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MTPR Weekly Highlights
5:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

July 5 - July 10, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for July 4-July 10, 2013.




FRIDAY – July 5, 2013

9:05 a.m.  Morning Classics with Linda Talbott
Handel: 2 Oboe Sonatas - in G major and D minor; Bax: Piano Quintet in G minor; Purcell: 2 Trio Sonatas - #6 in C major and #7 in E minor; Vaughn Williams: Phantasy Quintet; Walton: The Wise Virgins

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Arizona aftermath
2:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Forest Service official says firefighter safety continues to be top priority

Hundreds of firefighters making progress on the wildfire outside the mountain town of Yarnell, Arizona came off the line to share a moment of silence and watch a procession of the towed vehicles of the 19 elite Hotshot crew members killed over the weekend.

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Commentary - July 3, 2013
12:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Revolutionary Women

In his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen levels a scathing criticism at the subject of American history as it was taught back when most of us were in high school.  Christopher Columbus was not the first explorer to discover America, and his treatment of the New World’s indigenous people is pretty hard to condone.  The Pilgrims were not benefactors to the Indian tribes in Massachusetts; the reverse was the case.   Manifest destiny, slavery, war … all were sugar-coated beyond recognition and peopled by a monolithic parade of white male heroes.

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Commentary - July 2, 2013
10:47 am
Wed July 3, 2013

US Supreme Court's Fireworks

With so many things happening in Montana and across the country affecting the civil justice system, I had a hard time picking a topic for tonight. The U.S. Supreme Court ended it's term in June with a bang. There was the Windsor case striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and the Perry case that the Court sidestepped but in effect allowed the nullification of California's Propisition.

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Commentary - July 1, 2013
9:57 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Obama’s Climate Change Impact Test for the Keystone Pipeline

Both the proponents and opponents of the Keystone Pipeline were encouraged by President Obama’s recent statement that he would approve that pipeline as long as it did not “exacerbate” greenhouse gas emissions.

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Flathead Lake Trout Suppression
4:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Tribes say it's time for a more aggressive lake trout plan in Flathead Lake

Bull Trout.
Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement looking at netting, commercial fishing, and bounties to cut deeper into the invasive lake trout population in Flathead Lake.

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Subsidized Stafford loans
1:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Student loan interest rate hike kicks in

Ron Muffick
Credit Ron Muffick

College students will notice interest rates on new loans for the fall term will be double what they were just last spring - unless Congress follows through on its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4th holiday.

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Book Review
4:01 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Young Adult Book Review: 'The Wrap-Up List' by Steven Arntson

The Wrap-Up List

by Steven Arntson

Houghton Mifflin, 2103 

Steven Arntson had me from the get-go with The Wrap-Up List, which begins as follows,

Some people die from heart attacks, and some from falling off ladders. Some are killed in car accidents. Some drown. Some, like my grandfather Gonzalo, die in war. 

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Butte Hill re-vegetation
2:24 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Improving native plants on the Butte Hill

Kriss Douglass (right) and co-worker Josh Prince (a Montana Tech alumnus) looking over the seedlings and square-meter forb patches ready to be planted on the Butte caps this summer
Credit Montana Tech

Montana Tech is spearheading a project that organizers say will improve the quantity and diversity of native plants on the Butte Hill.

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Monday Poems
10:55 am
Mon July 1, 2013

"Fourth of July"

Beautiful in the Mouth, Poems by Keetje Kuipers

If I have any romantic notions left,
please let me abandon them here
on the dashboard of your Subaru
beside this container of gas station
potato salad and bottle of sunscreen.
Otherwise, my heart is a sugar packet
waiting to be shaken open by some
other man’s hand. Let there be another town
after this one, a town with an improbable Western
name—Wisdom, Last Chance—where we can get
a room and a six-pack, where the fireworks
end early, say nine o’clock, before it’s really
gotten dark enough to see them because

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