Monthly Highlights - June 2018

Backroads of Montana: Hook, Line and Singer (No. 138)Backroads meets a western Montana man who has worked hard to improve access to the state's great outdoors. A terrifying highway accident left Chris Clasby a quadriplegic, but it couldn't diminish his passion for hunting and fishing. His spirit comes through as we tag along on a fishing trip on the Missouri River. Next is a tour of Rock City near Valier, a sandstone metropolis of hoodoos carved by Two Medicine River. The show profiles Chontay Standing Rock, a student at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Reservation, who has a unique approach to American Indian songs. He adds some English words and a striking stage presence to put his own spin on traditional music. And in Deer Lodge Backroads visits retired rancher, Gene Hensen, whose unlikely collection of home appliances grew from necessity. William Marcus hosts the program from the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown. Airs Saturday, 6/2 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: Nafta: How Does It Affect Montana's Ag Community? (No. 4908)Joe Janzen, Ag Economist at MSU, fields questions on how NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) affects Montana's agricultural community. Airs Sunday, 6/3 at 11am 

Montana Mosaics: 20th Century People and Events: History of Montana's Native Americans (No. 104)This episode details the Federal and State policies that sought to strip Native Americans of their culture and traditions, such as the mandatory boarding schools for Indian children and a policy of re-locating adult Native Americans to jobs in the cities. Airs Sunday, 6/3 at 10:30am 

Montana Ag Live: What's the Deal with GMO's? (No. 4909) Blake Wiedenheft, MSU virologist, discusses the differences between GMO, genome engineering and more, in terms of agriculture. Airs Sunday, 6/3 at 6pm, Sunday, 6/10 at 11am 

Rundown with Beth Saboe: Enemy On Our Shores (No. 211)In 2016, one of the most devastating invasive species in the world was detected in a handful of Montana waterbodies for the first time. The evidence of non-native mussel larvae in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs prompted a statewide emergency response as stakeholders rushed to combat the aquatic enemy. Invasive zebra and quagga mussels,which are native to eastern Europe, have already wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes and spread throughout the majority of the U.S., except for Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The tiny invasive species can inflict colossal destruction and scientists and lawmakers agree that an infestation of zebra or quagga mussels is the single greatest threat to Montana's lakes and rivers. In this half-hour documentary, News and Public Affairs producer Beth Saboe examines the potential economic and ecological devastation the aquatic pest can cause by fouling boats, docks, beaches and clogging hydroelectric intake systems and irrigation pipes. It's estimated that zebra and quagga mussels cause $1 billion in damage each year to dams and other water-dependant industries. An invasion in Montana could mean higher electricity prices, lower property values, reduced fish populations and a potentially harmful hit to the outdoor recreation industry, which is now the state's number one economic driver. "Enemy on our Shores" also explores what state and tribal governments are doing to try to stop the aquatic invasive species from spreading like wildfire. From mandatory boat inspections to new early detection techniques, authorities are sounding alarm bells and asking for an "all-hands-on-deck" approach. Pressure to stop the mussels from crossing the continental divide and further invading Montana's waterways is also mounting from outside the state. Western Montana is home to the headwaters of the Columbia River watershed, which is the last mussel-free watershed in the lower 48 states and a vital Airs Sunday, 6/3 at 10am

Montana PBS Election Coverage: Primary Election Night 2018On Tuesday, June 5th, Montana voters will submit their votes in the 2018 Primary Election. MontanaPBS will provide Election Night coverage throughout the evening, including updates and analysis, as we follow the various races. John Twiggs hosts the program. Airs Tuesday, 6/5 at 6:56pm, 7:55pm, 8:56pm, 9:57pm, and 10:32pm 

History of Yellowstone: The Discovery (No. 101) Learning how to co-exist with Yellowstone is an ongoing process. As we approach the 200th anniversary of the Euro-American's discovery of Yellowstone, many issues remain unresolved. In this program we'll explore with those early explorers and see sites much the same as they did. We'll hear some of their thoughts about this nature wonderland, a place were "waterfalls spout backwards" according to mountain man Jim Bridger. As the federal government through the Park Service decides the future of Yellowstone Park we can learn what those unselfish men of the 1800's envisioned for this showcase of nature's wonders. We see its unique landscape and learn of the far reaching vision of early explorers, and learn why they were determined to set Yellowstone set apart as this country's first National Park. HISTORY OF YELLOWSTONE: THE DISCOVERY covers the years 1807-1886. Upcoming specials will cover the other aspects of Yellowstone history through today. Four years of research, study, and photography have gone into the project. Interviews with the Park's leading historians have been recorded. The photographer Jack R. Hubbell visited the park year-round, capturing the park's uniqueness within the changing seasons. Airs Tuesday, 6/5 at 7pm, Thursday, 6/7 at 1am 

