Edward O'Brien

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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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Breaking
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

Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: Paxson, Hellgate High, Loyola and St Joseph schools locking down as precautionary measure. NO EMERGENCY AT THOSE SCHOOLS.
Police extending search perimeter to 5th St, Arthur & Higgins Avenues...

Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Breaking News: 2 Missoula area businesses held up. Police searching for suspect

Police searching for suspect(s) involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The Motel 6 Extended Stay and the Taco Bell. Police say victims describe suspect(s) as young, white male, 5'-5" to 5'-7". Different clothes in each incident but man wore bandanas in both hold-ups. Police looking for a silver passenger car that may have been the get-away vehicle in the Taco Bell hold up. Police with search dogs are scouring the area.
University of Montana (Mountain Campus) police have  issued an alert advising people to stay clear of the area north of the footbridge.

Developing
12:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery causes lockdown

Robbery suspect photo from Taco Bell

Police continue to search for a lone suspect involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The University of Montana campus is no longer on lockdown but the armed suspect is still at large. Check updates below for the latest information.

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Homelessness
2:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

A new way to serve Missoula's homeless families

Michael Moore
Credit Edward O'Brien

Homelessness is a stubborn and pervasive problem in many places -  including, of course,  Missoula.
     Several local nonprofit service providers, along with the City of Missoula, announced this week they're shifting their approach to helping homeless families.
       The Coordinator of "Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness", concedes the "Housing First" model won't completely solve the problem, but Michael Moore says it's proven to have helped other communities.

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