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Breaking
3:11 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Latest update of the Jocko Canyon fire

Youpa Stein provided this wonderful shot of a helicopter working the Firestone Flats fire yesterday.
Credit Youpa Stein

Fire Information – Firestone Flats

Cause: Under Investigation

Detected: July 27, 2013

Location: Approximately 5 miles east northeast of Arlee, MT.

Size: 1,388 acres on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 PM

Jurisdiction: Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Lake County Current Status: Today, Sunday, July 28th, the fire is listed at 0 percent containment. Fire activity was erratic and extreme yesterday resulting in multiple evacuations.

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Breaking
6:31 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jocko Canyon evacuations complete for now

Teams on the ground and in the air are working to beat down the as-of-yet officially unnamed Jocko Canyon area fire near Arlee. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig tells us it stands at 700 acres with Lolo Hotshots on the ground. A single engine air tanker and heavy air tanker is working from above.  The Seeley Lake Ranger district will be closing the Forest Service portion of Jocko road for public safety. Scattered evacuations along Jocko Road are complete for the time being. 

Breaking
5:51 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jock Canyon fire update

Lake County Sheriff's department spokeswoman, Karen Sargent, says 18 homes have been evacuated as a result of the Jocko Canyon fire. None of them - at least to her knowledge - have been lost or damaged.  Also the fire has not yet been officially named. More updates as we get them....

Breaking
5:35 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jocko Canyon Fire

The Jocko Canyon smoke plume as seen from Missoula.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A new wildfire burning in the Jocko Canyon area is throwing up a huge smoke plume easily visible from Missoula. A Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes Division of Fire dispatcher, identifying himself as Buttercup, says law enforcement has blocked roads from the reservation to Seeley Lake. The Jocko Canyon road is now blocked to traffic, as is the St Mary's Lake road. Buttercup says evacuation orders have been issued for homes in the Jocko Canyon.  Early estimates of the fire stood at 500 acres, but Buttercup tells us smoke was laying low making next to impossible to confirm that number.

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Field Notes
6:02 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

What can turn tree sap into...honeydew?

Credit Dmitri Don

"Fieldnotes," July 28th & 29, 2013: "Aphids," by John McCutcheon (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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The Food Guys
5:45 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Food Science, Part 2: The Searing Truth

July 28th, 2013: Inspired by the writing of Harold McGee, Jon and Greg continue their four-part series on food science with "The Searing Truth." 

http://curiouscook.typepad.com/

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Mill Creek Fire
4:14 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Homes Saved from Mill Creek Fire

The Mill Creek fire west of Missoula burned within a hundred yards of homes before being stopped
Credit Sally Mauk

Firefighters are feeling a lot better today about the 720-acre Mill Creek fire that broke out yesterday between Frenchtown and Missoula.

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Drug policy
2:07 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Should drugs be legalized and regulated?

A retired Oregon corrections counselor, who also worked as a parole and probation officer, says America's war on drugs is an abject failure.
       Shelley Fox-Loken says states should have the authority to decide whether they want to legalize drugs that are now illegal. She predicts that responsibly legalizing drugs would result in decreased violent crime and drug use rates, while simultaneously  benefiting state coffers.
       Loken is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

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Commentary - July, 26th 2013
12:40 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Health Care Marketplace

Beginning on October 1st of this year, just about 2 months away, Montana and the rest of the country will begin a process which will radically change how many people shop for and buy health insurance.

Most people have heard of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, though a survey just a month ago showed that up to 40% of Americans still believe that it has been repealed or is not going to take effect.  This points out the problem of a major new law which many people simply don’t understand.  The ones who could benefit the most are probably the least likely to get it.

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NCAA investigation
10:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NCAA announces results of its investigation into UM's athletics department

The results of the NCAA's investigation into the University of Montana athletics department have just been released. Here's a copy of the memo UM president Royce Engstrom released to the campus community today: 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

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