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Trail Maintenance
2:15 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lagging forest trail maintenance prompting "frenemies" to unite

Stemple Pass volunteer crew. Freix in blue tank, lower right
Shannon Freix

Over 50 diverse recreation and conservation groups say the Forest Service is facing a nation-wide trails crisis and they sent a letter to Congress this week asking for help.

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All Families Break In
1:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Only clinic to offer abortions in the Flathead may not reopen

A message on the All Families Healthcare website says "closed for the forseeable".
Credit www.allfamilieshealthcare.org

The only medical office offering abortions in the Flathead Valley may not reopen after extensive vandalism shut its doors earlier this month. The man arrested for the break in is the son of a founder of a local pro-life organization.

All Families Health Care offers primary care by Physicians Assistant Susan Cahill.

“I take care of children, and geriatrics as well, men – they don’t come in as much, and women, they come in more often either because of their reproductive years, menopause, etcetera,” Cahill said.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mammal Insulation

Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus)
Credit Tim Bowman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

3/30/14 and 3/31/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Mammal Insulation," by Carol Alette.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tulsi

3/29/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" “Holy basil” helps many ailments. It's sacred - dedicated to Vishnu - and has been cultivated by Indian people for centuries, as medicine for fever, digestion, diabetes, stress, and more.

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Little Pod, Big Aroma
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Vanilla

Drawing of Vanilla from the Florentine Codex (circa 1580) and description of its use and properties written in the Nahuatl language
Credit Maunus

3/30/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg discuss vanilla, one of the most identifiable aromas in the world. "Vanilla" is a perfume, a flavoring agent, the pod of a tropical Meso-American orchid, an extract and a paste. It's not to be confused with synthetic vanillin, the widespread, inexpensive flavoring.

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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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