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Crown Guitar Festival
5:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Students Live And Breathe Guitar At The Crown Guitar Festival

Josh Achiron, one of the Crown Guitar Festival scholarship students, on stage opening for Lee Ritenour and Friends.
Credit Christopher Allen

When you talk with the artists, guitar instructors, and organizers of the Crown Guitar Festival in  Bigfork, Mont., there’s one subject that comes up again and again: the maturity and skill of the young scholarship students who travel from across the country to learn from the greats.

For five years, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation has held a week-long guitar workshop and concert-series at Flathead Lake Lodge.

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Montana Politics
4:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Candidate Debates: Here's What We Know

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate?

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate? Here's what we know.

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Montana News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Campaign Building, Debates And The Industrial Workers of the World

Amanda Curtis on the UM campus.
Credit Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.

After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O'Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family's association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
First though, Curtis offers her assessment of the campaign-building effort:

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Crown Guitar Festival & Workshop
2:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Listen To Lee Ritenour's Crown Guitar Festival Concert On MTPR

Lee Ritenour and Friends under the big white tent at the Crown Guitiar Festival and Workshop
Christopher Allen

Lee Ritenour and Friends played at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork on Wednesday. Two opening acts, 16 year-old Josh Achrion, and the John Beasley Circle, warmed up the nearly sold-out crowd under the big white tent. Guitarists John Oates and Mike Stern joined Ritenour on stage during the encore.

We'll be replaying the Lee Ritenour and Friends show tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tune in on the air or online, and be sure to check out our photos from the show.

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Bill Raoul Obit
11:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Memorial Service Details For Bill Raoul

Bill with his two best buddies, Oscar and Edmund.
Credit Marilyn Bruya

Earlier this week we told you about the passing - the death (he HATED euphemisms) - of University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul.*

Thanks to our friends at the UM School of Theatre & Dance we can now pass along details of his memorial service:

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Missing person
7:56 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Missing University of Montana Student Killed In A Car Accident

Lucius Robbi
Credit Tanya Chapple

The Associated Press reports a California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Reflections On Wilderness

Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Fredlyfish4

"Reflections on Wilderness," by Allison Linville.

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Student Loan Plan
3:19 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Amanda Curtis Presents Student Loan Plan

Amanda Curtis
Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S Senate candidate Amanda Curtis presented a six-point plan today that she says would help Montanans who are struggling with student debt.

The high school math teacher from Butte visited the University of Montana's mountain campus in Missoula to outline the plan she says would serve as an investment in students.

Curtis told the crowd of about 30 people that rising student loan debt has become an economic crisis that's deterring young people from furthering their education and saddling graduates with insurmountable debt.

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Commentary - August 29th, 2014
10:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

An Open Letter to Steve Daines:

Mark Twain once observed: ”A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  Our American Sage wasn’t wrong on that matter.  A recent example of Twain’s words was the wham-bam, thank you, ma’am destruction of one of Montana’s finest people — a man who had spent thirty-three years in service to  his country and this state.  Not once in the rush to judgment about this man, did someone of note stop to say, “Wait! Let’s look at the facts.”   

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The Young Frank Sinatra
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Monday Music Special, September 1st: "You Must Remember This"

Portrait of Frank Sinatra at Liederkranz Hall, New York, c. 1947
Credit William P. Gottlieb. William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: through songs and interviews with the young Frank Sinatra, host Allen Secher reminds us of the phenomenon of the 1930s and 1940s known as Sinatramania. "Would you believe that in 1940, Frank Sinatra was as big as the Beatles or Elvis in their time, or any rock star you can name today?" Or as the New York Herald Tribune put it: "It is a slightly disturbing spectacle to witness the almost synchronized screams that come from the audience as he closes his eyes, or moves his body slightly sideways."

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