Clare Menahan


Clare Menahan lives in Missoula, where she attends the University of Montana and supplements her income working as a freelance musician, seasonal backcountry ranger and ski instructor. She has worked in the art studios of Margaret Regan, Rebecca Hutchinson-Shaw and Lisa Ernst as an assistant. Clare also spent a year serving as the student representative for the Helena School Board and the Helena Education Foundation.

Jacqui Crisp of Columbia Falls lifts her squirmy daughter out of the stroller to carry her during a trip to the grocery store. Crisp moved to Montana to be near family who would support her through drug treatment and the final months of pregnancy.
Rikki Devlin for the Missoulian

Pregnant women using opioids in Montana aren’t receiving adequate care, according to a joint investigation by the Missoulian and the University of Montana Journalism School. As a result, more infants in Montana are being born dependent on narcotics. That means they can experience withdrawal symptoms - anywhere from fussiness and trouble feeding to seizures or death in extreme cases.

Andrew Bird with violin, 2009. Credit Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)
Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird spoke with MTPR's Clare Menahan before his show in Missoula earlier this month. Hailing from Lake Forest, Illinois, Bird is a classically trained violinist who also  incorporates guitar, glockenspiel — and whistling — into his music.

Montana Public Radio's Clare Menahan spoke with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov before his show in Bozeman earlier this month.