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8:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

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D-o-J investigations
2:36 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Missoula County officials to discuss Justice Department this week

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is scheduled to meet with county officials later this week to discuss the standoff between his office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
      The Justice Department earlier this year reached agreements with the University of Montana and the City of Missoula after investigations revealed deficiencies in how they responded to reports of sexual assault.  Those agreements required UM and the city take several steps to improve their responses.

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Solar Energy
2:20 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Solar energy expert says the solar revolution has begun

Physicist, author and solar energy expert John Perlin

Development of solar energy is undergoing a renaissance as the price and downside of fossil fuels increases. Author, physics professor and solar energy expert John Perlin says the use of solar energy goes back thousands of years.

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Outdoors
1:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Long time fisheries manager retiring

Retiring Region One Fisheries Manager Jim Vashro with a Lake Trout on Flathead Lake.
Credit Tony Anderson

Aquatic Invasive Species, Bucket Biology, lake trout suppression, public access, and family fishing are among the topics that have ruled Jim Vashro’s last thirty years with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Vashro is retiring as the Region One Fisheries Manager for F-W-P with the end of this year. Region One includes Flathead Lake as well as numerous other lakes, rivers and streams in northwest Montana. Vashro said Flathead Lake was just one of more than one hundred lakes that had Mysis shrimp introduced, but arguably saw the most profound change.

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MTPR Program Highlights
12:23 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

January 2 - January 8, 2014

Here are MTPR program highlights for January 2 – January 8, 2014

THURSDAY- January 2, 2014

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Mauro Giuliani:  Variation for violin and guitar, Op. 24a; Anna Amelia of Prussia: Sonata in F for flute and basso continuo; J.S. Bach: 2 oboe concerti in D minor, BWV 1029 and in A major, BWV 1055; Ferruci Busoni: Fantasia after J.S. Bach and Canonie Variations and fugue; Muzio Clementi: Symphony #4 in D major

1:00 p.m   An Intelligence Squared Debate – Has the constitutional right to bear arms outlived its usefulness?  

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Monday Poems
6:33 am
Mon December 30, 2013

"January in Montana"

Jennifer Greene

Light from the sky is precious like sips
of hot tea, a luxury, elite. On my drive
to work, I pass through wetlands filled
with Canadia geese and hawks.
Morning frost drapes the hood
of my car in wet velvet. Fog lifts from
ponds: a lace shawl hugging
curves of the water's edge.

Dead weeds in fields join mounds
of stone sugared under hoarfrost.
Snowflakes fluttering,
inexhaustible lovers waltzing.

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Commentary - December 27th, 2013
1:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Funding Impacts on Senior Services

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli counties. As many of you know, Congress has come to an agreement on the major budget issues that have delayed finalizing the funding for fiscal year 2014, which started October 1.  Because Congress has only partially offset sequestration with this budget deal, I want to talk tonight about why it is important that we advocate on behalf of vulnerable older adults. 

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Radon
1:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Radon presents serious health risks, but easy to test for and mitigate

January is radon awareness month.
    The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging Montanans to test for and - if necessary - address any radon issues.
     Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. Paul Tschida of D-E-Q's Energy and Pollution Bureau tells Edward O'Brien that radon exposure can present serious health issues:

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One Corvid's remarkable long-term spatial memory
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Credit Michael Sulis

"Fieldnotes," December 29th & 30th, 2013: "Clark's Nutcracker," by Charles Miller / Caroline Kurtz.

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Powerful anti-microbial
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Myrrh, An Ancient, Precious Resin

December 28th & 30th, 2013:Prized as incense, myrrh plays a role in the ceremonies of many religions, but also in medicine. Its antimicrobial qualities have made it useful for treating wounds, infection, inflammation, and candida - and today, it's found in toothpastes.

http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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