Edward O'Brien

Interim News Director


Suffrage Exhibit
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Exhibits explore the highs - and shameful lows - of Montana’s early suffrage movement

University of Montana history professor Anya Jabour

March is Women's History Month and 2014 is also the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana.

        The occasion is being marked this year with exhibits at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

        U-M History professor Anya Jabour was part of the team that helped create these exhibits. Jabour, the Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at U-M also chairs the Montana Woman's Suffrage Centennial committee.

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USDOJ investigation
4:03 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missoula County Attorney meets with county commision to explain agreement

Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg met with the County Commission today to discuss the most recent revelations concerning his ongoing dispute with the United States Department of Justice.

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Blackfeet Reservation
2:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Where God Likes to Be

Credit Nicolas Hudak

A new documentary featuring three young people from the Blackfeet Indian reservation - all at a crossroads in their lives - debuts this weekend at Missoula's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

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Peace Corps
1:05 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

"Our mission is world peace and friendship."

Credit Peace Corps

Helen Lowman says service in the Peace Corps benefits everyone involved; and she should know - she's a former volunteer herself and the Peace Corps' former regional director for Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. She's now the Peace Corps' Associate Director for Volunteer Recruitment and Selection.

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Montana Evening Edition - February 17th, 2014
1:19 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame

A group of Montana state agencies and conservation organizations are working to create a "Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame".

Well known Montana conservationist, and founder of the "Orion - the Hunter's Institute", Jim Posewitz, is behind the effort to honor people who've contributed to the restoration and conservation of Montana's fish, wildlife and other outdoor amenities.
    In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Posewitz has more and explains his lifelong passion for the outdoors:

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Farm Bill
2:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

MT Farmers Union says Farm Bill not perfect, but helps farmers and ranchers

Credit Montana Farmers Union

The Farm Bill is now the law of the land, garnering unanimous support from Montana Senators Baucus and Tester and Representative Daines. We thought we'd take a few moments to get local reaction to the measure that was years in the making.

Chris Christiaens is lobbyist and Projects Specialist for the Great Falls-based Montana Farmers Union.
      Christiaens tells Edward O'Brien the Agricultural Act of 2014 isn't perfect, but provides certainty to farmers and ranchers as they head into this next year of planning, planting and applying for those all-important operating loans.

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Sapphire Women's Wellness
2:07 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Ravalli County group working to fill local health care gap

Backers of an outreach program to provide basic health care services to under served women in Ravalli County say there are precious-few low income, health care options available locally.
       Ravalli County's Sapphire Community Health Center was the only state-funded community health center in the county. It closed its doors several years ago.

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Montana News
1:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Credit efob

Update: Missoula manhunt continues. No significant developments in past half-hour or so. These two shots from the locked-down UM campus: full parking lot, but virtually no people. The sidewalk next to UM School of Law is always busy this time of day - even in this bitter cold. Kinda eerie...

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1:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Manhunt continues:

Breaking News
1:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: University of Montana has issued "Shelter in Place, Lock Your Doors" alert. PRECAUTIONARY ALERT. NO UNFOLDING EMERGENCY OR VIOLENCE