Montana News

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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Campaign Beat
3:01 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Rape, abortion and domestic violence dominate new Senate campaign ads

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

New campaign ads in the U.S. Senate race feature women telling personal stories of rape and domestic violence  - and implying their candidate is the best choice for women. Those new ads, plus reaction to the new lawsuit seeking to overturn Montana's ban on same sex marriage, are the focus of this week's "Campaign Beat", with political analysis by Lee newspapers' reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, and News Director Sally Mauk.

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Victim Response
2:26 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

New coordinated offices part of Missoula police effort to better deal with victims of violence

Missoula police detective Connie Bruckner
Credit Sally Mauk

The Missoula police gave local media a tour of new offices and a new interview room they say will add to their improved response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
    Sergeant Travis Welsh says the improved facilities are part of the department's agreement with the federal Department of Justice to deal more sensitively with victims.

"They're going to help us relate to victims better," said Welsh. "And be able to understand what we're seeing and what we're hearing as we investigate the cases."

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Montana Lacrosse
7:17 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lacrosse grows in the Big Sky state

Girls from the Missoula team watch as their teammates play Helena during the state lacrosse championship tournament.
Katrin Frye

Lacrosse is a common sport from elementary school on up through college on the east coast. In Montana it’s relatively new with high school aged boys teams and younger growing over the past decade, and girls teams just a couple of years old.

This past weekend the third ever state championship tournament was held in Whitefish. Flathead Boys Lacrosse Coach Matt Rizzolo is coaching the Valley-wide high school team.

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Exchange student shooting
1:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Missoula man accused of shooting student pleads not guilty

Kaarma (L) with Janelle Pflager on his right
Credit Edward O'Brien

The  Missoula man charged with shooting a German exchange student has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide.
    29-year-old Markus Kaarma was arraigned today in the April 27 death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. 

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Walsh for Senate
11:26 am
Wed May 21, 2014

He was appointed now he wants to be elected, to the U.S. Senate

Senator John Walsh

As the incumbent, John Walsh has an apparent advantage over his two opponents - John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams - in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

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U-S House race
3:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

House candidate Ryan Zinke says good leaders can change their minds

Ryan Zinke

Five Republicans are running to serve as Montana's next Representative in the U-S House.
    The race has highlighted a rift among four candidates who generally view themselves as being more consistently conservative than former Montana state senator, Ryan Zinke; an accusation denied by the 52-year-old Zinke.

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Montana News
5:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Annual River Honoring this year brought more than 1,000 4th and 5th graders from across the reservation and beyond to the Lower Flathead River.
Credit Katrin Frye

Each May for about two decades the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have held a River Honoring and invited children from across the reservation and beyond. The honoring started in 1986 in response to a push for additional dams below Kerr Dam, along the lower Flathead River.

Education Specialist Germaine White with the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation said the Tribal Culture Committee was very concerned about a disturbance to the river.

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Campaign Beat
2:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Have you noticed the tone of the campaign ads getting a little, um, nastier?

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

The political ads and parries are increasing - and changing tone - as the June 3rd primary approaches.

In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the rising campaign heat, especially in the high profile races.

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Montana News
2:36 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Interview with U.S. House candidate Steve Daines

Steve Daines

-This interview was originally published Nov. 1, 2012

Republican businessman Steve Daines of Bozeman has led the race for the U.S. House both in fundraising and in the polls, but he’s not taking anything for granted. The former executive of RightNow Technologies emphasizes his business experience. In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about everything from creationism to climate change

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