Commentary - July 30th, 2014
10:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Losing Carl

The men and women who fought in Viet Nam had an expression: “There’s no use talking about Viet Nam because if you weren’t there, you could never understand; and if you were there, there’s no need to talk about it.”  When I heard that said recently, the thought struck me that what was being said about Viet Nam could also be said about losing one’s life partner.  Only those who have suffered the loss can come close to understanding, Robert Frost’s narrator in “Home Burial says: “The nearest friends can go/ With anyone to death, comes so far short /They might as well not try to go at all.”    

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Aquatic Invasive Species
10:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Why Paddleboards, Kayaks, And Canoes Also Have To Stop At Boat Check Stations

Montana has had boat check stations for three years, but this is the first summer they've been mandatory.
Credit Katrin Frye

Boat check stations have been set up across the state for three years, but this is the first year stopping is mandatory. Region One Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Captain Lee Anderson says inspectors are looking for aquatic invasive species, and *everyone* has to stop.

“Whether it’s a motorized boat or a non motorized boat. If it’s an actual vessel, then they would. So, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, all those have to stop, the only ones that wouldn’t would be like a pool toy,” Anderson said.

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6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Freedom, Ancharchy, and Suspicion in Northwestern Montana

Smith Henderson talks about and reads from his debut novel, Fourth of July Creek.

About the book:

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Dale Gillespie & Wallace Stegner

First edition cover

Dale Gillespie grew up in Western Montana with a bias for mountains and water, but finally felt the beauty of the plains of Eastern Montana creep up on him as he watched a sunset Charlie Russell might have painted. In Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner reveals his own secret to "home:" 

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Commentary - July 29th, 2014
10:15 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Vilification of the Comp Claimant:

How often have you heard someone say something nasty about an injured worker? Was she accused of fraud? Did they suggest that she was faking her injury?

Those are some of the insults facing injured workers in Montana.

Hi, I’m Tom Murphy.

I’m an attorney from Great Falls, and I represent injured workers against insurance companies.

Workers compensation is not a government program.

Worker’s compensation is insurance, and there are over 600 companies licensed to provide it in Montana.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Eric Funk

Bozeman composer and jazz pianist Eric Funk’s work has been featured on the syndicated public radio programs Morning Edition and Performance Today. Funk also hosts the Montana PBS television series, 11th and Grant.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 4/29/14 & 7/29/14)

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Dam buyback proposal
3:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term

Bob Rowe
Northwestern Energy

The Montana Public Service Commission earlier this month held two weeks of hearings on Northwestern Energy's proposal to pay $870-million-dollars to purchase a dozen hydroelectric dams.

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MTPR Program Highlights
10:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

July 31 - August 6

Here are MTPR program highlights for July 31 – August 6, 2014

THURSDAY- July 31, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics - Liszt: Deux Legendes and Ballade #1 in Db for piano; Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 80; Tchaikovsky: Meditation for violin, clarinet, and piano; Glazunov: Symphony #2 in F# minor, Op. 16 – “To The Memory of Liszt”

1:00 p.m   An Intelligence Squared debate on the motion “Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech”

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

"The Solitude of Ophelia"

...We know what we are, but know not what we may be... Hamlet, IV. v 44

My eyes open, lettuce leaves,
curling cabbages to look bitter inside
my terror, a skinned spine.
Creature of death, I welcome and eat you without pain.

The monster heart
gone to weeds.
I make mental contact with the lovers
watching TV in hotel rooms, share
wine with the carpet, spend
every buck I have.
Sell the typewriter.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Jann Gates: Writer, Historian, And Waldorf Teacher

What is the connection between 16th century European history, writing, editing, and translating, and Waldorf education? Meet writer, historian and teacher, Jann Gates.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 7/29/14)

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