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Little Feat co-founder
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Bill Payne

Credit Sangki Kwon

"Musician's Spotlight," 12/31/13: Bill Payne

One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, describing his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home.  Payne also discusses the creative thread that connects his music, his photography and his writing.  http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

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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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Front Row Center
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

First Night Flathead

Sunday, December 29th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Jill Redmond and Luke Dowler of First Night Flathead, which is marking its fifteenth anniversary.  The annual New Year’s Eve community arts festival takes place in downtown Kalispell and at the Kalispell Center Mall, Tuesday, December 31st, 1pm - 12:30am.

Festival schedule

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Bakken Spinoffs
8:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Writing workshop shows the creative side of an oil boom

Michael Ogden (center) gives his thoughts on a piece brought to the Williston writers workshop put on by the North Dakota Humanities Council
Credit Dan Boyce

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

Williston, North Dakota, the undisputed capital of the Bakken Oil Boom, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have poured into the area in the past decade, seeking to fill an abundance of high-paying, low-skill labor jobs. The influx has brought rapid economic development to Williston; it hasn’t brought much in the name of high culture.

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Species recovery
1:01 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Renewed push to restore the Black-Footed Ferret:

A sleepy kit
Credit USFWS/Kimberly Tamkun

Earlier this week, federal wildlife officials announced they've crafted a new plan to restore the highly endangered black-footed ferret that includes re-introducing the animal to more states.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recovery plan calls for boosting their numbers to about 3-thousand animals.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Fish and Wildlife Service Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator, Pete Gober, says a key element of this plan is to make it as non-threatening as possible to draw in more partners.

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Holiday Decorating
8:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Decking someone else's halls

Shopping, cooking, tying up loose ends at work, family coming in… the list of holiday prep goes on. Joyce Billmayer of Conrad Floral in the Flathead has found a way to make a traditionally slower season busy by helping people one of those things off their list: holiday decorating.

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with Billmayer as she preps to put the finishing touches on a home all-dolled-up for the holidays.

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Fiction
6:41 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Novel Portrays Money, Ranching, and Horses in Wyoming

Boleto, a novel by Alyson Hagy

During this program, Wyoming author Alyson Hagy talks about and reads from her novel Boleto. She also tells the story behind the story, which involves a young man she met seven years before writing the book.

About the Book:

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2014 Winter Olympics
4:40 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Wilson brothers. Butte natives. Mogul skiers. Potential Olympians

Bryon and Bradley Wilson are both vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Ski Team.

For Butte brothers Bryon and Bradley Wilson, skiing started early. It was a casual affair, though, spending weekends with their parents at Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Discovery Ski Area.

Today, the Wilson’s ski for a living. Bryon, 25, and Bradley, 21, are members of the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team, and both are vying for a trip the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Japan.

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Shipping Gifts
10:02 am
Tue December 24, 2013

From bean bags to rocket fuel – the “Head Packer” has seen it all

Santa has a lot of helpers getting those Christmas gifts to their destination, including Dave Shappee.

This is one of the busiest months of the year for  the founder of The Shipping Depot in Missoula. And he's still busy today, as last minute shoppers rush to ship their Christmas presents on the eve of the holiday.

 In this feature interview, Shappee talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the unique items people try to ship - and about their procrastination this year.

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