6/4/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" George Nickel survived the roadside bomb that killed his comrades in Iraq. Back home in Boise, Idaho, his readjustment to civilian life was a disaster. An armed standoff with Boise police led to jail, and almost a year of solitary confinement. Now George's life is dedicated to helping other combat veterans make the difficult transition to non-military life.
When Scott Hannon retired after 23 years as Navy SEAL and made his way to Montana, he wanted to hunt, fish, and live a quiet life. Then he discovered the therapeutic value of working with injured wildlife - especially eagles.
5/21/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" When Ruth Walter and her husband, both of them with 8th grade educations, decided to take their three children and leave the Flat Willow Hutterite Colony to make a new life for themselves, they 'didn't have a kernel of salt in their cupboard.' 22 years later, they are pillars of the tiny Montana farm community of Judith Gap.
4/23/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" On the Tongue River, in southeast Montana, a tornado destroyed Mark Fix's log barn. With the help of local Amish craftsmen using hand tools, he rebuilds the homestead-era structure.
4/16/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" In 1937, Cassandra Norman's great-grandfather murdered the parents of 5-year-old Larry Kuntz, pistol-whipped the boy and left him for dead. Norman, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, recnetly tracked down Kuntz, now in his 80's, and the two have found a way to reconcile the tragedy that connects their families.
4/2/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" In 1937, the parents of 5-year-old Larry Kuntz were shot to death in an argument over wheat. Larry was beaten and left for dead. After years of silence, the 81-year-old retired pharmacist and Spokane, Washington resident has begun to share his story.
3/26/14 & 3/23/15 : This week on " Mountain West Voices :" 94-year-old Pat Geary, teacher and church organist in Helmville, Montana, talks about her community, and her life. (Broadcast: " Mountain West Voices ," 3/23/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast .)
3/19/14: This week on " Mountain West Voices :" 95-year-old Irene Roberts , a student at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, talks about her life-long love of learning, about farm life during the Depression, about polio and poverty, and about the examples of generosity and kindness that have inspired and sustained her.