Student Response
9:37 am
Fri December 5, 2014

A Response To "A Movement of Memory in Five Parts" By Heather Cahoon

DJ Reinhardt

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lobster Tails, On The Rocks

Anomalocaris canadensis, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Anomalocaris is the name for a wide range of early sealife very similar to shrimp, scorpions, lobsters, and crabs. (CC BY-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Tim Evanson

"In the late Cretaceous period, from 90 to 65 million years ago, Montana had a lusher climate than today. The Rocky Mountains formed one edge of a vast inland sea - Fort Peck was beachfront property on the edge of that sea. There are three distinct sedimentary rock formations from that era running through the area. The T. rex, "Peck's Rex," was found in the Hell Creek formation in 1997, just inland from the ancient coast. The sparsely-fossilized Fox Hill sandstone is a remnant of the beach itself.

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Garage Shooting
6:01 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kaarma Trial Begins With Dramatic Opening Arguments

Markus Kaarma and attorney Paul Ryan outside the Missoula County Courthouse before an April hearing.
Credit Edward O'Brien

Opening arguments began in the Markus Kaarma case today in Missoula. Kaarma’s accused of murdering 17-year-old German exchange student, Diren Dede after the boy entered his garage late on the night of April 27.

The state’s 15-minute opening argument started with Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Clark reenacting a plea from Dede.

“NO NO NO NO PLEASE, that’s what Janelle said Darren was pleading right before he was shot, on April 27th, 2014."

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Public Land Bills
5:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Public Land Bills Garner Praise And Criticism

The Chinese Wall in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness
Credit The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

The U.S House has approved a $585 billion defense bill that includes unrelated provisions to expand wilderness areas. The vote was 300 to 119.

The measure allows President Obama to expand America's military mission against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. It now moves to the Senate where some Republicans object to the unrelated wilderness measures announced yesterday.

Montana's congressional delegation heralded the suite of included land bills as a historic, rare display of collaboration and Congressional bipartisanship. Some Montana environmental groups agree.

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Hunting Violations
5:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Montana Lawmaker Takes Aim At Hunting Violations

Montana Representative Kelly Flynn
Credit Courtesy Montana Legislature

A state lawmaker says he wants to introduce legislation to address ongoing hunting violations in Montana. Republican state Representative Kelly Flynn lives near Townsend where a second so-called "crowd-shooting" incident took place last week.

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Montana Organic Association Conference
4:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kids' University Teaches The Value Of Healthy Eating

Chances are, you’ve heard of AmeriCorps, the national service program started by President Clinton in 1993. But you might not have heard of Food Corps, an offshoot of AmeriCorps.

Food Corps volunteers work in local schools, teaching kids the value of healthy eating, drawing the connection between what’s in the soil and what’s on their lunch trays.

Jessica Manly of Kalispell is one of two Food Corps members who’ll be putting on a special half-day class called “Kids' University” at the Montana Organic Association’s annual conference, getting underway today in Great Falls.

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Helena Symphony
12:46 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Christmas In The Cathedral

On Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Helena Symphony officially begins the Helena holiday season with one performance only of Handel’s Messiah, Allan R. Scott – Conductor.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Shelby Lynne

John Floridis talks with Grammy and CMA Award-winner Shelby Lynne about her personal and frequently biographical songs. Her fan base spans a wide range of musical audiences, a testament to her broad appeal. The interview was recorded in Bigfork, Montana as part of the Crown of The Continent Guitar Festival.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 9/9/14 and 12/4/14)

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Rider To Defense Funding Measure
5:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bill Proposes Protection, Development Of Montana Public Lands

Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
Credit Flickr user Bitterroot (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Montana's Senators and Senator-elect today announced what they're calling a “landmark” package of public lands legislation. It's being tacked on to a Defense authorization bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on this week and next.

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