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Forest Service documentary
3:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Urban American Outdoor Television turns cameras on Forest Service

Wayne Hubbard on the right
Credit Urban American Outdoors

An award-winning television episode takes a look at the U-S Forest Service in Western Montana.

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Esther England profile
12:55 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

The Esther England Story

Esther England
Credit Contributed to Anna Cole by Esther England

Renowned University of Montana music professor, Esther England, died this past Saturday.

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Commentary - July 8, 2013
11:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

CSKT tribal water compact a good deal for Montana

Never underestimate the ability of fire-breathing propaganda to tie good natural resource policy in knots -- even when the misinformation operates against the very interests it purports to defend.

Good policy is exactly what the proposed water compact between the State of Montana and Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes represents. However, thanks to extremist opponents – and some otherwise reasonable non-tribal irrigators scared by fear mongering -- the Compact, years in the works, was high-centered at the last Montana Legislature, a necessary stop for its ratification.

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Montana News
4:27 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Downtown Calgary business owner talks about recovering from massive 2013 flood

Credit Ray Wong/Flickr

Calgary--in Alberta, Canada lies less than 200 miles from the Montana border.

This city of a million people is recovering from devastating floods which ravaged the area in June.

A two-week emergency declaration was lifted last Thursday and the Calgary Herald newspaper estimates the costs to repair infrastructure are coming in at hundreds of millions of dollars.

The city is still showing its grit, putting on the annual Calgary Stampede as planned.

It continues through this Sunday.

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MTPR Music
2:28 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Montana Folk Festival performers previewed during the July 8th Monday Music Special, 7:30pm

The Third Annual Montana Folk Festival: a free weekend of music, arts and crafts in Uptown Butte.
Credit Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Join host John Myers Monday evening, 7:30-8:30, as he previews the music at the Third Annual Montana Folk Festival. From Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, in Uptown Butte, you can listen, watch, and dance to over 250 musicians, craftspeople, artists and dancers for free.

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Rainbow Family
10:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Rainbow Family Gathering brings mixed feelings to Southwest Montana

One of many suggestive signs posted around the Rainbow Family Gathering, outside of Jackson, Montana
Dan Boyce

The Rainbow Family gathering 10 miles outside the SouthWest Montana town of Jackson reached its peak over the weekend, as revelers traveled from all over the country for the extended fourth of July weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated nearly 10 thousand people camped on the piece of land in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The event promotes a message of peace, love, and non-violence.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce took us inside the gathering, which in many ways took on the characteristics of a small city—both the good and the bad.  

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Commentary - July 5th, 2013
9:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

A federal budget that works for women and families

The summer of 2013 is shaping up to be anything but slow in the news department. Last week alone, the US Supreme Court issued three huge rulings and the US Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform.

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Healthcare
7:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

State employee health clinic used much more than expected

Helena's government run health clinic has been open since last summer. The state recently opened a second clinic in Billings and is in the planning stages on several others.
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s government-run health clinic for state employees is seeing much more use than originally expected as the experiment moves closer to its one-year anniversary.

The clinic provides free primary care services to the Capital city’s 11-thousand state workers and their dependents. It was launched last year by former Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer as way to improve overall employee health and save money for the state’s self-funded health insurance plan.

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Poetry
5:57 am
Mon July 8, 2013

"Nuthatch Sitting on a Bear's Nose"

Robert Wrigley, poet

Really just a small cast iron representation
of the latter, a bottle opener mounted
to the southeast post of the shack's porch,
a Christmas gift from my niece,
and nothing to be stood upon, not even by a bird,
except for the nugget of ice at the end of the snout
that gives it a place. Some think art is lost
on the beasts of field and forest. Not I.
The chainsaw sculpture of an eagle
I fashioned years ago and fastened to a stump,
was sniffed at at length before the coyote

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