2009 Archived Episodes

Riding Out The Storm (No. 601)

All of the indicators point to a slow recovery from the recession. Montana Focus tracks the impact of the downturn on construction starts in Kalispell, and the fallout on the labor market. The ripple effect from the recession ratchets up the demand for food assistance from families across the state, whose budgets are stretched to the limit.

Red and Dead - Montana's Pine Beetle Infestation (No. 602)

It's no bigger than a kernel of rice, yet the mountain pine beetle is wreaking havoc on Montana's forests, and urban areas as well. What can be done about it? Attempts are underway to salvage dead trees, but there is no magic bullet to eradicate this destructive pest. Montana Focus tracks the pine beetle's voracious appetite as it moves across the state.