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6:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Mulgrew Miller tribute part one

Credit Ebet Roberts/Redferns / Getty Images

What I Like About Jazz this week features part one of a two-part tribute to the late Mulgrew Miller. Miller had a long and varied career as a leader and sideman, prominently featured with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1980's band that also featured Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard. He then went on to spend 9 years with another great jazz drummer, Tony Williams, playing on 6 albums with his classic quintet that featured Wallace Roney and Billy Pierce, and on Tony's final trio album in 1993. Along the way, he played sideman to a host of jazz greats, as well as many up-and-comers.

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Avalanche Safety Workshop
6:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Combating the rising trend of avalanche deaths

Credit Craig Moore, GlacierWorld

The number of people being killed in avalanches in Montana has been growing over the years. New avalanche education opportunities have been cropping up to combat this trend.         The Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop started up three years ago in the Flathead

The Workshop features a range of speakers presenting on weather conditions, avalanche safety, forecasting, and more as well as back country winter safety gear representatives.

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Wildfire
1:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Fire season is over...for now

The Lolo Creek Complex
Credit Sally Mauk

Western Montana's fire danger is back to a "low" rating, there's been plenty of rain recently - even some high-elevation snow in western Montana. The 2013 fire season is essentially behind us.

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Butte
11:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

When your lab class is 100 feet underground

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin listens to instructions in Butte's Orphan Boy Mine
Dan Boyce

Montana Tech mining engineering junior Krystal Martin and the eight other students in her lab class were taking turns using a heavy, pneumatic, jack-leg drill to bore six foot holes into a solid rock wall last Friday. It’s definitely louder than the average college lab course, and rather than crisp, white lab coats, students wear mud-soaked work boots, dust streaked faces and hard hats.

About 22,000 men worked the underground mines of Butte at the city’s peak, hauling 20,000 tons of ore back to the surface every day.

But, that was almost 100 years ago.

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Commentary
4:36 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

“Drill, Baby, Drill”: The Ongoing Economic Fantasy

          Some economic fantasies never seem to recede, even in the face of economic reality. One of these is the belief that if only more and more federal land were opened to oil and gas drilling, local and state economies would enter a period of permanent prosperity. That source of extensive economic prosperity, we are told, is just beneath our feet. All we have to do is drill. But, we are told, the federal government’s environmental regulations and bureaucratic incompetence block this drilling and keep  us unnecessarily poor.

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Monday Poems
11:37 am
Mon October 7, 2013

"Magic Fox"

Riding the Earthboy 40: poems, by James Welch

They shook the green leaves down,
those men that rattled
in their sleep. Truth became
a nightmare to their fox.
He turned their horses into fish,
or was it horses strung
like fish, or fish like fish
hung naked in the wind?

Stars fell upon their catch.
A girl, not yet twenty-four
but blonde as morning birds, began
a dance that drew the men in
green around her skirts.
In dust her magic jangled memories
of dawn, till fox and grief
turned nightmare in their sleep.

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Whistleblower
11:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Whistleblower says war on terror doesn’t justify warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens

Former Department of Justice attorney Thomas Tamm
Credit Joe Newman

Thomas Tamm's career as an attorney with the Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review came to an end during the Bush Administration, after Tamm leaked information to the New York Times that the government was eavesdropping on American citizens without seeking a warrant. The Times story won a Pulitzer prize.

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MTPR Weekly Highlights
10:23 am
Mon October 7, 2013

October 10-16, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for October 10-16, 2013.

THURSDAY- October 10, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Glazunov:  Piano Sonata #2 in E minor, Op. 75; Taneyev:  String Quartet #5 in A major, Op. 13; Prokofiev:  Sonata in D major for Solo Violin, Op. 115; Tchaikovsky:  Symphony #3 in D major, Op. 29 – “Polish”

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Son of a Preacherman
8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Josh Harty

7/16/13 and 10/8/13: The son of a North Dakota preacher/police chief, Josh Harty's storytelling and musicianship have become a must-hear for those who keep American country, blues and folk music close to their hearts. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

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"Love Lives Here"
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Laying a foundation for peace, one tile at a time

The "Community Spirit Monument" features tiles created by 2,000 plus Flathead Valley residents.
Katrin Frye

A grassroots human rights organization in the Flathead is building upon its anti-hate message, literally. The group “Love Lives Here” teamed up with local artists and people from across the community created ceramic tiles spelling out messages of love and peace through words and pictures. The first step of this project happened with the construction of a tile-lined gazebo in 2008. This month the group is unveiling several tiled-lined benches as an addition to the monument.

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