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Train Delays
2:17 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NW Montana avalanche delays BNSF, Amtrak trains again

An Amtrak train delayed by snow in Omaha, Nebraska in 2009.
Credit Loco Steve, flickr

UPDATE: 2:30 PM: Matt Jones with BNSF said freight travel re-opened at 12:30 PM today on one of the two tracks closed by last night's avalanche. The other track should open soon. 

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Amtrak and BNSF trains are delayed after an avalanche was reported late Sunday night east of the small northwest Montana town of Essex.

BNSF Regional Public Affairs Director Matt Jones expects the debris to be cleared from the track and freight trains should running again by this afternoon.

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Alternative Radio
2:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Arundhati Roy - Reimagining the World

03/10/2014 - The news item was brief and buried in the back pages: “India: Maoists Ambush Patrol, Killing 7 Soldiers. The attack occurred in a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand State. Thousands of people have been killed in the past decade in violence involving Maoists, who claim they represent India’s dispossessed, particularly indigenous tribal groups.”

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Suffrage Exhibit
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Exhibits explore the highs - and shameful lows - of Montana’s early suffrage movement

University of Montana history professor Anya Jabour

March is Women's History Month and 2014 is also the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana.

        The occasion is being marked this year with exhibits at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

        U-M History professor Anya Jabour was part of the team that helped create these exhibits. Jabour, the Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at U-M also chairs the Montana Woman's Suffrage Centennial committee.

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1st Tuesday of the month, 1st hour of "Folk Show"
8:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Stan Howe program, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

3/4/14: The first Tuesday of each month, from 2:06-3:05pm, the first hour of "The Folk Show" is Stan Howe's monthly program, featuring everything from up-and-coming Montana fiddlers to scratchy old 45rpm records, new releases to the occasional wax cylinder.

For March, Stan fiddles with the waltz, via Calvin Volrath, Skip Gorman, Shelby Rae Russell, Fred Stoneking, and others.

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Opera
5:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Enchanted Island

03/08/2014 - Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min.

The Met’s delightful Baroque fantasy returns after its critically acclaimed world-premiere run in 2011–12, bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, set to a brilliant new English libretto inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This time, the all-star cast is led by Susan Graham as Sycorax, with David Daniels, Danielle de Niese, and the great Plácido Domingo reprising their roles as Prospero, Ariel, and Neptune.

Radiolab
5:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

After Life

03/08/2014 - We all die...but then what? Radiolab stares down the very moment of passing, and asks what might be on the other side with eleven meditations on how, when, and even if we die--including a short story by neuroscientist David Eagleman, brought to life by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

Avalanche danger
9:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Missoula avalanche danger warning

Missoula law enforcement are going door to door  in the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood of Missoula between Richard and Holly streets, advising residents of the unstable snow conditions and danger of avalanche. Although no mandatory evacuations are being ordered, residents are being advised of the risk in deciding whether to  stay or leave.

Local authorities have also advised folks to stay off Mount Sentinel, Mount Jumbo, and Waterworks Hill because of the increased avalanche danger.

Avalanche
5:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Avalanche destroys house in Missoula, three people rescued

Rescuers at the site of an avalanche in Missoula's lower Rattlesnake neighborhood
Credit William Marcus

A child and an elderly couple have been rescued after being buried in an avalanche in the lower Rattlesnake area of Missoula. The afternoon slide destroyed at least one house on Harrison street.  Missoula police Sgt. Travis Welsh says the three people were found alive, dug out separately after the slide and taken by ambulance to St. Patrick hospital. Welch says they believe everyone is now accounted for but search teams with dogs continue to check the area. Authorities also continue to evaluate the danger of further snow slides and whether any evacuations will  be necessary.

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State Prison
3:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has written a letter to the state alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.

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Philosophy of peace
12:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When is compromise too rotten to accept?

Hebrew University philosopher Avishai Margalit

Tonight's talk in the President's lecture series at the University of Montana is one of the many events cancelled because of today's blizzard - but the featured speaker did brave the elements today to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk. Avishai Margalit is an emeritus philosophy professor at Hebrew  University in Jerusalem, an author, and one of the foremost living philosophers, who has written extensively about the struggle between Islam and the West.

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