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Tech Commencement
7:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Backlash growing over upcoming Gianforte commencement at Montana Tech

Greg and Susan Gianfore

Backlash is growing at Montana Tech in Butte over the choice of the school’s commencement speakers this Spring.

Opponents say Right Now Technologies founders Greg and Susan Gianforte promote extreme religious viewpoints and discriminate against homosexuals. A small group of students and faculty are considering a boycott of the ceremony in mid-May.

Tech is standing by the choice, citing the Gianfortes’ business success and emphasis on getting young people involved with computer science.

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Climate and Forests
12:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Acres burned by wildfire expected to double this century

Forest service research scientist David Peterson

Montanans are getting accustomed to smoky summers, as our fire seasons have gotten longer and more intense in recent years. Get ready for things to get worse. A recent report on the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems says the number of acres burned by wildfire will at least double this century. The report is part of a National Climate Assessment presented to Congress and the President. Forest service research scientist David Peterson is one of the three editors of that report.

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Mountain West Voices
7:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Helmville Waltz

Pat Geary
Credit Clay Scott

3/26/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:"  94-year-old Pat Geary, teacher and church organist in Helmville, Montana, talks about her community, and her life.

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Medicaid Expansion
6:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Legislative Fiscal Division refutes Gov.’s cost estimate for Medicaid Expansion

The summary included with the fiscal note on Medicaid expansion submitted by the Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning.
Credit OBPP

Governor Steve Bullock announced his support Wednesday for a voter initiative to expand Medicaid, called the Healthy Montana Initiative.

Medicaid expansion is an optional piece of the Federal Affordable Care Act, and Republican majorities in the Montana Legislature decided not to approve it in 2013.

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Solar Power
5:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Solar power installations continue dropping in price, pay off in under ten years in MT

Solar Montana Owner Jackson Isbell stands in front of his installation at Helena's River Rock Residences.
Credit Dan Boyce

The price of solar panels continues to drop, making them a more reasonable option for households.

Montanans are taking notice; solar adoption rates have been rising in the last five years.

A solar project just switched on in January at Helena’s River Rock Residences, a low-income senior housing complex operated by the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Development Corporation.

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Farm to College
3:21 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

More Montana-grown food ending up on University of Montana plates

UM Dining Services executive chef Patrick Browne, Sally Mauk, UM executive sous-chef Michele Loftus
Jerry O'Malley

Since 2003, the University of Montana's dining services have bought six and a half million dollars worth of food - everything from lentils to beef - from Montana farmers and ranchers, under the Farm to College program. The program was created out of a partnership between students in the Environmental Studies program and UM's Dining Services, and has grown every year.
    News Director Sally Mauk visited one of the Dining Services kitchens - and a new on-campus garden - to learn more about the program, and UM's increasing commitment to buying,  and growing, local.

 

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Commentary - March 26th, 2014
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Paying back the land: Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 58 bills into law, the lowest since bill tracking was initiated in the 1940’s. Much of the stalemate characterizing the last two congressional sessions has been blamed on bipartisan gridlock. It begs the question, why aren’t the widely supported bipartisan bills that are waiting in committee becoming law? Bills that are well rounded, effective, and supported by stakeholders are repeatedly dying in committee.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
10:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Flathead Lake water and weather monitoring buoys in dry dock

One of two data gathering buoys the Flathead Lake Biological Station has been operating since August of 2011.
Credit Katrin Frye

Two large, yellow buoys with “Flathead Lake Biological Station” stenciled on the side now sit on the shore beside the lake they’ve been collecting data on since August of 2011. These weather buoys were also measuring water quality and temperature, among other things.

The buoys were taken in to calibrate the instruments and replace the batteries.

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Debut Novel Explores Transgender and Ethnic Issues

For Today I Am A Boy, by Kim Fu

Kim Fu talks about and reads from her debut novel, For Today I Am A Boy.

About the book:

Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant— grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter’s own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.

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Reflections West
7:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Bud Cheff, Jr. & Olivia Stiffler

3/25/14  &  3/26/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Bud Cheff, Jr. reflects on the enduring ties between two families, one white, one Indian, on the Flathead reservation.  He pairs his thoughts with a poem by Olivia Stiffler.

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