Montana News

Education
4:26 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Montana improving school lunch at one of the fastest rates in US

USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon

Montana schools are improving school lunches at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

The US Department of Agriculture says Montana is one of six states where 98 percent of schools or more are meeting new meal standards set by the federal government.

In this feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon about the intent of these major revisions.

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Wolf Hunting
9:03 am
Wed August 21, 2013

'Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual' circulated by environmental group

The environmental organization Earth First began circulating a guidebook on how to sabotage the hunting of wolves last week.

The online guide lays out steps for destroying wolf traps, releasing trapped wolves and disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns. It asserts states, the NRA, and the Obama Administration are engaging in a conspiracy to wipe wolves off the face of the planet.

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Residents Fire Reax
3:44 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Residents nervously watch progress of the Lolo Creek Complex fire

Sleeman Road residents gather to share updates about the fire with their neighbors
Credit Sally Mauk

Residents of Sleeman Gulch, a few miles east of the Lolo Creek Complex fire off Highway 12, have been placed on pre-evacuation notice - meaning they need to be ready to leave on the spur of the moment. Sleeman road is a one-way-in, one-way-out gravel road.

Kirk Derby lives near the end of the road, in a house he and his wife just bought a year ago. Last night they left to wait out the fire in town, but returned today to clear more stuff from their house.

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Planned Parenthood
1:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Planned Parenthood of Montana's new president and CEO

Planned Parenthood of Montana's Martha Stahl
Credit Edward O'Brien

Planned Parenthood of Montana's new President and C-E-O, Martha Stahl, says she's a natural fit for the organization.

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Education
11:07 am
Tue August 20, 2013

State expanding early childhood education pilot program

Caregiver Amanda Hatch plays with two-year-old Maya at her day care center Katerpillar Korner in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock is looking to put more focus into early childhood education—that is, education before a kid is five years old. Bullock said Montana ranks near the bottom of states in investment in early ed.

However, state spending did increase this past legislative session by nearly $2 and a half million dollars.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says that money will go toward increasing a ranking program for day-care centers called the Best Beginnings Stars to Quality Program.

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Healthcare
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Lindeen: Health Insurance on MT's Obamacare marketplace competitive

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

 The country has just a few more months before many of the major elements of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, go into effect. This includes a requirement for Americans to buy health insurance, starting the first of the year.

An online marketplace will be giving Montanans without insurance options to buy plans from one of three providers. In this Feature Interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen about choices people will have regarding the marketplace.

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Fires
3:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Highway 12 SHUT DOWN due to fire danger

Growing fast...
Sally Mauk

Breaking: Highway 12, from the intersection of Highway 93 South to Lolo Pass is now CLOSED.

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4-H
10:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Western Montana Fair 4-H animal presentations

Justin Steck

The Western Montana Fair recently descended upon Missoula’s Fairgrounds for the 134th time. 

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cancer policy
2:31 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Report says Montana falling short on cancer fighting policies

The American Cancer Society's non-profit advocacy affiliate has released a report outlining how Montana legislative activity affects cancer prevention outcomes.

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Glacier National Park
3:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New business to take charge of hotels and restaurants in Glacier Park

Hotels in Glacier Park are owned by the Park Service, but operated by private business. Glacier Park Inc. has been operating these for more than 30 years. In January 2014 Xanterra is taking over.
Credit Katrin Frye

A new company is taking over management of Glacier Park’s historic hotels and restaurants. The National Park Service owns the buildings, but for the past 30-plus years Glacier Park Incorporated has been running the businesses. Glacier Park recently announced the Colorado-based Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc will replace Glacier Park Incorporated as the Concessioner operating these businesses with the new year.

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