National Forest Roads
4:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Plan Calls For Road Closures, New Motorized Loops In Bitterroot National Forest

A Bitterroot Valley environmental group is skeptical of a Forest Service plan to improve watersheds near Darby.

Local motorized off-road users, meanwhile, are supporting the 29,000 acre Darby Lumber Lands Project. 

The area is made up of lands previously owned by several different organizations and eventually acquired by the Forest Service. It's been extensively logged and also partially burned during the fires of 2000. As a result, Bitterroot Forest hydrologist, Ed Snook, says too much sediment is getting into local waterways.

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University Infrastructure
4:13 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Montana University System Requests $53 Million In Bonds For Infrastructure

The Montana University System is asking lawmakers for permission to issue just over $53 million in bonds.

The money would be used to renovate existing buildings to protect the life and safety of students, faculty and staff;  bring the buildings up to code; and for improvements to classrooms and laboratories.

Among the projects: the library building at Montana State Billings. It has the largest lecture classrooms on campus, but it doesn’t comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Montana Newscasts
10:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Morning Newscast 01-27-15

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state Legislature is re-opening the debate over gun regulation while authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River.

Gallatin County could become the third county in southwestern Montana where a state game warden can also cite people for drunken driving. Missoula County officials have scheduled an inquest into the shooting death of a Missoula man by a police officer after a chase early on New Year's Eve.

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MTPR Program Highlights
8:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

January 29 - February 4

THURSDAY January 29, 2015

5:00-9:00 a.m.    Morning Edition from NPR, Montana Morning News, and Marketplace Morning Report

9:00 a.m.    A Writers Almanac - Historical literary calendar, commentary and poetry with host Garrison Keillor

9:05 a.m.    Morning Classics – Bach: orchestral Suite #4 in D major; Biber: Sonata à 6 in G major – Campanarum; Walther: Sonata in G major – Imitatione del Cuccu; Poulenc: Aubade, for piano; D’Indy: Trio #2 en forme de suite, in G major, Op. 98; Bizet: Symphony in C
11:00 a.m.    Freeforms with Zed

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Montana Newscasts
6:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Evening Newscast 01-26-15

2015 Legislature
6:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Aims To Prohibit State Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

Credit William Marcus

The Montana Legislature re-opens the debate over gun regulation on Tuesday. Republican Representative Art Wittich is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit state police from upholding federal laws that ban large ammo clips and semiautomatic weapons.

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2015 Legislature
5:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Bars Governor From Expanding Medicaid Through Executive Action

A Montana House Committee Monday took up a bill that could provide a preview of the coming debate on Medicaid expansion.

Freshman Republican Matthew Monforton, from Bozeman, is pushing a bill that would bar the governor from setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid without the legislature’s approval.

"There are other states in which a governor has unilaterally imposed Medicaid expansion without the approval of the legislature, and in Montana we don’t think that’s appropriate," Monforton said.

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Taylor Brown
5:48 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Taylor Brown: How The Voice Of Agriculture Found His Senatorial Voice

Sen. Taylor Brown, R-Huntley, speaks on a bill during the Jan. 21 floor session.
Credit Michael Wright

Of all the people on the Montana Senate Agriculture committee, there’s one who always seems to be having more fun.

“To me,” said Sen. Taylor Brown, R-Huntley, “that’s like recess.”

Brown, in his second Senate term, serves as the committee’s chair. He knows the issues and the people, and the people know him. For many years his voice reported farm news to every corner of the state for Northern Broadcasting System, which he now owns.

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2015 Legislature
5:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Providing Housing Vouchers For Parolees Advances

Margie MacDonald (D) HD51
Credit Montana Legislature

On Monday, the Montana House of Representatives advanced a bill that would provide 3-month housing vouchers for paroled inmates who would not have a place to live otherwise.

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Forest Planning
5:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Forest Service Seeks Comment On Bitterroot Road Management

Trapper Peak in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2.0)

The U.S. Forest Service has a new plan for land impacted by logging and logging roads near Darby.

"These road systems are basically unraveling before our eyes," says Ed Snook, a hydrologist on the Bitterroot National Forest.

The agency says roads constructed decades ago by Darby Lumber Company were built without water resources in mind, and that’s led to increased sediment levels in area waterways.

Snook says the new plan for the area aims to create a sustainable motorized access system and loop-based motorized routes, including 15 miles of single track trail.  

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