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Pond Hockey
10:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

How Kalispell hopes hockey will help with the "off season"

Workers prep the rink for Kalispell's first annual Pond Hockey Classic on Foys Lake.
Credit Katrin Frye

Most businesses in the Flathead count on winter as the slow season for tourism and visitation. Business and economic development leaders are hoping hockey will help take the sting out of the slow season. Rob Brisendine with the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau says they’re hosting the first annual Pond Hockey Classic on Foys Lake this weekend.

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Pianist Lisa Smirnova & The Missoula Symphony
5:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Beethoven Week - with re-scheduled piano recital

2/23/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" Michael Marsolek talks with Darko Butorac, music director and conductor of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, about the film, recital, choral and orchestral events scheduled in "Beethoven Week," February 28th - March 9th.

** Update: due to weather, Lisa Smirnova's Feb. 28th recital has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Music Recital Hall, University of Montana.**

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Headframe Spirits
10:51 am
Fri February 21, 2014

“Neversweat bourbon” just one of the products of this new Butte business

John and Courtney McKee, co-owners of "Headframe Spirits"

When John and Courtney McKee opened their new microdistillery "Headframe Spirits" in Butte in early 2012, they had no idea their success would lead to them being named Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2013.

Besides producing bourbon and gin and other spirits, their company also manufactures distillation equipment for Montana's growing distillery industry.
    In this feature interview, Courtney McKee talks with News Director Sally Mauk about how they decided to start their own company, when John got laid off from his previous job.

 

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Star Anise

February 22nd, 2014: In traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese star anise is prescribed for colicky babies and sluggish digestion. But today, it's also a source of shikimic acid, a precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of Tamiflu, one of the only treatments right now for avian influenza. Japanese star anise, Illicium anisatum, a similar tree, is highly toxic and inedible.

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Fun With Chemistry
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Candy and Caramelization

Credit Vegan Baking

February 23rd, 2014: Greg and Jon explore candy-making, caramelization, and the chemistry of cooking with sugar. 

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Mule Deer Scent Behavior

Female mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Credit Yathin S Krishnappa

"Fieldnotes," February 23rd & 24th, 2014: "Mule Deer Scent Behavior," by Beverly Dupree. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"It would be easy to assume, looking at those ears, that the mule deer's most important sense is hearing. But then I noticed a curious behavior that led me to the conclusion that mule deer depend just as much on smell as on hearing.

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Pea Green Boat
6:30 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Wild Calls On The Pea Green Boat

Join Jackie Wedell for "Nature Notes " on the Pea Green Boat today. She'll be talking about a very young boy who liked to chirp with chickadees, hoot with owls, and howl with wolves. Did the wolves respond? You may get a chance to howl yourself. Tune in for the fun between 4 and 5 p.m.

VINE Program
5:11 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The state system which allows anyone to track the whereabouts of adult felony offenders

  The Montana Department of Corrections is expanding a notification system which allows victims of crimes to know the whereabouts of their offenders.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or VINE, allows victims to receive phone calls, texts or emails about changes in the custody status or location of any adult felony offender in the corrections system.

The system started tracking offenders on probation and parole late last year, which adds the movements of 84-hundred people to the system.

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New fire realities
2:28 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Facing our new fire realities a major challenge in the American West

Lolo Creek Complex fire
Credit Sally Mauk

In over three decades of fighting fire, studying fire and crafting fire management policy, Tom Zimmerman has seen a lot of changes in fire behavior and control. Zimmerman has worked with fire for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S Forest Service - and most recently, at the  National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Pea Green Boat
6:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Kate & Her Raptors Alight on the Pea Green Boat

Credit Kate Davis

Settle on your perch this afternoon and listen to the whoosh of feathers, the jingle of jesses, and the calls of birds. Meanwhile Kate Davis, director of Raptors of the Rockies, will educate us about the habits and habitats of the birds she cares for. We may even "see" an eagle! Tune in today between 4 and 5 p.m. and join the fun.

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