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Kootenai Canyon trail

Kootenai Canyon trail

Secluded benches above the Kootenai Canyon trail make great camping sites in the wilderness west of Stevensville.

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Kootenai Canyon: Bitterroot canyon offers fun all year

Kootenai Canyon: Bitterroot canyon offers fun all year

STEVENSVILLE — Kootenai Canyon has a dedicated, year-round fan club whose members rarely meet.

July 31, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State commission approves final mountain lion quotas for Bitterroot Valley

State commission approves final mountain lion quotas for Bitterroot Valley

HELENA — Mountain lion quotas adopted by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission on Thursday were applauded by several commenters and commissioners, while the decision irked some hunters concerned that the quotas do not do enough to protect elk and deer from the big cats in the Bitte…

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Poached wolf overcame odds to reach Montana

STEVENSVILLE — OR-18 made history of sorts before it took a bullet on the last day of May in the Sapphire Mountains.

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Oregon wolf illegally shot, killed in Bitterroot Valley

Oregon wolf illegally shot, killed in Bitterroot Valley

STEVENSVILLE — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for tips on a wolf that was poached in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley, east of Stevensville, on May 31.

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Centrist GOP group unleashes new attack mailers in nearly 20 legislative primaries

HELENA — A political group formed by centrist Republicans in Montana has fired the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between competing GOP factions, sending out new campaign mailers attacking the more-conservative-leaning Republicans in nearly 20 legislative primary races across the state.

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Salish-Pend d’Oreille cultural leader brings lesson to Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON — “I think the Creator made each one of us different for a reason.”

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Cougar estimates criticized by hunters

Cougar estimates criticized by hunters

Mountain lion hunters from northwestern Montana roundly criticized Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ proposed lion quotas for the next two seasons at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Helena on Thursday.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bitterroot Valley asphalt plant denies charges in worker death

MISSOULA — A Bitterroot Valley asphalt company owner has denied charges his company violated federal safety standards in the September 2012 death of an employee.

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'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

HAMILTON — Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams remembers the cold, hard rain that fell on the day they found her.

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Megaload rumbles through Bitterroot Valley overnight, en route to tar sands

Megaload rumbles through Bitterroot Valley overnight, en route to tar sands

DARBY — Sherman Peterson woke just after midnight on Monday to the loudest rumbling noise he had ever heard outside his house on U.S. Highway 93 a few miles south of Darby.

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Bitterroot Valley economy on its way up from the bottom

HAMILTON — Vicki Steele no longer feels like the Bitterroot Valley is on a freefall toward the bottom of the barrel.

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Pine beetles likely survived recent cold snap

GREAT FALLS — Montana’s recent record-breaking cold snap probably didn’t cause widespread mortality in the state’s tree-eating mountain pine beetle population, but it may have killed beetles in localized areas, according to forest health experts.

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Final tallies: Elk, whitetail numbers equal or better than last year

Final tallies: Elk, whitetail numbers equal or better than last year

Pouring rain on the last day of the 2013 hunting season didn't keep the determined from filling their freezers this year.

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Record numbers of raptors seen in Bitterroot Valley

Record numbers of raptors seen in Bitterroot Valley

FLORENCE — Avian researchers have been stunned by the record number of raptors flying through the Bitterroot Valley this fall, including an explosion in the number of turkey vultures.

November 10, 2013 12:24 pm Photos

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Up to 13 wolf packs roaming Blackfoot River watershed

Up to 13 wolf packs roaming Blackfoot River watershed

Wolf pack numbers in the Blackfoot River watershed northeast of Missoula have grown from one in 2007 to at least a dozen this year.

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FWP seeks poacher who shot moose near Missoula

FWP seeks poacher who shot moose near Missoula

MISSOULA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens are hoping for some help from the public in tracking down the poacher responsible for killing a moose along Schwartz Creek Road.

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Mountain lions

Mountain lions

This mountain lion was treed as part of an ongoing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks population study in the Bitterroot Valley.

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Firefighters respond to 200-acre blaze east of Missoula

BEAVERTAIL HILL - Initial attack crews working a new fire off Interstate 90 east of Missoula are waiting for air support this morning, hoping to keep the blaze contained before a red-flag warning goes into effect at noon. Crews responded to the Nimrod fire shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday. …

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Bitterroot Valley irrigators running out of water

Bitterroot Valley irrigators running out of water

HAMILTON — The folks operating the Bitterroot Valley’s Daly Ditches Irrigation District are hoping for a miraculous rain to extend the irrigation season for nearly 1,900 users who need the water to keep their hay growing and lawns green.

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