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Medicaid expansion
10:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot

Credit Healthy Montana Initiative

Organizers of the Healthy Montana Initiative - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.

Healthy Montana Initiative president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.

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Clip of the Week
7:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Clip of the Week: Conflict Between Trappers and Blackfeet

In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

Listen as Peter Stark describes how the killing of a Blackfoot man by the Lewis and Clark expedition came back to haunt later fur trappers.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Nekaneet Cree Stories From Saskatchewan, Part 1

Nekaneet Cree elder, Linda Oakes
Credit Clay Scott

7/17/13: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" A visit to the Nekaneet Reserve in southwest Saskatchewan. Elder Linda Oakes talks about racism, about the importance of the Cree language, and about her people's fight to remain in their ancestral home in the Cypress Hills.

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Commentary - June 17th, 2014
2:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Veteran's Viewpoint

This is Dan Gallagher with Veteran’s Viewpoint.

There’s a lot to talk about in the veterans’ world these days.  For example, on May 30th VA Secretary Shinseki resigned that position--but I find neither pleasure nor optimism in that action, mostly because of the way it came to be.

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MT GOP platform convention
1:56 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention

Will Deschamps
Credit Montana GOP

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its  platform convention this weekend. 

Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.
    Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.

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Missoula Symphony Orchestra
12:54 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

A Tribute to Joseph Brown Henry

Joseph Brown Henry, October 10, 1930 - June 1, 2014

William Marcus hosts a special tribute to Joseph Brown Henry, who died at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, on June 1.

Excerpts from Henry's obituary, written by Joe Nickell:

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Plane Crash
11:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Twin-engine plane crashes near Lost Trail ski lodge

Grumman G-21
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One person is confirmed dead after a plane crashed yesterday in the parking lot of Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Highway 93 south at the Montana/Idaho border. Ravalli County Undersheriff, Steve Holton,  says Ravalli County dispatch began receiving calls about the crash shortly after 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Preliminary information suggests the plane was a Grumman G-21, an amphibious twin engine aircraft.

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Children's Novel
6:08 am
Wed June 18, 2014

11-Year-Old Learns Respect From War Veterans

Jungle of Bones, a children's novel by Ben Mikaelsen
Credit WWII bomber, Papau New Guinea, children's book, Montana author

Children's author Ben Mikaelsen talks about his inspiration for Jungle of Bones and reads from the novel.

About the Book:

Dylan gets caught taking a joyride in a stolen car and shipped off to live with his ex-Marine uncle for the summer. But Uncle Todd has bigger plans for Dylan than just early-morning jogs.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Ellen Baumler & Clem Work

Ellen Baumler

6/17/14 & 6/18/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Historian Ellen Baumler, who witnessed Governor Brian Schweitzer's posthumous pardon of the 76 men and 3 women convicted of sedition under Montana's notorious 1918 law, reflects on WWI hysteria. Clem Work speculates on the convictions of two of the pardoned, William and Janet Smith.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mike Dawes

Credit Az Samad

3/4/14 & 6/17/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" English guitarist Mike Dawes took a look at Gotye’s hit song, "Somebody That I Used To Know,” and turned it into a finger-style guitar masterpiece. Two million YouTube hits later, the world is finding out more about this disciple of the two-handed, fret-tapping, percussive style of acoustic guitar.

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