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Monday Poems
6:37 am
Mon June 17, 2013

"The Voice of the Father"

Notes from the Journey Westward, poetry by Joe Wilkins

Often, as mother bent her slender back
to the fields, or pulled the bloody slip
of a lamb into the world,
I wandered the house,
studying motes of dust brought to life
by sunlight. I was looking for you.

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River recreation
2:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Survey to study river recreation patterns

Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Various agencies are teaming-up to research recreation patterns on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers.
     The study will be conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and the University of Montana.
     The point of the survey is to find out what river users like about our waterways and where they'd like to see some improvements made.

In this feature interview, F-W-P's Fishing Access Site Manager, Chet Crowser, says one thing is clear; people love our rivers and more of us are using them.

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Farmers Market
9:57 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Farmers Market a Saturday tradition in Missoula

Missoula's Farmers Market
Credit Justin Steck

Every Saturday from May through October, part of downtown Missoula is transformed into an open-air farmer's market reminiscent of those found in Europe.

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Apartment Fire
5:02 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Missoula apartment fire forces elderly and disabled residents to evacuate

Firefighters try to stop the spread of a fire at the Vantage Villa apartment complex in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

Missoula city firefighters continue at this hour to battle a large fire burning in the third floor of the Vantage Villa apartment complex on east Broadway. The fire broke out mid-afternoon, and quickly spread to at least two third floor apartments. It appears all the residents got out safely. Several fire trucks are on the scene, including a ladder truck hosing down the roof. The apartment complex is owned by the Missoula Housing Authority. Ellie Greenwood is with the housing authority's resident services, and was in the complex when the fire broke out.

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Marketplace Fairness Act
12:58 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Montana AG opposes "internet sales tax" bill

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

The "Marketplace Fairness Act" - better known as the "Internet Sales Tax" bill -  recently passed the U.S. Senate without the help of Montana Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
      The proposal will soon go before the U-S House where it's widely expected to face a more skeptical reception. Montana Republican Representative Steve Daines has already gone on the record opposing the measure. 

If implemented, it would require states to force e-commerce retailers in other states to collect sales taxes for them.

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Blackfeet vet
11:33 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Veteran works to preserve his Blackfeet language and land

Blackfeet Marine veteran and UM student Jesse DesRosier
Credit Sally Mauk

The solace offered by open spaces and beautiful landscapes is part of what prompted the formation in 2009 of a Portland-based nonprofit organization known as the Vet Voice Foundation.

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Commentary - June 12, 2013
1:56 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Elder Abuse Awareness

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties.  Tonight I want to raise the unpleasant but important topic of elder abuse.  By defining what it is and giving examples, I hope to increase your awareness of this growing “silent epidemic” and suggest ways we can all help stop its spread.

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Breaking
1:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Missoula haz mat team responds to acid spill

Missoula haz mat team at site of acid spill at Spectrum Products
Credit Sally Mauk

About a thousand gallons of water-diluted sulfuric, phosphoric and citric acid spilled out of a tank at a Missoula  company today, prompting the regional haz mat team to respond. Firefighters and the haz mat team were called out this morning to Spectrum Products, a pool product manufacturer located off Butler Creek road, not far from the airport. By midday, they were figuring out how to clean it up.

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Literary Fiction
9:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

A World Series Ring, a Three-Legged Dog, and a Thirst for Self-Destruction

High and Inside, a novel by Russell Rowland

Pete Hurley is not the first person to have the idea that building his dream house in the country will bring him some kind of peace and happiness. But he may be the first to arrive in Montana with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog, and a thirst for self-destruction.

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