Sally Mauk

News Director Emeritus

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also taught broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Schoolhouse Fire
10:08 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New lightning-caused fire south of Missoula grows to 250 acres

Schoolhouse fire burning between Lolo and Missoula Sunday night
Credit Sally Mauk

The lightning-caused Schoolhouse fire burning north and west of Lolo has grown to 250 acres. The fire is the largest of several new fires started by a lightning storm that moved through Saturday night. Smoke from this fire is visible in Missoula and it is one of two fires now burning in the Highway 12 corridor between the community of Lolo and Lolo Pass. The West Fork Two fire south of the highway is 60 acres. Information officer Cindy Super says none of the fires are currently threatening any structures.

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Coal exports
11:33 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Coal terminal exec says shipping coal to Asia won't harm environment

Bob Watters
Credit SSA Marine

American coal companies want to vastly increase their sale of coal to Asia, including coal from Montana, but that requires a new coal export terminal to be built on the west coast to handle the shipments.

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Interface Project
12:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The ambiguity - and sometimes shame - of being born not clearly male or female

Eden Atwood and Jim Ambrose
Credit Sally Mauk

One in 2000 kids are born with genital or reproductive anatomy or chromosomal patterns that are not clearly male or female.

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Kerr Dam
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam

Salish and Kootenai chiefs at dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit photo courtesy Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

If all goes as planned, in September 2015, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes will be the first tribes in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility.

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Rodeo tobacco
1:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Teen rodeo athlete stars in new anti-tobacco ad

Charley Yeager competing in barrel racing
Credit Bev Yeager

You may have already seen them: new TV ads featuring a Montana high school rodeo athlete promoting tobacco-free rodeo.

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The Lovebird
9:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Author’s debut novel set on Crow reservation

Author Natalie Brown
Credit Margaret Stratton

Natalie Brown's first novel "The Lovebird" is set first in southern California and then on the Crow reservation in Montana

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Mill Creek Fire
4:14 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Homes Saved from Mill Creek Fire

The Mill Creek fire west of Missoula burned within a hundred yards of homes before being stopped
Credit Sally Mauk

Firefighters are feeling a lot better today about the 720-acre Mill Creek fire that broke out yesterday between Frenchtown and Missoula.

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Mill Creek fire
5:49 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New fire breaks out between Frenchtown and Missoula

Mill Creek fire burning just east of Frenchtown
Credit Sally Mauk

A new  wildfire burning just east of Frenchtown and west of Missoula has grown to over 550 acres and prompted several evacuations. The fire - started by a mower sparking on a rock this afternoon - has forced homeowners between Mill Creek and Fred Lane to evacuate as firefighters attack the blaze from the ground and the air. (see map) So far, there are no reports of homes lost to the fire.

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Sandy Hook
1:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Sister of Sandy Hook victim urges Montanans to support new gun control

Carlee Soto's 27-year-old sister Victoria was one of the 26 teachers and students massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school last December - and this photo of Carlee learning the tragic news became one of the iconic photos of that tragedy.
Credit Associated Press


    Carlee Soto will never forget December 14th, 2012.

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Project Minerva
10:10 am
Tue July 23, 2013

UM looks for ET

Project Minerva logo

NASA recently awarded a 1.125 million dollar grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets.

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