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Beau Baker

News Anchor, Board Operations Specialist & Audio Producer/Engineer

Beau is a former Morning Edition host and producer and engineer for the MTPR program "Capitol Talk." He worked as a reporter, and hosted Freeforms once a month.

Beau is a recent graduate of the University of Montana's School of Journalism. He hails from Moscow, Idaho where he grew up listening to public radio. He cut his radio teeth at the University of Idaho's student run station KUOI as a DJ and News Director. When not on the air, he is on a bicycle, on foot or on the hunt for LPs.    

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

The University of Montana announced today that it will try to cut excess personnel through a voluntary severance strategy.

Site preparation work is underway on the expansion of UM's education center
Eric Whitney

The University of Montana announced it has received a major gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to expand the college of education and human sciences.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Stock Photo Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Montana’s medical marijuana providers have to start paying taxes on their product this month.

Troy Downing posted on his Facebook page that he is, “looking forward to showing and demonstrating these charges are baseless.”
Public Domain

A Republican hopeful campaigning to run for Senate in 2018 is defending himself against misdemeanor charges of purchasing resident hunting and fishing licenses as a nonresident.

Yesterday, Troy Downing posted on his Facebook page that he is, “looking forward to showing and demonstrating these charges are baseless.” Downing also suggested in the post that the charges are politically motivated. 

Black bear stock photo.
(PD)

Increasing black bear activity in Missoula’s Rattlesnake neighborhood is forcing the city’s Animal Control agency to crack down on garbage ordinance violations.

Animal Control has handed out 100 letters of notice to homeowners in the Rattlesnake for not complying with waste storage requirements in a bear buffer zone.

Police car.
(PD)

Updated 6:40 p.m.

Flathead Valley schools will remain closed tomorrow due to an ongoing investigation into unspecified threats.

Just after 6 p.m. tonight Kalispell Superintendent Mark Flatau said all schools in the Flathead Valley will remain closed. That includes private schools.

Lolo area residents gather at an incident command site Friday, August 18 as evening winds stoke the Lolo Peak Fire.
Beau Baker

Forecasters are predicting a couple more relatively calm days on the Lolo Peak Fire southwest of Missoula. This after firefighters and communities from Lolo south to Florence faced their most severe test when the fire grew explosively Friday night, eating up 9,000 acres in a single day.

We’ll have more on what firefighters are expecting in a moment, but for now, let’s go back to Friday night when MTPR’s Beau Baker was reporting from the junction of Highways 12 and 93.

Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco - NPS (PD)

Yellowstone National Park has decided to convert part of its bison trap into a temporary brucellosis quarantine facility. 

A MAFFS-equipped C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing makes a water drop over New Mexico during a training exercise, May 2007.
Technical Sergeant Rick Sforza, United States Air Force (4th Combat Camera Squadron). PD.

The federal government has activated a large military airtanker to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in the West. Ken Palmrose is a public information officer with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

"Right now it’s going to be stationed at Fresno, California and it will probably be working there in California starting tomorrow," says Ken Palmrose, a public information officer with the Fire Center.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

The city of Missoula has taken ownership of the water utility that serves its residents after a three-year court battle. 

The city bought Mountain Water Company for $84 million and paid another $6.8 million to developers who had a claim against the company. A separate bundle of transition costs, the bulk of which are attorneys’ fees, amounts to $7.5 million.

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