Montana News http://mtpr.org en Child abuse presents profound immediate and long-term problems http://mtpr.org/post/child-abuse-presents-profound-immediate-and-long-term-problems <p>April is National Child Abuse Prevention month - an unfortunate reminder that child abuse - in all its forms - continues to be a persistent problem.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:03:24 +0000 Edward O'Brien 17684 at http://mtpr.org Child abuse presents profound immediate and long-term problems Missoula's St. Patrick hospital to add obstetrics and newborn care http://mtpr.org/post/missoulas-st-patrick-hospital-add-obstetrics-and-newborn-care <p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:02:02 +0000 Sally Mauk 17637 at http://mtpr.org Missoula's St. Patrick hospital to add obstetrics and newborn care Our aging population wants to grow old at home – but how? http://mtpr.org/post/our-aging-population-wants-grow-old-home-how <p> Thirteen percent of the American population is over 65 years&nbsp; old, and the average life expectancy by 2020 is projected to be 80. Add to those facts a decreasing number of people available to care for the elderly, and you have what many gerontologists believe is a looming crisis.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Most of those elderly do not want to go to an assisted living facility or a nursing home; they want to grow old and die at home. But few are planning how best to do that. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Sally Mauk 17616 at http://mtpr.org Our aging population wants to grow old at home – but how? Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers http://mtpr.org/post/local-food-movement-provides-opportunity-young-farmers <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 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 She’s new to the job but not to the message: education matters http://mtpr.org/post/she-s-new-job-not-message-education-matters <p></p><p></p><p>Angela McLean has only had her new job a couple of months - and it looks like a good fit. Governor Steve Bullock appointed the former Anaconda high school teacher to be his lieutenant governor in February, to replace John Walsh, who replaced Max Baucus in the U.S. Senate.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:13:32 +0000 Sally Mauk 17536 at http://mtpr.org She’s new to the job but not to the message: education matters Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana http://mtpr.org/post/farm-table-cow-ice-cream-growing-ag-industry-montana <p>Sure Montana has cows, but it also has dairies, cheese and ice cream makers. The same is true for wheat, barley, beer and liquor. Many of these are small, local businesses, but they do create jobs, and encouraging the growth of the value-added agriculture industry in Montana is part of the goal behind the state’s “Growth Through Agriculture” grant program.</p><p>The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.</p><p>Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:11:51 +0000 Katrin Frye 17535 at http://mtpr.org Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana Best of Sally Mauk: Seven Memorable Interviews http://mtpr.org/post/best-sally-mauk-seven-memorable-interviews <p></p><p>4/9/14: This week's Wednesday special is an hour-long salute to Sally Mauk's thirty-four years as Montana Public Radio News Director. Ahead of Sally's retirement in May, 2014, she indulged us with this retrospective hour, including memorable excerpts of conversations with Hillary Clinton; Conrad Burns; George McGovern; Lake County Sheriff, Jay Doyle; Joan Baez; residents of Sleeman Gulch who were evacuated from their homes during the Lolo Complex fires; and NPR News's Cokie Roberts.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:35:51 +0000 mtpr.org 17455 at http://mtpr.org Best of Sally Mauk: Seven Memorable Interviews Top federal official urges forest restoration – and warns of severe fire season http://mtpr.org/post/top-federal-official-urges-forest-restoration-and-warns-severe-fire-season <p>Growing up on the Mescalero Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico, Arthur "Butch" Blazer hunted and fished and spent all his time outdoors. He translated that love of the outdoors into a career, as a natural resources manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then as the first Native American appointed state forester for New Mexico, and now as the Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - where he oversees the U.S. Forest Service.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Sally Mauk 17456 at http://mtpr.org Top federal official urges forest restoration – and warns of severe fire season 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