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Missoula May Hire New Firefighters

As of January 30, 2012, more than 380 million dollars is available for fire departments nationwide. The money is available through the Safer Act Grants, which were put in place by the Department of Homeland Security. SAFER is an acronym that stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response. The goal of the SAFER grants is to ensure that fire departments have enough staff members to respond to tragedies in a timely manner. The grants for full time staff members are only good for 24 months (volunteer fire department staff receive 48 months of coverage). Assistant Fire Chief with the Missoula Rural Fire Department, Brent Christopherson explains the difficult decision his department has to make regarding the grant money.

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Talk Back’s Weekly Schedule

Here's a look at what's on the line for Talk Back this week.

Monday: Open phones and the return of Peter(for a little bit).

Tuesday: Greg Jackson will promote Newt Gingrich and talk about the religious right in politics.

Wednesday: We'll have Gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill on the phone.

Thursday: We'll have Gubernatorial candidate Neil Livingston on the phone.

Friday: Open phones will wrap up the week.

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Obama is Not a Communist, He’s a Crony-Capitalist

The point of this article is to help those that disagree with Obama (like I do) to focus their aim on the biggest political flaw of Obama, namely, that he is a crony capitalist. Losing focus and concentrating of frivolous arguments that Obama is a communist, or about his faith or his homeland, only serve to paint Obama in a better light and make his detractors look silly. This election is too important, so here are the two big reasons why those that oppose Obama should choose to paint him as an abuser of capitalism.

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Whitefish Jesus Statue Hearing on Feb. 3

The now famous Jesus statue on the top of Big Mountain in Whitefish will be the subject of an upcoming legislative hearing. The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will discuss a proposed land exchange between the Whitefish Mountain Resort and the Federal Government. The land exchange involves a 25 foot by 25 foot plot of ground that surrounds the Jesus statue.

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Important Preseason Dates for Hunters

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is trying to alert all hunters to some key changes in the 2012 preseason calendar. One of the biggest changes is that the deadline for residents and nonresidents to apply for deer and elk permits has been moved up to March 15. Drawings for those permits will now occur in mid-April instead of July.

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Missoula’s Homeword Hosts Grand Opening

Homeword is set to celebrate the grand opening of their new, mixed-use building on the corner of Broadway and Russell. The building, known as Solstice, sits on a riverfront parcel which was donated by the Missoula Community to the Homeword sustainable housing project. The unit includes 34 apartments, office spaces, solar panels, an underground parking lot, and even re-purposed bowling lanes.

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Newt’s Debate Machine Revealed, Quickly Falls Apart

I just finished watching the Republican debate and I can't imagine that the Newt Gingrich campaign is very happy with what happened. The crowd and I expected Newt to explode, but not in the way that he did. We wanted to see fireworks and saw a performance that fizzled and flopped. The internal workings of Newt's debating style were laid bare for all to see and the process of exposure made the Gingrich campaign look much less ferocious.

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Old Faithful Cabins Might Return to Public Use

For Ten years, visitors to Yellowstone National Park were not able to use the cabins near Old Faithful. After a new environmental assessment, the park is thinking about changing course. Spokesman for Yellowstone National Park, Al Nash tells us what the plan is.

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Dead Man Found in Downtown Missoula

A man was found dead in the 200 block of west Pine Street near the Mountain line bus station on Thursday morning. The man was found by an acquaintance and although the man's name has not yet been released, the police know his identity. Missoula Police Detective Sargent

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Missoula County Seeks EPA Grant for Asbestos

Missoula County plans on applying for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant. The grant, known as the Brownsfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant is meant only for "community based organizations" and requires those organizations to conduct community notification before submitting a request. According to the E.P.A.'s frequently asked questions site, which you can read here, only one project per region will receive the grant and a total of $550,000 is possible for cleaning up the chosen site. The Missoula County request would be used to help clean up asbestos at the Missoula County Courthouse.

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