Montana News

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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Cyberattacks
9:38 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Cyberattack: a new weapon in a new war

Security expert David Hamon

We may all know in a general sense that the security of information we share online cannot be guaranteed - but that doesn't stop us, or private business or government, from putting  sensitive data online. The hope is that security will hold up against hackers, but in fact, cyberattacks are a growing security threat. David Hamon advises the U.S. government about that threat.

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National Guard and Reserve
1:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

More asked of citizen soldiers; support of civilian employers crucial

The military is calling on National Guard and Reserve members to serve more frequently and for longer periods of time.
       This puts more pressure on both the soldiers who volunteer their service - and the people who employ them.
       In this evening's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, the state chairman of a Department of Defense office called the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve explains how potential conflicts can be smoothed over between these citizen soldiers and their employers.

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Bridegroom Film
12:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Barred from his partner’s funeral, former Kalispell resident now fights for gay rights

logo for "Bridegroom" documentary

Growing up gay in Kalispell, Montana, Shane Bitney Crone was bullied incessantly, and couldn't wait to leave his hometown. After school, he moved to California, where he met the love of his life, another young man who had grown up in small-town Indiana.

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Dog Shot
3:34 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hunter expresses remorse for shooting dog he thought was a wolf

The Missoula County Sheriff's office has contacted the hunter who accidentally shot a dog in the Lee Creek area near Lolo Pass last Sunday, and have determined there was no crime committed. The hunter has said he thought he was shooting a wolf, but instead killed one of three malamutes owned by Layne Spence, who had taken his dogs along for a cross-country ski outing. Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Paige Pavalone says after interviewing the hunter, and the dog's owner, they have determined no violation was committed.

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Butte
5:35 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Butte open container ban heads to final vote

Credit flickr/Tracy Elizabeth

Butte’s Council of Commissioners is preparing to take a final vote on an ordinance to curb the community’s stance on open containers of alcohol in public.

Right now, the city has no open container law.

The ordinance before the council would make it illegal to have an open alcoholic drink in public between the hours of 2 AM and 8 AM.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us commissioners and the community are split on the issue.

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Postal Service
1:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Still losing money, the postal service needs big changes to stay afloat

In the last two years, four mail processing centers - in Miles City, Butte, Helena and Kalispell - have been closed and consolidated with centers in Billings, Great Falls and Missoula. It's part of a nationwide effort to cut expenses at the postal service, which is bleeding money by the billions.

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