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Montana Wildlife
3:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Biologists Race To Save Flathead Valley Bats

This long-eared myotis is found only in North America and is susceptible to White Nose Syndrome.
Credit Christian Engelstoft

Bat biologists are in a race against time. A fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome is killing bats by the millions.

Regional biologists are scrambling to collect baseline data on bat habitat, species, and populations before the disease gets a foothold in the northwest. The Canadian government asked conservation groups this summer to help study bats in British Columbia's Flathead River Valley.

Filmmaker Leanne Allison produced a five minute video documenting the resulting “Bat BioBlitz."

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Early Voting
10:54 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Early Voting Gives Campaigns Less Time To Win Voters Over

Ballots have been out for more than three weeks and that has changed the way campaigns work.

More Montanans are taking advantage of absentee voting, and the trend is forcing campaigns to adapt quickly or get left behind.

The rapid increase in absentee voting means campaigns have less time to convince most their constituents to vote for them.

In the 2014 primary, absentee votes made up 68.9 percent of all votes cast. In the 2006 general election, only 29.5 percent of people voted absentee.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

For Today I Am A Boy

Kim Fu talks about and reads from her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.

About the book:

Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant— grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter’s own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

An English War Bride In Montana, Part Two

Joyce Vashro, Helena, MT
Credit Clay Scott

The second installment of the story of Joyce Vashro, an Englishwoman who married a U.S. serviceman and came to Montana 70 years ago. She and her baby embarked on the Queen Mary with 2800 other war brides. Like them, she says she hardly knew the husband she was rejoining, and had no idea what awaited her in Montana.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 10/29/14. Listen Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tamara Linse & Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt
Credit courtesy of the University of Montana

Tamara Linse - "a writer, cogitator, recovering cowgirl" - grew up on a Wyoming ranch where adult women told dumb blonde jokes. Linse's book of short stories is called How To Be A Man. "They thought of themselves," she writes of the ranch women, "as profoundly set apart, a sort of third gender - not quite a man but definitely not a woman.

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In Other Words
9:48 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Diane Sands On 100 Years Of Montana Women Voting

Diane Sands
Credit courtesy of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana

Historian, member of the Montana Legislature, and long-time Missoula resident Diane Sands describes in fascinating detail the story of women's suffrage, both in Montana and nationwide.  November 3, 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state.

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Home Ground Radio
9:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Jack Horner, Iconoclastic Paleontologist, Keeps Digging

Paleontologist Jack Horner with a bird skeleton, 2012. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Meet the Media Guru

"My way of learning was never through a book - it was always through experience. Going out and finding things and thinking about them is basically how I have learned everything. When it comes to teaching a student something, I want that student to do the same thing. I think reading is overrated, quite frankly, and I think there's no reason to read a book and learn about someone else's idea. I think it's more important to experience something and have your own idea."

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The Big Read
5:56 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Big Read Author Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried, was in Missoula October 28th to give the keynote address for The Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Chérie Newman, producer of The Write Question, talked with him about the event, and his writing.

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Bat Killing Fungus
5:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Biologists Study Bats In Canadian Flathead Valley

Bats from the British Columbia Flathead River Valley have been dying from a fungus called White Nose.

A fungal disease is wiping-out bats by the millions and it's spreading west.

Bat biologists gathered this summer in British Columbia's Flathead River Valley to take an inventory of local bat species and habitat.

During the so-called "BioBlitz", they detected two species of bat that are considered endangered and particularly vulnerable to the fatal White Nose fungus.

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Montana State Parks
5:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Montana Parks Plan Up For Discussion

State park attendance has gone up 40 percent in the last ten years.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mis-identified Woodland Water Park, Fort Missoula and Caras Park as Montana State Parks. Those parks are administered by Missoula County. We regret the error.

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