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Poncin fire update
3:09 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

If progress continues, evacuees of the Lolo fire might get to go home sometime this weekend

Fire incident commander Greg Poncin
Credit Sally Mauk

Lolo Creek Complex fire incident commander Greg Poncin says crews are making excellent progress and if that continues over the next 24 hours, Highway 12 may reopen and evacuees may be allowed to return home - but not before tomorrow at the earliest.

In an extensive interview this afternoon with News Director Sally Mauk, Poncin said up to a tenth of an inch of rain fell on parts of the fire early this morning, and crews have made great progress.

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Public Health
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

MT mosquitos test positive for West Nile with a lot of hot weather still to come

Credit dr_relling/flickr

Officials with the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department report West Nile Virus has been detected in eight Montana counties so far this Summer:

·        Blaine

·        Cascade

·        Hill

·        Lewis & Clark

·        Phillips

·        Prairie

·        Sheridan

·        Teton

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Fire photos
9:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

More images of the Lolo Creek fire's destruction - and the hardworking firefighters

Brick patio and chimneys all that are left of Mike Amidi's home along Highway 12
Sally Mauk

Cooler temperatures and some rain showers (!)  are helping firefighters corral the Lolo Creek Complex fire, which was 30 percent contained as of this morning. Over 650 firefighters from around the country are now working the fire that has destroyed five homes, displaced hundreds of residents, and closed Highway 12 from Lolo to Graves Creek. Here are some of the images of the fire's destruction, and the firefighters working hard to keep it from doing more.....

The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Eat Your Porridge: Oats

Credit Flora de la Terre

August 24th & 26th, 2013: Oats are a sedative and fine nutraceutical, useful in soothing eczema and itchiness; reducing cholesterol, anxiety and chronic stress; and providing fiber. www.floradelaterre.com

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Peaches and Peach Galette

Credit The Baking Wizard

August 25th, 2013: Jon and Greg praise the seasonal Montana peach, and Greg explains how to make peach galette, a "sheet of thin, buttery pastry topped with fresh fruit."

http://www.thebakingwizard.com/peach-galette/

Peach Galette

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

female Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Credit Dominic Sherony

"Fieldnotes," August 25th & 26th, 2013: "Wilson's Phalarope," by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Wilson's Phalaropes are the exception to the rule in the bird rule, because the typical sex roles are reversed. These birds are polyandrous, which means that the female mates with several males. The females are more boldly patterned than the males. The females chase the males, display courting behavior, and the  male is responsible for incubating the eggs."

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Libby Asbestos Healthcare
3:45 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

How health care reform is changing Libby asbestos victims benefits

The CARD Clinic of Libby is a non-profit organization providig asbestos screening and healthcare to people exposed to asbestos.
Credit Katrin Frye

Right now people living with Asbestos related diseases contracted from the W-R Grace mine in Libby and living in Flathead or Lincoln Counties receive additional Medicare benefits. These benefits include compensation for medical-related travel expenses and medicine not traditionally covered through Medicare.

But, if they now live outside of Lincoln or Flathead Counties, those benefits are not available.

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Tax Reform
3:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Baucus: tax reform needs to start with a 'clean slate'

Sen. Max Baucus (right) speaks with West Paw Design President Spencer Williams (left) and SeaCast VP Bert Robins
Credit Dan Boyce

US Sen. Max Baucus hashed out ideas for federal tax reform Wednesday with a council of Montanans representing a number of different industries. The Democratic leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee is making broad tax overhaul a major priority before leaving office in 2014.

The federal tax code has not been overhauled since 1986. Baucus said about 15,000 changes have been made to the code since that time, making it overly-complex and causing the US to lose some of its competitive edge in a global marketplace.

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MTPR Music
3:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Concerts premier the compositions of 90-year-old Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù

Recorded in 1963 and re-released on the "Ethiopiques" series on Buda Musiqe.

If the piano compositions of Abdullah Ibrahim or Eric Satie perk up your ears, you'll be intrigued by the piano work of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù, an Ethiopian nun, pianist and composer who for nearly thirty years has lived cloistered in an Ethiopian Orthodox convent in Jerusalem. A series of concerts this week in Jerusalem highlight Guebrù's music, premiering pieces the 90-year-old composer first recorded on l.p. fifty years ago, in Ethiopia.

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Lolo Creek Complex
2:35 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

After the firestorm...

Scorched hillside
Sally Mauk

MTPR News Director Sally Mauk was given a tour of the Lolo Creek Complex today.  Here are  few shots she's sent back to us...

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