Montana News http://mtpr.org en Tribal - NASA project To Teach About Climate Change http://mtpr.org/post/tribal-nasa-project-teach-about-climate-change <p>The Salish Kootenai College is one of four tribal colleges or universities, nationwide, to receive a grant from NASA to develop climate change curriculum. The grants come from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, and range from $413,000 to $1,009,000.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Katrin Frye 22361 at http://mtpr.org 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 Newscast for 07-21-2014 http://mtpr.org/post/newscast-07-21-2014 <p>Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:</p><p>Two suspects have been arrested in connection to last Wednesdays' shooting on I-90. The search continues for a missing kayaker on Flathead lake. And investigators think they know what caused the crash that killed 6 people last month, but their findings aren't ready to be released.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:14:15 +0000 news 22294 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 Montana Politics Week In Review http://mtpr.org/post/montana-politics-week-review <p></p><p><strong>NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:16:02 +0000 Josh Burnham 22176 at http://mtpr.org Montana Politics Week In Review 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 Second Family Medicine Program In Montana Gets Its First Class http://mtpr.org/post/second-family-medicine-program-montana-gets-its-first-class <p>A new family-medicine residency program in western Montana aims to develop and keep a next generation of family physicians in the state.</p><p>Dr. Justin Buls is the Kalispell Site Director for the new Family Medicine Residency for Western Montana. This new program is a partnership between the University of Montana, two Missoula hospitals, Missoula’s Partnership Community Health Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and the Flathead Community Health Center.</p><p>Buls said Montana ranks last in the country in graduating residents and training physicians.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Katrin Frye 22107 at http://mtpr.org Second Family Medicine Program In Montana Gets Its First Class 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