Wolf Management
4:54 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CSKT Wolf Managment Plan Elicits Few Comments

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are updating their gray wolf management plan. A public comment period ended last Friday.

Tribal Wildlife Program Manager, Dale Becker, estimates there are about 30 wolves on the Flathead reservation.  

Becker says few people commented on the draft management plan this year, but those who did were passionate about it.

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Flathead County 911
3:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Flathead 911 Ballot Measure Fails After Re-count

A vote re-count in Flathead County Friday resulted in a ballot measure failing by 10 votes.

The measure would have changed the funding stream for the county’s 911 operations center, adding a per-household fee in exchange for reducing contributions from Kalispell and Whitefish. County Administrator Mike Pence says local leaders are looking to the future.

"They definitely think we ought to put it back on the ballot. It would probably be at least a year and a half or two years from now," said Pence.

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Wind Power
3:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Montana-Dakota Utilities Buys Wind Power Facility

Credit jabzoog/Flickr

Montana-Dakota Utilities is buying another wind generation facility to meet the growing demand of its customers for electricity.

MDU is paying about $200 million for the Thunder Spirit Wind project is located on the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Originally MDU had a contract to purchase electricity generated from the wind farm.

MDU spokesman Mark Hanson says the company later decided to purchase the project.

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Monday Poems
10:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

"Five Bars at the High Spot"

Credit Haley Young

It worked like this:
we clung to our telephones,
searching for clearance.
I rang for you over the river.
All water goes slant
to the place you need
most: mouth, sea, tributary,
and then into books
we love.

So you answered. “Hello,
great signal, wild scenery.”
We craved the high spots
and now you’d said it
up on the ledge of perfection
phone activated, scene made.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

The Montana Raptor Conservation Center: 26 Years of Bird Rescues And Education

Swainson’s Hawk (dark morph) release.
Credit Whitney Hall. Courtesy of the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

Montana's hawks, owls and eagles get injured by collisions with cars and windows (not to mention bullets), by electrocution, and by poison. Some young birds "imprint" on humans, leaving them incapable of living in the wild. Bozeman's Montana Raptor Conservation Center works to heal these raptors and return them to the wild; about 40% of the birds at the center get released.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Bitter Is Sweet For Your Health

Herb crop on the patio. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Thomas Kriese

Jon and Greg discuss a 2013 New York Times opinion piece by Jo Robinson called "Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food," which compares the phytonutrient content of wild plants with that of supermarket produce.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Cranberry: North American's Ruby-Red Superfruit

Cranberry light. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Marilylle Soveran

It's not an old wive's tale: cranberry helps prevent and treat urinary tract infections. And it's not just the acidity: a compound in cranberries and blueberries keeps bacteria from sticking to bladder and urinary tract walls. Cranberries are high in several kinds of antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins, which give the ripe berries their vivid red color.

In the 1672 book New England Rarities Discovered, author John Josselyn described cranberries:

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Open Meeting Laws
5:38 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

News Orgs File Suit Over Republican Caucus Meeting

Credit Jacob Baynham, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

Republicans in the Montana House face a contempt-of-court motion filed by Montana news media, for allegedly holding a caucus meeting without public notice.

Last week Great Falls Tribune reporter John S. Adams got a tip: House Republicans were meeting behind closed doors. As soon as Adams walked into the room, the discussion stopped cold.

Adams said, “I think there was even one of those motions of the finger across the neck, like cut! Cut!"

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Gay Marriage Appeal
5:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

9th Circuit To Hear Montana's Appeal Over Gay Marriage

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s appeal of the federal court order striking down the state’s gay marriage ban is due by February 27.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals will hear the case, and has already ruled similar bans are unconstitutional.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says Wednesdays’ ruling striking down the gay marriage ban here won’t be final until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

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