Commentary - June 18th, 2014
3:14 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

On the Ownership of Public Lands

Few topics in the West stir up controversy more quickly than public lands—those places all Americans own together.  The latest headline involves some Utah county commissioner planning an ATV rally on public lands of archeological importance.  While some people see public lands management as federal land grabs and liberty restrictions, others value public ownership as protection for places from private exploitation.  But what does it really mean to own these lands?

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Tester's Veterans' Listening Tour
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Veterans ask Tester to "work on crazy for us" with the VA

Credit Steve Corey/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecorey/6335951002/

You could say service is a tradition in Madeline Steeley’s family. She served in the US Air Force.

“Both of my daughters went into the Marine Corps, one just came out after 13 years, the other, after five. Both, heavily disabled. I have a son-in-law that came out of the Marine Corps, another son-in-law that came out of the Navy. My daughters’ father retired after 20 years Air Force. So, I have quite a bit of experience with the military,” Steeley said.

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Exchange student shooting
12:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Missoula judge scolds Kaarma attorney

Markus Kaarma (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County District Court Judge Ed McLean today laid it out in no uncertain terms  to Markus Kaarma's lead attorney, Paul Ryan:

"I don't want any playing to the public. We have serious business at hand and it's not the time to run  a public relations campaign, so knock it off."

McLean  was referring to the announcement that tomorrow morning, in Missoula's Caras Park, Ryan's law firm would host a live screening of the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany.

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Nonfiction
6:32 am
Wed June 25, 2014

60 Years Later, He Started Writing

Richard Geary

Newspaper columnist and Montana rancher, Richard Geary, talks about rural culture then and now, and reads some of his essays.

Richard Geary is the eldest of the fourth generation to operate the family ranch in Helmville, Montana. The property was homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1867, and the original farm in Ireland is still in the family.  Richard acts as bookkeeper for the ranch, while his brother is responsible for the actual management. 

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

John Clayton & Caroline Lockhart

Montana's first female novelist, Caroline Lockhart
Credit American Heritage Center, John Clayton

6/24/14 & 6/25/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Author John Clayton marvels at the independence of frontier journalist, newspaper publisher, rodeo founder, homesteader and novelist, Caroline Lockhart.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Newcast 06-24-2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Notices are on their way to victims of hackers who broke into state databases last month. Repairs are underway for Missoula's ageing water infrastructure starting this week. And a non-profit organization wants to create a wild horse sanctuary near Drummond.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

The Hooligans

3/18/14 & 6/24/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Longtime Montana favorites, The Hooligans, waited for over twenty years to release their first recording, "Beggars and Thieves.” Along the way, they picked up an album producer and  part-time band member, Little Feat's Bill Payne. Just as they're hitting their stride, the veteran band is entering a new, exciting phase.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Newscast 06-23-2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Officials release the names of the people killed in a fiery crash outside of Helena late last week. A state judge strikes down most of a voter approved immigrant-related state services law. And the U.S. Supreme Court upholds most of the EPA's Global warming rules.

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In Other Words
6:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Cover Songs By Women

6/24/14: This week on "In Other Words:" It's a live music show. Host Ann Szalda-Petree and singer Eden Atwood play an hour of cover songs performed by women. Tuesday evening, 10:30-11:30pm.

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Alternative Radio
2:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity

Noam Chomsky

06/30/2014 - Security, security. Can’t get enough of it. Paradoxically, the more we have of it the less secure we feel. The latest weapons and massive military spending are never enough. Since 9/11 the term is bandied about. There is the huge bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security. Within it is the TSA, with its 60,000-plus employees and a budget over $7 billion. We go through checks and searches. Then there’s the NSA surveillance. Could U.S. global policies from drone strikes to invasions actually be undermining our security?

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