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Mountain West Voices
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Blackfoot Language Revolutionary, Darrell Kipp

Darrell Kipp
Credit Clay Scott

This week's Mountain West Voices looks back at the late Darrell Kipp, scholar, educator and Blackfeet language revolutionary.  In a 2012 interview, Kipp reflected on a career that took him from the Army, to the Harvard School of Education, then back to the Blackfeet reservation, where for the last 30 years he pioneered efforts

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Solomon Hicks: Guitar Prodigy
12:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Sixteen Years Old And A Veteran Of The Cotton Club

Guitarist Solomon Hicks began playing at New York City's famed Cotton Club when he was only 13 years old.

At 16 years-old, Solomon Hicks is already a veteran of Harlem's famed Cotton Club. Since age 13, this musical prodigy has been the lead guitarist with the "Cotton Club All Stars."

Solomon excels in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk and classic Rock. In the 10 years he's been playing music, Solomon has put together an impressive resume.

In our Clip of the Week, Solomon Hicks explains how hard work and practice helped him win over skeptics who didn't think a youngster like him could hang with more experienced musicians.

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Commentary - August 19th, 2014
1:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Preventing Suicide Is Everybody’s Business

Robin Williams’ suicide has rocked the nation.  How could someone with such talent, so universally beloved, not see life as worth living? 

Closer to home, too many of us in western Montana have lost family, friends and colleagues to suicide.  Their deaths leave a hole in our hearts and in the fabric of our community.  As we grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, we agonize over whether we missed warning signs, and ask ourselves what more we could have done. 

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Wild Horse Island State Park
10:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Sweet Kid Learns A Tough Lesson About Feeding Wild Animals

Credit stateparks.mt.gov

The 7-year-old girl who was injured this weekend at Wild Horse Island State Park was hand-feeding fruit to one of the wild horses.

The young lady should be fine. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Brian Schwartz says she was treated at Polson's St. Joseph Medical Center and has been released.

According to FWP Investigator Brian Sommers,  it appears that one of the horses struck the girl in the back with a hoof, knocking her to the ground.  She sustained a bruise to her back and abrasions on her face as a result of the incident.  The investigation continues. 

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Memoir
6:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

"Traildog" Tales From Glacier National Park

During this program, Christine Byl talks about her memoir, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which describes her experiences working on trail crews in national parks in Montana and Alaska.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

James Davenport & John Steinbeck

James Davenport grew up in Deer Lodge, MT, at a slower pace than his urban peers and without the surfeit of pop culture that informs their language. In his 1962 bestseller, Travels with Charlie, John Steinbeck observes that Montanans seem unaffected by television and the homogeneity overtaking other rural places:

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Bomb squad
8:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Police destroy a suspected pipebomb at residence

Credit Edward O'Brien

A report of an explosive device drew the Missoula police and fire departments as well as the local bomb squad this afternoon to a home near Playfair park .

Police Detective Sergeant Jim Klawitter says the incident at 919 Spartan Drive started at about 3:00:

 "Officers arrived and saw what they thought could be a pipe-bomb (and) called for the bomb-disposal team. We obtained a search warrant and they used the robot to move a suspected pipe bomb and destroy it.

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Commentary - August 18th, 2014
8:25 am
Tue August 19, 2014

The Need For Comprehensive Federal Forest Reforms

There has been quite a bit of opinion writing lately about whether members of congress should focus on place-based federal forestland pilots, or whether they should work to pass comprehensive federal forest reforms.

On the one hand, place-based efforts are homegrown initiatives that carve out temporary solutions to meet local needs, while a comprehensive reform package offers sweeping changes that land managers, timber companies and timber-dependent communities can rely on for the long-term.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

John Butler

On the heels of the release of "Flesh and Blood," John Butler returns to Musician's Spotlight, updating listeners on the state of his "garden,” John's metaphor for balancing time with family and friends with his responsibilities as a business owner and his passion for music.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight, 5/13/14 and 8/19/14)

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Yellowstone Fatality
3:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Fatal Fall In Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Credit flickr user terkel110 (CC-BY-2.0)

A family is mourning the loss of their little girl after a terrible accident this weekend in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesman, Al Nash says the accident occurred yesterday morning in Yellowstone's Grand Canyon area:

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