Montana News http://mtpr.org en Scoop it up and leash that pup! http://mtpr.org/post/scoop-it-and-leash-pup <p>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.</p><p>Edward O'Brien has more:</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:03:44 +0000 Edward O'Brien 18144 at http://mtpr.org Scoop it up and leash that pup! Her love of the violin began with a brush and comb http://mtpr.org/post/her-love-violin-began-brush-and-comb <p></p><p>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.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In this feature interview with News Director Sally Mauk, Anthony says her interest in the instrument began at a very young age.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:27:08 +0000 Sally Mauk 18113 at http://mtpr.org Her love of the violin began with a brush and comb Governor Bullock urges clemency recommendation for Barry Beach http://mtpr.org/post/governor-bullock-urges-clemency-recommendation-barry-beach <p><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1">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.</xmlns:texthelpns><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1"> The board is set to hear Beach's application for clemency April 29th.</xmlns:texthelpns><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1"> Beach has already served 30 years of a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kim Nees.</xmlns:texthelpns><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1"> He has long maintained his innocence Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:11:01 +0000 Sally Mauk 18087 at http://mtpr.org Community rallies to keep from losing Flathead Lake access site http://mtpr.org/post/community-rallies-keep-losing-flathead-lake-access-site <p>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.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:09 +0000 Katrin Frye 18060 at http://mtpr.org Community rallies to keep from losing Flathead Lake access site "The Tibetans you've never heard of" http://mtpr.org/post/tibetans-youve-never-heard <p>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.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:03:56 +0000 Edward O'Brien 17999 at http://mtpr.org "The Tibetans you've never heard of" Prominent atheist advocates for more separation of church and state http://mtpr.org/post/prominent-atheist-advocates-more-separation-church-and-state <p></p><p> Is America too religious - or not religious enough? Does our government truly separate church and state?<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;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.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;President and CEO Ronald Lindsay is in Montana this week to talk about his new book titled "The Necessity of Secularism."&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:50:59 +0000 Sally Mauk 17958 at http://mtpr.org Prominent atheist advocates for more separation of church and state Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races http://mtpr.org/post/sally-chuck-and-mike-look-candidates-and-ads-montana-s-congressional-races <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Sally Mauk 17827 at http://mtpr.org Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races Modern day abolitionist gives hope to survivors of human trafficking http://mtpr.org/post/modern-day-abolitionist-gives-hope-survivors-human-trafficking <p>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.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;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." Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Sally Mauk 17794 at http://mtpr.org Modern day abolitionist gives hope to survivors of human trafficking EPA finds groundwater and residential wells contaminated downstream of Columbia Falls Plant http://mtpr.org/post/epa-finds-groundwater-and-residential-wells-contaminated-downstream-columbia-falls-plant <p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:43:26 +0000 Katrin Frye 17782 at http://mtpr.org How the Kalispell School District hopes to make its case for a Technology levy http://mtpr.org/post/how-kalispell-school-district-hopes-make-its-case-technology-levy <p>The Kalispell School District is trying a little different approach as it asks voters to approve a $1.2-million Technology Levy.</p><p>It’s asking voters for a 10-year Technology Levy for both the high school and elementary school districts. Each request is $600,000 per year, over the ten year period.</p><p>A 2010 building reserve and technology levy failed to pass for the high school district, it passed for the elementary schools.</p><p>Kalispell tried again, and failed in 20-12.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:49:42 +0000 Katrin Frye 17719 at http://mtpr.org How the Kalispell School District hopes to make its case for a Technology levy