Edward O'Brien

Interim News Director

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Breaking
5:51 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jock Canyon fire update

Lake County Sheriff's department spokeswoman, Karen Sargent, says 18 homes have been evacuated as a result of the Jocko Canyon fire. None of them - at least to her knowledge - have been lost or damaged.  Also the fire has not yet been officially named. More updates as we get them....

Breaking
5:35 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Jocko Canyon Fire

The Jocko Canyon smoke plume as seen from Missoula.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A new wildfire burning in the Jocko Canyon area is throwing up a huge smoke plume easily visible from Missoula. A Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes Division of Fire dispatcher, identifying himself as Buttercup, says law enforcement has blocked roads from the reservation to Seeley Lake. The Jocko Canyon road is now blocked to traffic, as is the St Mary's Lake road. Buttercup says evacuation orders have been issued for homes in the Jocko Canyon.  Early estimates of the fire stood at 500 acres, but Buttercup tells us smoke was laying low making next to impossible to confirm that number.

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Drug policy
2:07 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Should drugs be legalized and regulated?

A retired Oregon corrections counselor, who also worked as a parole and probation officer, says America's war on drugs is an abject failure.
       Shelley Fox-Loken says states should have the authority to decide whether they want to legalize drugs that are now illegal. She predicts that responsibly legalizing drugs would result in decreased violent crime and drug use rates, while simultaneously  benefiting state coffers.
       Loken is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

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NCAA investigation
10:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NCAA announces results of its investigation into UM's athletics department

The results of the NCAA's investigation into the University of Montana athletics department have just been released. Here's a copy of the memo UM president Royce Engstrom released to the campus community today: 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

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Obesity
2:28 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Working to reduce childhood obesity

Credit letsmove.gov

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss recently returned from a symposium in Washington D.C featuring First Lady Michelle Obama that was designed to let elected officials share strategies effective in addressing childhood obesity.
     "Let's Move!" is a public/private partnership designed to enhance and build healthy environments for children and adults.  

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Montana Folk Festival
2:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Butte's ready for the party

Montana Folk Festival starts tomorrow
Credit Montana Folk Festival

Organizers are hoping for another huge turnout to the Montana Folk Festival which kicks off tomorrow.

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Student behavior survey
2:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Student risk behavior survey has mixed results

Denise Juneau
Credit MT OPI

There's some encouraging results in a survey of Montana students; and some troubling results as well.

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Forest Service documentary
3:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Urban American Outdoor Television turns cameras on Forest Service

Wayne Hubbard on the right
Credit Urban American Outdoors

An award-winning television episode takes a look at the U-S Forest Service in Western Montana.

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Arizona aftermath
2:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Forest Service official says firefighter safety continues to be top priority

Hundreds of firefighters making progress on the wildfire outside the mountain town of Yarnell, Arizona came off the line to share a moment of silence and watch a procession of the towed vehicles of the 19 elite Hotshot crew members killed over the weekend.

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Subsidized Stafford loans
1:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Student loan interest rate hike kicks in

Ron Muffick
Credit Ron Muffick

College students will notice interest rates on new loans for the fall term will be double what they were just last spring - unless Congress follows through on its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4th holiday.

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