Montana News

Coal Impact Funds
1:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Can coal train impacts at rail crossings be mitigated?

Credit Montana State Parks

Coal export-related rail traffic in Montana is rising and not expected to subside anytime soon. Pacific Northwest-bound train traffic can have impacts on communities, leaving some wondering why more can't be done to mitigate those inconveniences.  In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Montana Coal Board member Tom Towe talks about the options available to Montana communities.
       The Billings attorney is well-versed on the issue as he created the Montana Coal Tax, Montana Coal Tax Trust Fund and Coal Impact Fund some 3 decades ago:

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Flathead Water Compact
1:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

More asking for re-negotiation on Flathead Water Compact

Credit Flickr, Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

More are calling for a re-opening of negotiations on the Flathead Water Compact, soon possibly including the state commission which helped craft the compact.

But the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are holding firm with the current version.

The CSKT have been working on this agreement with the state and federal governments and private irrigators for at least a dozen years. It would settle disputes over how water is shared on the Flathead reservation.

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Future of Journalism
11:35 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Pulitzer prize-winning reporter says newspapers may be dying, but journalism is not

Bloomberg News reporter Bryan Gruley

Bryan Gruley is an award-winning mystery writer and a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter - and he's delivering the annual Jeff Cole memorial lecture at the University of Montana this evening. Gruley is now a feature reporter for Bloomberg News, after working many years for the Wall Street Journal. He was part of a team of Journal reporters who won the Pulitzer for their coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

In this feature interview, Gruley talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the enormous changes in the journalism profession - and about the challenges of covering 9/11.

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Habitat Volunteers
7:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

How about a spring break swinging hammers and helping strangers?

College students on spring break and NCCC members working on a Habitat for Humanity townhouse in Columbia Falls.
Credit Katrin Frye

A Habitat for Humanity home in Columbia Falls took great strides toward completion over the past two months with the help of young volunteers. A National Service group with volunteers aged 18 to 24 came on the scene two months ago, and this month a steady stream of college students are spending spring break in hard hats and tool bags building a home for strangers.

For three weeks in March Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead hosts three different college groups. The week of the 17th it was a group of spring breakers from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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Bomb Threat
12:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

California boy arrested as suspect in Helena bomb threats

Jefferson Elementary students and their parents sign out with school officials Friday from the Capitol Rotunda, the school's evacuation area.
Credit Dan Boyce

UPDATE 5:00 PM

Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy Dublin, California in connection with the series of bomb threats this week in Helena.

Police Chief Troy McGee says researching the calls earlier from earlier in the week led authorities to believe they may have been coming from out of state.

“All the IP Addresses, all the wifi connections, there are just so many ways you can connect with people this day and age, but all of them you can trace backwards,” he said, adding the department asked the FBI for help in the case.

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Indian Service
10:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Native and non-Native women played crucial role in early years of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill

It's Women's History Month, and as we reported earlier, part of the observance at the University of Montana, was a talk this week on the historical role of women in the U.S. Indian Service. University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill  is the author of the book "Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933."

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Disabled Access
11:25 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Technology only works if you can access it

As we reported yesterday, the University of Montana has reached an agreement with the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, assuring that UM will provide better access for disabled students to campus technology.

Amy Capolupo is Director of UM Disability Services for Students. In this feature interview, she talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the agreement, which grew out of complaints from several disabled students about the lack of access.

 

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Veteran's Outreach Program
1:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

White House honors UM student

Tristan Persico

University of Montana student, Tristan Persico, was honored this week at the White House for his conservation work and helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life.

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Jewell Visit
9:40 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Secretary Jewell visits the Flathead

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
Credit Department of the Interior

Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh recently hosted Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on a tour of Montana, stopping at Glacier Park to talk about protection of the trans-boundary North Fork Flathead River.

Jewell said grassroots efforts hold a lot of sway with policy makers as chances for them to hear people’s voices on issues they find important.

She said securing protection of the North Fork of the Flathead is a great example of people from all over the spectrum coming together for a common goal.

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Cancer Challenge
5:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

State employees to don sneakers with their suits for cancer awareness

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announces the American Cancer Society's Suits and Sneakers Challenge from the capitol rotunda Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

State employees are taking an opportunity to sport some casual wear to work in exchange for donations to the American Cancer Society.

It’s part of what the society calls the suits and sneakers challenge.

From now until the end of the NCAA finals basketball tournament, state workers will be able to wear sneakers with their business suits or collegiate apparel on Thursdays and Fridays in exchange for a $5 dollar donation.

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