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November 21, 2013

MISSOULA – A new episode of the popular MontanaPBS travelogue series “Backroads of Montana” premieres at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. It will repeat at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

The program begins by exploring an unlikely collection of home appliances amassed by Gene Hensen, a retired Deer Lodge rancher. He has one model of every Singer sewing machine made between 1859 and 1964.

Viewers also will meet Cree teenager Chontay Standing Rock, a student at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. Standing Rock puts his own spin on traditional music by adding some English words to songs about love and family. He invited “Backroads” to a favorite place on the reservation where he goes to create his music.

The program spends an afternoon hiking through Rock City near Valier, a sandstone metropolis of hoodoos carved by Two Medicine River, and concludes on the Missouri River with Chris Clasby, a Missoula man who has worked hard to improve access to the state's great outdoors. A terrifying highway accident left Clasby a quadriplegic, but it couldn't diminish his passion for hunting and fishing. 

William Marcus hosts the program from the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown.

“Backroads of Montana” is funded by the Greater Montana Foundation, the Montana Office of Tourism and the University of Montana.

MontanaPBS is a statewide collaborative service of KUFM-TV at UM and KUSM-TV at Montana State University. Check local listings for channels.


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Dailies, Havre, Lewistown, Valier, Deer Lodge, Rocky Boy


Contact: William Marcus, director, MontanaPBS, 406-243-4154,