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Report: Snowmobilers big contributors to Montana's winter economy

Report: Snowmobilers big contributors to Montana's winter economy

MISSOULA — A recent report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana indicates that about 8 percent of the state’s households include snowmobile recreationists. With an average household size of about 2.5, perhaps as many as 100,000 Montanans participate in…

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Billings Clinic, RegionalCare acquire Missoula medical center for $67.4M

Billings Clinic, RegionalCare acquire Missoula medical center for $67.4M

MISSOULA — Community Medical Center on Tuesday signed an agreement with Billings Clinic and the national management firm RegionalCare Hospital Partners, selling the Missoula hospital for $67.4 million in cash.

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Child sex sting nets Frenchtown man, 6 more in Flathead

MISSOULA — A Frenchtown man has been charged with felony attempted child prostitution after he allegedly tried to set up a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl through a detective posing as her mother.

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Wild Horse Island: A real treasure in state park system

Wild Horse Island: A real treasure in state park system

DAYTON — Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake is one of the real treasures of Montana’s state park system.

August 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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'Flyboard' a jet stream of water on Flathead Lake

'Flyboard' a jet stream of water on Flathead Lake

POLSON — I finally realized the full scope of what I’d gotten myself into about the time I began launching off the surface of Flathead Lake like a ballistic missile, a hissing jet of water propelling me into the air.

July 31, 2014 11:00 am Video

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Glacier National Park visitors add $179 million to Montana economy

Glacier National Park visitors add $179 million to Montana economy

Last year, 2.2 million people visited Glacier National Park and they spent nearly $179 million in the area, according to a new National Park Service report. That spending supported 2,824 jobs in the area. Of the total visitors, 2,075,000 were non-local tourists.

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Upper Seymour Lake: A nearby, yet private wilderness

Upper Seymour Lake: A nearby, yet private wilderness

PHILIPSBURG — The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness isn’t a top tourist destination in Montana, but it’s a great escape if you’re looking to get a true backcountry experience without the crowds of Glacier or Yellowstone. And, because it’s just a couple of hours’ drive from Missoula, it makes an ea…

July 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Missoula man injured by bridge jumper starts nonprofit to take disabled fishing

Missoula man injured by bridge jumper starts nonprofit to take disabled fishing

MISSOULA — Andy Hill was always interested in helping people with disabilities, and then he became one himself – at least temporarily – and his dedication solidified even more.

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Kaarma attorney plans showing of U.S.-Germany match

Kaarma attorney plans showing of U.S.-Germany match

MISSOULA — The Missoula law firm that is representing a Grant Creek resident accused of murdering a German exchange student will host a live showing of the U.S.-Germany World Cup soccer match on big-screen televisions in Caras Park on Thursday.

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Ravalli County sues treasurer for poor job performance

Ravalli County sues treasurer for poor job performance

HAMILTON — Ravalli County sued interim treasurer Valerie Stamey on Monday for $29,000 plus interest for 58 instances in which the county commissioners allege she failed in her official duties.

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Hamilton 83-year-old accused of hitting man with truck in homicide attempt

MISSOULA — An 83-year-old Hamilton man was arrested for attempted deliberate homicide Saturday for allegedly hitting another man with a pickup truck after an argument.

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Missoula WWII veteran recounts parachuting through darkness on D-Day

Missoula WWII veteran recounts parachuting through darkness on D-Day

MISSOULA — Ray Grossman of Missoula remembers exactly where he was 70 years ago Friday.

June 05, 2014 9:35 pm Photos

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Logging in Siberia: Kalispell man to be featured on Discovery Channel

Logging in Siberia: Kalispell man to be featured on Discovery Channel

MISSOULA — A Kalispell man will be featured on an upcoming reality show series about the trials and tribulations of logging under brutal conditions deep in the Siberian wilds.

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Cabela's prepares for June 12 opening in Missoula

Cabela's prepares for June 12 opening in Missoula

MISSOULA — Visitors to the new Cabela’s Outpost in Missoula might jump at first when the occasional sounds of elk bugling or duck calls pierce the air of the cavernous 42,000-square-foot store, but it’s all part of the show.

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Carlyle says it isn't owner of Missoula's water system, can't be sued

Carlyle says it isn't owner of Missoula's water system, can't be sued

MISSOULA — The Carlyle Group claims it does not own Missoula’s water system and therefore cannot be named as a defendant in the city’s condemnation lawsuit, according to court documents filed by Carlyle’s lawyers on Tuesday.

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Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

MISSOULA — According to the U.S. Forest Service, 21 percent of forested land in Montana, more than 7.6 million acres, is at risk of mortality from insects and diseases – mainly mountain pine beetle infestations – over the next 15 years. Now, forest managers and other stakeholders have one mo…

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Raided Florence doctor saw painkillers as a 'money maker,' ex-worker says

Raided Florence doctor saw painkillers as a 'money maker,' ex-worker says

FLORENCE – Chris Christensen was known as the “feel good doctor,” according to one former patient who was interviewed by detectives in the months leading up to a raid of the Florence medical practice where he was allegedly doling out vast quantities of controlled substances.

