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"Montana" Novel
11:34 am
Thu October 31, 2013

“Montana” is a mystery (novel)

Jacket of Gwen Florio's mystery novel "Montana"

For over 30 years, Gwen Florio covered the news - everything from war in Afghanistan to crime in Missoula - as a print reporter. The recent release of her mystery novel, "Montana", marks the debut of her new career as a full-time author.

In this feature interview, Florio talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the new novel - and how she came to write a mystery.

 

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Fangs and Stencils
10:29 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! NPR sends this greeting from their Balkans Bureau

And here are here are stencils for carving your NPR pumpkin, and an opportunity to submit photos of your masterpiece.

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Healthcare
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The transgendered face unique personal and healthcare challenges

Lynsey Bourke (L) and Erin Armstrong (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

The transgendered have unique healthcare needs that can be challenging for both the patient and - in some cases - the physician.

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Inside MTPR
5:29 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Watch MTPR perform War of the Worlds LIVE!

This aired on October 30, 2013. For audio of the performance, please click here.

Tonight at 7:30 PM watch a live video stream of MTPR staff performing War of the Worlds.

If you have questions about the video stream please contact ivy.wells@mtpr.org

Commentary - October 30th, 2013
10:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Alzheimer's

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to share some information about Alzheimer’s disease which I learned at the UM Geriatric Education Center’s Conference in mid-October.  But first I’d like to say “Hats off!” to the GEC for providing this free, top notch conference broadcast to 25 sites in Montana.  What I share are snippets from a variety of the excellent speakers who discussed the latest research on treatments, and the interrelationship that lifestyle risk factors and genetic influence

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What I Like About Jazz
6:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Modern trumpet players

Terence Blanchard
Credit newsroom.unl.edu

Tonight at a special time, 9-10pm, following special programming. We'll hear recordings featuring some of my favorite trumpet players, particularly focusing on albums from the last decade. We'll hear cuts from modern greats like Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargove, Tom Harrell, Terrell Stafford, Jim Rotondi,

Jeremy Pelt and Brian Lynch. That's Tonight on What I Like About Jazz. 

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Monsters Prowl Sharma Shields' Story Collection

'Favorite Monster: Stories' by Sharma Shields

Spokane author Sharma Shields talks about the stories in her collection, Favorite Monster, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. She also reads two short passages from the book.

About the book:

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Resort Tax
5:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Wolf Creek looking to implement resort tax

Wolf Creek-area resident Pat Hunter is leading efforts to implement a 3 percent resort tax in the community.
Dan Boyce

Some residents in the town of Wolf Creek are looking to change their tiny hamlet north of Helena into a resort. Or, at least, they are hoping to set up a resort tax.

Wolf Creek area resident Pat Hunter said the community needs extra money to clean up groundwater.

“The people in Wolf Creek would not be asking for a resort tax if they weren’t faced with the burden of putting in a sewer system that, quite frankly, they can’t afford,” Hunter said.

Hunter predicts the three percent resort tax would earn the community about $30 thousand dollars a year.

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As Cool as I Am
11:31 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Montana author’s coming-of-age novel turned into film

New film "As Cool As I Am" based on the Pete Fromm novel of the same name

A film based on Missoula author Pete Fromm's  novel "As Cool As I am" debuted recently in Missoula. It's a coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl, played by up-and-coming Irish actress Sarah Bolger. The star of the hit TV series "Homeland", Claire Danes, plays the girl's mother.

In this feature interview, Fromm talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the novel - and the film of the same title. Fromm says the novel grew out of a short story he wrote called "The Gravy on the Cake".

 

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DEQ Closure
3:27 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

DEQ closes own building for lead contamination

The Department of Environmental Quality building at 1100 North Last Chance Gulch will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time after an examination found lead contamination.
Credit Dan Boyce

Nearly 100 Montana Department of Environmental Quality workers were sent home on paid leave Monday after inspections found elevated levels of lead in one of the department’s own buildings.

“The irony is not lost on us,” said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning said regarding contaminants in Helena’s old armory at the north end of Last Chance Gulch, where DEQ now houses its division responsible for environmental cleanup.

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