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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Sagebrush Rebellion Redux
2:22 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Sagebrush rebels rise again

University of Montana forestry professor Martin Nie

The movement to get the federal government to turn over its land to state and local governments is resurfacing in the American West. Led by a Utah-based group called the "American Lands Council", supporters argue there is a legal and historical basis for this turnover.
    The movement resembles the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 70s. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana forestry professor and natural resource policy expert Martin Nie about both the old and new Sagebrush rebels.

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News Literacy
2:41 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Truth vs. Truthiness: our declining news literacy

University of Montana Radio-TV professor Ray Fanning

With more information than ever before at our fingertips, you would think the American consumer's news literacy - or knowledge of current events - had never been higher. The fact is, that literacy is slipping dramatically.
    University of Montana Radio-Television Professor Ray Fanning teaches a class on news literacy.

In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about how to become a smarter news consumer - and about why our news literacy is declining.

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Heritage Turkeys
9:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Unlike your Butterball, Heritage turkeys can fly and mate

Turkeys on a fence at Prairie Heritage farm
Credit Jacob Cowgill, Prairie Heritage farm

Some of you may have already begun thawing the turkey for tomorrow's big meal. The vast majority of Americans get their turkeys from the supermarket, birds that have been mass produced  to meet the mass demand.

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Roadkill Salvage
10:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner

Deer crossing Missoula city street
Credit Sally Mauk

If you haven't picked up your turkey yet, and you hit a deer with your car, under a new permit system that went into effect this week, you could keep that deer for your Thanksgiving meal.

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Cyberattacks
9:38 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Cyberattack: a new weapon in a new war

Security expert David Hamon

We may all know in a general sense that the security of information we share online cannot be guaranteed - but that doesn't stop us, or private business or government, from putting  sensitive data online. The hope is that security will hold up against hackers, but in fact, cyberattacks are a growing security threat. David Hamon advises the U.S. government about that threat.

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Bridegroom Film
12:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Barred from his partner’s funeral, former Kalispell resident now fights for gay rights

logo for "Bridegroom" documentary

Growing up gay in Kalispell, Montana, Shane Bitney Crone was bullied incessantly, and couldn't wait to leave his hometown. After school, he moved to California, where he met the love of his life, another young man who had grown up in small-town Indiana.

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Dog Shot
3:34 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hunter expresses remorse for shooting dog he thought was a wolf

The Missoula County Sheriff's office has contacted the hunter who accidentally shot a dog in the Lee Creek area near Lolo Pass last Sunday, and have determined there was no crime committed. The hunter has said he thought he was shooting a wolf, but instead killed one of three malamutes owned by Layne Spence, who had taken his dogs along for a cross-country ski outing. Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Paige Pavalone says after interviewing the hunter, and the dog's owner, they have determined no violation was committed.

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Postal Service
1:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Still losing money, the postal service needs big changes to stay afloat

In the last two years, four mail processing centers - in Miles City, Butte, Helena and Kalispell - have been closed and consolidated with centers in Billings, Great Falls and Missoula. It's part of a nationwide effort to cut expenses at the postal service, which is bleeding money by the billions.

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Modern Art
1:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Not just pretty pictures but a reflection of their time

Art Institute of Chicago modern art curator Stephanie D'Alessandro outside the modern art exhibit currently on display at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana
Credit Edward O'Brien

No museum in the country has been more instrumental in introducing modern impressionist art to American audiences than the Art Institute of Chicago. The institute's Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art is in Missoula to lecture about a seminal show in 1913 that introduced the greats like Picasso and Matisse to this country.

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Animal History
1:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

We love them - and we eat them: our contradictory relationship to animals

University of Colorado historian Thomas Andrews

University of Colorado historian Thomas Andrews' first book on Colorado coal miners won the prestigious Bancroft award - and also led him to the topic of his second book, with the grandiose title "An Animal's History of the United States."

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