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Joel Berger

A professor at the University of Montana has won this year's prestigious Aldo Leopold award from the American Society of Mammalogists

Fresh pack, helicopters, and the "last best cherry"

Jul 18, 2013
Katrin Frye

From Polson, north to Bigfork cherry stands which have remained shuttered through the year are just opening up as the cherry harvest starts in Montana.

Some of the growers along the east shore of Flathead Lake are hobby growers with a couple of acres of orchard in their yards scaling down toward the lake, or up to the edge of the mountains.

Many pool their resources and their cherries as part of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative.

Earlier this week harvest started on the first Flathead cherries of the season.

Sally Mauk

The Mineral County sheriff's office issued more evacuation orders today as temperatures rose and the humidity decreased on the West Mullan fire burning north of Superior. Strong winds yesterday pushed the fire to over 3600 acres. Information officer Pat McKelvey says the fire took a big run but they're making some progress today. At least 100 homes have been evacuated since the fire started on Sunday, with the latest evacuations in the Keystone area near the fire. No structures have been lost so far.

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Jul 17, 2013
Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

Ken Billington

The new Montana-made film "Winter in the Blood" received a warm reception at its recent premiere at the Los Angeles film festival, and will have its Montana premiere this Saturday evening in Missoula. The film is based on the acclaimed novel by the late Montana author James Welch - who was a family friend of the film's directors, brothers Alex and Andrew Smith. Both the novel and the movie give a harsh but authentic portrait of growing up on Montana's Blackfeet reservation and the hi-line, where it was filmed.

Hotshot crews, retardant planes and six water-dropping helicopters are keeping the West Mullan fire steered away from the town of Superior and surrounding homes. Several homes remain under mandatory or voluntary evacuation notice as the 700-plus acre fire continues to burn north and east of town. Firefighters are keeping a wary eye on the weather - hoping a predicted storm front will bring more rain than wind, and give firefighters the upper hand on the three-day old fire.

Dan Boyce

  

Leaders from across Montana’s public education spectrum met in Helena Tuesday to discuss shared priorities for improving the experience and results for the state’s students.

The political world - both in Montana and nationally - is still reeling a bit from former Governor Brian Schweitzer's announcement last weekend that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat

Ron Fitzgerald has written for the hit network television series "Friday Night Lights" and the Showtime hit series "Weeds" but he started his writing career as a playwright.

A school program with a non-academic focus

Jul 15, 2013

The Student Assistance Program doesn’t involve money for school, or extra study time. It focuses on helping students in something other than academics. It’s a network of support groups offered through a school with focuses varying from grief, to substance abuse, anger, and self-esteem, among others. Whitefish School Psychologist Robin Bissell said SAP came to Whitefish four years ago after the high school lost a student to suicide.

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