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Commentary - January 22nd, 2014
9:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Retirement Planning

Good evening.  This is Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. Tonight I’d like to share some thoughts I have about the very important topic of planning for retirement.

Like many of you, I am beginning to think about when I might be able to retire.  It’s not that I have ignored the subject over the last 35 years. I diligently do my best to contribute to my retirement fund and annually monitor my expected Social Security income. But I always knew I needed to focus more attention on it.   

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Corn Dogs Out, Ants on a Log In
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Healthy School Lunches

Credit Mark A. Hicks, illustrator, for Discovery Education

January 26th, 2014: Greg and Jon summarize an article from the Los Angles Times from January 17th, 2013, titled: "Alliance of big city school districts aims for more healthful meals." Quoting writer Teresa Watanabe:

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Blue Stain Fungus and Mountain Pine Beetles

Blue stain fungus (Grosmannia clavigera)
Credit U.S. Forest Service

"Fieldnotes," January 26th & 27th, 2014: "Blue Stain and Beetles," by Richarda Ruffle.

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cinchona

January 25th, 2014: Cinchona is the national tree of Peru and Ecuador. Its bark contains the alkaloid quinine, which since the 1600s, has been used to treat the fever and chills of malaria.

http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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UM Budget Cuts
11:36 am
Thu January 23, 2014

UM coming up 9 million dollars short

View of University of Montana campus from the "M" trail
Credit Sally Mauk

As we reported earlier this week, the University of Montana must find another 9 million dollars to cut in the coming year - on top of the 6 million cut from this year's budget. President Royce Engstrom outlined the need for the cuts - and potential  money-saving steps - in a campuswide letter this week.

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Documentary Special
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Don't Eat Anything With a Face

 

1/23/2014 - According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren't we meant to be carnivores?

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Flathead Lake International Cinemafest
4:42 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Sundance watch out, competition from... Polson?

This weekend marks the second annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest.
Credit FLIC

Last year the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, or FLIC showed more than thirty films from new and emerging filmmakers. 2014 marks FLICs second year, and the number of films has more than doubled to seventy-nine.

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Eve Byron
3:55 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Wildfires, wolves and the watchdog: Eve Byron on 20 years in Montana journalism

Long-time Helena Independent Record reporter Eve Byron left the newspaper at the end of last week to "pursue other interests."
Credit Eliza Wiley, Helena Independent Record

Reporter Eve Byron has been a force at the Helena Independent Record for decades.

Starting out covering local government, Byron moved to being a journalistic authority on wildlife and natural resource issues in Montana.

After 20 years and about 15,000 stories, Byron left the Independent Record last Friday.

She’s starting a new job as a communications specialist for the Helena-based non-profit National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Photography and Poetry
6:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Still Here: Not Living in Tipis

Still Here: Not Living in Tipis, photographs and poetry by Sue Reynolds and Victor Charlo

San Francisco Bay-area photographer Sue Reynolds and American Indian poet Victor Charlo talk about their book, Still Here: Not Living in Tipis.

In this first collaborative photo-poetry book between a white urban photographer and a reservation Indian, Sue Reynolds' images and Salish poet Victor Charlo's poems tell a story of resurrection in the face of long odds. The book includes forty-five color photos and five Salish poems. A percentage of sales goes to American Indian College Fund.

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Wolves
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.

“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

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