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University System
9:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Largest university employee union reaches tentative pay raise deal

The largest union of Montana University System employees announced this week a bargain has been reached with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education over pay raises for the next two years.

The Montana Public Employees Association represents nearly 1700 ‘classified employees’ of the university system. Executive Director Quinton Nyman said the tentative agreement includes the following raises:

·        Effective Oct. 1, 2013: all MPEA bargaining unit members will receive a 46-cent per hour base pay raise.

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Trumpeter Swans
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tribes ask for "citizen scientists" to search for cygnets

Trumpeter Swans and Cygnets.
Credit CSKT Wildlife Program

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are calling their Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program a success. The Tribes have been releasing swans bred in captivity since 2002 on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley.

Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Dale Becker says the swans were historically hunted for food and for marketable goods.

The population was wiped out. The Tribes have released 239 swans since 2002. They count 87 successful nesting attempts with 146 fledgling cygnets since the releases started.

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4:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

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Nonfiction
3:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet

Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, by Todd Wilkinson

During this program, veteran journalist Todd Wilkinson talks about and reads from his book Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet.

About Ted Turner and the book:

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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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