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Nora Saks

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Nora Saks is a freelance radio and print journalist investigating themes of environmental justice in the Crown of the Continent and beyond.

She's currently a graduate student in the University of Montana's Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism Masters Program.

Having lived both north and south of the 49th parallel, she's inclined to use the term "bioregion" a little too frequently when describing her interest in exploring boundaries based on ecology rather than politics.

Lower Twin Creek Fire, west of Kalispell.
Montana DNRC

Multiple wildfires discovered yesterday continue burning across Flathead County. High winds took down power lines and caused smoldering debris piles to escape their perimeters. Four of the fires authorities are responding to range in size from 200 to 300 acres.

The Orphan Girl mine dump behind Montana Tech
Susan Dunlap / Montana Standard

More than 30 years after being declared part of a Superfund site, Butte residents still don't know what's in their backyards, or if they're safe. An EPA report recently revealed that the agency hasn't even started to evaluate possible human health risks from mining waste in a whole section of town. Nora Saks spoke with David McCumber, the editor of the Montana Standard, to find out more.

Bart Riley cuts beef tenderloin fillets at Riley Meats
Walter Hinick, The Montana Standard

Last week the Montana Standard published a special report detailing how a government agency has been harassing small meat processors in Butte and around the state.

MTPR's Nora Saks spoke with David McCumber, the editor of the paper, who also wrote the report.

Andrew Feinstein, candidate for UM president before speaking at a campus Q & A at UM September 20, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The second finalist in the search for the University of Montana’s next president got his chance to speak with the campus community Wednesday in an open forum held at the UC Theater at UM.

Andrew Hale Feinstein is currently the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at San Jose State, a large public university in California. He’s had an 18 year career in higher education, and was in the hospitality industry before that.

Mirta Martin, candidate for UM President speaks during a campus visit September 18, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana has narrowed its search for president down to four candidates. The finalists are on campus this week and Monday, visiting with faculty and students and sharing their vision for the institution, which is facing enrollment challenges.

Mirta Martin was the first prospective president to participate in an open forum held at the UC Theater Monday afternoon.

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