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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Hidden World Underfoot: Soil Biodiversity

Credit European Soil Portal, E.U.

3/9/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon marvel at the diverse population of animals found in soil, and how they languish in microscopic obscurity even while Earth's food web depends on them.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Horse Chestnut

3/8/14: This week, on "The Plant Detective:" Horse chestnut improves circulation by strengthening vein walls, improving blood flow, and fighting inflammation. Applied topically, it can also reduce swelling after injuries.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Birds of a Feather

Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Credit Douglas Dunn

3/9/14 and 3/10/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Social Behavior," by Mark Hanson.

"Except when mating and nesting, Bohemian and Cedar waxwings are simply highly social birds. They seek food and water supplies large enough for the entire flock. Even more remarkably, they will sometimes pass berries from bird to bird down a line until a berry is finally swallowed. They not only eat together, but they may also become intoxicated together, indulging their tendency to gorge themselves on overripe berries."

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Climbing Wall
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Photo of the day

UM student Shannon Pepper repairing the climbing wall at the UM rec center
Credit Sally Mauk

Weather got you feeling like climbing the walls? UM resource conservation major Shannon Pepper has the UM rec center climbing wall repaired and ready...

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Montana BASE
10:28 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC

The moderate GOP lawmakers calling themselves "Responsible Republicans" gather for a press conference following the 2013 Montana Legislative Session.
Credit Montana BASE website

 A group of moderate Republicans who denounce anonymous campaign spending in elections say their Political Action Committee, or PAC, plays by the rules.

PACs have been the source of so-called dark money over the last few elections cycles, and a lot of that spending in Montana has been aimed at helping more conservative Republicans win primary campaigns.

The moderates say this time they’re fighting back--in a transparent way.

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Search and Rescue
10:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Tips for avoiding the need to be rescued

Missoula County Search and Rescue truck
Credit Jeremiah Petersen

As a member of Missoula County's search and rescue team for six years, and its current chief, Joshua Herbold has been involved in dozens of rescues and recoveries. But even for this veteran, last Friday was unique for Herbold's team: a first-ever residential avalanche rescue, followed immediately by two skiers lost near Missoula's Snobowl.

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Kid Writers
9:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kid Writers Read Their Stories and Poems, LIVE, This Afternoon

Participants write during a recent weekend workshop offered by the Missoula Writing Collaborative

Margie Dougherty-Goodburn and several kids who participated in recent workshops through the Missoula Writing Collaborative will be in Studio A this afternoon during Pea Green Boat (4 - 5 p.m.). They'll take turns reading their stories and poems and talk about the process of writing.

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Commentary
4:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Montana’s Role in Global Sports Diplomacy

Montana’s Role in Global Sports Diplomacy

 

Deena Mansour

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center

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Tourism Economy
3:41 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Measuring the impact of national parks on Montana's economy, hint: its really big

NPS report says Glacier Park brought $172 million into the local economy in 2012.
Credit Katrin Frye

Out of town travelers make up the vast majority of visitors to national parks and they dump a whole lot of money into local economies.

Nationwide that number is $13.9-billion for 2012. These are the findings released by the National Park Service in a report that details the economic impact of national parks.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a conference call with reporters Monday. She said the report helps her make the case for funding parks.

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Mountain West Voices
2:52 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Voices From the Rocky Mountain West

3/5/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" We look back at some of the extraordinary people we've had a a chance to meet during the past year on our travels throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

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