Montana Evening Edition
6:19 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Newscast 07-11-2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Three separate wildfires were sparked in the Bitterroot over the last 24 hours. We'll also tell you about the swearing-in ceremony of the brand new Blackfeet Business Council that started with calls for unity and ended in acrimony. And 13 coal-train cars derailed in Southeastern Montana.

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Montana Politics Week In Review
4:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

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Alternative Radio
3:24 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Paul Cienfuegos - Community Rights

07/14/2014 - Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches.

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West Nile Virus
3:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

West Nile Virus Season Is Almost Here

Credit Tennessee Department of Health

State and local public health officials are warning Montanans to be aware of the increasing risk of infection with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Since the disease first made its appearance in Montana back in 2002, more than 90-percent of cases in humans were reported in August and September.

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Fire Season
3:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fire Season Information

Forest fires in Glacier National Park in 2003
Credit National Park Service

Here are links and phone numbers for up-to-date information about fire season in the Northern Rockies, including restrictions and closures, and local air quality.

Firewise - be proactive in making your home or landscape safer from wildfire http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx

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Commentary - July 11th, 2014
12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Dear SCOTUS: Women Are People, Too

This week the Supreme Court ruled, again, that corporations are people – and essentially that women are not. In an impressive misuse of legal theory, a fundamental misunderstanding of science and anatomy, and a blatant disregard for the rights of women, the Supreme Court decided in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that “closely held” for-profit corporations have religious rights and can use them to prevent employees from getting the health care they need.

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Commentary - July 10th, 2014
12:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Wind, Wildlife and Weeds

Montanans have tremendous, untapped opportunity to produce clean and valuable wind energy from the windswept, wide-open spaces of eastern Montana. At the same time, growing concern about the long-term survival of sage grouse in Montana and across the West raises the potential for conflict between energy development and habitat protection.

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MTPR helps Montana festivals thrive
12:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

MTPR and Summer Music Festivals

Montana Public Radio is proud to be a media co-sponsor for a growing number of fantastic summer music festivals. What do we do as a media co-sponsor? We do not contributing money to these worthy endeavors, but rather, we offer some free publicity, stage announcing and more, in exchange for a presence at the festivals and our logo in their materials. Basically, we like supporting the mission of these festivals and are happy to be involved in helping them succeed. 

Here's the list of festivals MTPR is working with this summer.

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Commentary - July 13th, 2014
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Stream Access Primer

Fly Fisherman on the Yellowstone River.
Credit Flikr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

Now that the rivers have fallen, summer is heating up and recreationists are hitting the state’s streams and rivers in force, it’s not a bad time to review exactly what is legal and what isn’t regarding recreational access to the state’s waters. When the public hews to the law it better ensures that inevitable and tiresome attacks on Montana’s stream access laws by legislators, non-resident landowners and so-called free-market think tanks will continue to fail miserably.

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North Fork Flathead River Valley
10:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What "Completing" A Canadian Park Would Mean For Glacier And The North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River, with it's headwaters in the Canadian Flathead River Valley, borders the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

Waterton-Glacier International Peace park connects over the US-Canada border between Montana and Alberta. However, the two parks don’t match up in their cross-border boundary.

Glacier Park stretches west to encompass the North Fork Flathead River Valley, but the Canadian Flathead is not part of the Park. The Canadian Flathead is Provincial land, akin to state or forest service land in the US, and offering the potential for logging or mineral development. Conservationists have been angling to “Complete the Park” by expanding Waterton into the North Fork Valley.

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