History of Yellowstone: Dudes and Sagebrushers (No. 102)This episode spans the period from 1872 to present day and uncovers the early history of camping, hotels, rangers and transportation within the park. The oldest surviving hotel of all the national parks is found in Yellowstone; built in 1890, it still provides comfort to weary travelers. We also reveal the secrets of the Old Faithful Inn and one of the hotels built in Yellowstone that was a mile in circumference. Another hotel was forced out of business with the arrival of the automobile, which transformed Yellowstone from a playground of the rich into the camping mecca for the masses. Rare historic photographs and film show the modern viewer early park history never before seen. Airs Tuesday, 6/5 at 8pm, Thursday, 6/7 at 2am 

Magic Yellowstone: Historic 1920's Motion Picture of Yellowstone This is the restored half hour black & white moving picture of Yellowstone filmed by official Park photographer Jack Ellis Haynes to promote tourism for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1920's. Accompanied by an original score of period piano and organ music. Revel with the first venturesome tourists riding the Northern Pacific's steam engine chugging down Paradise Valley and arriving at the Gardiner Station! Pass through the Roosevelt Arch and down Yellowstone's unpaved roads in the first motorized open-air tourist buses! Feed the bears! Thrill in the spray of erupting geysers! See Yellowstone froma bygone era with this film, available to the public for the first ti me since its original release in the 1920's. 30 minutes. Re-edited for television. Airs Tuesday, 6/5 at 9:31pm, Thursday, 6/7 at 3:30am 

Business: Made in Montana (No. 2502)Located in Power, Smoot Honey Company is the home of Montana's Best Honey. The honey is produced just east of the Rocky Mountain Front in North Central Montana. The primary floral sources are yellow sweet clover and alfalfa. The honey produced from these plants is water white, which is the finest grade of honey. Smoot Honey is an all-natural product of Montana, USA. Every drop of honey is packed and produced locally. The honey is packed using minimal heat and is filtered to remove only bits of wax and the occasional bee part, leaving pure, raw, natural Montana honey. The Company produces around 600,000 pounds of honey per year on average. Art Castings of Montana, in Belgrade, is a fine art bronze foundry that casts pieces of art ranging in size from small to monumental. Operating as a full-service foundry, Art Castings' services include mold making, lost wax casting, patinas, wood and marble basing, photography and shipping. Their mission is to provide artists with the utmost in quality and craftsmanship, recreating their original pieces of art in bronze, all in a professional atmosphere. Art Castings is proud to work with some of the most prominent bronze artists in the world today, most recently with artist from the U.S. and Canada. Yellowstone Agate Jewelry is based in Livingston, on the banks of the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone specializes in hand made jewelry crafted from local stones. Their primary stone is the Montana Agate. Montana Agate is often referred to as "picture agate" due to the unique mineral patterns and inclusions in the stone. This colorful agate is found only in the drainages of the Yellowstone River and has been named a state gemstone in Montana. They also create jewelry using many other local stones and enjoy working on your custom orders. Airs Thursday, 6/7 at 7pm, Sunday, 6/10 at 10:30am, Monday, 6/11 at 2am 

Pride and Perseverance: Settlers in the Upper Missouri River BreaksIt took a special person to settle the Upper Missouri River Breaks country. Descendants of these early settlers tell the story of their ancestors, and what it takes to continue the agricultural lifestyle in this harsh and beautiful country. Airs Thursday, 6/7 at 7:30pm, Sunday, 6/10 at 10am, Monday, 6/11 at 2:30am 

Backroads of Montana: Not Forgotten (No. 139)Backroads remembers a DeBorgia man who left behind a legacy on film. He went from western Montana lumberjack to improbable filmmaker and, in the process, provided memories to share. It's not possible to share a tasty artifact from Montana's military past in Miles City - you'll find out why. Did you ever wonder what a cow was thinking? We'll meet a Toston woman who took that a step further and wrote songs about it. Listen in on Judy Williams' entertaining concert and see how her approach to having fun has impacted others. And learn the traditions and family ties that inspire Crow Indian artist Kevin Red Star during visits to his studio in Roberts and family ranch near Pryor. Airs Saturday, 6/9 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: If I Eat These, Will I Die? (No. 4910)Cathy Cripps, MSU mycologist (mushroom expert), is back talking about the good, the bad and the ugly concerning mushrooms. Airs Sunday, 6/10 at 6pm, Sunday, 6/17 at 11am 

