Flathead Job Fair
1:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead

The Flathead Valley Community College and Flathead Job Service host a Job Fair 4/16 featuring 70 employers.
Credit Katrin Frye

A sold out job fair is a sign of the changing economic times in the Flathead. For the past three years Flathead Valley Community College and the local Job Service have sponsored a spring Job Fair. They had stopped offering it for a few years prior to 2012 because of the lack of job openings.

Manager of the Flathead Job Service Bill Nelson said in the depths of the recession they were listing about 40-job openings.

Over the last few days its closer to 5-hundred.

Student Advisor and Navigator Jori Bullemer with FVCC also used to work at the Job Service.

Read more
Tiananmen Legacy
11:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Chinese exile says Tiananmen was a beginning, not an ending

Harvard lecturer and author Rowena He
Credit Kris Snibbe, Harvard staff photographer

Rowena He was a teenager in China when the Tiananmen democracy protests began. The June 4th, 1989 massacre, when the Chinese government moved in to murder many of the protesters, marked a turning point for her, and many others of her generation.

Read more
Commentary - April 2nd, 2014
9:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking and Montana

After winning Picture of the Year for his film “12 Years a Slave”, celebrated Director Steve McQueen dedicated his Academy Award to the 21 million people around the world still entrapped in slavery.  To many Montanans, this statement may sound a bit strange, even unbelievable.   It is hard to imagine world where men, women, and children are brutally exploited and trafficked like a commercial property.  Such practices, however, not only exist today but also thrive. 

Read more
Commentary - April 8th, 2014
9:23 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Federal Regulators – Whose Interests Do They Serve?

GM, oh GM, what to do about you? You hid dangerous defects from the public and federal regulators, you determined 57 cents was too high a cost, to you, to fix the problem, and as a result Americans have needlessly died. If it weren't for those pesky family members who lost a loved one seeking accountability from you, and the trial lawyers that represent them, you wouldn't be the butt of late night comedy sketches. But, you have somewhat of an explanation, it wasn't all your fault.

Read more
Climate Change
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report at the end of March.

The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.

In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.

Read more
Public Radio Week Special
10:55 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Montana Musicians Join John Floridis, Live

Jessie of The Lil' Smokies.

4/8/14: Join host John Floridis as he welcomes a flock of Montana musicians into the studio this afternoon from 1:00-2:00pm for a special Public Radio Week edition of "Musicians' Spotlight." Luke Dowler, Kristi Neumann and The Lil' Trio (members of the Lil' Smokies, with John Dunnigan) will perform, with help on-mic from Jenn Adams and Tom Catmull. Call 243-6400 or (800) 325-1656 or pledge online at


Read more
MTPR Music
10:29 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Stan Howe, In-Person on "The Folk Show"

Stan Howe

4/8/14: Join us this afternoon between 2:06-4:00pm as Stan Howe joins John Myers and Beth Anne Austein for the annual Public Radio Week "Folk Show." Expect songs about riding, pining, Rockies and springtime, loose change and sparing a dime, as well as stories about Stan's recent adventures in recording. John will improvise puns, Beth Anne will audibly roll her eyes, and your phone calls will add background cacophony. (800) 325-1565 or 243-6400 or to contribute.

Read more
8:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

Read more
MTPR Program Highlights
10:12 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

April 10 - 16

Here are MTPR program highlights for April 10 – April 16, 2014

THURSDAY- April 10, 2014

9:05 a.m. Morning Classics with Michael Marsolek and guests

11:00 a.m. Freeforms with Zed and guests

1:00 p.m MTPR special shorts; the best of short form and comedic pieces from the public radio universe

2:06 p.m. Jazz Sessions - A variety of jazz tunes and styles with Terry Conrad

4:00 p.m. The Pea Green Boat with Annie Garde – a show for children of all ages

7:30 p.m. The Write Question – Highlights from past programs with Zed and Chérie Newman

Read more
Trapping Initiative
12:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Should Montana ban trapping on public lands?

l to r: Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trappers Association, and Tom Gignoux of the anti-trapping group "Trap Free Montana Public Lands"
Credit Sally Mauk

Opponents of trapping hope to get enough signatures to get Initiative 169 - which would ban trapping on public lands - on the November ballot.
    The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department reports there are between 5000 and 6000 trapping licenses sold annually. In 2012 those trappers caught 67,000 furbearers - everything from beaver to wolverine. They also, unintentionally, caught an occasional dog, and other non-targeted animals. 

Read more