Season 9 Archived Episodes (2000 - 2001)

Looks: 10; Pay: 3 (No. 901)

Montana has a quality of life that is rarely matched. So where are the jobs and what's with the wages? In the season premiere, Gene Brodeur looks back on what has happened since the economic development summit that was held in the capitol city last June. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, Bozeman (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, September 15, 2000)


Montana's Summer of Fire (No. 902)

The catastrophic fires that raged through Montana have fueled the debate over how best to manage forest and rangeland. Gene Brodeur and his guests examine past and future approaches to suppressing wildfires. (First Aired Friday, October 13, 2000)


Revisiting The 30-Second Campaign (No. 903)

There is lots of talk about campaign finance reform in the year 2000 election, yet the negative ads keep on coming. Montana Profiles takes a look at some specific races, so called "soft money" ads, and how politicians distance themselves from the negative commercials. (First Aired Friday, October 27, 2000)


Let It Snow ... Please! (No. 905)

After three years of drought and disastrous fires, Montana is in desperate need of a traditional winter. But, will we get one? Gene Brodeur is joined by Meteorologist Ken Mielke and Snow Survey specialist Roy Kaiser for a discussion about what it will take to regenerate the state's dwindling streams and reservoirs. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, November 24, 2000)


Yugoslavia: In Transition Or Trouble? (No. 906)

Balkans expert Dr. Franke Wilmer, and documentarian Stephen Maly examine the transition of government in Yugoslavia after the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman; (406) 994 - 3437. (First Aired Sunday, December 17, 2000)


The New Millenium: What A Start! (No. 907)

Gene Brodeur is joined by newspaper editors for a look back at the highlights of year 2000. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman; (406) 994 - 3437. (First Aired Friday, December 29, 2000)


Reintroducing The Grizzly (No. 908)

They're not back yet, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named a Citizen Management Committee to move ahead with a plan that would, over a 5 year span, place 25 grizzly bears in the Bitteroot ecosystem. Gene Brodeur examines this controversial grizzly recovery program. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Sunday, January 14, 2001)


My, How The Local Library Is Changing (No. 909)

As we move forward into the 21st Century, local libraries are facing some tough decisions. Will patrons be downloading best sellers? Gene Brodeur visits with Montana library directors about what the library of the future might look like. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Sunday, January 28, 2001)


Deregulation: A Breather (No. 910)

Under the 1997 deregulation bill, Montana's utility rates were scheduled to hit the competitive market next year, but the PSC granted a reprieve for residential and small businesses until July of 2004. Gene Brodeur updates this ongoing process in the wake of astronomical rate hikes in the West. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994 - 3437. (First Aired Friday, February 09, 2001)


Not In Our Town Revisited (No. 911)

It has been seven years since the city of Billings said, Not in Our Town! to a series of anti-Semitic and Native American hate crimes. Gene Brodeur examines a recent holocaust denial advertisement that was placed in the MSU-Billings student newspaper. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994 - 3437. (First Aired Friday, February 23, 2001)


Focus On Schools (No. 912)

President Bush has placed education at the top of his agenda. Governor Martz has promised to address the shortage of teachers in Montana. With all that emphasis on education, why isn't Montana more successful at offering teachers competitive salaries? Gene Brodeur examines the future of education in times of economic uncertainty. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/MontanaPBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Friday, March 02, 2001)


Building for the Future (No. 913)

With the number of farms in decline in Montana, some residents in hot growth areas are using growth projection surveys to help them create green space. Gene Brodeur looks at two such models being considered in Park County. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994 - 3437. (First Aired Sunday, March 25, 2001)


The Debate Over Montana's Death Penalty (No. 914)

A measure that would have abolished the state's death penalty went down to defeat in the house, but the debate continues. Gene Brodeur examines both sides of this emotional issue. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Sunday, April 15, 2001)


The 2001 Legislature (No. 915)

Deregulation, education, and the environment were among the major issues that state lawmakers dealt with during the 57th legislative session. Gene Brodeur looks back at the busiest three months in the capitol. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM/Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman. (First Aired Sunday, April 29, 2001)


The 2000 Census: Some Win; Some Lose (No. 916)

The recently released population figures for Montana indicate large growth in many of the western and southwestern counties of the state. Conversely Rosebud, Deer Lodge, and three other counties showed a population loss over the past 10 years. Gene Brodeur examines the political and economic impact of the 2000 census. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, May 11, 2001)


Deregulation Or Re-Regulation? (No. 917)

No fewer than 34 measures involving electric utility issues were introduced during the 2001 legislative session. Lawmakers and utility experts consider what measures passed and if Montana is destined for some of the same power emergencies that California has been experiencing. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, May 25, 2001)


The Summer Fire Season (No. 918)

Following the disastrous fire season of 2000, 1.8 billion dollars was allocated to beef up fire fighting personnel and strategies in the west. Gene Brodeur examines where that money will be going, and what' s in store for Montana this fire season. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, June 08, 2001)


E-Books Anyone? (No. 919)

Author Frederick Wolf publishes on-line and doesn't care if someone downloads his books without paying. He is convinced that E-books are the future, despite the cries of protest from those of us who refuse to let go of our most treasured printed books. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM-TV, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman, ( 406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, June 22, 2001)


The Bush Energy Plan In Montana (No. 920)

President Bush's strategy for energy independence includes easing the permitting process for oil and gas development. What does that mean for our state? Gene Brodeur considers the impact. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, July 13, 2001)


Doing Business In Montana (No. 921)

Gene Brodeur visits with Director of Commerce Mark Simonich and Lieutenant Governor Karl Ohs about efforts to improve Montana's economic climate. Produced by Gene Brodeur for KUSM, Montana PBS, MSU-Bozeman (406) 994-3437. (First Aired Friday, July 27, 2001)