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Commentary - June 21, 2013
2:29 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

My Mom’s Birthday

Today is my mom’s birthday.  She has been going around her house singing 76 Trombones.  That should give you a clue as to how old she is. My mom and I are lucky to have a close relationship and a very strong friendship.  She and I were together for my first four years of life and then she married my step-dad.  By everyone’s admission, including hers, that was a big mistake.  She was single, 24 years old with a 4 year old child living in Hot Springs Montana and not too many prospects. 

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Climate change
2:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A changing climate impacting birds?

The "Shifting Skies" report
Credit National Wildlife Federation

A new report finds a variety of birds are - and likely will be well into the future - facing significant climate-related challenges.

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Literary Fiction
6:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Blythe Woolston's YA Terrorist

Black Helicopters, a YA novel by Blythe Woolston

During this program Chérie Newman talks with Billings, Montana, author Blythe Woolston about her new novel for young adult readers, Black Helicopters. First question:  "Why was terrorism an idea you wanted to explore with your writing?"

From the publisher:

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientific research, water samples, and a bottle of scotch

The 1967 time capsule was discovered behind the cornerstone of the Elrod Building, built in 1967, during recent renovations.
Katrin Frye

While remodeling the Elrod Building at the Yellow Bay Station workers found a time capsule in the wall behind the cornerstone. The Biological Station was founded in 1899. The Elrod lab was built in 1967 under the tenure of Dr. Richard Solberg as director.

“The first half of the life of the Biological Station focused primarily on teaching; the professors taught, the professors didn’t do research. They did some observations, and wrote a few papers and a book or two and so on, whereas now the primary focus of the station is research,” Solberg said.

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Minimum Wage
3:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Why Montana's minimum wage statistics are not as good as they look

A national study from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the percentage of minimum wage workers in Montana shrinking at the fastest rate in the country. That figure may be of particular note today, the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act—a law signed by President Franklin Roosevelt which created the minimum wage.

However, the figures gathered by BLS need to be taken in context.

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Commentary - June 25th, 2013
10:59 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Fostering Engagement with Laos While Promoting Human Rights

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of The University of Montana pursues a dual mission:  to foster mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Asia, as well as to foster ethics in public affairs.  Over the past thirty years, we have developed a number of programs in support of this vision -- always with the spirit of Mike Mansfield as the driving force in our carefully designed programming. 

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Public Service Commission
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change

Credit jabzoog/Flickr

Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.

The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.

Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.

    

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Immigration Reform
9:36 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Janet Napolitano says immigration reform bill is fair

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

The U.S. Senate is expected to pass an immigration reform bill later this week.

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Commentary - June 24th, 2013
9:19 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nothing is quite as loud as the silence of a sawmill not running

Nothing is quite as loud as the silence of a sawmill not running.  Unfortunately, the sound of the closure of 28 sawmills in Montana since 1990, and the loss of over 3,200 direct, good paying, mill manufacturing jobs has been deafening.  These closures and job losses are the direct result of the increase in federal timber harvest litigation during that same time.

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