Montana News

Project Minerva
10:10 am
Tue July 23, 2013

UM looks for ET

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NASA recently awarded a 1.125 million dollar grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets.

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Winter in the Blood
2:22 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

“Winter in the Blood” film a labor of love for Native American actors

"Winter in the Blood" cast members (l to r): Chaske Spencer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Michael Spears
Credit Sally Mauk

The new film "Winter in the Blood", based on the late Montana author James Welch's novel, had its Montana premiere over the weekend in Missoula.

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Education
3:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

$2 million grant to create entrepreneurship ‘LaunchPads’ and UM, MSU

University of Miami Senior Vice Provost William Greene speaks in the Capitol Rotunda Friday, with (from left) University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, Sen. Jon Tester, Blackstone President Tony James, Sen. Max Baucus and Gov. Steve Bullock looking on.

Political leaders, college students, colorful banners and flat screen TVs ringed the state capitol building’s rotunda on Friday for the unveiling of a 3-year, $2 million grant to expand entrepreneurship through Montana’s two biggest Universities.

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Wldlife Researcher
9:05 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Wildlife scientist Joel Berger studies everything from “takins” in Bhutan to goats in Glacier

"Takins" are the national mammal of Bhutan
Credit Joel Berger

A professor at the University of Montana has won this year's prestigious Aldo Leopold award from the American Society of Mammalogists

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Flathead Cherries
3:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Fresh pack, helicopters, and the "last best cherry"

Growers started harvesting cherries along the east shore of Flathead Lake this week.
Credit Katrin Frye

From Polson, north to Bigfork cherry stands which have remained shuttered through the year are just opening up as the cherry harvest starts in Montana.

Some of the growers along the east shore of Flathead Lake are hobby growers with a couple of acres of orchard in their yards scaling down toward the lake, or up to the edge of the mountains.

Many pool their resources and their cherries as part of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative.

Earlier this week harvest started on the first Flathead cherries of the season.

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Indian Country
5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Gordon Belcourt
Credit Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

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Winter in the Blood
4:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Much-anticipated film "Winter in the Blood" has its Montana premiere this weekend in Missoula

Actor Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film "Winter in the Blood"
Credit Ken Billington

The new Montana-made film "Winter in the Blood" received a warm reception at its recent premiere at the Los Angeles film festival, and will have its Montana premiere this Saturday evening in Missoula. The film is based on the acclaimed novel by the late Montana author James Welch - who was a family friend of the film's directors, brothers Alex and Andrew Smith. Both the novel and the movie give a harsh but authentic portrait of growing up on Montana's Blackfeet reservation and the hi-line, where it was filmed.

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Education
3:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Top education leaders discuss priorities with Gov. Bullock

The Board of Education meets in the state capitol building in Helena Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

  

Leaders from across Montana’s public education spectrum met in Helena Tuesday to discuss shared priorities for improving the experience and results for the state’s students.

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Schweitzer Senate race
11:05 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Brian Schweitzer talks politics, rumors and dark money

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer brandishing his veto branding iron

The political world - both in Montana and nationally - is still reeling a bit from former Governor Brian Schweitzer's announcement last weekend that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat

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TV Writer
3:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Writing for television is fun – if you’re really good at it

Ron Fitzgerald has written for the hit network television series "Friday Night Lights" and the Showtime hit series "Weeds" but he started his writing career as a playwright.

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