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SRS Funding
4:34 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Rural Counties Worry About Losing Federal Schools, Roads Funding

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Officials in 33 Montana counties are keenly aware of what's not in the trillion dollar federal spending bill to keep government open: an extension of the Secure Rural Schools, or SRS program, that Montana counties have relied on since 2000.

SRS funding is stripped out of the spending bill the House has been considering this week.

The SRS program was helps pay down school bonds and also funds road maintenance projects.

Mineral County Commissioner Laurie Johnston has a blunt assessment of the situation.

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Documentary Special
11:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hidden Kitchens World

12/14/2014 - The Kitchen Sisters and PRX present Hidden Kitchens World, a new hour of kitchen stories that travel the world. A broadcast special rich with great stories, music, sound, host and guest stars – Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand, Gael Garcia Bernal (star of Motorcycle Diaries and Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater), Werner Herzog, Salman Rushdie and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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Top Three Reasons For Schedule Changes
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Change Is Hard, But Neccesary For MTPR

William Marcus then (at KUFM circa 1973) and now.

MTPR will be 50 years old in 2015. As someone who’s been around for 40 of those years, I’d like to reflect on the program changes that we implemented last month.

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Mountain West Voices
6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On The Middle Fork: A Rural Montana Woman Talks About Her Life

Pauline Olson of Augusta, MT
Credit Clay Scott

80-year-old leather worker Pauline Olson of Augusta, Montana, talks about God, deer hunting, and a life of struggling to keep afloat along the Rocky Mountain Front.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 12/8/14. Listen weekly on the radio, Mondays at 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Mountain West Voices
6:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Good Haircut, A Great Life

Barber Bob Harsha, Columbus, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Mountain West Voices producer Clay Scott gets a trim in the Columbus, Montana shop of Bob Harsha, a 93-year-old barber who has been cutting hair in the same location since he was 18.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 12/1/14. Listen weekly on the radio, Mondays at 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Preschool Grants
5:41 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Montana To Get $10 Million In Grants For Preschools

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
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Montana is receiving $10 million in federal grants to set up preschool programs and train teachers in sixteen communities around the state. The money would provide preschool programs for 4-year-olds from low and moderate-income families. Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau says this grant is separate from the Governor’s proposal to fund a new statewide preschool program.
 

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Coal & Climate Change
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Crow Nation Opposes President's Climate Plan

Much of the coal from the Crow Reservation gets shipped to power plants in other states.

Southeastern Montana's Crow Nation says President Obama’s pending climate plan would wreak economic havoc on the already-impoverished reservation.

Under the administration's proposal, states must reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is going up to bat for the Crow Nation. Fox says he's troubled by how the President is unilaterally guiding this climate proposal.

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Senator John Walsh
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

In Final Senate Speech, Walsh Highlights Veteran Suicides, Money In Politics, Public Lands

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

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Columbia Falls Smelter Clean Up
4:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Columbia Falls Aluminum Smelter Cleanup Hits A Snag

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Efforts to clean up the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Company smelter have hit a snag.

State and federal officials will brief the residents in Columbia Falls Thursday.

Montana’s Department of Environmental quality wanted to speed up the process that could qualify the closed smelter for federal “Superfund” cleanup money.

Before state inspectors could assess the problem in detail, the company would have to sign a consent decree, according to DEQ attorney William Kirley.

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Safe, but some risk remains
10:21 am
Wed December 10, 2014

EPA Presents Health Risk Assessment In Libby

EPA Toxicologist Deborah McKean presents data at a public meeting in Libby Tuesday evening.
Credit Eric Whitney

In Libby Tuesday, about 30 people came to hear toxicologists from the Environmental Protection Agency explain a health risk assessment released Monday.

Many locals who've followed the EPA's studies closely were already confident that there's now little health risk from living in Libby. Agency toxicologist Deborah McKean confirmed that things are very different following the half-billion dollar clean up of the town started in 2002.

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