Documentary examines life as a lookout
KALISPELL, MT - A short documentary, The Lookout, which shows a day in the life of a fire lookout, has been gaining attention and awards at film festivals around the country, including the top prize (Big Sky Award) at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival held recently in Missoula. The Lookout follows Flathead National Forest employee Leif Haugen as he goes about the day-to-day business of scanning the forest for signs of fire.
In Closer Detail: How scientists are examining the Crown of the Continent ecosystem
Headwaters Montana recently showcased how science is looking at our part of the world.
"Completing Waterton-Glacier Peace Park: a scientific approach to understanding the importance of contiguous ecosystems," was the title of a symposium recently in Whitefish that featured several top scientists doing research on the Crown of the Continent.
Blackfeet Nation signs agreement with company for hydraulic fracturing work
Ecosphere Technologies, a diversified water engineering, technology licensing and environmental services company, today announced that the company has signed a letter of commitment with the Blackfeet Nation to provide Ecosphere’s Ozonix water treatment services to oil and gas companies doing hydraulic fracturing operations on the 3,000-square mile Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Ecosphere Partners will be the exclusive provider of water treatment services on the Blackfeet reservation.
Health News: More people to receive health care under Medicaid
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced final policies that will ensure that millions of uninsured Americans will have a simple, seamless path to affordable health insurance coverage.
“The Medicaid improvements in the Affordable Care Act will help simplify the system and ensure all Americans have the affordable high-quality coverage they need,” said Secretary Sebelius.
The Affordable Care Act makes Medicaid available to individuals between ages 19 and 64 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level – currently $14,856 for an individual and $30,656 for a family of four. These changes will become effective in 2014 when Affordable Insurance Exchanges begin operation. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years and at least 90 percent after that.
Walks and Talks: lectures and fly fishing lessons in Missoula
The Clark Fork Coalition is hosting its third installment of a monthly Walks & Talks series, Fly-Fishing Made Easy, held at 140 S. 4th St. W. in Missoula from 12pm to 1pm on Wednesday March 14. The event is sponsored by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and will feature an update on the state of the fishery in nearby rivers, as well as a fly-fishing “how to” for anglers ready to get out on the water this spring.