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July Rain Showers
3:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

More Rain In The Forecast For Western Montana

Raindrops on a window.
Credit Flickr user nataliej (CC-BY-NC)

July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.

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Movies
2:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NPR Film Critic Kenneth Turan On Great Movies And The Stinkers

Credit Edward O'Brien

Kenneth Turan says people always remind him how lucky he is to have such a great job.
      And the National Public Radio and Los Angeles Times film critic is quick to agree.

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-Fire Season
6:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crews Working Two Fire Starts

Fire crews are fighting - and mopping up after, respectively - two new fires on the Lolo National Forest. Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig  says one is called the Fire Creek Fire. That's a lightning caused fire approximately three miles northwest of the Stark Lookout and 22 miles northwest of Missoula on the Ninemile Ranger District. As of 6:30 this evening, the fire was two acres and burning in thick, downed vegetation. The location is remote and no structures are threatened. Fire behavior has been active, with single tree torching.

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Mountain Water Company
5:02 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities

Missoula and the southern California town of Apple Valley are separated by over 11-hundred miles, but both have at least one thing in common; officials from both towns want their local water systems under public ownership.

Leaders from both communities met earlier this week in Missoula to discuss ways to do just that.

Apple Valley's water system is owned and operated by Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. In Missoula, it's Mountain Water Company.

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Joan Baez
11:40 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Joan Baez Falls Ill. Missoula Concert Canceled

Joan Baez
Credit Marina Chavez

Here's the University of Montana press release on this evening's canceled Joan Baez concert:

MISSOULA – Musician Joan Baez announced today that her Thursday, July 17, concert at the University of Montana will be canceled due to illness. Baez intends to reschedule her Missoula performance. An announcement with details will be made Tuesday, July 22.

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Trade Agreements
2:20 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

British Consul General Says US/EU Free Trade Agreement Good For Both

Priya Guha
Credit www.gov.uk

The British Consul General in San Francisco, Priya Guha*, is in Montana this week meeting with officials to discuss existing U.K./Montana trade and investment ties.

Guha is also discussing the potential benefits of a successful U.S./E.U. free trade agreement; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
    Guha stopped by the Montana Public Radio studios this week to discuss T-T-I-P with Edward O'Brien.

*In case you're wondering, pronounced PREE-yuh  GOO-hah

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"Winning the West"
3:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Conservation A "Popular And Winning Issue" In The West

Jessica Goad, Advocacy Director for the Center for Western Priorities.

How much do you value the Mountain West's national parks and other public lands?

Organizers of a new ad campaign are betting these areas - and land conservation in general - are of great value to the vast majority of people.

The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities have launched the "Winning the West" campaign to, among other things, demonstrate to public policy leaders that national forests and parks are held dearly by most Americans.

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McDonald Creek fatality
2:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Visitor Drowns In Glacier National Park

Just above McDonald Falls at the lower end of Sacred Dancing Cascades.
Credit GlacierNPS License (CC-BY-2.0)

A Washington state woman died one day after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann identifies the victim as Abigail Sylvester of Buckley, Washington. Sylvester was 33-years-old.

Germann says the investigation indicates Sylvester was taking a picture of McDonald Creek, near the upper falls, when she slipped, fell in and was rapidly carried downstream in the cold, swollen and fast-running creek. Her husband jumped-in to save her, but eventually had to save himself due to the extreme conditions.

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Sage-Grouse
3:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fish & Wildlife Commission Alters Sage-Grouse Hunting Season

Sagegrouse
Credit NRCS - Montana

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has barred sage-grouse hunting in all or part of 32 counties and shortened the hunting season from two months to one.

An earlier plan that would have closed the entire state to hunting the game birds due to their low numbers.

Instead, all or part of 13 counties in central Montana and six counties in the southwestern part of the state will be open to hunting from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

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Immigration and Veterans Administration
2:52 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Tester Blames Child Immigrant Crisis On U.S. House

Tester
Credit US Senate photo

Senator Jon Tester says if the U.S. House would have passed comprehensive immigration reform, the United States would not be dealing with the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the nation's southern border.

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Obama's $3.7-billion-dollar emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill.

They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly.

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