Edward O'Brien

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Montana News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Campaign Building, Debates And The Industrial Workers of the World

Amanda Curtis on the UM campus.
Credit Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.

After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O'Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family's association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
First though, Curtis offers her assessment of the campaign-building effort:

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Bill Raoul Obit
11:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Memorial Service Details For Bill Raoul

Bill with his two best buddies, Oscar and Edmund.
Credit Marilyn Bruya

Earlier this week we told you about the passing - the death (he HATED euphemisms) - of University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul.*

Thanks to our friends at the UM School of Theatre & Dance we can now pass along details of his memorial service:

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Missing person
7:56 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Missing University of Montana Student Killed In A Car Accident

Lucius Robbi
Credit Tanya Chapple

The Associated Press reports a California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise.

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Student Loan Plan
3:19 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Amanda Curtis Presents Student Loan Plan

Amanda Curtis
Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S Senate candidate Amanda Curtis presented a six-point plan today that she says would help Montanans who are struggling with student debt.

The high school math teacher from Butte visited the University of Montana's mountain campus in Missoula to outline the plan she says would serve as an investment in students.

Curtis told the crowd of about 30 people that rising student loan debt has become an economic crisis that's deterring young people from furthering their education and saddling graduates with insurmountable debt.

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Bill Raoul Obit
1:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Bill Raoul: Artist, Teacher, Mentor, Dirty Joke-Teller Extraordinaire

Billy Raoul
Credit Montana Repertory Theatre

University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul, was not only a loved instructor, but a respected professional set designer who published several textbooks on the topic.

Bill's knowledge and love of opera and classical music was second to none. In fact, he researched, wrote and anchored several classical music programs for Montana Public Radio.

And that sense of humor! Bill was a wickedly funny man; but woe to those on the receiving end of his ribbing. No one - no topic - was too sacred to be spared from his quick (and at at times, ferocious) wit.

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Fall weather
3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

A Turn In The Weather?

Could we see this sooner than later?

Gorgeous weather, right?!

Enjoy it now, because today's  National Weather Service weather discussion for western Montana includes this interesting nugget:

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Living wage
2:23 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

'The Equality Of Opportunity'

(Left to Right): Emily Likins, Sean McQuillan, Sue Malek, Gail Gutsche.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A new report asserts Montana's minimum wage of $7.80 an hour isn't nearly enough to cover day-to-day needs, much less student loans, credit card and medical debt.

In fact, the "Families Out of Balance" report maintains a minimum wage is barely over half of what a single adult needs to make ends meet.

The report, released today by the Montana Organizing Project in conjunction with the Alliance for a Just Society says a "living wage" would help working families transition from debt to stability.

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Missing person
11:08 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Incoming UM Student Never Arrived. Parents/Friends Frantic

Robbi
Tanya Chapple

Lucius Robbi has been missing since Wednesday 8/20/14.  He planned to travel from Banks, ID to Missoula to start school at the University of Montana.

Law enforcement, family and friends are looking for him. 

Robbi's blue green Subaru station wagon with two orange kayaks on top was spotted on route 75 on Tuesday. Family members say he most likely headed north on route 93 and may have taken a dirt road detour to Panther Creek. His license plate is CA 6CC P540.

Robbi was supposed to arrive in Missoula this past Wednesday, but did not arrive as planned.

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University of Montana
3:48 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The State Of The University of Montana

Credit Edward O'Brien

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom presented the annual "State of the University" address today.

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Seepay Fire
1:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Seepay Fire Wrapping Up

The picturesque Seepay fire camp on the north bank of the Flathead

As firefighters scrambled to tackle a new fire in Lewis and Clark County, fire crews working the 1,060-acre Seepay west of Dixon are now starting to demobilize.

That lightning-caused fire was first reported on August 13th. It's been fought by over 200 people and is under the jurisdiction of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes.

Public information officer, Bob MacGregor, says the original plan was to have Incident Commander Diane Hutton's Type II fire management team turn the effort over to a tribal Type III team:

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