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Fishing Fatality
4:18 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Body Of Missing Fisherman Recovered From Mission Lake

Glacier County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of 63-year-old Kazuhiko Hayashizaki, a resident of Alberta Canada, from Mission Lake Tuesday.

He and two other people, a 56-year-old Canadian man and a 75-year-old woman from Japan, failed to return home from a fishing trip to on Sunday. 

Deputies located the vehicle they were using. The search began Monday, but was called off because of bad weather.  The man’s body was found Tuesday morning. 

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CSKT Wolf Management Plan
4:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

CSKT Wildlife Managers Work To Update Wolf Plan

Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal wildlife managers expect to have the updated, 5-year wolf management plan finalized by the end of January.

It focuses on wolves found on the Flathead reservation and is separate from the plan the state of Montana uses to manage other wolf populations.   

Summer surveys and observations suggest there are a minimum of 30 wolves on the reservation, but Tribal Wildlife Program Manager, Dale Becker, says it's difficult to pin-down a specific head count.

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Author
7:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

94-Year-Old Punster Publishes Fourth Book

"People who live in duplexes have a lot in common."    ~ Barbara Noel

Ninety-four-year-old Barbara Noel lives at Grizzly Peak Retirement Community in Missoula. She just published her fourth book, Puns Remembered. Her first three books are Puns Intended, volumes 1, 2, and 3.

With help from a friend and a granddaughter, all four books were published in her 90s.

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Nonfiction
6:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Tarantulas With Cricket Salad: It's What's For Dinner

David G. Gordon explains why we should be eating bugs and talks about some of the recipes in his book, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin.

About the Book:

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Stephanie Land & Judy Blunt

Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land grew up in Alaska and thought she was ready for anything the extreme climate could throw her way. She  recalls the night in Gold Stream Valley when winter proved her wrong. Judy Blunt's memoir, "Breaking Clean," tells the story of "practical rather than humane" decisions that ranchers along Montana's Hi-Line had to make after the devastating 1964 blizzard.

(Broadcast: "Reflections West," 11/26/14. Listen weekly on the radio, Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.)

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Yellowstone Ski Festival
6:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Yellowstone Ski Festival Underway

It's all about the skinny skis in West Yellowstone this week.
Credit Yellowstone Ski Festival

 

With the Thanksgiving holiday comes the unofficial start of the ski season in much of the Northwest. Tuesday marks the start of the Yellowstone Ski Festival, an event that draws up to five thousand cross country skiers to the trails just outside the national park every year.

“We’ve had skiers out here skiing on our trails since weekend when we got a good batch of snow," said Moira Dow, festival's director.

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Medicare Drug Plan Enrollment
5:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Medicare Deadline Approaching For 165,000 Montana Seniors

Kate Cotnoir, with Missoula Aging Services, helps people shop for Medicare prescription drug plans.
Credit Missoula Aging Services

For the 165,000 Montanans who are on Medicare, the next week and a half is crunch time. December 7 is the deadline for people age 65 and over to pick a Medicare prescription drug plan.

"People a lot of times can save hundreds of dollars just by switching plans," says Kate Cotnoir with Missoula Aging Services. 

They've got five full time staff and a couple of volunteers booked solid helping people shop for new plans.

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LGBT Discrimination
5:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Discrimination Questions Remain Despite Gay Marriage Decision

Credit Flickr user Archie McPhee (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Now that a federal judge has struck down Montana’s ban on gay marriage, questions remain about how that affects businesses who object to same-sex marriage for religious or other reasons.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says civil rights laws that prevent businesses from discriminating against customers don’t include protections for sexual orientation.

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Immigration
5:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Montana Immigrants Welcome President's Action

Draft version of U.S. Employment Authorization card.

A Helena immigration attorney estimates there at least 20,000 immigrants in Montana; some are here legally, others not.

Shahid Haque-Hausrath says some are working in eastern Montana's oil patch. Seasonal workers are a staple of the Flathead cherry harvest. Immigrants perform year-round agricultural labor in Dillon. Others work construction jobs in Billings and the Gallatin Valley.

Haque-Hausrath says President Obama's recent executive action on immigration came as a welcome development to his clients.

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Wolf Management
4:54 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CSKT Wolf Managment Plan Elicits Few Comments

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are updating their gray wolf management plan. A public comment period ended last Friday.

Tribal Wildlife Program Manager, Dale Becker, estimates there are about 30 wolves on the Flathead reservation.  

Becker says few people commented on the draft management plan this year, but those who did were passionate about it.

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