Montana News

News Director Explains
5:47 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Why We're Discontinuing Commentaries On Montana Evening Edition

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney.
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Hi, I’m Eric Whitney, the news director here at Montana Public Radio.

I’m here to explain why I made the difficult decision to discontinue commentaries on Montana Evening Edition.

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5:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tester Considers Leading Dems' 2016 Senate Campaign

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Senator  Jon Tester talks about election losses and leading the Democratic party’s senate campaign in 2016 in this interview with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

Interview Highlights:

Election Results

"Folks weren't happy with Democrats and they made some changes," said Tester. "That's certainly what elections should be about. If things aren't going the way folks think they should be, there's accountability and we move forward and try to adjust."

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Technology, Engineering, Math
5:38 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Women In Science: Images Matter

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The images that girls see can affect the career choices they make as young women. That was one of the issues discussed at a conference in Helena Thursday that brought together a diverse group of people who would like to see more young women choose careers in Engineering, or technology.

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Captain Elisa Raney
5:20 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Female Pilot Reflects On 25 Year Navy Career

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Retired Captain Elisa Raney’s 25 years as a helicopter pilot in the Navy included serving in the Gulf and Iraq wars, and surviving a crash into the Red Sea.

The Virginia native spent last summer in Missoula and took time to talk with senior news analyst Sally Mauk about her military service. That conversation is the focus of this half-hour Veterans Day special.

Raney was intending to go into the Peace Corps after she finished her civil engineering degree at Virginia Tech. Her third year in college, a Navy recruiter told her she could become a pilot if she joined the Navy:

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Community Hospital Sale
4:51 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Missoulians Can Weigh In On Community Hospital Sale

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Anyone opposing, supporting or just curious about the pending sale of Missoula’s Community Hospital will have a chance to weigh in next week.

Billings Clinic and RegionalCare Hospital Partners are buying the non-profit Medical Center for over $67 million; that’s if the deal is approved by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Spokesman John Barnes says the AG's office isn't legally required to hold public forums on the proposed sale.

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Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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Education, Business Leaders Gather
5:16 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Helena STEM Conference Promotes Women In Science

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Leaders from Montana’s business and education communities gathered at a "STEM" conference in Helena today to talk about how to encourage more women and girls to explore careers traditionally dominated by men. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Those are four fields that the US is going to have to strengthen if it is to remain competitive in the world economy.   And those are also four fields that have long attracted more men than women.  

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Campaign Beat
4:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Recaps The Election, Previews The Legislature

Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson, MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk and Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Mike Dennison.
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Do Montana Democrats have a messaging problem? Will post-election talk of bi-partisanship translate into action? Sally, Chuck and Mike talk about these things and more on the final election season episode of "Campaign Beat."

Former MTPR news director and now Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Seeking 'Geo-Travelers'
5:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Montana Tourism Campaign Tells Visitors 'It's Time'

An example of the digital banner ads the Montana Office of Tourism has started running.
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The Montana Office of Tourism is telling potential visitors that it’s time to check out the state’s natural wonders and small town culture.

In a video posted in the Vimeo web site, a small town shop keeper shovels snow from the sidewalk. Skiers and snowboarders lace up their boots. Dogs pull a sled through the frozen wilderness, and at the end of the ninety seconds, comes the motto: Montana, It’s Time.

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5:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Three Hunters Cited In Canyon Ferry Incident

A herd of elk rest in a valley.
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Shooting into a large elk herd may not be illegal, but is it ethical?

Experts say, "not really."

But that's just what happened last weekend in the White's Gulch area on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir outside Helena.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Justin Feddes says hunters spotted a herd of about 500 elk at first light on Sunday. Feddes reports they started shooting, which scattered the rest of the herd onto a mix of private and public lands.

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