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Commentary - January 16th, 2014
10:11 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Giants Among the People

When I was young, there were three pictures in my parents’ hallway -- Jesus Christ,   Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers Union.  These men informed my family’s political and life perspective.

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Commentary - January 14th, 2014
9:37 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Corporate Paid Umpires?

The L.A. Times has an editorial today on a subject I've spoken about before – arbitration. It opens with a “what if” - what if the L.A.

Dodgers have “just won the pennant and are going to play the New York Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And, there are new umpires, hired and paid for by the Yankees.” The opening concludes with the observation that 'with rules like that, the Dodgers wouldn't stand much of a chance.'

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Commentary - January 15th, 2014
1:09 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Swan Song

This will be my last commentary on this program.  As I pondered what to say in parting, I landed on what I what I should have said to you at the start:  why I think ongoing commentary on the subject of public education is important.

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Wolf Killing History
10:15 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The history of wolves in Montana is a bloody one

Wolf hunter Barney Brannin posing with part of the Cripple Foot pack taken on the Waite ranch in winter 1924-1925
Credit Montana Historical Society

As we reported earlier this week, a new article on the history of the eradication of wolves in Montana points out the state once was home to hundreds of thousands of wolves.

The current population of 600-plus, is a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that used to roam Big Sky country, before wolves were exterminated in the 1920's.

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Library Revisited
10:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Not just "musty old books" at the Kalispell "Imagine If" Library

Getting "messy" at recently re-branded "Imagine If" Library of Kalispell.
Credit Katrin Frye

Walking into Flathead County Library’s main branch in Kalispell there’s the smell of fresh, buttery popcorn, and Alex Hogle and Jeremy Morrone play bluegrass music as people check out books, browse, and snack.

There’s also a big signs saying “Imagine If”. Flathead County Libraries recently unveiled itself as a new brand with “Imagine If.”

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Memoir
6:38 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dirt Work: Christine Byl's Education in the Woods

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, a memoir by Christine Byl

During this program, Christine Byl talks about her memoir, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which describes her experiences working on trail crews in national parks in Montana and Alaska.

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Yellowstone National Park bison
1:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remote vaccination of bison not likely for Yellowstone Park herd

Credit NASA

Yellowstone National Park administrators say shooting wild bison with vaccine-laced "biobullets" to prevent the spread of an animal disease would be too ineffective to justify the expense.

Today's announcement means a program that's led to the periodic capture and slaughter of thousands of migrating bison will continue.
 
       About half of Yellowstone's 4,600 bison test positive for Brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to prematurely abort their young.

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Helena
10:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

C.R. Anderson Middle School closed for at least a week due to lead contamination

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena will be closed for at least a week after tests found elevated lead levels
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s C.R. Anderson Middle School was abruptly closed Tuesday after test results brought up elevated lead levels in areas of the building.

The lead found in Montana's largest middle school likely comes from the school's old basement firing range, which administrators say has been closed for about 20 years.

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Helena
10:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Helena Parks dept. holds first ice skating lessons for kids

Cooper Larson (right) shuffles around the ice as instructor Megan Williams looks on.
Credit Dan Boyce

A smooth frozen pond sits in the middle of Helena--a skating rink for citizens’ use at Memorial Park.

The Helena Parks Department is starting a new program there to teach kids how to make their way around the ice.

The Helena Parks Department is holding these 30 minute ice skating classes at Memorial Park for the next five Tuesdays, starting at 6 PM.

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Bakken Spinoffs
9:48 am
Tue January 14, 2014

MT Company seeks to capture gases now burned in oil rig flares

Chief Technology Officer for G-Tuit Jim Haider looks at a nearly-constructed "mini gas plant" his company will be shipping to the Bakken region.
Credit Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the final of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

The flares from oil rigs light up the night sky in the Bakken region.

Burning off these polluting gases is a by-product of extracting the oil in fracking operations.

Not only do the flares increase the emissions of the rigs, the oil companies are wasting natural resources that could be sold.

It has been a cost of doing business in the fracking world.

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