Montana News

Leon Panetta
4:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Former CIA Director warns government paralysis threatens national security

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta on stage of Dennison Theater in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

In sometimes salty language, the former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, covered everything from torture to budget deficits in a wide-ranging talk Thursday at the University of Montana. Besides heading the CIA, Panetta also served as Secretary of Defense, and as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.     

Panetta spoke to a riveted audience at the annual Jones/Tamm law school lecture. He was questioned for about 40 minutes by his friend and famous trial attorney Robert Bennett about domestic and foreign policy.

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Spring doggie blitz
3:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scoop it up and leash that pup!

Engen and Alta Jonessian talking policy. Sophia Cowmey's in the blue.
Edward O'Brien

A second grade exercise in persuasive letter writing led to an official reminder from Missoula authorities today: leash your dogs and - oh yeah - don't forget to pick up their poop, too.

Edward O'Brien has more:

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Violinist Adele Anthony
9:27 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Her love of the violin began with a brush and comb

Violinist Adele Anthony

Violinist Adele Anthony has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, and will soon be in Missoula for a concert with the String Orchestra of the Rockies. A native of Tasmania, Anthony studied at Juilliard, and won her first major competition at the age of 13.
    In this feature interview with News Director Sally Mauk, Anthony says her interest in the instrument began at a very young age.

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Beach Clemency
5:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Bullock urges clemency recommendation for Barry Beach

In an unusual step, Governor Steve Bullock has sent a two-page letter to the state Board of Pardons and Parole, outlining why he thinks the board should recommend clemency for convicted murderer Barry Beach. The board is set to hear Beach's application for clemency April 29th. Beach has already served 30 years of a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kim Nees. He has long maintained his innocence, and was granted a new trial by a district judge in 2011.

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Public Access
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Community rallies to keep from losing Flathead Lake access site

The north shore on Flathead Lake has a MT FWP Fisheries Conservation site and a USFWS Waterfowl Production Area closed to the public March 1st through July 15th.
Katrin Frye

The potential to lose a popular access to Flathead Lake’s north shore rallies the community of Bigfork and shines a light on the issue of private property and public access to water. The access in question is a county-right-of way, running through government and private land on the north shore of the lake. There’s a US Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area and a state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fisheries Conservation area, both currently closed to the public. The waterfowl production area stays closed to public access from March into July while birds are nesting.

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Uighurs
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

"The Tibetans you've never heard of"

Credit Associated Press

The Uighur ethnic group in northwest China is increasingly making headlines in the Western press; usually in the context of a confirmed - or suspected - violent attack within China or Russia.

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Church and State
2:50 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Prominent atheist advocates for more separation of church and state

President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, Ronald Lindsay

Is America too religious - or not religious enough? Does our government truly separate church and state?
    The D.C. and New York-based Center for Inquiry would answer yes to the first question and no to the second. The Center lobbies and litigates for separation of church and state, and advocates for what it calls scientific naturalism.
    President and CEO Ronald Lindsay is in Montana this week to talk about his new book titled "The Necessity of Secularism." 

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Campaign Beat
10:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Candidates in Montana's high profile U.S. House and Senate races are gearing up their campaigns, as the primary is just six weeks away. Those who've raised the most money have new ads on TV, and messages they hope will resonate with voters.

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 who's leading the money race in the House and Senate campaigns - and who's got the TV ads generating the most buzz.

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Human Trafficking
3:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Modern day abolitionist gives hope to survivors of human trafficking

Founder of "Made by Survivors", Sarah Symons

27 million people around the world - in every country - are being held in modern slavery. Many are women and young children, living in despicable, inhumane conditions, and exploited sexually, physically and emotionally.
    This week, the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has tried to shine a light on this slavery, with a conference titled "Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana and the World."

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Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant
2:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

EPA finds groundwater and residential wells contaminated downstream of Columbia Falls Plant

The Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant is eligible for “Superfund” designation. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a reassessment report looking at contamination on the site, and in nearby waterways. Site Assessment Manager Rob Parker called this a screening assessment. They did not look at all potential sources for contamination, but focused on the landfill, percolation ponds, and sludge pond.

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