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Hungry On The Rails

The Senate is debating an important transportation funding bill that would include $1.45 billion for AMTRAK & $100 million for high performance rail. The bill also has $550 million for TIGER grants, a program that has effectively funded passenger & freight rail improvements, & $1.94 billion

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A ground squirrel in Florida was infected with the bacteria that causes the plague.
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Ground Squirrel in California Tests Positive for Plague, Forces Closure of Campgrounds in Los Angeles

A dead squirrel found in Los Angeles County tested positive for bubonic plague, forcing the closure of all nearby campgrounds.

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It’s All In The Stars

That's what B.D. Salerno says in her new book, "Forensics by the Stars: Astrology Investigates" from iUniverse, Inc. In "Forensics by the Stars", author B.D. Salerno, an astrologer for more than 20 years, provides insight into the fascinating world of solving crimes & understanding, both natural & man made disasters by applying astrologic science to interpreting event charts & revealing the clues they contain. "Forensics

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Celebrating 100 Years

No, that's NOT how old I'll be on my birthday in September(!)...it's Christine Barnes's beautiful new book in her "America's Grand Lodges" series, "Glacier Park Lodge; Celebrating 100 Years" & what a grand presentation! "Glacier Park Lodge: Celebrating 100 Years" is a must read for all of us in north central Montana with Glacier National Park as our next door neighbor. In

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It’s The BEST Of The West

The 35th Annual Lewis & Clark Festival is coming up this weekend over in Cut Bank & it ig going to be SPECTACULAR this year! The family friendly fun & excitement under our Big Sky kicks off this Thursday morning with CRAZY DAYS Sales at Cut Bank area businesses along with a ton of sidewalk sales. This Thurs

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Run To The Station

The Shelby AMTRAK Station that is...that AMTRAK Exhibit train celebrating Veterans that was in Havre over the weekend will be part of the Empire Builder rolling into Shelby this afternoon (Monday). Powered by a specially painted locomotive celebrating veterans & showcasing the past, present & future of America's Railroad, the AMTRAK Exhibit Train will be part of the "Builder" this afternoon as Train #7 blazes into Shelby on it's westward run  all the way out to Seattle. Now, t

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It’s Getting Closer & Closer

The custom cutter guys will soon be rolling into our Golden Triangle. I received a report this morning from "Tall" Todd, one of the custom cutter gurus that comes to Montana & he says that they are hoping to finish up down in Denver any time now. To

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Time Killer

No, no, I'm not blogging about 4 hours of the Puffman Show in the afternoons! It's the title of the book that I'll be giving away tomorrow morning (Saturday) on Puffman Sports Trivia at 7:30. Author Todd M

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BLACKFEET-CRITIC ARRESTED

Blackfeet release man jailed for criticism

(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Blackfeet tribal member has been released after spending five days in jail over Facebook postings critical of the tribe's governing council

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We’re Taking The High Road

According to the latest Annual Highway Report of Reason Foundation, Montana's state highway system is ranked 5th(!) in the country in overall highway performance & efficiency. Montana DID rank #2 in the previous report but Montana's ranking suffered because it finished last, 50th, in fatality rate, 33rd in rural interstate pavement in poor condition, & 36th in urban interstate pavement in poor condition. Montan

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The Facts Are ALARMING

Malignant melanoma is on the increase. If you ask me, INCREASE is a "mild" term for it...malignant melanoma has JUMPED 5 to 7% a year since the 1970's, & it has yet to peak & plateau. In 2013, an estimated 10,000 American will DIE from melanoma. Dr. Sv

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Higher Selenium Lower Prostate Cancer

High selenium levels could result in lower prostate cancer risk according to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting back in Washington. According to an article in the June issue of "Urology Times", men with higher levels of selenium MAY have a lower risk of advance prostate cancer

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