Montana News

Avalanche danger
9:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Missoula avalanche danger warning

Missoula law enforcement are going door to door  in the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood of Missoula between Richard and Holly streets, advising residents of the unstable snow conditions and danger of avalanche. Although no mandatory evacuations are being ordered, residents are being advised of the risk in deciding whether to  stay or leave.

Local authorities have also advised folks to stay off Mount Sentinel, Mount Jumbo, and Waterworks Hill because of the increased avalanche danger.

Avalanche
5:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Avalanche destroys house in Missoula, three people rescued

Rescuers at the site of an avalanche in Missoula's lower Rattlesnake neighborhood
Credit William Marcus

A child and an elderly couple have been rescued after being buried in an avalanche in the lower Rattlesnake area of Missoula. The afternoon slide destroyed at least one house on Harrison street.  Missoula police Sgt. Travis Welsh says the three people were found alive, dug out separately after the slide and taken by ambulance to St. Patrick hospital. Welch says they believe everyone is now accounted for but search teams with dogs continue to check the area. Authorities also continue to evaluate the danger of further snow slides and whether any evacuations will  be necessary.

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State Prison
3:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has written a letter to the state alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.

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Philosophy of peace
12:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When is compromise too rotten to accept?

Hebrew University philosopher Avishai Margalit

Tonight's talk in the President's lecture series at the University of Montana is one of the many events cancelled because of today's blizzard - but the featured speaker did brave the elements today to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk. Avishai Margalit is an emeritus philosophy professor at Hebrew  University in Jerusalem, an author, and one of the foremost living philosophers, who has written extensively about the struggle between Islam and the West.

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Snow and High Winds
8:54 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dangerous Weather Outlook

Snow and high winds are creating hazardous conditions for driving, with drifting snow and poor visibility. In the Missoula valley,and the I-90 corridor, non-essential travel is not advised. if you can stay home - do so.

Here is the link to the road report

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service for our broadcast region:

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Snow Day
8:43 am
Fri February 28, 2014

School Closings

- 08:42AM _ Due do extreme weather there are a number of school closures today in Western Montana.
All the following schools are closed today:

University of Montana
Darby
Columbia Falls
Lone Rock
Stevensville
Missoula County Public Schools

  • All MCPS activities for the night of Friday, February 28, 2014 and all activities on Saturday, March 1, 2014 are cancelled. Schools will attempt to reschedule weekend events, please check school websites for updated event information.

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Brian Schweitzer
4:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Schweitzer: MSNBC contract has nothing to do with Presidential ambitions

  Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be hitting the airwaves of MSNBC as a political contributor, and he’ll be doing so from the comfort of his home on Georgetown Lake. Schweitzer said that was part of the reason he chose to sign with MSNBC.

“Some of the other networks require you to fly to New York or Washington D.C. and do work in the studio and I really don’t like being out of Montana that much,” Schweitzer said.

Since leaving office at the beginning of last year, Schweitzer has regularly appeared on networks like ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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Septage Bioreactors
3:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

From flush to flash, how septic systems could help power your home

A garbage compactor at the Flathead County Landfill.
Credit Flathead County Solid Waste

The Flathead County Landfill currently has a gas-to-energy project where methane gas is collected to power a generator instead of being burned off.

Waste management officials recently learned more about how to use the waste from septic tanks to make trash decompose faster, and produce more energy.

St.Clair County in Michigan has about 50,000-septic tanks- residences or businesses not hooked up to a sewer system and therefore using septic tanks to collect their waste.

Those tanks need to periodically be pumped.

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Modern Art Exhibit
12:59 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New art exhibit aims to teach us how “to see”

Art collector Jordan Schnitzer talking with Hawthorne school 5th-graders about a new exhibit of modern art currently on display at the Missoula Art Museum. The prints are from Schnitzer's private collection.
Credit Daniel Dauterive

An exhibit featuring over 100 prints from some of the most notable artists of the modern era opened this month at the Missoula Art Museum. Works by such luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Barbara Kruger are featured - and are part of the private collection of  Oregon real estate developer and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer.

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Republican Rift
5:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election

Credit Jacob Baynham, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

 As Montana moves toward the June primary elections, a deep divide still exists between elements of the state legislature’s Republican caucus.

This split between moderate and conservative Republicans was most dramatically seen in the 2013 Montana Senate, where the GOP held a 29-21 majority over Democrats. The body almost seemed to have three caucuses, though, as a small group of Republicans regularly defied party leadership to side with Democrats on a number of key issues such as campaign spending law changes, school funding legislation, and state employee pension reform.

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