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1:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Montana tourism strong last year, hopes high for 2014

Norma Nickerson
Credit UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Research shows 2013 was a good year for Montana tourism and early signs suggest another positive year's in store for the industry.
    This according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

ITRR director, Norma Nickerson, says Montana's tourism-driven businesses seem optimistic about what's in store for 2014.
    In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Nickerson discusses these generally positive trends and the factors used to determine them.

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Wolf Lawsuit
11:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wolves in a federal wilderness: should they be left alone or managed?

Some conservation groups are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.
     The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.

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Historical Nonfiction
5:58 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Massacre and a Generation-Spanning History of Native-White Intermarriage

The Red and The White: A Family Saga of the American West, by Andrew R. Graybill

Andrew R. Graybill talks about and reads from The Red and The White: A Family Saga of the American West, in which he writes about Malcolm Clarke and the Blackfoot Nation of Montana.

About the book:

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DNRC Water Plan
5:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What a new water plan could mean for state climate policy

The Montana Legislature's Water Policy Interim Committee meets Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

A Democratic state representative believes a new water plan being developed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) may provide a vehicle for inserting more climate science into state policy.

On Tuesday, members of the legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee heard presentations from several prominent state climate scientists on the future of agricultural water use. These addressed the changing of Montana’s mountain snowpack, key stresses on the state’s water sources, and projections of future water supply.

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Commentary - January 6th, 2014
2:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sustainable growth in the forestry economy

With the global financial crisis of 2007 (hopefully) behind us, it is time to look at the future and what opportunities lay ahead for the forest products industry.

The world is increasingly becoming a single market, with interdependent production systems, consumption of similar goods and consumers responding to similar conditions.  We no longer compete only in a local economy.

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Kalispell Mini Maker Faire
2:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Montana's first "Makers Faire"

The Kalispell Mini Maker Faire follows in the tradition of the San Mateo, California Maker Faire which started in 2005 and has grown to feature more than 800 makers with nearly 110,000 people attending.
Credit Flickr / lemonkey

Inventors, practical science buffs, and “makers” of all kinds are invited to demonstrate their projects at an event called the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire.

The first Makers Faire happened in San Mateo, California in 2005. Now, it has featured more than 800-makers with nearly 110,000 attendees.

The World Maker Faire in New York has grown in three years to more than 500 makers with 55,000 attendees. 

Public Services Librarian April Szuch said the one planned for Kalispell will be much smaller, a Mini Maker Faire. She says it’s the first of its kind in Montana.

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Bakken oil rail
1:31 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Two dramatic explosions in a year raise questions about the safety of carrying Bakken oil by rail

Explosion of oil tanker cars after train derailment near Cassleton, North Dakota December 30th
Credit usatoday

The boom in oil development in this country has increased the amount of oil shipped by rail from 10,000 tanker cars annually to 400,000 cars - just in the last four years.

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Montana News
5:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics

Jim Smith with the Montana Independent Bankers (right) speaks to Congressman Steve Daines about his concerns about the Affordable Care Act during a Monday roundtable in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana Congressman Steve Daines held a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“My objective here today is to learn and listen,” Daines told the group gathered at the Montana Chamber of Commerce Building in Helena.

Daines heard from small business owners who complained of higher insurance rates stemming from mandated changes to policies. Another woman said her planned kidney transplant was put on hold as she navigated from her old insurance plan to a new one as a result of the law.

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Badluck Way
1:37 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New book looks at the beauty –and brutality - of ranching

Author and ranch hand Bryce Andrews
Credit Bob Howell

Bryce Andrews grew up in Seattle but childhood visits to a family friend's ranch in Montana began a love affair with ranching that carried him back to Montana to live and work full-time as a ranch hand.

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MTPR Program Highlights
12:15 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

January 9 - January 15

Here are MTPR program highlights for January 9 – January 15, 2014

THURSDAY- January 9, 2014

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Mozart: Flute Sonata in F major, k. 13; Brahms: Horn Trio in Eb major, Op. 40; Telemann: 2 Concerti for Winds and String in E minor and G major; Selections performed by Renée Fleming; Schumann: Symphony #3, Op. 97 “Rhenish”

1:00 p.m   An Intelligence Squared Debate – Spy on Me, I’d Rather Be Safe
 
2:06 p.m.    Jazz Sessions - A variety of jazz tunes and styles with Terry Conrad

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