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The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West is a regional studies and public education program of The University of Montana in Missoula.  It focuses on the Interior West of North America – the region straddling the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada.  The University of Montana lies at the center of this region.  Through cross-disciplinary programs in research, teaching, and public education, the Center explores the region's rich history, current challenges, and emerging opportunities.
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This week on Mountain West Voices: Bob Bassett of Butte, Montana talks about a life that took him from the Marine Corps, to the lumber camps of the Northwest, to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Now he is back in Montana, living in a rented room, saving money to get his teeth fixed, and working on his 8th novel.

Mountain West Voices airs at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Montana Public Radio, and Sundays at 7:00 am on Yellowstone Public Radio. To hear more than 150 archived stories from around the Rocky Mountain West, please visit our website at
Scapegoat Mountain
Scapegoat Mountain
Photos courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz