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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Why Did Bill Gallagher Approve Northwestern Energy's Dam Purchases?

Bill Gallagher, Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission
Credit MT PSC

Bill Gallagher had a key vote in the MT Public Service Commission's decision to approve NorthWestern Energy's proposal to buy 11 of Montana's hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana. How did he make his decision?

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio," 12/21/14. Listen weekly on the radio, Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Greg's 2014 Favorite Baking Books

Greg rolls out a list of his favorite half-dozen new and classic baking books:

1. Rose Levy Beranbaum: "The Baking Bible"

2. "Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts"

3. Dominique Ansel: "The Secret Recipes"

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Jim Jarvis Reflects
7:22 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Butte's Historic Preservation Officer Moving On

Jim Jarvis has been the Butte-Silver Bow historic preservation officer for the last five years.
Credit Mike Smith www.mtstandard.com / www.mtstandard.com

Uptown Butte is a unique place. Thousands of historic buildings sit in the six mile square area that runs north and south from Walkerville to Front Street, and east to west from the Berkley Pit to Montana Tech.

Jim Jarvis, who recently resigned as Butte Silver-Bow’s historic preservation officer, explains how some of the most important buildings in Uptown Butte have been re-purposed during the last few decades.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Mistletoe I: A Parasite That Can Hurt Or Heal

European mistletoe (Viscum album). (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, free photos

Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on a wide range of host trees, shows up on every continent but Antarctica - and on each continent, it's been used in folk medicine. From ancient Greece into twentieth-century America, it was prescribed for epilepsy. Over the centuries, arthritis, many menstrual problems, miscarriage (through controlling bleeding), hypertension and pain are just a portion of the long list of conditions it has treated. It's prescribed frequently in Europe. But don't try any of these uses without a trained health practitioner, because mistletoe can be toxic.

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Cabin Fee Act
4:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Defense Spending Rider Caps Forest Service Cabin Lease Fees

Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2.0)

Sometimes the best things in life come from unexpected places. This was the case for Missoulian Dick Rothermel and his wife about 13 years ago when they stumbled across a modest cabin for sale on Seeley Lake-area Forest Service land.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Ruffed Grouse: Strolling On And Exploding From The Snow

Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus). (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Seabamirum

Their cryptic brown and white coloration makes ruffed grouse hard to see - often, the first sign you'll have of one is the deep sound of wings flapping, followed by an eruption of feathers nearby. A classic sound of spring in areas where ruffed grouse live is the booming sound of the male grouse, drumming atop a rock or log or mound, simultaneously announcing and defending its 6-10 acre territory. The sound has been described as "an engine trying to start."

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Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act
5:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Supporters Of The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act Celebrate

From left to right: Danelle Crary, Gene Sentz, Bonnie Crary, Connor Crary, Senator Jon Tester & Dusty Crary celebrate the inclusion of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act in the must-pass Defense spending bill at the Crary's ranch outside Choteau.
Credit Courtesy Photo

People who worked to pass the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act celebrated on a ranch outside of Choteau today.

The Heritage Act was first introduced in Congress in 2011. Speaking to people celebrating on Dusty Crary’s ranch Thursday, Senator Jon Tester praised the hard work over many years before and since then that it took to put it together. It passed as part of a package of bills that were attached to a Defense spending bill.

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Senator-elect Steve Daines
5:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Daines Sounds Off On Cabin Fees, Cyber Attacks

Senator-elect Steve Daines met with a group of Montanans who own cabins on Forest Service land.They thanked Daines for a measure they say will allow them to keep those cherished cabins in their families.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A group of Montanans who own cabins on Forest Service land thanked Republican Senator-elect Steve Daines today for a measure they say will allow them to keep those cherished cabins in their families.

Some cabin fees spiked from $5,000 to $20,000 within just a few years.

The Cabin Fee Act establishes a predictable fee-setting system for at least 700 Montana cabin owners.

The bill was included in the lands and resources legislation recently approved by Congress as a rider on a Defense spending bill.

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Greg Gianforte
5:19 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Montana Businessman Gives $500,000 For Manufacturing Scholarships

Greg Gianforte.
Credit Rowebotz (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

As many as 1,000 students in Montana’s two-year colleges could find their path to a career just got a little bit smoother, thanks to Greg Gianforte, who made a fortune in Montana and is putting some of that money back into the community.

“Montana needs more high wage jobs. And one of the things we’ve learned is that manufacturing creates high wage jobs. Yet, not everybody in Montana that’s seeking work has the skills to get these jobs," says Gianforte.

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Kaarma Trial
4:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kaarma, Dede's Parents Finally Speak In Court

Gulcin Dede, mother of slain German exchange student Diren Dede, gives a statement to the court at Thursday's pre-sentencing hearing in Missoula, Mt.
Credit Christopher B Allen

The parents of slain 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede entered a Missoula County courtroom today to applause from an audience, but they expressed only sadness as they gave emotional statements through an interpreter for a judge to consider during Markus Kaarma’s sentencing on February 11.

On Wednesday, a jury found Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide in the April 27, killing their son.

The 30-year-old Kaarma, who didn't testify during the murder trial, gave a tearful apology to the family.

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