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Beer
2:10 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

A new book examines Montana's craft beer revolution

The History Press

Beer lovers have no shortage of choice in Montana.

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The Plant Detective
1:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Henna: A Famous Cosmetic, But Don't Paint the Baby

Credit Flora de la Terre

August 31st & September 2nd, 2013: Henna, used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, is medicinal, but risky for some. www.floradelaterre.com

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Commentary - August 29th, 2013
1:49 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Labor Day Disconnect Between Congress & American Workers

As we approach Labor Day, Montana and American workers are plugging away at their jobs, producing products and profits for their employers while Congress goes out of session for 5 weeks, leaving Washington having produced little or nothing.

There is a great disconnect between Washington, DC and the rest of the nation.  Is it no wonder that less than 10% of folks give Congress a positive rating?

Let’s take a minute to compare the jobs, job quality and productivity of workers in Montana and the nation with the wages, working conditions and productivity in Congress.

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Field Notes
1:26 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mosses: Sponges of the Air

Moss in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania.

"Fieldnotes," September 1st & 2nd, 2013: "Moss," by Erica Wetter.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"My eyes alighted on a spectacular patch of jade green smack-dab in the middle of the sandy-colored rocks: moss. I leaned close and the fresh aroma of moist springtime soil rose up to meet me. It was like diving into a lake on a steamy summer night. The moss was like a miniature paradise, with waterfalls spilling down into tiny green valleys."

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The Food Guys
12:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Fresh Tomato Sauce

September 1st, 2013: Greg and Jon give free-form instructions for simple tomato sauce, using fresh, flavorful tomatoes of the season. Freeze enough of it and you'll have a delicious key ingredient for recipes all winter.

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Tourism
2:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

What our non-resident guests think of Montana...

Norma Nickerson
Credit Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research

Most people visiting Montana - and who chose to participate in a recent survey - seem to have overwhelmingly positive comments about their experience here.

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Commentary - August 28th, 2013
9:51 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Dream Deferred

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech as the March on Washington drew to a close.  The nation was wowed.   But as good as the speech is, to appreciate the full range of King’s gifts, you must read the letter from Birmingham jail he wrote five months earlier.  As an example of persuasive writing, it’s top-drawer.   It matches the “I Have a Dream” speech in imagery and musicality, but surpasses it in rhetorical genius.

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Commentary - August 27th, 2013
9:27 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Work Comp on Right Road? Not for Workers

Last week, the Missoulian Editorial Board proclaimed, “State on right road with workers’ comp.” As an attorney who represents injured workers, I could not disagree more. From my perspective, if you are injured on the job in Montana, and relegated to the “meat grinder” of the workers’ compensation system, you are often on the Road to Ruin.

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Healthcare
3:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Insurance Commissioner seeks to dismiss fears of privacy infringement from ObamaCare

Montana Commissioner for Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen clarified Tuesday that workers who will be helping citizens enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must follow the same state privacy laws as insurance companies.

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Health Insurance
2:58 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Health Care Marketplace provides competitive rates

Health Care Marketplace provides competitive rates

Many of us already know that there will be new ways to obtain health insurance starting in 2014.  After a long process following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which included a Supreme Court decision and a Presidential election, we are now approaching the time when health insurance will be within reach for most Americans.  Many call this Obamacare, but few really understand what it’s all about.

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