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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Shipping Gifts
10:02 am
Tue December 24, 2013

From bean bags to rocket fuel – the “Head Packer” has seen it all

Santa has a lot of helpers getting those Christmas gifts to their destination, including Dave Shappee.

This is one of the busiest months of the year for  the founder of The Shipping Depot in Missoula. And he's still busy today, as last minute shoppers rush to ship their Christmas presents on the eve of the holiday.

 In this feature interview, Shappee talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the unique items people try to ship - and about their procrastination this year.

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Baucus Nomination
2:26 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Baucus to China raises question of who’s going to the Senate

Senator Max Baucus

As reported earlier, Montana's senior Senator Max Baucus has been nominated to be the next ambassador to China - pending confirmation by the Senate.

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Olympic Skier
11:43 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Montana’s Heather “McFly” hopes to land in Sochi

National freestyle mogul ski champion Heather McPhie

Among the Montanans hoping to make it to the Sochi Olympics this winter is Bozeman native and reigning national freestyle mogul ski champion, Heather McPhie.

It would be McPhie's second Olympics - she placed 18th in Vancouver in 2010. This year's team will be picked in January.

McPhie is back in Bozeman for the holidays after competing in a World Cup event in Finland. The 29-year-old took time out from her training to speak with News Director Sally Mauk about her skiing career. It's a sport that's in her blood - beginning with her great grandfather.

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Schweitzer for president?
9:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

More hints our ex-governor may run for president

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer

Former governor Brian Schweitzer says he plans to spend a lot of time in Iowa, and in fact, he's giving a speech there today - raising more questions about whether he intends to run for president.

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Financial Oversight
11:36 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Too big to fail and too big to jail

Financial policy advocate for "Public Citizen", Bart Naylor

The financial crash of 2008 brought increased scrutiny and louder calls for reform of the financial industry. Some of that has come to pass, but it's also true the financial sector continues to have tremendous influence over government, which is its chief regulator.

As financial policy advocate for the consumer advocacy group "Public Citizen", Bart Naylor tracks that regulation and lobbies for stricter oversight of a financial industry he believes has too much power.

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Newtown Anniversary
10:33 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Shooting victim now an “accidental activist”

Kim Russell, Director of Outreach for "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"
Credit Beatrice Moritz

This Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 six and seven-year-olds - and 6 of the school's adult staff.

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Sagebrush Redux
10:04 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Leader of new Sagebrush Rebellion argues for local control of public land

Utah state representative Ken Ivory

Last week we aired an interview with UM forestry professor Martin Nie, about the resurgence of a western movement to get federal lands turned over to state and local governments - and why he thinks that's a bad idea. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with one of the leaders of the new Sagebrush Rebellion - Utah state representative, and CEO of the American Lands Council, Ken Ivory - about why he thinks state ownership of federal lands is a good idea.

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Mountain Water
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Less wind means less water for the Pacific Northwest

Snowy day in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

A recent article in the journal "Science" investigates whether decreasing winds in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies are contributing to declining precipitation.

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Frozen Game
11:29 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bitter cold is chilling ticket sales for Griz playoff game

While our bitter cold spell is delaying today's scheduled opening of Missoula's Snowbowl ski area, tomorrow's big FCS playoff football game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will go on as scheduled.

The temperature at kickoff could be below zero, with an even more frigid wind chill.

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Civil War myths
2:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Noted historian debunks Civil War myths

Historian James Oakes

One of the leading historians of 19th century America is in Missoula to speak at the University of Montana. James Oakes teaches history at the City University of New York, and has written several award-winning books on the Civil War and slavery.

In this feature interview, Oakes talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the debate over whether the Civil War was fought over preserving the Union - or over slavery. Oakes says it most definitely was fought to end slavery.

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