Mountain West Voices

Monday 3:00 PM
  • Hosted by Clay Scott

Mountain West Voices with host Clay Scott is a program featuring the extraordinary stories of ordinary people throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Prom Dress Mecca In Small Town Montana

Apr 5, 2015
Clay Scott

An entrepreneurial Montana woman turns her small farm town into a Mecca for prom dresses, drawing high school girls from all over Montana, and as far as North Dakota, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 4/6/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Clay Scott

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.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/30/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Lillian Johnson

The second part of the extraordinary saga of the late Marie Johnson, who as a young woman was cut off from her Siberian village during the Russian Civil War, made her way to the Bering Sea, and eventually settled in Polson, Montana.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/16/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Lillian Johnson

This week on Mountain West Voices: Part 1 of a series telling the story of Maria Zimina - later Marie Johnson of Polson, Montana - who was caught up the turmoil of the Russian civil war in 1919 while on a trip to Vladivostok. Cut off from her family and with no money, she made her way east and north toward the Russian Arctic.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 3/9/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the American invasion of Iwo Jima, one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific during World War II. Producer Danielle Thomsen recently spoke with a survivor of that battle, 88 year old Paul Milam.  Milam recalls his impressions of Iwo Jima as an inexperienced 19-year-old from Bozeman, Montana.

Clay Scott

Last week on Mountain West Voices, Haywood Big Day told the story of his name. This week he shares his thoughts on history and language, on being American, and being Crow.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/23/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Clay Scott

Central Montana rancher and farmer Judy Tureck talks about her connection to the land that surrounds her, and about the tribulations and rewards of rural life.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/9/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Clay Scott

Haywood Big Day of Montana's Crow Indian Reservation shares the story of his name.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/16/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Kenton Rowe

Cory Caswell has worked as a hired hand on Wyoming and Montana ranches since he came west as a teenager, not staying in any one place longer than a few months. He talks about his hard, unpredictable but satisfying life as itinerant ranch hand.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/2/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

Clay Scott

As a child on the Crow Reservation in Montana, Peggy White Wellknown Buffalo was taken from her home and sent to Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools out of state, and forbidden from speaking her language. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to helping Crow children connect with their history, their culture and their place.

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