Campaign Beat
4:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Campaign Beat: Have Voters Tuned In Yet?

Screen shot from the Daines "good guy" ad.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Is the media counting Curtis out too soon? The analysts look at the "good guy" ad by Steve Daines. Ryan Zinke continues to tout his military experience, and John Lewis gets more aggressive in the House race. Sally, Chuck, and Mike wonder if voters have tuned in for this off-year election yet.

"Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

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Rotten Chicken
3:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sordid Saga Of Putrid Poultry Inspires Song

Bob Wire
Credit YouTube

The sordid saga of an abandoned trailer containing 37,000 lbs of rotten chicken ended today when the stinky freight was buried in a freshly dug pit.

The semi-trailer had been sitting at a Missoula-area truck stop for possibly a month or longer.

Authorities say the truck driver abandoned the trailer after his employer, Dixie River Freight Inc., refused his demands for more money to deliver its then-frozen cargo.

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Documentary Special
8:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Should We Embrace The Common Core

10/02/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate - In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts. Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? The debaters are Carmel Martin, Carol Burris, Michael Petrill, and Frederick Hess.

Documentary Special
8:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Individuals and Organizations Have a Constitutional Right to Unlimited Spending

09/25/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate – 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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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Pine Squirrel Caches And Buried Treasure

Abandoned squirrel cache. Flickr user, Joel Penner. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Joel Penner

"Pine Squirrel Caches," written by Caitlin Fox, read by Caroline Kurtz.

"Last September, I went on a hunt for buried treasure. I had heard of a man who put himself through college collecting pine nuts from squirrels' winter caches and selling them to the local grocer. He must have learned their hiding places and robbed their summer's work in late fall. I had pictured uncovering stores of hundreds of smooth, white pine nuts, individually shelled, like candy.

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Four Running For Two Seats
6:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Supreme Court Candidates Differ On First Amendment Issues

There are pretty sharp differences in the candidates running for the two Montana Supreme Court seats being contested this fall. They came out at a candidate forum in Missoula on Tuesday.

One of the big issues at the forum was campaign financing, both for this year’s Supreme Court race and for elections in general.

The candidates talked about the 2010 Citizens United case in the US Supreme Court. It allowed unlimited independent corporate spending in federal elections. The high court applied that ruling to state elections in 2012.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:12 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Newscast 09-25-2014

The U.S. Forest Service is extending the comment period on its controversial policy of requiring permits to film or take pictures in wilderness. We'll hear from the four men running for Montana's Supreme Court. And a second European man is punished for piloting a drone in Yellowstone National Park.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:02 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Newscast 09-24-2014

The head of the Canadian company that's trying to buy Missoula's water system says they're in Montana for the long haul.Missoula's Mayor says he's not sure that company can even legally buy the city water system. Montana supreme court candidates debate. And a truckload of raw chicken is held for ransom on I-90.

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Yellowstone Drone Crash
5:08 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Tourist Fined For Yellowstone Drone Crash

The use of un-manned aircraft, or drones is prohibited in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit National Park Service

A federal court has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3,000 dollars for crashing a drone in the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Theodorus Van Vliet crashed a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring in early August. Workers have been unable to recover the unmanned aircraft so far.

Park authorities banned drones in late June.

Van Vliet was one of three visitors to crash one in the park this summer.

This is the second federal conviction for piloting drones in Yellowstone in a just over a week. One other illegal drone case is still pending.

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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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