Jackie Yamanaka

Ranchers to Ranchers: Learning Environmental and Economic Sustainability

For the first time since the Montana Environmental Stewardship award was first handed out in 1992, ranchers and others got a chance to tour a winning ranch to learn more about strategies be economically viable while conserving the land, water, and wildlife. Jed Evjene co-manages the American Fork Ranch...
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NPR Special Coverage of the Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention on YPR: Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, beginning at 6pm

Jackie Yamanaka

 

One of the owners of Action Electric says he can’t train electricians fast enough.

Max Griffin says he currently has 15 apprentices. He says under the proposal unveiled this week by Governor Steve Bullock he would love to add up to 10 more. He says it would help meet the demand.

“Right now if you need an electrician, a journeyman electrician, try to hire one. It’s impossible,” he says. “There’s that big of a demand, that big of a shortage out there.”

The Billings-based business has an apprenticeship program with  scholarships that pay 100% of the cost.

Pasture to Plate

Jul 18, 2016
Lynn Donaldson

What is the beef about steak? At the table, with fork and knife in hand, do we really know and appreciate the food before us? In this program, we journeyed to the American Fork Ranch in Two Dot, Montana located under the Crazy Mountains to travel from pasture to plate.

With my producer Jackie Yamanaka, I attended the inaugural Raising the Steaks: 2016 Environmental Stewardship Ranch Tour. About 40 people, mostly ranchers, learned about how the health of rangeland, streams and creeks, and wildlife interplay and influence successful cattle ranching.  

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana produces an abundance of food but the journey from pasture to plate faces challenges, especially for restaurants.

The menu at Montana Ale Works in Bozeman points out the dishes made with local ingredients.

Aaron Brittingham, executive sous chef at Montana Ale Works, says that includes beef.

“We get all of our burgers through Montana Wagyu Cattle Company,” he says.

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The Tuesday night session of the Democratic convention was really three events, each with its own atmosphere and impact, but all contributing to a single theme: The Clintons are back.

The first event was the most consequential. Two names were placed in nomination, those of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. The traditional roll call ensued, with each delegation proudly proclaiming the singular virtues of its home state — and eventually reporting the tally of delegate votes for each contender.

Tonight President Obama will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention with one goal — convince voters to elect Hillary Clinton as his successor.

The stakes are high for the newly minted nominee, but they are arguably even higher for the incumbent president. A Clinton win means that his policy legacy is kept intact and there's a validation of his tenure in the White House.

It's summer, and whether you're 5 years old or 105 it's time to play.

To inspire you, the NPR Ed Team called up leaders and designers at 10 of the nation's best children's museums and asked them one simple question:

What's the one thing under your roof (or maybe out back) that kids and their grown-ups love to do/see/touch/play the most?

Here are their answers, our summer "playlist."

1. Adventure Expeditions — Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore.

President Obama likes to say he's run his last campaign. But he's determined to give Hillary Clinton a running start towards her own November election, mindful that much of his legacy depends on her crossing the finish line into the White House.

"I'm ready to pass the baton," Obama told supporters at a joint rally with Clinton in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this month. "I know she can run that race: The race to create good jobs, and better schools, and safer streets, and a safer world."

As Biden Steps Into DNC Spotlight, A Lingering 'What If'

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When Joe Biden takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, there is probably a part of him that still wonders, "What if?"

But his own White House dreams and reported rivalry with Clinton will have to be in the rearview mirror in order to deliver a home run endorsement, starting on stage and continuing through November.

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If you want to know why health insurance companies in Montana are asking for big price increases on some of the policies they sell here next year, there are some easy answers – but they only tell part of the story.

Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte is pressuring local TV stations to stop running an ad that he says falsely calls him "a millionaire from New Jersey."

Risotto With Fresh Herbs And The Ur-Wheat, Einkorn

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The Food Guys take a couple of shows to talk about einkorn, the ancient predecessor to modern wheat. Einkorn (rhymes with “fine corn”) means “one grain” in German. As with other ancient grains that have become trendy, the gluten structure of einkorn seems to suit some people better than that of modern bread wheat, Triticum aestivum. Einkorn boosters point out that, compared to bread wheat, it's low in starch and high in protein, and tastes nutty and earthy.