
Credit GlacierNPS / Flickr

Spring and fall are both prime times for biologists to trap grizzly bears. Wildlife officials are trapping the bears as part of a long-term bear monitoring project spanning across the northern continental divide ecosystem.

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Homeless Shelter
9:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Missoula’s homeless will soon have a new home

Credit MMW Architects

Missoula officials hope to break ground for a new emergency soup kitchen and homeless shelter this fall.

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Glacier Program
1:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Want to hang out with goats in Glacier Park this summer? Here’s how…

Citizen scientists working in Glacier Park
Credit National Park Service

If hanging out in Glacier National Park is how you want to spend part of your summer, you might want to look into the citizen science program offered by the park's Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center. The program trains individuals to identify, observe and record information on species of interest in the park. This summer, the citizen scientists will study mountain goats, pikas, common loons and invasive plants.

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Glacier Institute
1:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Solar panels to power, and teach -- in the North Fork of the Flathead

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.

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Outdoors
1:04 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

How Flathead Valley students are growing their own outdoor classroom

Students planting the first starts in the West Valley School Native Plant Garden.
Credit 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.

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Don Oliver Obit
1:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Former NBC News correspondent and UM grad Don Oliver remembered as a 'hard-nosed' reporter

Former NBC News correspondent Don Oliver
Credit 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.

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