Edward O'Brien

Interim News Director

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Climate change
1:35 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Is there a connection between our health and climate change?

Dr. Wendy Ring
Credit climate911.org

Doctor Wendy Ring is bicycling across the country, speaking to various groups about the impacts of climate change.

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Todd Garrett
2:12 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Missoula's new fairgrounds director

Todd Garrett
Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Fairgrounds has a new director and his name is Todd Garrett. Garrett will replace Steve Earle who, earlier this year, announced his retirement plans.
      Garrett and his family currently live in Whitefish. He's a University of Montana grad who earned a degree in Recreation Management. Garrett says many people mistakenly assume that's a discipline rooted in fun and games, when in fact, he says he learned critically important management and communication skills.

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Tobacco
1:58 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Professor compares tobacco industry to Godzilla

Pamela Ling
Credit University of California, San Francisco

Over 300 health professionals, advocates and

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Missoula Roxy Theater
2:50 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Bringing new life to a neat - if underused - Missoula theater

Steinberg warming up the popper
Credit Mike Steinberg

Missoula's Roxy Theater has served as the headquarters of the International Wildlife Film Festival for several years.

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Montana News
2:04 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Seeds, cyclists and ice cream

(L to R) Vickie Ly, Koko Barrios, Carmen Taylor
Credit Seeds to Cities/Adventure Cycling

Three young women are bicycling from California to New York this summer gathering information about seeds; meeting people who produce and save seeds, traditions that revolve around seeds and local agriculture.

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Garden City Harvest
2:21 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gardening helps transform a Missoula teenager

Jesse Linton (top right) at one of Garden City Harvest's Mobile Market sites
Credit Laurie Bridgeman

17-year-old Jesse Linton of Missoula has changed a lot over the past couple of years.

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Weather
1:38 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A good, soaking rain possible for west central and northwest Montana

National Weather Service meteorologist LeAnne Allegretto describes an incoming weather system as a potential "resetting" event; one that could - at least temporarily - give firefighters in parts of western Montana a much needed break.
       The technical term for this sort of wet, slow-moving weather event is a "cut-off low". Allegretto says thunderstorms will start to develop across central Idaho and southwest Montana.

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Fire update
2:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Slow but steady progress on wildfires

Firefighters report significant progress on the Firestone Flats fire burning about 6 miles outside of Arlee.
       The fire started Saturday afternoon and within hours blew up into a 700 acre incident.
       Fire information officer, Cindy Super, says the crews will continue to work around the clock to build line around that fire.  If they continue to make progress and conditions hold,  pending evacuations will come to an end at 5:00 Thursday afternoon.

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Breaking
3:11 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Latest update of the Jocko Canyon fire

Youpa Stein provided this wonderful shot of a helicopter working the Firestone Flats fire yesterday.
Credit Youpa Stein

Fire Information – Firestone Flats

Cause: Under Investigation

Detected: July 27, 2013

Location: Approximately 5 miles east northeast of Arlee, MT.

Size: 1,388 acres on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 PM

Jurisdiction: Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Lake County Current Status: Today, Sunday, July 28th, the fire is listed at 0 percent containment. Fire activity was erratic and extreme yesterday resulting in multiple evacuations.

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Breaking
6:31 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jocko Canyon evacuations complete for now

Teams on the ground and in the air are working to beat down the as-of-yet officially unnamed Jocko Canyon area fire near Arlee. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig tells us it stands at 700 acres with Lolo Hotshots on the ground. A single engine air tanker and heavy air tanker is working from above.  The Seeley Lake Ranger district will be closing the Forest Service portion of Jocko road for public safety. Scattered evacuations along Jocko Road are complete for the time being. 

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