History of Yellowstone: A Realm Untamed (No. 103) The History of Yellowstone's bears, wolves, and bison are documented. Supplemented with rare historical film and photographs of roadside begging bears and early bison roundups. History of the thermal areas is also explored. Airs Tuesday, 6/12 at 8pm, Thursday, 6/14 at 2am 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Alex Nauman Trio (No. 704)At the crossroads of traditional jazz guitar, funk, and experimental music, this hard-driving Billings band comes to 11th & Grant. Alex Nauman, with the skills and jazz savvy of someone twice his age, is joined by Erik Olsen on the Hammond C-3 organ and Brad Edwards on the drums. Airs Thursday, 6/14 at 7pm, Saturday, 6/16 at 9:50pm, Monday, 6/18 at 2am 

Backroads of Montana: Making Connections (No. 140)In this episode, meet Iris Dodge who was inspired to record the vanishing cowboy life in paint and poems. Spend a fun day in Butte at the annual Lineman's Rodeo where professionals and amateurs show off their skills. In Jefferson City, explore the flowers, plants and trees at Tizer Gardens and Arboretum and then visit Kalispell to meet a vibrant 84-year-old woman who still teaches dance classes. William Marcus hosts the program from the annual Creston Fire Department Auction and Country Fair in northwest Montana. Airs Saturday, 6/16 at 5pm 

For This and Future Generations: Montana's 1972 Constitutional ConventionIn mid-winter 1972, one hundred grassroots delegates and a staff of some of the best and brightest young people under the Big Sky, gathered in Helen a for what many would recall as the proudest time of their lives. Their task: to re-write the lumbering, old state constitution. Two months later, every delegate walked down the aisle of the House Chambers and unanimously signed a document that would affect the lives of generations of Montanans to come. This is the story of those 100 delegates and the tumultuous times that ignited their fervor. It is also the story of the 700,000 Montanans who charged the delegates - a group of ranchers and farmers, business people, educators, housewives, attorneys, a beekeeper, a retired librarian, a graduate student and a retired FBI agent - with the challenge of writing a legal foundation for life in the state. Decades later, in a new century, this is the story of their legacy. Airs Sunday, 6/17 at 10am

Montana Broadcasters' Candidate Debates: Race for the U.S. Senate - June 2018 (No. 501) Debate between the incumbent Nominee Senator Jon Tester (D) and the Republican nominee who will have been elected in the Primary Election less than two weeks earlier. Airs Sunday, 6/17 at 9am, Sunday, 6/17 at 6pm, Tuesday, 6/19 at 1am 

Backroads of Montana: Marking Passages (No. 141)We watch the closing of dinosaur-digging season near Bynum, listen to a centenarian bugler pay his respects, follow a Polson man in his quest to raise the state's largest pumpkin and recount one man's efforts to preserve a special rock quarry near Geraldine. William Marcus hosts the program from the 30th annual Hunter's Feed in Ennis. Airs Saturday, 6/23 at 5pm 

Montana Ag Live: Truck Farms in Montana (No. 4901)Mac Burgess, small farm specialist at Montana State University, talks about the booming truck farm industry in Montana. Airs Sunday, 6/24 at 11am 

11th & Grant with Eric Funk: Dave Walther & the Dusty Pockets (No. 1206)Bozeman based Dave Walther & The Dusty Pockets showcase their original music influenced by the roots of American folk, soul, and blues. Traversing terrain where blues and soul intersect with traditional folk, it's a sound both urbane and earthy. Featuring Dave Walther on guitar and vocals, Steve Brown on bass, Matt Rogers on guitar, and Dean Wakerlin on drums, the group radiates heart and soul. From Montana to Minnesota to Chicago, the band members' backgrounds influence their songwriting and style. Dave writes his music based on his personal experiences with relationships, struggle, family, and the emotions everyone can relate to. The band's original songwriting mixed with a group of talented, tight musicians sets them apart. Airs Thursday, 6/28 at 7pm, Saturday, 6/30 at 10pm 

Backroads of Montana: Sharp Shooters (No. 142)Meet a remarkable Great Falls woman with a sharp eye at the pool table and 100 years of stories. In Lincoln, attend a family-run, co-ed basketball tournament that keeps their late father's memory alive. In Alberton, the woman who has patrolled the sidelines at the team's games with her camera for decades has snapped thousands of memories. And in Billings, the "King of the One Armed Bandits" sells and restores antique slot machines. William Marcus hosts the program from the historic M&M Bar in Butte. Airs Saturday, 6/30 at 5pm

Monthly Highlights

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