2015 Legislature
5:52 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Cuts To Commissioner Of Political Practices Budget

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl.

Today at the Montana Legislature, Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl argued that state lawmakers need to fully fund his department or he won’t be able to prosecute politicians abusing the system.

Lawmakers are considering a cut of about $100,000 from the commissioner's proposed budget, including eliminating the prosecuting attorney.

“It takes away the only attorney in the state of Montana who is dedicated to enforcement of Montana’s Campaign Practice Act.”

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Pea Green Boat
5:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Raptors Land On 'Pea Green Boat'

"Pea Green Boat" host Annie Garde with Adaline and Weston Schick, Kate Davis, and Alisa the red-tailed hawk.
Credit Josh Burnham

"Pea Green Boat" had some special guests on the show today. Kate Davis brought Alisa the red-tailed hawk. Adeline and Weston Schick joined in to talk birds with Anne and Kate. Thanks everyone for a great show!

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" every weekday at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

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2015 Legislature
4:47 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Montana Senate Votes To Ban E-Cigarettes For Minors

Electronic cigarette.

The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to prohibit minors to buy or possess electronic cigarettes.

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2015 Legislature
4:21 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Montana Lawmakers Push Back Against Federal Gun Laws

Rep. Art Wittich (R) HD68
Credit Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers continue to look for ways to curb what they see as overreach by the federal government.

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Montana Newscasts
10:29 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Morning Newscast 03-05-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, crews in Bigfork are flushing hydrants and treating the water supply with chlorine in an effort to eliminate bacteria that was discovered last month.

A federal judge has confirmed a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

A Senate finance committee today hears three GOP-sponsored mental health care funding bills that fall far short of longer-term proposals by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro

After his YouTube performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral, ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s career skyrocketed. Several recordings later, he has toured his “Uke Nations” show internationally, and continues to combine elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco in his repertoire for this “under-the-radar” instrument. 

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Montana Newscasts
7:21 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Evening Newscast 03-04-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast, both of Montana's senators voted to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline today.

A federal judge has cleared the way for nearly $20 million in payments to victims of sex abuse perpetrated by clergy for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

Kalispell Republican Representative Kieth Regier wants to require doctors to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

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Foster Grandparents Needed
6:26 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Shortage Of Senior Volunteers

Butte Foster Grandparents Betty Hall and Dee Wilson
Credit Eric Whitney

A couple of programs for senior citizens and children in Montana are facing a volunteer shortage. That could mean reduced federal funding if target numbers aren’t met.

"As of a couple of days ago we were about a dozen short," said Megan Grotzke with Rocky Mountain Development Council in Helena. "There’s a greater need for at this point for foster grandparent volunteers."

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Pea Green Boat
5:52 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kate Davis And Raptors To Visit The Pea Green Boat Thursday

Kate Davis

Kate Davis will board the Pea Green Boat Thursday with some of her raptor friends. This time she's also bringing along a couple of young human friends! Don't miss the fun. Join us at 4:00 p.m. for the Pea Green Boat.

Columbia Falls Aluminum
5:17 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Rising Energy Prices, Global Competition Led To Aluminum Smelter Closure

Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant
Credit Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

To many Columbia Falls residents the full closure of the local aluminum smelter was more a matter of when than if.

That question was answered with certainty this week when Columbia Falls Aluminum Company announced that it's permanently shuttering the plant.

Local real estate agent Bill Dakin say this development was a long time coming.

"This announcement, finally, an honest announcement that this plant will never refine aluminum again, is kind of a new day here."

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