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Yellowstone National Park bison
1:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remote vaccination of bison not likely for Yellowstone Park herd

Credit NASA

Yellowstone National Park administrators say shooting wild bison with vaccine-laced "biobullets" to prevent the spread of an animal disease would be too ineffective to justify the expense.

Today's announcement means a program that's led to the periodic capture and slaughter of thousands of migrating bison will continue.
 
       About half of Yellowstone's 4,600 bison test positive for Brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to prematurely abort their young.

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Helena
10:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

C.R. Anderson Middle School closed for at least a week due to lead contamination

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena will be closed for at least a week after tests found elevated lead levels
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s C.R. Anderson Middle School was abruptly closed Tuesday after test results brought up elevated lead levels in areas of the building.

The lead found in Montana's largest middle school likely comes from the school's old basement firing range, which administrators say has been closed for about 20 years.

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Helena
10:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Helena Parks dept. holds first ice skating lessons for kids

Cooper Larson (right) shuffles around the ice as instructor Megan Williams looks on.
Credit Dan Boyce

A smooth frozen pond sits in the middle of Helena--a skating rink for citizens’ use at Memorial Park.

The Helena Parks Department is starting a new program there to teach kids how to make their way around the ice.

The Helena Parks Department is holding these 30 minute ice skating classes at Memorial Park for the next five Tuesdays, starting at 6 PM.

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Bakken Spinoffs
9:48 am
Tue January 14, 2014

MT Company seeks to capture gases now burned in oil rig flares

Chief Technology Officer for G-Tuit Jim Haider looks at a nearly-constructed "mini gas plant" his company will be shipping to the Bakken region.
Credit Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the final of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

The flares from oil rigs light up the night sky in the Bakken region.

Burning off these polluting gases is a by-product of extracting the oil in fracking operations.

Not only do the flares increase the emissions of the rigs, the oil companies are wasting natural resources that could be sold.

It has been a cost of doing business in the fracking world.

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Commentary
9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

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Breast milk donations
1:27 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mothers' Milk Bank of Montana now serving region

Jessica Welborn
Credit Off the Mat Into the World

Montana's only breast milk bank has been screening, professionally testing, pasteurizing and distributing human donor milk since early October of last year. Its executive co-director, Jessica Welborn, says outreach efforts - and interest - is growing.

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MTPR Program Highlights
11:53 am
Mon January 13, 2014

January 16 - January 22

Here are MTPR program highlights for January 16 – January 22, 2014

THURSDAY- January 16, 2014

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Bolcom: Recuerdos: 3 Traditional Latin American Dances; Copland: El Salon Mexico; Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83; Smith: Cello Sonata; Griffes: 2 Sketches Based on Indian Themes for String Quartet; Walton:  Symphony #2

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Monday Poems
9:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

"Light"

Reading Novalis in Montana, poems by Melissa Kwasny

An artist places the intangible
              and tangible objects on the table together:
drift of diamond light from the Sky of the Mind
with the Asian poppy, the plate of wild seedling plums.

The direction is set, sun caught in eastern branches
when our empty hands have their other side of fullness.
              Still life: morning star. Moon.
Dawn. The sun (who is A Bird Singing in the Moonlight).

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Kalispell Schools
1:22 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

New buildings, technology, and curriculum leading issues during retiring Superintendents tenure

Kalispell School District 5 Superintendent Darlene Schottle.
Credit Mike Kofford / Kalispell School District 5

Overcrowded classrooms, outdated technology, new construction, old buildings, new curriculum, and online venue for the enduring issue of bullying are among the issues facing many school districts in 2014.

Growth and change at the Kalispell School District Five has been visible over the past 10-years with the creation and construction of a second high school.

The woman at the reins during these changes is District Five Superintendent Darlene Schottle who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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Modern Dance showcase in Missoula
6:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Bare Bait Dance's Springboard 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014: Michael Marsolek talks with Joy French, founder and artistic director of Bare Bait Dance of Missoula. Bare Bait presents new dances during Springboard 2014, over two weekends: January 24th-25th at 7pm and January 31st-February 1st at 7pm (with a 2pm matinee on Feb.1st) at The Elks Stage 112, Elks Lodge, 112 North Pattee Street, Missoula.

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