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Monday Special
9:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

David Sam hosts Indigenous Expressions

03/24/14 - Enjoy music from Shape Shifter, Carlos Santana's CD dedicated to North American Indian Nations, music from Sugar Man as well as Wayquay, the Neville Brothers, Richie Havens, The Chamber Brothers, Tha Tribe, and many others.

Habitat Volunteers
7:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

How about a spring break swinging hammers and helping strangers?

College students on spring break and NCCC members working on a Habitat for Humanity townhouse in Columbia Falls.
Credit Katrin Frye

A Habitat for Humanity home in Columbia Falls took great strides toward completion over the past two months with the help of young volunteers. A National Service group with volunteers aged 18 to 24 came on the scene two months ago, and this month a steady stream of college students are spending spring break in hard hats and tool bags building a home for strangers.

For three weeks in March Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead hosts three different college groups. The week of the 17th it was a group of spring breakers from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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Monday Poems
6:08 am
Mon March 24, 2014

"Birds of a Feather"

Ellaraine Lockie

Each spring the hummingbirds hover
over the same place on my patio
Where twenty-four years ago hung
a red plastic feeder filled with sugar water

Four or five fowl generations later
through some unfathomable feat
these offspring flutter wings over
empty air in worship of this sacred spot

And I wonder if my great grandparents
fed off the magnificence of the Rio Grande
Where it divides New Mexican high desert
Blood of Christ Mountains on one side
and burnt amber sunset on the other

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Jazz
6:25 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Jazzoula 2014

Jazzoula 2014

Michael Marsolek talks with Jazzoula founder Bruce Micklus and musician Jeff Stickney, who will be inducted into the Jazzoula Hall of Fame during this year's festival.

The festival runs for four nights in the parish center at St. Anthony Church. This year’s lineup includes 20-plus bands and 75 to 100 musicians playing in a nightclub-like atmosphere.

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Bomb Threat
12:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

California boy arrested as suspect in Helena bomb threats

Jefferson Elementary students and their parents sign out with school officials Friday from the Capitol Rotunda, the school's evacuation area.
Credit Dan Boyce

UPDATE 5:00 PM

Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy Dublin, California in connection with the series of bomb threats this week in Helena.

Police Chief Troy McGee says researching the calls earlier from earlier in the week led authorities to believe they may have been coming from out of state.

“All the IP Addresses, all the wifi connections, there are just so many ways you can connect with people this day and age, but all of them you can trace backwards,” he said, adding the department asked the FBI for help in the case.

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Indian Service
10:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Native and non-Native women played crucial role in early years of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill

It's Women's History Month, and as we reported earlier, part of the observance at the University of Montana, was a talk this week on the historical role of women in the U.S. Indian Service. University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill  is the author of the book "Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933."

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Commentary - March 20th, 2014
9:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Natural Hazards

Floods and avalanches are on Montanans’ minds right now.  That means it is also an appropriate time to take a step back and think about natural hazards more generally.  We are accustomed to thinking of these disasters as acts of God or bad luck, or otherwise entirely outside of our control.  However, if we look carefully at disasters worldwide, we see an important result: natural disasters are more often—though not always—human disasters, because the largest influences on the outcome are social and ethical considerations.  Let me give you an example: the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Fr

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Canada Thistle

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Credit Oregon State University Research & Extension

3/23/14  &  3/24/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Canada Thistle," by Heather Sarantis.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Physiology of Taste

Credit Chris Spooner

3/23/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon go on for some time about the physiology of taste, and the Silicon Valley of eating.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Valerian

3/22/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Valerian is a powerful agent for relaxation and sleep, with no dangerous side effects. In the past, aggression, epilepsy, shell shock and hysteria were all treated with valerian.

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