Montana News

Public Defenders
11:49 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Raises and increased staff not enough to stop case overload for public defenders

The state’s Chief Public Defender says workloads for public defense attorneys have improved due to financial help from the Montana Legislature. However, Bill Hooks said his office still needs more help.

The 2013 Legislature gave the public defender’s office *$1.2 million in new money for employee raises, which Hooks said has been very helpful.

"We were able to bring our attorney salaries more in line with what our colleagues were getting in other courts throughout the state,” Hooks said. “So I think that was a significant improvement and we're very appreciative of that.”

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Adoption
1:45 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Adoption can make a world of difference in a child's life

We're coming to the end of National Adoption Month.
   Recent celebrations have marked the adoption of at least 29 children in Great Falls and Billings.
     Lutheran Social Services of Montana operates a statewide adoption agency.
     In this interview, executive director Kathryn Sabol tells Edward O'Brien hundreds of more Montana children are waiting to be welcomed into new families of their own.
     Sabol tells us more about Lutheran Social Services of Montana:

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YMCA
2:10 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

The YMCA - not just a gym and swim

Credit YMCA Missoula

Some of us will soon be hitting the gym to work off the weight we've gained as a result of all the holiday treats and feasts.
     The YMCA welcomes people to consider its gym and swim services.

But, Jon Lange, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Missoula Family YMCA says the organization offers much more than health and wellness facilities.
    In tonight's feature interview, Lange details some of those programs. He tells Edward O'Brien the YMCA has always been a part of his life.

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Care Farms
1:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Cows, Chickens, Veggies, and Therapy

Lighthouse Cristian Home resident Sara Maldonado feeds the cows as part of her morning chores.
Credit Katrin Frye

The idea of farm work as therapy takes root in the Flathead with several working farms opening their doors a couple times a week to people with disabilities. The Flathead Valley has seven Care Farms as of last spring. It’s an effort spearheaded by Maarten Fischer of the A-Plus-Home Healthcare of the Flathead, Fischer also teaches a multifunctional agriculture course at Flathead Valley Community College.

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Helena
4:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Helena adding more "all-inclusive" playground equipment to city parks

Alicia Pichette watches the construction of some "all-inclusive" playground equipment in Helena's Jaycee Park. Pichette started a fund to install such equipment after the death of her disabled daughter, Blythe.
Credit Dan Boyce

Parks in Helena are starting to see new additions to playground equipment, as the city tries to make more enjoyable for kids with disabilities.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce looks into this all-inclusive play equipment.

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Memory Care
11:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Why early diagnosis helps with Alzheimer's

Credit firstcovers.com

Think of your memory as layers upon layers stacked on top of one another. Registered Nurse Jennifer Crowley specializes in working with patients with Alzheimer’s. Crowley said for people with Alzheimer’s new memories are the top-most layers, and they roll right off and get lost. She conducts Memory Screenings which identify risk for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairment disorders. The exam tests short term memory and looks at a person’s understanding of the world around them.

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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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Helena
2:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Didn’t you know? It’s Turkey Tuesday!

One of Jamie O'Malley's turkeys at the Exploration Works "Turkey Tuesday" event.
Dan Boyce

In a feathery showcase of America’s most-celebrated Thanksgiving dish, A Helena education center brought in some live turkeys today. Dubbed “Turkey Tuesday”, the occasion allowed some local kids to see three of the iconic birds in real life, in all their waddley gobbley glory.

“I think that connections really been lost with a lot of kids,” said Exploration Works Education Director Jamie O’Malley. “It’s nice to know where your food comes from.”

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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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Election 2014
6:26 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

More candidates announcing House bids well ahead of filing day

Helena real estate investor Drew Turiano says he will be running for Montana's U.S. House seat as a Republican. He lost a four-way Republican primary for Sec. of State in 2012.
Dan Boyce

The already-crowded field of candidates vying for Montana’s U.S. House seat continues to grow.

Current Republican Representative Steve Daines announced earlier this month he will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Max Baucus in 2014.

Helena Real Estate Investor Drew Turiano says he’s running for the House seat as a Republican. It’s his second time running for office in Montana after coming in last in a four-way Republican Primary for Secretary of State in 2012. He hopes that loss has helped with name recognition for this race.

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