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Mountain Lion in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge
USFWS Mountain-Prairie (CC-BY-2.0)

Anyone who’s ever hunted mountain lions will tell you that finding just one cougar in the wild is hard. Imagine trying to count all the mountain lions in Montana….that’s a lot harder.

Pending the approval of the Montana Board of Regents today the University of Montana School of Law will take on the name of its biggest donor.

Alexander Blewett’s gift of $10 million was announced yesterday to the regents. The donation is the largest in UM law school history, and among the largest individual gifts in UM history.

Alexander Blewett III
Courtesy photo

A Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division speaks at a press conference in Missoula on May 11, 2015, as Missoula Mayor John Engen and Missoula Police Chief Mike Brady look on.
Edward O'Brien

The federal government says the Missoula police department has made tremendous progress in how it handles reports of sexual assault.

"In short, this community has come together to institute long-term, systemic change to protect and ensure the safety of generations to come," said Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Corin Cates-Carney

The 2015 State Music Festivals were held last weekend in Billings and Missoula. This event draws young musicians from all over the state to showcase their work in front of a panel of judges. The annual festival also forces some high school students to decide between music and busy spring sports seasons. 

Cheri Trusler

A new audit shows Missoula is doing a better job of responding to reports of sexual assault. That same audit also says there's room for improvement.

University of Montana

This is a message from University of Montana President, Royce Engrstrom:

Dear Colleagues,
This morning, Jon Krakauer’s book “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” was released. I want to share with you my thoughts about sexual assault and the University of Montana because it is such an important topic that all college campuses – student groups, staff, faculty, and administrators – must address.

Denise Dowling

College-bound high school seniors are hearing back from their chosen schools this week and they’re finding out which universities want them and how much they’re willing to offer in scholarships and financial aid.

Montana has the most tribal colleges in the country, and it’s the only state with one on every reservation. But together, all seven tribal colleges educate hundreds of non-tribal students as well, many of them white students.

Laura John, a tribal analyst with the Montana Budget and Policy Center says non-Tribal student enrollment in tribal colleges is growing.

"The tribal colleges have seen, overall, a 25 percent increase between 2009 and what’s projected for 2016-2017," according to John.

Republican Infrastructure Bills Advance Through Montana Legislature

Mar 30, 2015
William Marcus

Several infrastructure bills are working their way through the Montana Legislature, but not the one proposed by the Bullock Administration.

UM Warns Of Hantavirus In Missoula County

Mar 20, 2015
Flickr user: Aurel (CC-BY-2.0)

The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death. The University says that it’s been in contact with county and state offices of public health. At this time neither Missoula county nor the state are confirming the Hantavirus infection.

Hacking Rural Medicine

Most of Montana’s hospitals are small and rural. And these are hard times for small town hospitals. The National Rural Health Association says about 300 rural hospitals are in danger of having to close in the next few years.

Monica Bourgeau is an executive with a federally funded project to help Montana hospitals adapt to the rapid changes in healthcare and survive.

"Rural healthcare is really facing a lot of kind of new and unique challenges right now."

MUS Officials Say They're Meeting Benchmarks Set By 2013 Legislature

Jan 30, 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana University System officials told lawmakers they are meeting the benchmarks the 2013 Montana Legislature set toward increasing student retention and graduation.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says performance based funding is driving change at Montana’s colleges and universities.

"You know what it’s done is its creating focus for us," said Christian. "And that’s the good thing. We’re talking about things that will affect student success. That’s the bottom line of what it’s creating."

Montana University System Requests $53 Million In Bonds For Infrastructure

Jan 27, 2015

The Montana University System is asking lawmakers for permission to issue just over $53 million in bonds.

The money would be used to renovate existing buildings to protect the life and safety of students, faculty and staff;  bring the buildings up to code; and for improvements to classrooms and laboratories.

Among the projects: the library building at Montana State Billings. It has the largest lecture classrooms on campus, but it doesn’t comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

Bill Allard / Bill Allard

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific programs, which, if students have done their homework assignments, they've listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band

From the sweltering heat of August through the freezing winds of November, they run drills, memorize movements and grow tight as a team.

They can also lay down an awesome beat.

Listen to find out just how much grit it takes to be a Griz.

Josh Burnham

Another enrollment drop at the University of Montana.

A total of 13,952 students enrolled at UM this fall semester. That's 573 fewer than a year ago.

This time last year, UM recorded over 400 fewer students than the prior year.

UM spokeswoman, Peggy Kuhr, says this semester's enrollment drop was not a surprise:

The University of Montana student who was reported missing yesterday after failing to return from a weekend fishing trip is safe and is on his way home. 21-year-old August Kramer told his roommate this weekend that he was going fishing, but didn't say where. Volunteer searchers have been searching for Kramer along the U.S. 12 corridor all day. Missoula County Sheriff Office spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says Kramer's mom has been in contact with her son, he's OK and on his way back into Missoula. No further details were released.

Edward O'Brien

An 11-story building sounds fairly tall, right? It feels even taller when you're on top of one looking down.

Missoula firefighters spent a few hours using the University of Montana's 11-story Aber Hall dormitory this week for their monthly training exercise.
MFD Captain Chad Kidd says the crew used the estimated 110-foot dorm to practice  "High Angle Rescue Techniques":

Christopher Allen

On a blustery, rainy afternoon, several Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River today to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site.

Officials expect construction of the $32 million project to last about two years, after nearly eight years of planning and some controversy. College officials considered several other sites, including the 90-year-old university golf course, before funding complications and public protest forced them to look elsewhere.

Edward O'Brien

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom presented the annual "State of the University" address today.

3/30/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Nicole Bradley Browning, professor in the University of Montana's School of Theater and Dance, about the 2014 American College Dance Festival Association's Northwest Conference, taking place Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - Saturday, April 05, 2014 at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Royce Engstrom

Mar 18, 2014

3/18/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" As the changes in knowledge, technology, and economic systems accelerate, does higher education still matter? Can it help us all? University of Montana president Royce Engstrom says "yes." 

Sally Mauk

Falling rocks and snow slides have prompted University of Montana officials to close Mount Sentinel until further notice. Much of the east side of Campus Drive has also been closed to vehicle parking because of the danger of rockslides. The drive itself remains open to moving traffic. Here's a link for campus safety updates:

http://umt.edu/safety/alerts/default.php

UM Opera Theater & UM Symphony present The Legend of Orpheus. This romantic valentine of immortal love is a Baroque pastiche: some of the most beautiful vocal music of Monteverdi, Purcell, Gluck and Handel has been arranged and given an English text, to tell the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Produced by Missoula Community Theater. Performances at MCT:

  • Feb 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb 15 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets at MCT box office: 728-PLAY

Sally Mauk

As we reported earlier this week, the University of Montana must find another 9 million dollars to cut in the coming year - on top of the 6 million cut from this year's budget. President Royce Engstrom outlined the need for the cuts - and potential  money-saving steps - in a campuswide letter this week.

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