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MTPR Program Highlights
9:14 am
Tue March 18, 2014

March 20 - 26

Here are MTPR program highlights for March 20 – March 26, 2014

THURSDAY- March 20, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics  – Debussy: Printemps Suite and Divertissement for Piano Duo; Beethoven: Violin Sonata #5 in F major, Op. 24,“Spring”; Greig: The Mountain Maid for Trumpet and Piano; Schumann: Symphony #1 in Bb major, Op. 38 “Spring”

1:00 p.m   Notes on Spring – A seasonal special, music and information about the promising resurgence of spring, including facts about the featured music.

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Wolf Hunting
5:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Only five additional wolf kills recorded despite liberalized season

A wolf is featured on the latest issue of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks magazine, "Montana Outdoors."
Credit Dan Boyce

  The final numbers for this wolf hunting season look to be very close to those from last year. The six-month season ended this past Saturday. Hunters and trappers killed a total of 230 wolves, compared with 225 last season.

The very similar numbers come despite more aggressive hunting rules from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

It’s the second year trappers have been added to the state’s strategy to reign in wolf numbers--and trapping numbers actually dropped, from 97 down to 86.

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Climate Change
3:26 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Land managers gather to talk about adapting to climate change

Executive Director of "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen

Land managers from Montana, Alberta and British Columbia are gathering in Missoula this week to talk about managing the Crown of the Continent ecosystem for climate change. Participants include government agencies, non-profit organizations, academics and tribal representatives.
    The executive director of the Seattle-based nonprofit organization known as "EcoAdapt", Lara Hansen, is one of the forum's featured speakers.

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MTPR is seeking your input
2:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Take the MTPR "Local" Survey

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Alternative Radio
1:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Captain Ahab and U.S. Empire

03/17/2014 - Chris Hedges - The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and other resources, its relentless hunger for profits, its garrisoning the globe with military bases, its arrogant disregard for the environment, is on the same suicidal path as Ahab.

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Commentary
9:29 am
Mon March 17, 2014

A True Montana Melodrama

A True Montana Melodrama

A Montana Public Radio Commentary by Evan Barrett

March 13, 2014

Much has been said about the appointment of John Walsh to the US Senate including comparisons to Montana’s earlier Senate appointments.

It’s interesting to look at the actual historical facts of the earlier situations.

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Monday Poems
6:47 am
Mon March 17, 2014

"Emerald"

Unbidden, a green memory
sprang forth, so overwhelming
in its clarity, it leapt across
three quarters of a century:
I stood before a counter-top
of jewelry, eye height, beside
my father who had brought me to
that "five and dime" store in the Bronx.
          Among the many rings displayed,
one gleaming emerald shone there
surpassing all the rest, and, firmly set
within a silver band, it was on sale
just for one dollar that my father
told the saleslady I'd saved.
          I bought the ring to give my mother

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Forest Legacy Project
10:41 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Preserving water quality, recreation, and a working forest in Whitefish

75% of the municipal water supply for Whitefish comes from Haskill Basin, in the summer, when that supply runs low, the city pumps and treats water from Whitefish Lake.
Credit Katrin Frye

The U-S Forest Service ranks a Whitefish project involving drinking water, recreation, and logging as a number one priority in the nation. The Haskill Basin project encompasses about 3-thousand-acres of the F.H. Stoltze Lumber Company’s land.

Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld said it’s a popular recreation area, and it also supplies 75% of the city’s water.

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Childhood Hunger
8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

“The Dude” fights to end childhood hunger

Actor Jeff Bridges, national spokesman for "No Kid Hungry" campaign

One in five kids goes hungry in America - a statistic the national "No Kid Hungry" campaign hopes to change. Bill Shore is the founder of the national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America, and Oscar-winning actor, and part-time Montana resident, Jeff Bridges is the campaign's national spokesman.

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State Budget
8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MT's budget on track

Analysts expect Montana’s budget surplus to be slightly higher than previous predictions.

The estimate comes from the Legislative Fiscal Division. It now predicts the state will have nearly $353 million left in the bank at the end of this budget cycle. That’s almost $6 million higher than estimates in December.

Conrad Republican Senator Llew Jones chairs the Legislative Finance committee, which looks at the budget between Legislative sessions. He said, overall, the budget is staying right about where it should.

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