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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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Monday Poems
11:36 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"Indian Brother"

From the Marias River to the North Pole: A Montana History in Story Poems, by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

April 1945

He came to us wrapped in Mother's blue sweater,
his crippled sister, Mary Jane,
murdered by a drunk.
Three days old, Clarence was his name.
"A sissy name," said Mama. "His name is Joey."

She made him a red bunting with white fur.
His hair, shiny black, stood straight
as beaver points on a Hudson Bay blanket.

His serious, brown self seemed lost
in the fancy wicker cradle that could never
be a cradleboard.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Foxglove-Digitalis

January 4th, 2014: From old wives' tales to pharmaceutical. Compounds in digitalis treat atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, restoring the heart's ability to process fluids. Lanoxin - from the species, Digitalis lanata - remains one of the top cardiovascular drugs in the U.S.

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2014 Election
5:09 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Candidates announce bids for Gallagher’s Public Service Commission Seat

At least two candidates have already stepped forward saying they intend to run for the Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Chairman Bill Gallagher at the end of the year.

Gallagher announced this week he would not be seeking re-election to the seat he has held for the last three years after learning pancreatic cancer he had been diagnosed with last Summer had spread to his liver.

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Native American Incarceration
1:21 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Native American advocates say Native staffers under-represented in Department of Corrections

Lita Pepion
Credit Lita J. Pepion

The Montana Department of Corrections 2013 Biennial Report points out the agency has conducted 10 American Indian cultural awareness training courses for Corrections staffs in state and contracted facilities.

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1st Tuesday of the month, 1st hour of "Folk Show."
11:31 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Stan Howe program, Tuesday, January 7th, 2:06pm

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014: The first Tuesday of each month, the first hour of "The Folk Show" features Stan Howe's program, from 2:06-3:05pm. For January, Stan presents his favorites of 2013: Texas-style fiddlers from Montana, Idaho (and even Texas); classic and modern cowboy and Western Swing songs; a star-studded Nashville picking band; and Vince Gill's take on the Bakersfield sound.

Songs of Cockeyed Optimism
8:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Monday Music Special, January 6th: "You Must Remember This"

Monday, January 6th, 7:30-8:30pm:

In honor of the new year, host Allen Secher dons the rose-colored glasses for an hour of optimistic songs, including "The Best is Yet To Come," "Feeling Groovy," "Young At Heart," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'."

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

Sat., Jan. 11, 7pm, Dennison Theater, Missoula
8:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Julie Cajune's "Belief"

Julie Cajune in "Belief"
Credit Brooks Johnson / Missoula Independent

Sunday, January 5th, 2014: Beth Anne Austein talks with teacher, writer and actress, Julie Cajune about her one-woman play, "Belief," which comes to the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula campus on Saturday, January 11th, 7pm. The multidimensional performance is a unique mixture of interconnected Salish women’s stories, poetry, and live music.

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