Montana News

Van de Wetering for county attorney
9:30 am
Thu May 15, 2014

If elected, he’ll take the lead on sexual assault cases

Democratic Missoula county attorney candidate Josh Van de Wetering

One of the two candidates for Missoula county attorney running in the Democratic primary will be the next county attorney - because there are no Republican candidates.
        That person will succeed the retiring incumbent Fred Van Valkenburg, who is locked in a fight with the federal Justice department over how his office has handled past sexual assault cases.
    Both the candidates - Kirsten Pabst and Josh Van de Wetering - have worked in the county attorney's office before and both are now in private practice.

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Outdoors
2:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Breaking down the barriers to becoming an “outdoorswoman”

Horses tied to a "high line" in the BOW Horse Packing Workshop.
Robin Mooring

Judy Breland has gone horse packing before, in fact, her husband Andy Breland is teaching the back country horse packing workshop she’s taking. Plus, the family has a store, Trailhead Supply, that sells horse packing equipment.

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Pabst for county attorney
1:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Missoula county attorney’s race may be the hottest race in town

Missoula democratic county attorney candidate Kirsten Pabst

The democratic primary race for Missoula county attorney is more high profile than usual this election - first, since there is no Republican candidate, the winner of the primary will be the next county attorney. Secondly, the current county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has made headlines because of his legal fight with the federal Justice department over his office's past handling of sexual assault cases.

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Hantavirus
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Monkey model of Hantavirus opens new research opportunities

Sin Nombre virus particle emerges from a cell.
Credit NIAID

Hantavirus season is here and health officials are warning people to take precautions to guard against the virus that can lead to fatigue, aches and eventually progress to coughing,   shortness of breath and in some cases - death.

National Institutes of Health researchers have developed an important animal model of human hantavirus pulmonary syndrome that may - one day - lead to treatments, vaccines and improve diagnosis methods.

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Bohlinger for Senate
11:25 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Republican turned democrat says he’s the progressive in the Senate race

Democratic Senate candidate John Bohlinger

Former Republican state legislator and lieutenant governor John Bohlinger wants to be Montana's next democratic U.S. Senator.

Bohlinger is an ex-Marine and former Billings businessman who served five terms in the legislature and two terms as the Republican lieutenant governor with democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer.

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Campaign Beat
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike talk superPAC's, and campaign ad humor

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program,  News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the role of super PACS in the House Republican primary race, who's got the funniest campaign ads (so far), and how many times you can say "Obama" in a 30-second ad...

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Legacy Montanans
4:22 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Tackling the challenges of spending your golden years in the Treasure State

Governor Steve Bullock presents Beulah Brown (100) with her Centenarian Certificate at the 46th Annual Governor's Conference on Aging.
Credit Katrin Frye

Montana is counted among the fastest growing states for an aging population. In a nod to the state’s aging demographic the 46th annual Governors Conference on Aging looked at issues specifically effecting seniors including transportation, health, and safety. The two-day event took place in Kalispell and Bozeman this week.

It also offers an opportunity to recognize Montana’s centenarians.

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Bicycle Tourism
1:22 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

There's money in those bicycles

Jim with one of his daughters at Key West
Jim Sayer

Bicycle tourism is big money these days.
       In tonight's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Jim Sayer talks about the economic benefits bicycle tourism holds for cities and counties interested in taking advantage of the sector's growing revenue potential.

Sayer's executive director of the Missoula-based Adventure Cycling Association, the largest bicycle advocacy membership organization in North America.
      Sayer says the concept of bike tourism doesn't always fit into a single definition.

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Daines for Senate
10:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Steve Daines wants to repeal Obamacare, cut Medicaid, and log more

Congressman Steve Daines
Credit William Marcus

With the biggest war chest, and the most name recognition, Congressman Steve Daines has a clear edge over his opponents Champ Edmunds and Susan Cundiff in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The former Bozeman businessman is serving his first - and possibly - last term as Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House. Now he wants to win the Senate seat, long held by democrat Max Baucus, back for the Republican party.
    In this feature interview, Daines talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his campaign - and about some of the current issues facing Congress.

 

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Flathead Forestry Expo
10:26 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Finding common ground in the forest at the 25th Annual Forestry Expo

Forester Chris Damrow with FH Stolttoze Land & Lumber works with other volunteers to prep the Trumbell y Creek Educational Forest for the annual Forestry Expo.
Katrin Frye

Finding common ground in the forest is one of the key goals of the Family Forestry Expo in the Flathead, and it has been since the Expo first came together 25-years-ago. May 5-9, fifth graders from across the area head to a section of forest on the outskirts of Columbia Falls learning about fisheries, forest fire, back country camping and safety, logging, and more.

Spotted Bear District Ranger Deb Mucklow with the Flathead National Forest worked on the very first Forestry Expo in 1989. She said there was a lot of polarization on natural resources issues.

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