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5:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Donna McCrea, Historian and Archivist

Donna McCrea
Credit Donna McCrea

If you've ever wondered what an archivist does, you'll want to listen to Ann Szalda-Petree's conversation with Donna McCrea. And if the word "archivist" sounds like a synonym of "boring," think again - McCrea's job brings surprising discoveries. She's the head of the University of Montana-Missoula's Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections, a History Librarian, and Associate Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.  Produced by Ann Szalda-Petree.

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Music Concert
2:06 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Former "From the Top" Musicians Play St. Timothy's Music Festival

Andree, Mariel, Lucien, and Helene Werner, siblings and members of the Werner Quartet

Michael Marsolek talks with Helene and Lucien Werner about the quartet's performance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, August 24.

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Seepay Fire
1:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Seepay Fire Wrapping Up

The picturesque Seepay fire camp on the north bank of the Flathead

As firefighters scrambled to tackle a new fire in Lewis and Clark County, fire crews working the 1,060-acre Seepay west of Dixon are now starting to demobilize.

That lightning-caused fire was first reported on August 13th. It's been fought by over 200 people and is under the jurisdiction of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes.

Public information officer, Bob MacGregor, says the original plan was to have Incident Commander Diane Hutton's Type II fire management team turn the effort over to a tribal Type III team:

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Pea Green Boat
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cross-Country Family Road Trip

An audio postcard. Beth Anne talks with Darryl, Nancy and Ray about their three-generation family road trip from Pennsylvania to Montana.  Nancy narrates the trip itinerary, from Falling Water in Pennsylvania to a farm in Ohio, from giant sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan to Buffalo Bill State Park in Wyoming. Darryl recalls an unusual encounter with a familiar four-legged critter in Yellowstone National Park in 1948. Twelve-year-old Ray chimes in with his perspective, including an alternative vision for the scenic Dry Fork drainage on the east side of Glacier National Park.

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Mountain West Voices
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Blackfoot Language Revolutionary

Darrell Kipp
Credit Clay Scott

This week's Mountain West Voices looks back at the late Darrell Kipp, scholar, educator and Blackfeet language revolutionary.  In a 2012 interview, Kipp reflected on a career that took him from the Army, to the Harvard School of Education, then back to the Blackfeet reservation, where for the last 30 years he pioneered efforts

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Solomon Hicks: Guitar Prodigy
12:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Sixteen Years Old And A Veteran Of The Cotton Club

Guitarist Solomon Hicks began playing at New York City's famed Cotton Club when he was only 13 years old.

At 16 years-old, Solomon Hicks is already a veteran of Harlem's famed Cotton Club. Since age 13, this musical prodigy has been the lead guitarist with the "Cotton Club All Stars."

Solomon excels in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk and classic Rock. In the 10 years he's been playing music, Solomon has put together an impressive resume.

In our Clip of the Week, Solomon Hicks explains how hard work and practice helped him win over skeptics who didn't think a youngster like him could hang with more experienced musicians.

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Commentary - August 19th, 2014
1:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Preventing Suicide Is Everybody’s Business

Robin Williams’ suicide has rocked the nation.  How could someone with such talent, so universally beloved, not see life as worth living? 

Closer to home, too many of us in western Montana have lost family, friends and colleagues to suicide.  Their deaths leave a hole in our hearts and in the fabric of our community.  As we grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, we agonize over whether we missed warning signs, and ask ourselves what more we could have done. 

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Wild Horse Island State Park
10:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Sweet Kid Learns A Tough Lesson About Feeding Wild Animals

Credit stateparks.mt.gov

The 7-year-old girl who was injured this weekend at Wild Horse Island State Park was hand-feeding fruit to one of the wild horses.

The young lady should be fine. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Brian Schwartz says she was treated at Polson's St. Joseph Medical Center and has been released.

According to FWP Investigator Brian Sommers,  it appears that one of the horses struck the girl in the back with a hoof, knocking her to the ground.  She sustained a bruise to her back and abrasions on her face as a result of the incident.  The investigation continues. 

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Memoir
6:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

"Traildog" Tales From Glacier National Park

During this program, Christine Byl talks about her memoir, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which describes her experiences working on trail crews in national parks in Montana and Alaska.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

James Davenport & John Steinbeck

James Davenport grew up in Deer Lodge, MT, at a slower pace than his urban peers and without the surfeit of pop culture that informs their language. In his 1962 bestseller, Travels with Charlie, John Steinbeck observes that Montanans seem unaffected by television and the homogeneity overtaking other rural places:

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