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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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Pea Green Boat
9:07 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Poetry Club In Session Today on The Pea Green Boat

Join Barbara, Marcia, Marylor and Annie on the Pea Green Boat today as they celebrate the season with poems old and new.  Good cheer and laughs abound when the Poetry Club convenes. The meeting will be called to order on the Pea Green Boat today at 4: p.m. All welcome!!

Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Dolce Canto

Dolce Canto began in 2001 with eight members, friends who missed the a cappella compositions they had studied and performed together in high school and college. On a whim, they decided to gather in order to read through some works. One public concert led to another. Since them, the group has grown to an auditioned ensemble of over thirty singers. John Floridis talks with director Peter Park and singers Tom Bensen and Beth Mast about the release of the group's second recording, "A Joyful Season."

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Reporter On Scene
6:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Kaarma Trial Re-Cap

Celal Dede, father of the German exchange student shot by Markus Kaarma, speaks with the press following the announcement of the guilty verdict on Dec. 17 in Missoula, MT.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

MTPR reporter Christopher Allen recaps the Markus Kaarma trial and describes the scene in court when the jury delivered its guilty verdict on deliberate homicide charges.

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