Montana News

Kalispell Schools
1:22 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

New buildings, technology, and curriculum leading issues during retiring Superintendents tenure

Kalispell School District 5 Superintendent Darlene Schottle.
Credit Mike Kofford / Kalispell School District 5

Overcrowded classrooms, outdated technology, new construction, old buildings, new curriculum, and online venue for the enduring issue of bullying are among the issues facing many school districts in 2014.

Growth and change at the Kalispell School District Five has been visible over the past 10-years with the creation and construction of a second high school.

The woman at the reins during these changes is District Five Superintendent Darlene Schottle who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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Frank Church wolves (part 2)
1:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Conservation attorney says state of Idaho should leave wolves in popular wilderness alone

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, eventually migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

Tonight, we have part two in our series on whether a state should have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area.

Three conservation groups - Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch - think not.

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DOJ Letter
10:03 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dispute between Missoula county attorney and feds could still end up in court

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg at an earlier press conference, with former DOJ assistant attorney general (and current Labor secretary) Thomas Perez taking notes
Credit Kurt Wilson, Missoulian

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to negotiate a "memorandum of understanding" with the federal Justice department, as a way of resolving DOJ's concerns about the way the county attorney's office has handled past sexual assault investigations.   The offer is contained in a letter written by Van Valkenburg and sent to U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter.

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Frank Church Wolves (part 1)
11:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Idaho officials want to eliminate two wolf packs in a popular wilderness area

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, later migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

Should a state have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area, to enhance the area's elk population for recreational hunters? 

As we reported yesterday, some conservation groups think not, and are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.

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2014 Election
11:06 am
Thu January 9, 2014

The 2014 election officially begins

Rep. Austin Knudsen (R-Culbertson) speaks during a Thursday news conference held by GOP legislative candidates.
Dan Boyce

UPDATE 5:30 PM

The Secretary of State's Office has reported a total of 139 Montana candidates filed to run during the first day they could officially do so.

Republican legislative candidates at a news event Thursday afternoon said Montana voters are tired of what they call failed liberal policies both in the state and in Washington D.C.

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Flathead Water Compact
9:33 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Lawmakers, public still divided on Flathead water compact

Credit Flickr, Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

A committee of state lawmakers said this week they still don’t they have enough information to recommend passage of the long-awaited Flathead Water Rights Compact.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation submitted a report to the Water Policy Interim Committee which was intended to answer lawmaker’s questions about the compact after the document was tabled by the 2013 Legislature. Committee Chairman Sen. Chas Vincent (R-Libby) said the report did not fully accomplish that goal.

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Tourism
1:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Montana tourism strong last year, hopes high for 2014

Norma Nickerson
Credit UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Research shows 2013 was a good year for Montana tourism and early signs suggest another positive year's in store for the industry.
    This according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

ITRR director, Norma Nickerson, says Montana's tourism-driven businesses seem optimistic about what's in store for 2014.
    In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Nickerson discusses these generally positive trends and the factors used to determine them.

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Wolf Lawsuit
11:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wolves in a federal wilderness: should they be left alone or managed?

Some conservation groups are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.
     The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.

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DNRC Water Plan
5:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What a new water plan could mean for state climate policy

The Montana Legislature's Water Policy Interim Committee meets Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

A Democratic state representative believes a new water plan being developed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) may provide a vehicle for inserting more climate science into state policy.

On Tuesday, members of the legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee heard presentations from several prominent state climate scientists on the future of agricultural water use. These addressed the changing of Montana’s mountain snowpack, key stresses on the state’s water sources, and projections of future water supply.

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Kalispell Mini Maker Faire
2:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Montana's first "Makers Faire"

The Kalispell Mini Maker Faire follows in the tradition of the San Mateo, California Maker Faire which started in 2005 and has grown to feature more than 800 makers with nearly 110,000 people attending.
Credit Flickr / lemonkey

Inventors, practical science buffs, and “makers” of all kinds are invited to demonstrate their projects at an event called the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire.

The first Makers Faire happened in San Mateo, California in 2005. Now, it has featured more than 800-makers with nearly 110,000 attendees.

The World Maker Faire in New York has grown in three years to more than 500 makers with 55,000 attendees. 

Public Services Librarian April Szuch said the one planned for Kalispell will be much smaller, a Mini Maker Faire. She says it’s the first of its kind in Montana.

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