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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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Climate change: tropics
9:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Another effect of climate change: disappearing lizards

University of Washington biologist Ray Huey

Ray Huey has been studying lizards for a long time - but he's finding fewer of them to study. The University of Washington biology professor's research into the evolutionary physiology of lizards and tortoises, especially in the tropics, is finding dramatic impacts from climate change.

Huey was recently a guest lecturer at the University of Montana, and took time to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk to talk about the evolutionary and ecological effects of our warming climate.
 

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Global Education
2:30 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

A global education is about more than jobs

Princeton scholar Stanley Katz receiving National Humanities Medal in 2011

The recipient of the 2011 National Humanities Medal is in Missoula to lecture about "the global century." Dr. Stanley Katz is a Princeton University professor, author, president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, and an expert on American legal and constitutional history.
    In this feature interview, Katz talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the difference between the terms "global" and "international" - and the importance of a globally-focused education.

 

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Campaign Beat
11:19 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the military emphasis in this primary campaign season

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Our political analysis show "Campaign Beat" this week looks at the heavy emphasis on the primary candidates' military backgrounds and support for veterans. News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the latest ads and messages - and about the many contested Republican legislative races.

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FWP
3:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Higher fees likely for Montana hunters and anglers

MT FWP faces a $5.7 million budget shortfall by the end of 2017.

Every ten years Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks goes back to the drawing board to look at fees, license costs, and its budget.

Administrator of Communication and Education Ron Aasheim said a Council recently came out with a series of recommendations including raising fees on hunting and fishing licenses. Aasheim said without a fee increase, redirected funding, or budget cuts, the agency is facing a $5.7-million shortfall by the end of 2017.

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Nonprofit Funding
10:34 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Funding pool shrinking while number of nonprofits goes up

Nonprofit funding consultant Kim Klein

As government funding shrinks, nonprofit organizations are  depending more and more upon private donors. Those organizations are also increasingly competing against each other, from a pool of donors that may itself be shrinking.

Kim Klein is an author, publisher, and consultant who works with nonprofits to help them meet their fundraising challenges. She's in Montana this week for some training with nonprofits in Missoula, Helena, Kalispell and Billings.
    Klein says the cuts in government funding are an impossible gap to fill.

 

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Montana Art Interscholastic
1:30 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

High School artists descend on the Flathead for a 24-hour workshop blitz

Florence High senior Callie Hunt works on her piece in the wheel throwing workshop during the recent Montana Art Interscholastic event in Kalispell.
Credit Katrin Frye

High School art students from around the state converge on one town each year for a 24-hour workshop-blitz. This year Kalispell’s Glacier High and Flathead Valley Community College housed more than 200-students learning jewelry making, painting, printmaking and numerous other techniques. The students from 18 different Montana schools came to the Flathead Friday through Saturday as part of the 2014 Montana Art Interscholastic event.

Workshops range from familiar sounding art classes like oil painting and watercolor workshop, to edible art, and urban art.

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