Edward O'Brien



Yellowstone Fatality
3:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Fatal Fall In Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Credit flickr user terkel110 (CC-BY-2.0)

A family is mourning the loss of their little girl after a terrible accident this weekend in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesman, Al Nash says the accident occurred yesterday morning in Yellowstone's Grand Canyon area:

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Elections 2014
2:42 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Five Candidates Are Out

Jonathan Motl

Three legislative candidates and two candidates for county commissions will be removed from the November fourth  ballot after they failed to file campaign finance reports.

Edward O'Brien has more with Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, who explains how - and why - the investigation started:

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Recent Storms
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Rain Was Great, But Much More Is Needed

Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY)

The soaking rain that fell in parts of Western Montana dramatically cooled temperatures yesterday and came as welcome respite from the very hot and dry conditions of the past few weeks.

Fire officials, however, caution the rain by no means qualifies as a "season-ending" event.
       Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's Jordan Koppen says the rain storm that parked over the Missoula valley yesterday was great to see:

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Emergency room expansion
12:54 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Kalispell Regional Medical Center Needs Help From The Flathead

New KRMC ED concept

Kalispell Regional Medical Center's emergency department was built in the mid 70's, last expanded in 1991 and now, officials say, is in desperate need of a $14-million-dollar renovation.
     Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation president, Tagen Vine, says the emergency department records about 23,000 patient visits annually.

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2:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Grant Creek Wildfire Now Contained

8/05/14, 2:20 p.m.
Colorado Gulch Fire update: Fire officials with the Lolo National Forest say the Colorado Gulch fire, located just northwest of Missoula in the Grant Creek Valley, has been contained. The fire started at approximately 4 p.m. Monday and a combination of ground crews and water dropped from helicopters limited the fire to 2 1/2 acres. No structures have been damaged.

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2:24 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Getting Closer To An Ebola Vaccine

Dr. Heinz Feldmann
Credit NIAID

Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

There are 5 different strains of Ebola and the one responsible for the current outbreak has a 70 to 90-percent fatality rate. 

The World Health Organization is launching a new joint $100-million-dollar response plan to the outbreak that's killed at least 729 people in four countries.

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I-90/94 Challenge
3:33 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Highway Patrol Stepping-Up Presence This Weekend

Credit Scott Davidson (CC-BY-2.0)

Law enforcement officers from Montana and 14 other states are stepping-up patrols of over 56-hundred miles of highway for the next several days.

I-90 and I-94 are two of the nation's most highly-traveled and dangerous interstates.

From August first through the fourth over the past three years, I-90/94 averages:

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Ebola Research
2:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Important Ebola Research Underway In Montana

Ebola Virions
Credit Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa. PLoS Biol 3/11/2005: e403 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403 (CC-BY-2.5)

An important part of the global effort to develop a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus is taking place at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in western Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

A specific strain of Ebola has so far killed over 670 people in West Africa.

Death by Ebola is a terrible fate that starts with unremarkable symptoms; fever, sore throat, chills and muscle aches.

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Dam buyback proposal
3:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term

Bob Rowe
Northwestern Energy

The Montana Public Service Commission earlier this month held two weeks of hearings on Northwestern Energy's proposal to pay $870-million-dollars to purchase a dozen hydroelectric dams.

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Walsh Plagiarism
5:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UM Professor: Walsh Plagiarism 'is obvious, it's blatant and it's massive in scope'

University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin.
Credit Rob Saldin

The Walsh campaign began yesterday by touting a new poll showing Walsh gaining ground against his Republican opponent, Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate race. By the afternoon, Walsh was facing serious allegations of plagiarism that University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin says "totally undermines his credibility."

Professor Saldin, has been following the Walsh plagiarism story and visited with Edward O'Brien today about the latest developments.


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