Sally Mauk

News Director

Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also teaches broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Least Obese
2:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Montana least fat of all the states

A recent national Gallup poll lists Montana as the least obese state in the country. Only 19.6 percent of Montana's population is obese - the only state to come in under 20 percent. Nationally, more than one third of adults are obese. Mississippi is the fattest state, with 36.4 percent of their population rated as obese.

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Sentinel Reopened
2:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Mount Sentinel reopened

Conditions have improved enough that University of Montana officials have reopened Mount Sentinel to the public. Most of the east side of Campus Drive has also been reopened to parking.

Sentinel closure
10:34 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Rockslide danger closes Mount Sentinel

large boulder that rolled off Mount Sentinel onto Campus Drive behind UM
Credit Sally Mauk

Falling rocks and snow slides have prompted University of Montana officials to close Mount Sentinel until further notice. Much of the east side of Campus Drive has also been closed to vehicle parking because of the danger of rockslides. The drive itself remains open to moving traffic. Here's a link for campus safety updates:

http://umt.edu/safety/alerts/default.php

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Kerr Dam
11:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam

Tribal leaders at original dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.
    The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation. 

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Climbing Wall
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Photo of the day

UM student Shannon Pepper repairing the climbing wall at the UM rec center
Credit Sally Mauk

Weather got you feeling like climbing the walls? UM resource conservation major Shannon Pepper has the UM rec center climbing wall repaired and ready...

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Search and Rescue
10:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Tips for avoiding the need to be rescued

Missoula County Search and Rescue truck
Credit Jeremiah Petersen

As a member of Missoula County's search and rescue team for six years, and its current chief, Joshua Herbold has been involved in dozens of rescues and recoveries. But even for this veteran, last Friday was unique for Herbold's team: a first-ever residential avalanche rescue, followed immediately by two skiers lost near Missoula's Snobowl.

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Betsy Cohen Remembered
12:52 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Remembering reporter Betsy Cohen: “best of the best”

Reporter Betsy Cohen
Credit Missoulian

Missoula lost an important voice this week, when long time Missoulian reporter Betsy Cohen died of breast cancer. The 49-year-old Cohen's byline appeared on thousands of stories in her 18-year journalism career, first as a reporter for the Montana Standard, and since 1998, for the Missoulian.

Cohen's work garnered numerous awards and the respect and admiration of her many peers, newsmakers and readers.
    News Director Sally Mauk spoke this week with some of Cohen's friends and colleagues and has this remembrance.

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Montana Olympian
4:36 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Montana Olympian cherishes her Sochi memories

Olympic freestyle moguls skier Heather McPhie

In December we spoke with Olympian Heather McPhie of Bozeman about her hopes for the Sochi Olympics. McPhie is the reigning national freestyle mogul ski champion, and Sochi was her second Olympics.

She placed 18th in Vancouver in 2010. In Sochi, McPhie placed 13th. Although the 29-year-old didn't make it onto the medals podium,  she tells News Director Sally Mauk she had an experience she'll always cherish.

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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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