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"in god's world"

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questioning gods and wars
are acts of treason.
hell is the reqard
for questioners;
prison for not playing
by the rules. not
doing what you're told
can get you killed
in war, and isn't it
more or less always war
in god's world?

don't be deceived
by snakes or moles.
come inside the temple.
the exterminator
will keep you safe
from the vermin
out there who scratch
damp, fecund dirt
and wallow like swin
in their own
sweet pungency.

Kymi

"If you have ever spent any time with a three-year-old, then you’ve probably heard a lot of simple questions about the world around you. Here is one that occurred recently.

Kqyn Kuka: Changing The Face Of The Game Warden

May 24, 2015
Clay Scott

In 2007, Kqyn Kuka joined the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as the second female game warden in Montana. In 2015, out of 100 game wardens statewide, four are women.

A Forgotten War

May 24, 2015
Clay Scott

When Jack Price returned home from the Korean war in 1953, few people in his small western Montana community understood or seemed to care what he had been through. 58 years later, he travels back to Korea to try and make sense of the 'forgotten war' that shaped his life.

Party On The Bus!

May 23, 2015
Those Guys 119

In Missoula, Saturday, May 30, 4 - 6 p.m.

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres on your way to see dance performances in three site-specific (surprise) locations during a two-hour bus adventure. You'll stop along the way to watch the dances specially choreographed for each site. And don’t forget to look out the windows to catch dance snapshots along the way.

It’s a blast!

Early-Season Farmers' Markets

May 23, 2015
Flickr user, Peter Oelschlaeger

Jon and Greg report on their haul from the local farmers market in early May: greens, beets, radishes, carrots, new potatoes, herbs, wild mushrooms, eggs, and even white asparagus, as well as bedding plants.

Evening Newscast 05-22-15

May 22, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Board of Regents today formally approved renaming the University of Montana Law School in honor of Great Falls Attorney Alexander Blewett the third, following Blewett and his wife’s gift of $10 million to the school announced this week.

Two adult male grizzly bears have been euthanized for killing calves on a private ranch southeast of Red Lodge.

Montana’s new campaign finance law still has at least one loophole that needs to be addressed. That’s according to state Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl.

A 90-year-old Butte woman was killed when she was hit by her car after a trip to the grocery store.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition from Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth to be released from a Montana jail after he was found in contempt of court.

American paddlefish
Timothy Knepp - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

One week into Montana’s paddlefish season on the the lower Yellowstone river, biologists say they’re not seeing any negative impacts from an oil spill on that stretch of river in January.

Jonathan Motl, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices speaks during a forum about the "Disclose Act" in Missoula, MT
Josh Burnham

Montana’s new campaign finance law still has at least one loophole that needs to be addressed. That’s according to state Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl.

Pending the approval of the Montana Board of Regents today the University of Montana School of Law will take on the name of its biggest donor.

Alexander Blewett’s gift of $10 million was announced yesterday to the regents. The donation is the largest in UM law school history, and among the largest individual gifts in UM history.

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Eliza Wiley

Late Thursday afternoon a news story broke on the Great Falls Tribune website that spread across Twitter like wildfire, and struck some people like a death in the family: Lee Newspapers, which owns five of Montana’s largest papers, is closing its state bureau, and its two reporters, Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, are leaving the company.

Seacrest Wolf Preserve

"If you are lucky, you might see some of Montana’s wolf pups emerging from their dens starting in mid-May. At first the pups stay at the entrance of the den, where they have been holed up with their mother since being born some three weeks earlier. They startle easily at first, disappearing frequently into the den, but soon they are exploring the area around the mouth of the den and socializing with the rest of the pack.

Famed blues guitarist B.B. King in a 2009 performance
Tom Beetz

In June 2004, John Floridis and "Musicians' Spotlight" co-host Brian Kopper had the opportunity to talk shop with B.B. King on his tour bus.

The Bob Show, Friday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.

May 21, 2015

Sunday is Bob Dylan's 74th birthday, which makes Friday, May 22 the occasion for the annual Bob Show. Join host Fred Rice from 8:00 p.m. Friday till 2:00 a.m. Saturday as he salutes Mr. Zimmerman's five decades of influence over popular music and culture.

Evening Newscast 05-21-15

May 21, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana Senator Jon Tester hopes Wednesday’s 10-hour filibuster over the Patriot Act will convince his colleagues that the controversial law needs a full Senate debate.  

A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snow Montana saw this year, draining the state of water needed to prevent and fight worsening drought conditions.

The Montana Board of Regents today took up a proposal to change the name of the University of Montana School of Law. University of Montana President Royce Engstrom brought the proposal before the Board of Regents, to decide whether to name the law school after its biggest donor - Alexander Blewett III.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) Montana
Courtesy photo

Senator Jon Tester says the Veterans Administration’s new Choice Card program got off to a  “shaky” start. The Choice Card is a new program that lets veterans use private medical care if their nearest VA facility is too busy or too far away.

Montana Senator Jon Tester hopes Wednesday’s 10-hour filibuster over the Patriot Act will convince his colleagues that the controversial law needs a full Senate debate.

Tester says Patriot Act supporters usually bring up the re-authorization vote just before the law expires, forcing the Senate to rush through the process, instead of taking the time for a full discussion.

Evening Newscast 05-20-15

May 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land.

New data says Montana does a good job at placing placing kids in its child welfare system with relatives or foster families, which is seen as preferable to placements in group homes.

Forest Service helicopter crews practicing medical evacuation west of Missoula, MT.
Lane Lamoreaux (PD)

Two Forest Service helicopter crews are practicing medical evacuation maneuvers this week west of Missoula.

The teams are training for "Emergency Medical Short-Haul" missions.

Alexander Blewett III
Courtesy photo

A Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

Helena Teens Found Safe In Missoula

May 20, 2015

Police issued an alert this morning for two teens from Helena they believed were in danger after they left the city this morning. They were later found safe in Missoula, and the alert was canceled at 2:40 pm. 

Called the Global Burden of Disease study, the monumental effort to understand how we live and how we die has at its center the brilliant, controversial economist and physician Christopher Murray, who has developed an entirely new way of discovering and comparing the worldwide toll of both the things that kill us and those that diminish the quality of our lives. His goal: to enable all of us to live longer and better lives.

Martha Scanlan and John Neufeld stopped by to play live on "The Folk Show" on May 19, 2015. Martha is no stranger to MTPR, where she's played live on-air many times, first as a member of The Reeltime Travelers, and more recently as a solo artist.

Evening Newscast 05-19-15

May 19, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Wisconsin man was fined more than two thousand dollars Monday for accidently killing a grizzly in Northwest Montana.

Fish biologists are blaming a fungus called sapprolegnia for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.

Paxon Elementary School in Missoula
Missoula County Public Schools

Missoula voters are being asked to approve two major school bond issues. They haven’t said yes to school debt of this magnitude since 1952.

Supporters of the bond questions that will appear on November's ballot say it’s time to update badly deteriorating local public schools.

A Wisconsin man was fined more than$2,000 Monday for accidently killing a grizzly bear in Northwest Montana.

The public is getting a chance to ask state and federal wildlife managers about bison management in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Department of Transportation

Montana law-enforcement agencies are stepping up traffic enforcement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. They’re also turning to “new media” to spread their message to drive safely.

From Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies, by Frederick H. Swanson ($24.95 softcover, ©2015 University of Utah Press)

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