This Week In Montana Politics
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plagiarism, Citizen Initiatives, REAL ID And Logging

This Week in Montana politics.

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Commentary - July 23rd, 2014
3:07 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Voice Of The Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative 2014

Hello everyone! We five participants represent the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, which is usually called YSEALI. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and hosted by the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana.  It is an undergraduate program for student leaders from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, held over five weeks in Montana, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.

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FVCC Firearms Class
10:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Training A Gun Manufacturing Workforce

Instructor Lee Helgeland demonstrates "checkering" in one of FVCC's NRA Short-Term Gunsmith courses. The college has been offering these types of courses, but this fall it will offer a new for-credit Firearms Technology Certificate geared toward training a workforce for the gun manufacturing industry.
Credit Katrin Frye

Training a workforce for a growing gun manufacturing industry is the goal behind a new program at the Flathead Valley Community College. This fall, FVCC will offer a new Firearms Technology Certificate.

Fred Zeglin is coordinating the program. He said there are about 15-gun manufacturers in the Flathead, and he spoke with a number of them about what they’re looking for.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Common Loons: Guarding The Nest

Common loon (Gavia immer), Minocqua, WI. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit John Picken

"Montana's Common Loons," by Ben Turnock, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Newscast 07-24-2014

Senator John Walsh's campaign says the Montana Democrat won't drop out of the US Senate race, but a political science professor from the University of Montana tells Edward O'Brien that he'll have a tough time overcoming from reports of past plagiarism.


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Walsh Plagiarism
5:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UM Professor: Walsh Plagiarism 'is obvious, it's blatant and it's massive in scope'

University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin.
Credit Rob Saldin

The Walsh campaign began yesterday by touting a new poll showing Walsh gaining ground against his Republican opponent, Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate race. By the afternoon, Walsh was facing serious allegations of plagiarism that University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin says "totally undermines his credibility."

Professor Saldin, has been following the Walsh plagiarism story and visited with Edward O'Brien today about the latest developments.


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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Is Independent Political Speech The Linchpin Of Our Democracy Or Its Achilles' Heel?

0731/2014 - Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express their views on the issues, candidates, and elections of the day. This proposition, they say, is exactly why the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. On this view, restrictions on independent political speech undermine and subvert our constitutional structure.

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Commentary - July 24th, 2014
1:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Rural Call Completion Problems Persist

Have family and friends told you that they cannot get ahold of you on your phone? Did they say the phone rang and rang and rang, and no one answered?  Or maybe they said they heard a series of beeps or just dead air.  Yet you know you were home all evening and the telephone never rang.

Maybe you are a business owner experiencing an unusual drop in the number of incoming long distance calls. Perhaps you notice odd numbers on your caller ID or a pattern of malfunctioning faxes.

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Commentary - July 21st, 2014
1:23 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A National Water Quality Program Will Only Muddy The Waters

Well, it looks like the Forest Service has done it to themselves again.  By this I mean the recent Federal Register notice announcing the agency is undertaking the writing of national Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System lands.

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Commentary - July 22nd, 2014
11:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Kids Count – And They Need Our Help

It’s summer in Montana – that means so much to celebrate about living in beautiful Big Sky country:  our lakes and rivers, mountains and trails; glorious national parks, a festival a week to enjoy.  Montana is a great place to live.  So I feel almost guilty in dropping a wet-blanket fact:  Montana is a great place to live, depending on who you are.

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