Christopher Allen

News Anchor, Reporter

Christopher Allen is a news anchor and reporter for MTPR. He can be heard reading evening news most weeknights.

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Flathead Water Compact
5:42 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ag Groups Come Out In Support Of Flathead Water Compact

Credit Flickr user Brad Smith (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Some of Montana’s most influential agriculture organizations are lining up to support the Flathead water compact.

Yesterday the Montana Stockgrowers Association said it endorses the compact, which is a negotiated settlement between state and federal government and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Right now, ownership of water on the reservation is disputed, and the compact is an attempt to codify who owns and controls the water without having to go to court.

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Clearwater-Blackfoot Project
6:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Nature Conservancy Buys 117,000 Acres Of Plum Creek Land In Western Montana

A Nature Conservancy representative points out portions of the newly purchased land.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

The non-profit Nature Conservancy has closed on an $85 million deal, to buy more than 250 square miles from Plum Creek, the nations largest private landowner. The purchase includes a significant portion of the Lower Blackfoot Watershed.

It’s a 117,000 thousand acre stretch located within what’s known as the Crown of the Continent, a portion of the Rocky Mountains extending from northern Montana into Canada.

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MLK Day
1:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Missoula MLK Day Speech: Environmental Racism Still Prevalent

Credit Christopher Allen

At a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration speech last night in Missoula, a University of Montana professor identified low-income, Native American and other vulnerable communities as the victims of environmental racism and injustice.

Rosalyn LaPier, an environmental studies professor at the University of Montana, gave the keynote address to nearly 300 attendees who packed the pews of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Improvements Promised
12:18 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Veterans Sound Off At VA Town Hall In Missoula

VA Montana Health Care leaders, including Acting Director Johnny Ginnity, met with a crowd of over 100 veterans in Missoula Wednesday as part of national series of town hall sessions meant to rebuilt trust.
Credit Christopher Allen

Over 100 veterans met with Montana VA Health Care leaders in Missoula Wednesday night, some to ask, “Why can’t I get care?

The leaders came to Missoula at the direction of VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who’s called for town hall meetings to get feedback from veterans to try to rebuild their trust in the wake of national criticism for long delays in treatment and cover-ups about false scheduling records at VA facilities in Phoenix.

The vets at the meeting in Missoula sounded happy with their VA doctors, but it’s the agency’s bureaucracy that has some frustrated and worried.

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Early Head Start
5:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Early Head Start Coming To Bozeman, Helena

Early Head Start programs are coming to Bozeman and Helena for the first time.

The non-profit, AWARE Incorporated will use a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to partner with local child-care agencies to make Early Head Start cheaper for low-income families.

Melinda Wade Corso, Early Childhood Services Director, says infants and toddlers might be too young to read and write, but not to learn to sit quietly in class.

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Dangerous Roads
6:54 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Snow, Freezing Rain Bring Hazardous Driving Conditions To Western Montana

Credit National Weather Service, Missoula, MT

Driving conditions in Western Montana are the worst they’ve been all year. That’s according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Luke Robinson.

“We haven't seen driving conditions like this, probably since last year, so this is pretty bad.”

Robinson says a winter storm warning remains in effect for western Montana through 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Montana Department of Transportation crews cleared a wreck involving a semi from Highway 200 near Bonner earlier today.

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Kaarma Trial
4:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kaarma, Dede's Parents Finally Speak In Court

Gulcin Dede, mother of slain German exchange student Diren Dede, gives a statement to the court at Thursday's pre-sentencing hearing in Missoula, Mt.
Credit Christopher B Allen

The parents of slain 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede entered a Missoula County courtroom today to applause from an audience, but they expressed only sadness as they gave emotional statements through an interpreter for a judge to consider during Markus Kaarma’s sentencing on February 11.

On Wednesday, a jury found Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide in the April 27, killing their son.

The 30-year-old Kaarma, who didn't testify during the murder trial, gave a tearful apology to the family.

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Reporter On Scene
6:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Kaarma Trial Re-Cap

Celal Dede, father of the German exchange student shot by Markus Kaarma, speaks with the press following the announcement of the guilty verdict on Dec. 17 in Missoula, MT.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

MTPR reporter Christopher Allen recaps the Markus Kaarma trial and describes the scene in court when the jury delivered its guilty verdict on deliberate homicide charges.

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Facing 10 Year Minimum Term
1:49 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Jury Unanimous: Kaarma Guilty Of Deliberate Homicide

Markus Kaarma in court in Missoula Tue., Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

At approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday the jury in the Markus Kaarma trial returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of the charge of deliberate homicide brought by Missoula County prosecutors.

MTPR's Christopher Allen was at the courthouse and reports "a mix of cries and smiles" in the courtroom after the verdict was read. 

Sentencing is scheduled for February 11.

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Deliberate Homocide Or Self Defense?
4:15 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Kaarma's Fate Now In Jury's Hands

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Karla Painter during closing arguments of the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma in Missoula, MT, Tuesday.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

Closing arguments finished today in the murder trial of a Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student last April.

Markus Kaarma fired a shotgun four times into his garage, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Kaarma’s defense team said he was simply a scared homeowner defending his family against burglars who had already victimized Kaarma twice. Lead defense attorney Paul Ryan said Montana’s Castle Doctrine gives Kaarma special protection.

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