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Report: Tourist spending in Montana increased to nearly $4 billion last year

Report: Tourist spending in Montana increased to nearly $4 billion last year

MISSOULA — Tourists in Montana spent a record $3.98 billion in the state last year and that money supported more than 55,000 jobs, according to new data from the University of Montana.

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Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — Downtown Missoula officially got a new business addition Monday as Stockman Bank announced the grand opening of a new temporary location at 135 W. Main St., Suite A.

January 27, 2015 8:48 am Photos

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Stockman Bank

Stockman Bank

Stockman Bank recently opened a new temporary location at 135 W. Main St. in downtown Missoula.

January 27, 2015 8:48 am
UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

MISSOULA — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Missoula audience Friday.

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UM Economic Outlook Seminar

UM Economic Outlook Seminar

Hundreds of people packed the University of Montana’s University Center Ballroom on Friday for the 40th annual Economic Outlook Seminar.

January 24, 2015 9:51 am

Tour of Montana cycling race, festival coming to Missoula

MISSOULA — A massive, first-of-its-kind, multi-day professional cycling race and festival will take over Missoula this summer, possibly bringing thousands of people to town and providing an economic shot in the arm to the area.

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Missoula banker attempts to 'synthesize God with mammon' in new book

MISSOULA — Joe Kesler, the CEO of First Montana Bank for the past decade, is well aware of the common stereotypes of bankers, especially after the last financial crisis started in part because of the greed on Wall Street.

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Community Medical Center sale closes; interim CEO announced

Community Medical Center sale closes; interim CEO announced

MISSOULA — Community Medical Center is officially under new ownership.

January 17, 2015 10:45 am Photos

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Community Medical Center interim CEO announced as sale closes

Community Medical Center interim CEO announced as sale closes

MISSOULA — Jeff Egbert has been named interim CEO of Community Medical Center, officials announced at a news conference on the sale of the facility to a joint business venture between Billings Clinic and RegionalCare Hospital Partners.

January 16, 2015 2:09 pmLoading…
$11.4M hotel, restaurant under construction in Polson

$11.4M hotel, restaurant under construction in Polson

POLSON — A new $11.4 million Red Lion hotel is under construction in Polson, and will have an attached conference center and a MacKenzie River Pizza Co. grill and pub.

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AG approves sale of Community Medical Center to Billings Clinic and partner

AG approves sale of Community Medical Center to Billings Clinic and partner

MISSOULA — After nearly five months of often-contentious debate, emotional pleas from both sides and a review of mountains of paperwork, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Monday afternoon approved the sale of Community Medical Center in Missoula to a joint business venture between Billings…

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Federal Reserve predicts faster growth for Montana economy in 2015

Federal Reserve predicts faster growth for Montana economy in 2015

MISSOULA — Montana’s economy is expected to grow faster in 2015 than it did in 2014, in terms of employment and personal income, according to an economic outlook report compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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Realtors lukewarm on proposed real estate sale price disclosure bill

MISSOULA — Montana is one of just 11 states where real estate sale prices are not public information, but there is a battle brewing at the 2015 Legislature to possibly change that.

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'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

MISSOULA — The Missoula economy was hit harder than other areas of the state by the recession of 2008 because the closures of both the Stimson lumber mill in Bonner in 2008 and the Smurfit-Stone Container plant in Frenchtown in 2010 exacerbated the problem.

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Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

MISSOULA — If there is one business in Missoula that could be considered a bellwether of the local economy, it might be WGM Group, a firm that provides an array of engineering, planning, consulting, surveying, environmental and water resources services.

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Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

MISSOULA — Kate Walker and Randy Smith, the Missoula couple who hosted 17-year-old foreign exchange student Diren Dede in their home until he was gunned down in a garage just down the street, expressed relief in the wake of Wednesday’s verdict.

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Community Medical Center to donate $10M as part of sale to Billings Clinic

Community Medical Center to donate $10M as part of sale to Billings Clinic

MISSOULA — The Community Medical Center Board of Directors has decided how it will distribute proceeds from the sale of the hospital, estimated to be $74.9 million.

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Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

MISSOULA — A young University of Montana student has found himself volunteering countless hours of his time helping the parents of Diren Dede understand — in the most literal sense of the word — the trial of the man accused of murdering their son.

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Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

A young University of Montana student has found himself volunteering countless hours of his time helping the parents of Diren Dede understand – in the most literal sense of the word – the trial of the man accused of murdering their son.

December 16, 2014 7:44 am Related
Newly elected Democratic lawmaker violated campaign laws, commissioner rules

Newly elected Democratic lawmaker violated campaign laws, commissioner rules

MISSOULA — The state commissioner of political practices ruled Thursday that Kimberly Dudik, a Democrat who narrowly won a seat in the 2015 Legislature representing House District 94, violated state campaign practice laws by not reporting $900 worth of printing expenses for postcards.

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Hand-built driftboat was labor of love for woodworker

Hand-built driftboat was labor of love for woodworker

MISSOULA — In an age where many consumer products like furniture are created en masse in faraway factories and shipped to department stores, Keith Ledford’s wood shop stands out as an example of the value of skilled local craftsmanship.

December 07, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…
Montana man played a big role in true story behind 'Wild' movie

Montana man played a big role in true story behind 'Wild' movie

MISSOULA — Sometime in the next few weeks, Marco Littig, the co-owner of Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula, will have the surreal experience of sitting down in a movie theater and watching Hollywood actors play out extremely emotional portions of his life.

