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Yellowstone Drone Crash
5:08 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Tourist Fined For Yellowstone Drone Crash

The use of un-manned aircraft, or drones is prohibited in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit National Park Service

A federal court has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3,000 dollars for crashing a drone in the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Theodorus Van Vliet crashed a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring in early August. Workers have been unable to recover the unmanned aircraft so far.

Park authorities banned drones in late June.

Van Vliet was one of three visitors to crash one in the park this summer.

This is the second federal conviction for piloting drones in Yellowstone in a just over a week. One other illegal drone case is still pending.

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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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Forest Photography & Filming
3:43 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Montana's DC Delegation Opposes Forest Service Photo Permits

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed  requiring permits for still photography and commercial filming in designated wilderness areas, making permanent an interim rule in place since 2010.

According to The Oregonian, permits would cost up to $1,500, with a $1,000 fine for failure to get a permit.

Montana's entire congressional delegation has written to the Forest Service expressing concerns with the proposal.

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Commentary - September 25th, 2014
2:38 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Backsliding into Corporate Dominance?

I recently dropped in on the annual gathering of the remaining delegates to Montana’s 1972 Constitutional Convention.  The Constitution these heroic Montanans crafted made Montana the envy of other states.  As time takes its natural toll and we lose more of these champions of the people, we also are in danger of losing much of what they accomplished as today’s power elites seek to reverse the progress these great Montanans helped make.

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Montana News
10:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

DEQ: Air Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups Today

Image courtesy Montana DEQ

Montana's Department of Environmental Quality reports HERE that the persistent wildfires in Idaho have caused significant impacts in western Montana this morning. Cumulative concentrations are currently UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in Hamilton and Frenchtown and MODERATE in Missoula and Seeley Lake. Smoke began to move into the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula area yesterday evening.

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Poetry Club
6:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Poetry Club In Session Today on The Pea Green Boat

 It's Poetry Club Day on the Pea Green Boat!

Marcia, Marylor, Barbara, and Annie are the members and they'll be sharing new poems they've found as well as some of their old favorites. Tune in today between 4 and 5 p.m.

"I hope you'll join us 'cause it's a lot more fun for us when you're around." -Annie

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Typewriter Poet: A Conversation With Tyler Knott Gregson

Credit Sarah Linden

A visit with poet Tyler Knott Gregson - an unlikely success story from Helena, Montana. He typed his first poem off the top of his head, standing up, on an old typewriter an a junk store. Three years and 900 poems later, he has a following of several hundred thousand people around the world.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 9/24/14, Wednesday evenings, 7:30.)

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Continental Divide Trail
12:01 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Freedom Is A 3,100 Mile Solo Hike

Kayla Murchison is taking a solo through-hike of the Continental Divide trail from Mexico to Canada.
Credit Clay Scott

"I can't imagine a better existence," says Kayla Murchison. She's nearing the end of a 3,100 mile solo hike on the Continental Divide Trail. After 4 1/2 months walking from Mexico to Canada, she's "hard as nails", and "ready to take on anything."

In our Clip of the Week Kayla talks about the simplicity, freedom and beauty of life on the trail.

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Experiments in Fundraising
10:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

$5 Buck Friday Results

$5 Buck Origami

We tried this experiment in on-air fundraising last Friday (Sep 19, 2014), and found that indeed, we gained new sustaining members for MTPR!

Here are the stats:

53 donors

39 brand new members

76% chose to be sustaining members

50% chose a digital album download

Thank you to all who donated  and to the thousands of station members and sponsors who keep MTPR going strong all year long.

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Montana News
6:07 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Missoula Mayor Meets With Algonquin CEO

Missoula Mayor John Engen talks about his meeting with Algonquin Power & Utilities, the proposed buyers of Missoula's water system, at a press conference on Sept. 24, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

Missoula Mayor John Engen says he understands Algonquin's intent in buying Mountain Water, but he's not convinced the company can actually buy it, given the city's attempts to take ownership by condemnation from The Carlyle Group. Engen spoke at a press conference in his office this morning after meeting with Algonquin's CEO.

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