Montana News

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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Steve Daines
4:39 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Israel is a part of Daines ‘Montana Jobs Tour’

US Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

US Congressman Steve Daines said this week it makes sense to include his seven-day trip to Israel as a part of his ‘Montana Jobs Tour.’

“As Montana looks to the future, we’re gonna be highly dependent to grow our economy based on exports,” Daines said.

He visited several Montana towns last week as part of the tour, including Bozeman, Butte, and Billings.

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Education
1:30 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Should more schools teach "Social-Emotional Intelligence"?

Robyn Gaddy
Credit Sussex School

The director of a private Missoula K-8 school attended a training seminar last month at U-C Berkeley to learn more about teaching "social-emotional learning skills".

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Healthcare
9:12 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The rehabilitation this Harvard professor says many cancer survivors aren't getting

Dr. Julie Silver

Nearly five-thousand Montanans are diagnosed with cancer every year.

That’s according to figures from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

And an estimated 42-thousand cancer survivors are living in the state right now.

But, even if they are free from the disease, many of these survivors are still dealing with long-lasting impacts from the treatments which saved their lives.

Dr. Julie Silver is a rehabilitation physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

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Great Falls
9:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

A tour of the L&C Interpretive Center

A life-size replica of the dugout canoes used by the Corps of Discovery is the centerpiece of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls
Credit Dan Boyce

It’s been more than 200 years since Lewis and Clark led the ‘Corps of Discovery’ through Montana as part of their legendary expedition across the American West.

Their exploits are chronicled at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls.

About 70 volunteer guides lead visitors through the various exhibits.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce joins one such guide for a look around.  

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