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Montana wildfire forecast: Cold, wet spring and summer

Montana wildfire forecast: Cold, wet spring and summer

MISSOULA — All signs point to a slow wildfire season for the northern Rockies, according to experts with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center.

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Candlelight vigil honors slain Missoula exchange student

Candlelight vigil honors slain Missoula exchange student

A somber crowd gathered at the Fort Missoula soccer fields Friday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Diren Dede, the 17-year-old German exchange student who was shot and killed in a neighbor's garage early last Sunday morning.

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Patients of raided Florence doctor seek help at Missoula clinic

Patients of raided Florence doctor seek help at Missoula clinic

MISSOULA — For the past month, the staff at the Partnership Health Center, a community clinic in Missoula, has been dealing with an influx of patients who suddenly found themselves without access to prescription painkillers and sedatives after a Florence doctor’s office was raided and closed.

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Critic pans long EIS process for Lookout Pass Ski Area expansion

Critic pans long EIS process for Lookout Pass Ski Area expansion

LOOKOUT PASS – A group of ski and snowboard enthusiasts are hoping that a proposal to expand Lookout Pass Ski Area, located on the Montana/Idaho border two hours west of Missoula, doesn’t run into the same problems and lengthy delays that plagued Montana Snowbowl’s expansion plans.

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Bitterroot ammo makers ramp up as retailers struggle to meet demand

Bitterroot ammo makers ramp up as retailers struggle to meet demand

MISSOULA — For the past several years, Chris Bonner has had a waiting list of 40 to 50 people who want to buy .22-caliber ammunition but can’t find it anywhere.

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Raided Florence doctor's medical license suspended

Raided Florence doctor's medical license suspended

Citing the death of two patients from drug overdoses along with “substandard medical decision-making and judgment” and “irresponsible and substandard prescribing of controlled substances,” the Montana Board of Medical Examiners indefinitely suspended the medical license of Dr. Chris Christen…

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Florence doctor previously indicted in Idaho for prescription-writing practices

Florence doctor previously indicted in Idaho for prescription-writing practices

FLORENCE — Chris A. Christensen, the Florence doctor whose medical practice was raided Tuesday as part of a two-year investigation into his prescription-writing practices, was twice pursued by Idaho law enforcement officials for the same reason, although he was never found guilty.

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Corvallis homeowner won't be charged for killing burglar

HAMILTON — Although the investigation is not yet complete, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said he does not anticipate that charges will be filed against the Corvallis-area homeowner who shot and killed a Missoula man during a burglary.

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Project Vote Smart lays off 6, considers closing

Project Vote Smart lays off 6, considers closing

MISSOULA — Six employees were laid off without notice in the past week at Project Vote Smart, a nonprofit political research organization based out of a 50-acre ranch near Philipsburg.

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Sheriff: Corvallis resident who shot intruder was victim

CORVALLIS — Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has released the name of the Missoula man killed Monday morning during an apparent burglary at a private residence between Corvallis and Victor.

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Corvallis man nabbed with hundreds of prescription pills

MISSOULA − A Corvallis man landed in jail on a felony charge last week after being caught with hundreds of prescription methadone and oxycodone pills and allegedly admitting he planned to sell them in Billings.

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Plains woman facing charges for pill theft

A Plains woman is facing a host of felony charges after she allegedly helped her boyfriend steal prescription pills from a woman in broad daylight at the Stevensville Super One grocery store parking lot.

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Wildfire smoke fills Missoula, Bitterroot, lower Clark Fork valleys

Wildfire smoke fills Missoula, Bitterroot, lower Clark Fork valleys

MISSOULA — Smoke from wildfires started flowing into the valleys of southwestern Montana on Friday, the start of what could be a “very prolonged” season of smoky skies, according to Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist at the Missoula City-County Health Department.

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Corvallis teen hit by Jeep on Woodside Bridge

Corvallis teen hit by Jeep on Woodside Bridge

CORVALLIS – A 16-year-old bicyclist from Corvallis was seriously injured on Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle as he was trying to cross the Woodside Cutoff bridge west of Corvallis.

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Western Montana rivers headed for high water, flood levels

Western Montana rivers headed for high water, flood levels

MISSOULA — The unusually hot and sunny weather expected in Western Montana this weekend and into next week has forecasters at the National Weather Service in Missoula warning of a dangerous spike in river levels.

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Western Montana runners at Boston Marathon safe, but shaken

Several western Montana runners narrowly avoided the terror of bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

April 15, 2013 8:06 pmLoading…

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