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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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MTPR Weekly Highlights
4:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

June 27 - July 4, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for June 27-July 4, 2013.

THURSDAY- June 27, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics
Gershwin:  Cuban Overture for Piano 4 Hands;  Barber:  Souveniers, Op. 28, for Piano 4 Hands;  Gallagher:  Sinfonietta;  Landson:  Travels for String Quartet;  Piazzola:  Oblivion for trumpet and piano;  Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess Suite

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Fort Belknap bison
10:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Fort Belknap tribes hope to soon give some Yellowstone Park bison a new home

Fort Belknap bison herd
Credit Mark Azure

Last week, the state supreme court reversed a lower court ruling blocking the transfer of disease-free bison from Yellowstone National Park to tribal lands.

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Monday Poems
6:48 am
Mon June 24, 2013

"Trot"

White Bride, poetry by Sarah Maclay

A loose translation, not yet quite a gallop, more than a walk: to be
literal is to be a little jerky, rider and horse not unified into that
smooth flight of sweet aching below the saddle, all feet off the
ground at once. Well, another hour goes by. You'll need it. But it
gives you the idea—lap slapping against leather or, bareback, the
soft hair below the mane, yet it's not a place you can stay for long,
breath beginning to move in response to the horse's footsteps—
even more involuntary, a quick exhalation, a little feat of being

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Corrections
4:53 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

New Women's Prison Warden to take over next week

Joan Daly
Credit Montana Department of Corrections

Hear Dan Boyce's story from "Montana Evening Edition"

The Montana Department of Corrections announced the hiring of a new Warden for the Montana Women’s Prison on Friday. 

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Montana News
1:51 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Caregiving for the elderly and disabled is rewarding and very stressful

Experts says that providing care for the elderly or the disabled can be a very rewarding experience. It can also be extremely challenging work.
     A company providing in-home non-medical services to the Missoula and Ravalli counties recently launched a family caregiver stress relief program to specifically address those challenges.
     In this feature interview, Home Instead Senior Care owner, Denise Krueger, says home care is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

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Tour Divide
4:19 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Riding the Continental Divide, Canada to Mexico

Chris Schuler of Switzerland preps for a ride in the rain as he leaves Whitefish as part of the Tour Divide race from Canada to Mexico.
Credit Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with some Tour Divide racers in Whitefish.

Bikers are braving wind, rain, snow, mountain passes and desert plateau's as part of the Tour Divide mountain bike race.

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Health
3:09 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

DPHHS unveils new state health initiative

DPHHS Director Richard Opper speaking about the Bullock Administration's new health proposal to a meeting of the Montana Association of Public Health Officials.
Credit Dan Boyce

Gov. Steve Bullock announced a new initiative Thursday to improve health outcomes in the state. The plan, called “Big Sky. New Horizons. A Healthier Montana” outlines a series of strategies to address some of the state’s biggest health and safety concerns, like smoking and motor vehicle fatalities.

“When it comes to healthcare, we will, we have and will continue to have grand policy debates about who pays and how much they should pay,” Bullock said, “but what we shouldn’t lose sight of is there’s so much we can do.”

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Commentary - June 19th, 2013
2:46 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Finding Wildness at Home

Could it be that the simple act of planting a native snowberry shrub or quaking aspen in your back yard is more than an expression of decorative taste?  I’m willing to say that it’s actually a simple but highly significant act of conservation that fosters a way of relating to nature that we, and the natural world, could sorely use.  The ecological problems we face now require solutions on a mammoth scale—a paralyzing thought for those who care.  But perhaps before we can achieve the elusive political will to take on these problems, a more personal, psychological change must be nurtured.

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