Dan Boyce http://mtpr.org en Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers http://mtpr.org/post/local-food-movement-provides-opportunity-young-farmers <p></p><p>Montana is steeped in agriculture—it’s prominent in the state’s history; it’s still our number one industry.</p><p>It’s a changing world for farmers, though, and young people looking to get into the field are facing very different challenges.</p><p>But, the modern age is also bringing unique agricultural opportunity.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:00:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 17589 at http://mtpr.org Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers Hunters refute FWP mountain lion study http://mtpr.org/post/hunters-refute-fwp-mountain-lion-study <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Wildlife officials are hearing complaints about a new mountain lion study showing populations much higher than previously expected in the Bitterroot.</span></p><p>Opponents of the study accuse the state of using a faulty method to come to the higher population. They say the lion numbers are much lower, and hunting quotas should be lowered. The most vocal supporters of bringing down these quotas are the lion hunters themselves.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:54:58 +0000 Dan Boyce 17588 at http://mtpr.org Hunters refute FWP mountain lion study Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts http://mtpr.org/post/tester-malmstrom-operations-not-significantly-impacted-missile-cuts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.</span></p><p>A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.</p><p>Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:41 +0000 Dan Boyce 17430 at http://mtpr.org Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future http://mtpr.org/post/bullock-burning-coal-will-continue-foreseeable-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/IPCC_WG2AR5_SPM_Approved.pdf" target="_blank">its latest report</a> at the end of March.</span></p><p>The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.</p><p>In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 17345 at http://mtpr.org Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future Low income Montanans eligible for property tax assistance http://mtpr.org/post/low-income-montanans-eligible-property-tax-assistance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Elected officials in the Helena area are trying to remind people about their options for reducing their state property taxes.</p><p>Those opportunities exist for veterans, elderly and people of low income.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders are looking to educate at the Helena Food Share.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><a href="http://revenue.mt.gov/home/property.aspx" target="_blank">&nbsp; Click here for information on the Property Tax Assistance Program</a></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:33:58 +0000 Dan Boyce 17210 at http://mtpr.org Low income Montanans eligible for property tax assistance Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative http://mtpr.org/post/bullock-unveils-main-street-montana-economic-development-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock has released a <a href="http://governor.mt.gov/docs/MSMP_draft_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">major economic development initiative</a> which will guide his administration’s approach to growing jobs and raising wages.</span></p><p>The governor’s office has been working on the Main Street Montana Project for almost a year—holding roundtable discussions around the state led by some top business leaders.</p><p>The Governor describes the plan as a bottom-up method for growing the state economy.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:28:08 +0000 Dan Boyce 17169 at http://mtpr.org Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much http://mtpr.org/post/motl-supreme-court-decision-will-not-impact-mt-elections-much <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.</p><p>The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.</p><p>It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.</p><p>But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 17111 at http://mtpr.org Group sues state over treatment of incarcerated mentally ill http://mtpr.org/post/group-sues-state-over-treatment-incarcerated-mentally-ill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A civil rights organization filed a lawsuit Monday against the state over the treatment of mentally ill inmates at the Montana State Prison and at the Montana State Hospital.</span></p><p>Disability Rights Montana sued seven top officials with both the state Departments of Corrections and Health and Human Services, saying mentally ill inmates are “subjected to a cruel system that exacerbates, rather than treats and ameliorates their mental illness.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:06:08 +0000 Dan Boyce 17028 at http://mtpr.org Group sues state over treatment of incarcerated mentally ill YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan http://mtpr.org/post/ynp-state-taking-first-steps-toward-new-bison-management-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.</span></p><p>Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.</p><p>Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.</p><p>The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:23:19 +0000 Dan Boyce 16875 at http://mtpr.org YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan Backlash growing over upcoming Gianforte commencement at Montana Tech http://mtpr.org/post/backlash-growing-over-upcoming-gianforte-commencement-montana-tech <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Backlash is growing at Montana Tech in Butte over the choice of the school’s commencement speakers this Spring.</span></p><p>Opponents say Right Now Technologies founders Greg and Susan Gianforte promote extreme religious viewpoints and discriminate against homosexuals.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small group of students and faculty are considering a boycott of the ceremony in mid-May.</span></p><p>Tech is standing by the choice, citing the Gianfortes’ business success and emphasis on getting young people involved with computer science.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:11:47 +0000 Dan Boyce 16830 at http://mtpr.org Backlash growing over upcoming Gianforte commencement at Montana Tech