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Commentary - September 12th, 2013
10:46 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Power of Less

This past May I attended two meetings full of contractors, architects, and planners. One was a “listening” session for the public to provide commentary on the adoption of a new energy code for all buildings in the State of Montana. The other was a public meeting of a group called the Northern Rockies Passive House Alliance. Both meetings were about energy conservation in buildings, but the tone between the two couldn’t have been more different. At the listening session, I heard a lot about why any energy code improvements at all will cause reckless damage to a fragile industry.

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Commentary - September 10th, 2013
10:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

Let’s begin with this premise:  The reason that veterans were initially called to military service was to defend our nation’s liberties from an enemy--or enemies--whose goal was to destroy those freedoms; and to defend, sustain, or advance our nation’s principles and interests.

Now, I’m not claiming veteran status qualifies us as foreign affairs experts, nor can it be used as evidence that our knowledge of military matters surpasses our non-veteran peers.  Ultimate wisdom is not necessarily a bonus that war gives us.

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Indian Country
9:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Ft. Belknap's relocated Yellowstone bison herd worries adjacent landowners

Rancher Leta Calvin's land runs adjacent to Ft. Belknap's herd of Genetically Pure Yellowstone Bison. She worries about perceptions of brucellosis.
Dan Boyce

A small herd of genetically pure Yellowstone National Park bison transported to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation late last month are creating tension between the tribes and landowners adjacent to the animals’ enclosure.

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9/11 reporter
4:23 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

New York reporter remembers the chaos of covering the 9/11 attack

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig
Credit WNYC Radio

The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is of course most meaningful to the survivors of those who perished.

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American Indian Stories
4:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Shoshone-Bannock Teacher Collects Sacred Stories

When the Smoke Goes Straight Up: Grandfather's Stories, retold by Donna Houtz McArthur

Donna Houtz McArthur talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about the sacred stories of the Shoshone-Bannock people and reads from her collection When the Smoke Goes Straight Up: Grandfather's Stories.

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Glacier National Park
10:49 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Glacier Park's new leader on budgets, community, and climate change

Superintendent Jeff Mow in November 2012 while working at Denali National Park.
Credit NPS Photo / Jay Elhard

Glacier National Park’s new leader says the Park is facing many challenges, and opportunities. New Superintendent Jeff Mow is heading south, to Glacier National Park after more than 20-years working in Alaska.

“I have actually had the northern-most duty station in the National Park Service which is in the small Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range, I lived there for a couple years. So, anything is moving south in the National Park Service,” Mow said.

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(No, he's not related to Joey Ramone)
6:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Monday Music Special: The Great Engineer, Phil Ramone

Monday, September 16th, 2013, 7:30pm: host Tom Engelmann returns with another episode of "Unsung Heroes: Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music," profiling the work of the late record producer and engineer, Phil Ramone.

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Events
5:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Toiletries, produce among items requested on National Day of Service

Americorps VISTA volunteer Jessi Sheava holds up some items donated to Helena's 'Great Roll Out' toiletry drive
Credit Dan Boyce

    

Why would a group of young people  be collecting toiletries for the National Day of Service?

Well, the items collected by the Americorps VISTA volunteers go to veterans. VISTA volunteer Jessi Sheava sayssaid for vets going through hard times, some staying at the local homeless shelter, toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo may be luxury items.

"A lot of veterans here in Helena are looking for jobs, are eager to find work and the basics are needed to help them in their everyday life," she said.

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College Grads
10:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Are colleges teaching students to do what they’re best at?

Executive Director of Gallup Education, Brandon Busteed
Credit World Affairs Council

Many college graduates have jobs that have nothing to do with their degree - and many are not happy with the jobs they do have.

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Commentary
8:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

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