Edward O'Brien http://mtpr.org en Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term http://mtpr.org/post/northwestern-energy-says-dams-purchase-best-long-term <p>The Montana Public Service Commission earlier this month held two weeks of hearings on Northwestern Energy's proposal to pay $870-million-dollars to purchase a dozen hydroelectric dams.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:20 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22625 at http://mtpr.org Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term UM Professor: Walsh Plagiarism 'is obvious, it's blatant and it's massive in scope' http://mtpr.org/post/um-professor-walsh-plagiarism-obvious-its-blatant-and-its-massive-scope <p>The Walsh campaign began yesterday by touting a new poll showing Walsh gaining ground against his Republican opponent, Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate race. By the afternoon, Walsh was facing <a href="http://mtpr.org/post/sen-walsh-accused-plagiarizing-masters-thesis">serious allegations of plagiarism</a> that University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin says "<span class="userContent">totally undermines his credibility."</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:56:50 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22478 at http://mtpr.org UM Professor: Walsh Plagiarism 'is obvious, it's blatant and it's massive in scope' Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"? http://mtpr.org/post/federal-real-id-deadlines-house-cards <p>The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:26:42 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22341 at http://mtpr.org Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"? Chemical Spill Update: Officials Closing Blackfoot River East Of Missoula http://mtpr.org/post/chemical-spill-update-officials-closing-blackfoot-river-east-missoula <p><strong>UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:</strong><br />Environmental health experts say chemicals were in a non-hazardous state and have largely disbursed and diluted. No sulfuric acid reaction. No reports of fish/wildlife kills. Rivers and access sites to re-open shortly.</p><p>&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;</p><p>Citing an "abundance of caution", Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers from Johnsrud Park, west into Missoula are closed down due to a chemical spill.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:24:08 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22326 at http://mtpr.org Chemical Spill Update: Officials Closing Blackfoot River East Of Missoula Semi Rolls Over On Highway 200; Chemicals In BlackFoot River http://mtpr.org/post/semi-rolls-over-highway-200-chemicals-blackfoot-river <p>A semi tractor trailer rolled over near mile-marker 3, near Marco Flats on Highway 200 east of Bonner this morning, spilling an undetermined amount of chemicals into the Blackfoot River.&nbsp;</p><p>Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says officials don't yet know much about the specific chemicals, only that, "<em>if mixed with water, there can be unknown risks</em>."</p><p>A hazardous materials team is on scene and a boom is in the water to contain the spill.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:47:58 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22324 at http://mtpr.org Missoula Home Sales Lagging, Prices Rising http://mtpr.org/post/missoula-home-sales-lagging-prices-rising <p>Missoula's housing market is warming up just a bit.<br /><br />In the words of Missoula Organization of Realtors President, Brint Wahlberg, it's slowly but steadily improving.<br /><br />The number of homes sold the first six months of this year stands at 454, compared to 557 during the first half of last year. The median "sold price" rose to $220,500 from $214,000 during the same period in 2013.<br /><br />Wahlberg explains to Edward O'Brien the three main factors behind the lagging sales. The first one is interest rates :</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:15 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22289 at http://mtpr.org Missoula Home Sales Lagging, Prices Rising More Rain In The Forecast For Western Montana http://mtpr.org/post/more-rain-forecast-western-montana <p></p><p>July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:54:32 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22287 at http://mtpr.org More Rain In The Forecast For Western Montana NPR Film Critic Kenneth Turan On Great Movies And The Stinkers http://mtpr.org/post/npr-film-critic-kenneth-turan-great-movies-and-stinkers <p>Kenneth Turan says people always remind him how lucky he is to have such a great job.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And the National Public Radio and Los Angeles Times film critic is quick to agree.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:48:04 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22168 at http://mtpr.org NPR Film Critic Kenneth Turan On Great Movies And The Stinkers Crews Working Two Fire Starts http://mtpr.org/post/crews-working-two-fire-starts <p style="margin-left:9.0pt;">Fire crews are fighting - and mopping up after, respectively - two new fires on the Lolo National Forest. Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig&nbsp; says one is called the <strong>Fire Creek Fire</strong>. That's a lightning caused fire approximately three miles northwest of the Stark Lookout and 22 miles northwest of Missoula on the Ninemile Ranger District. As of 6:30 this evening, the fire was two acres and burning in thick, downed vegetation. The location is remote and no structures are threatened. Fire behavior has been active, with single tree torching. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:54:16 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22131 at http://mtpr.org Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities http://mtpr.org/post/missoula-apple-valley-collaborate-publicly-owned-water-utilities <p></p><p>Missoula and the southern California town of Apple Valley are separated by over 11-hundred miles, but both have at least one thing in common; officials from both towns want their local water systems under public ownership.</p><p>Leaders from both communities met earlier this week in Missoula to discuss ways to do just that.</p><p>Apple Valley's water system is owned and operated by Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. In Missoula, it's Mountain Water Company.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:02:26 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22126 at http://mtpr.org Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities