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Birds A Barometer Of Clark Fork Superfund Cleanup Progress

Scientists have long used fish and aquatic insects as ecological indicators to measure the success of the Superfund cleanup from Butte to Missoula. But as cleanup on the main stem of the Clark Fork River gets more complicated, the birders are getting involved.

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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein On Montana Public Radio

The energetic and thrilling sounds of American composer Leonard Bernstein have influenced much of our listening experience and music-making today. Join MTPR August 20-26 as we commemorate the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, performer, educator, and humanitarian. Bernstein 100 Week schedule on Montana Public Radio:

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Leonard Bernstein?

We're celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein on MTPR this week. How well do you know Bernstein? Take our Leonard Bernstein quiz to put your knowledge to the test.

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Photo by Brian Patrick Tagalog on Unsplash
Photo by Brian Patrick Tagalog on Unsplash

Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: scrapes, scratches and cuts. 

Energy Bar by user Katie via Flickr
Energy Bar by user Katie via Flickr

Store-bought energy bars aren't cheap. Why buy them when you can make your own? You'll save money, and you can adapt them to fit your tastes. You can also store them in your freezer for months on end. Bars are easy to make - they're not baked or cooked - and they're filled with wonderful ingredients. 

The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park as seen from Apgar Beach, August 12, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Update 5:22 p.m.

Officials in Glacier National Park now say that, “a number of structures were lost last night” in the Howe Ridge wildfire that was sparked by lighting Saturday.

They estimate the size of the fire on the north end of Lake McDonald at 1,500 to 2,500 acres and have offered no estimate of containment. A press release says two water scooping aircraft are drawing water from Lake McDonald and, along with a helicopter are “working to establish a secure anchor point from which to fight the fire.”

'Field Notes:' All About Skippers

Aug 13, 2018
Golden-banded skipper.
Andrew Cannizzaro (CC-BY-2)

Out on a run on a spring day only a stone’s throw from the Flathead River on the watery outskirts of the town of Hungry Horse, I have stopped for a moment and listen to the river. With its rustling it seems to applaud my efforts. And as I go back and forth between stretching and sauntering, my glance roves over the landscape. A sudden fluttering at my feet catches my eye. Alerted to something, now not my legs but my curious eyes give chase and follow a meandering path through the air. Is it a leaf caught in the breeze? For a moment the leafiness lingers rocking back and forth, and I know it’s not a leaf, but a butterfly. Or is it?

National Park Service

Update 9:45

Glacier National Park officials have expanded the evacuation order to include all businesses and private residences within the Lake McDonald Lodge complex, including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge. Visitors and employees were notified of the need to evacuate at around 9 PM. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass.

Inciweb

Encouraging news on a new wildfire burning about seven miles west of Plains.

The 50-acre Weeksville Fire was started by a trailer-house fire that quickly spread into the surrounding forest Friday afternoon.

Incident spokesman John Hamilton tells Montana Public Radio the 75 firefighters on scene are in mop-up phase, dousing hot spots. Three helicopters, two dozers and several engines are also working the fire.

Mount Sentinel in Missoula will be closed Monday, August 13 due to fire danger during the Pearl Jam concert at Washington Grizzly Staduim that night.
Nick Mott

Update 6:25 p.m.

A new wildfire was reported at about 3 p.m. about 7 miles west of the town of Plains, just off of Highway 200.

Carnival ride. Stock photo.
(PD)

A fall from a carnival ride Thursday night at Missoula’s Western Montana Fair sent a girl to the hospital with serious injuries.

Public tours of the Anaconda Smelter Stack are being offered to celebrate the stack's 100th anniversary. August 9, 2018.
Nora Saks

If you’ve ever driven through Southwest Montana on I-90, you’ve probably noticed the lone smoke stack standing sentinel near Anaconda. That’s the iconic Anaconda Smelter Stack - one of the tallest free-standing masonry structures in the world.

For over a century, the smelter processed copper ore from Butte, and the stack belched thick smoke out over the valley. The public has been forbidden from visiting it for nearly four decades. But this year, for it’s 100th anniversary, tours of the stack are being offered. I hopped on one Thursday.

Pearl Jam bassis Jeff Ament at MTPR studios in Missoula, April 17, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Preparations are underway for the sold out Pearl Jam concert at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula Monday night. This the third time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has played Missoula. (CORRECTION: A fan let us know that this will be the 7th Pearl Jam show in Missoula, we regret the error). 

"It’s sort of my big ask of the band. I said, ‘every six years I’m going to ask you guys to play Montana, as long as Jon’s running for Senate.’ So, here we are."

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