December 04, 2014 9:42 am Photos

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Report: Community Medical Center sale price will be $74.79 million

Report: Community Medical Center sale price will be $74.79 million

MISSOULA — An independent review by a third-party business valuation firm has determined that the actual sale price of Community Medical Center will be $74.79 million, if the sale is approved by the Montana Attorney General's Office.

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UM brings back copper and gold to celebrate championship anniversary

UM brings back copper and gold to celebrate championship anniversary

MISSOULA — The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana.

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Marriage license

Marriage license

The actual first gay marriage license issued Thursday morning in Missoula.

November 20, 2014 9:40 amLoading…
Gay marriage Missoula

Gay marriage Missoula

Ally Logan and Carolyn Jones will try to be the first same-sex couple to wed at the Missoula County Courthouse.

November 20, 2014 9:40 amLoading…
Gay marriage Missoula

Gay marriage Missoula

The Missoula County Courthouse had an immediate crush for marriage licenses Thursday. 

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Detractors, supporters of Billings Clinic purchase speak out at hearing

Detractors, supporters of Billings Clinic purchase speak out at hearing

MISSOULA — Testimony was spirited both for and against Billings Clinic's purchase of Missoula's Community Medical Center during a public hearing Wednesday night.

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Stockman Bank

Stockman Bank

Bob Burns, the new market president of Stockman Bank in Missoula, stands at the site of where the new multi-story facility will be built at the corner of West Broadway and Orange Street in downtown Missoula. Stockman Bank is a closely-held, family-owned bank that originated in Miles City in …

November 18, 2014 10:45 am
Medical center CEO to resign once sale to Billings Clinic is complete

Medical center CEO to resign once sale to Billings Clinic is complete

MISSOULA — Community Medical Center CEO Steve Carlson says he will resign as soon as the proposed sale of the hospital to Billings Clinic is completed.

November 18, 2014 10:46 am Related
Public comments on Billings Clinic purchase flood AG's office

Public comments on Billings Clinic purchase flood AG's office

MISSOULA — The Montana Attorney General’s Office has received a significant number of comments, both for and against, the proposed sale of the nonprofit Community Medical Center in Missoula to a for-profit partnership between Billings Clinic and RegionalCare Hospital Partners.

November 17, 2014 7:17 am Photos

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Alleged UM gang-rape victim to appear on national TV

Alleged UM gang-rape victim to appear on national TV

MISSOULA -- A Missoula woman who says she was gang-raped by four University of Montana football players in December of 2010 has revealed her identity for the first time and will be featured on a national television show on Tuesday night.

November 04, 2014 3:33 pm Related
60 Minutes Sports to feature Missoula woman who says she was gang-raped by UM football players

60 Minutes Sports to feature Missoula woman who says she was gang-raped by UM football players

MISSOULA — A Missoula woman who says she was gang-raped by four University of Montana football players in December 2010 has revealed her identity for the first time and will be featured on a national television show on Tuesday night.

November 03, 2014 2:37 pmLoading…
All patients at Missoula-area hospitals now screened for Ebola

All patients at Missoula-area hospitals now screened for Ebola

MISSOULA — Western Montana health professionals have been diligently screening all patients for the deadly Ebola virus for the past several weeks as a precautionary measure.

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Man gets probation for forcing girlfriend to cut tattoo

Man gets probation for forcing girlfriend to cut tattoo

MISSOULA — A Missoula man who beat his girlfriend and forced her to try to cut a tattoo of his name off her chest will spend the next three years on probation and will be forced to register as a violent offender.

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Joey Rene Gallegos

Joey Rene Gallegos

Joey Rene Gallegos, 43, is escorted into the courtroom before his sentencing on Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 8:43 am
Kettlehouse Brewing plans to expand with facility on banks of Blackfoot in Bonner

Kettlehouse Brewing plans to expand with facility on banks of Blackfoot in Bonner

MISSOULA — According to company co-founder and owner Tim O’Leary, Kettlehouse has a contract to purchase 18 acres of land in Bonner to build a new 30,000-square-foot production brewery next to the Blackfoot River.

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Power restored to 3,100 in Missoula

MISSOULA — Power has been restored to all but 120 Northwestern Energy customers on S. 5th and S. 4th Streets between Kemp and Russell, after a fire on top of a power pole knocked out power to 3,100 customers in central Missoula on Thursday morning, including the Good Food Store and Franklin …

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Yaak yurt builders move company to Missoula to network

Yaak yurt builders move company to Missoula to network

MISSOULA — Hays Daniel and his family lived and worked out of yurts in the remote Yaak Valley for nearly four years, so he knows just how cozy and comfortable the structures can be, even during harsh Montana winters.

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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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Caras Park is where Missoula 'comes out to play'

Caras Park is where Missoula 'comes out to play'

If there is a heart of Missoula, then it is the iconic Caras Park downtown.

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Out to Lunch offers tastes, sounds of town

Out to Lunch offers tastes, sounds of town

If you haven’t munched on Indian food to the beat of live music while watching surfers in the river below during Out to Lunch at Caras Park, you are missing out on one of the signature summer activities in Missoula.

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Clark Fork River runs through heart of Missoula

Clark Fork River runs through heart of Missoula

A river of history literally runs through the heart of Missoula.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Missoula Marathon: A microcosm of Garden City lifestyle

Missoula Marathon: A microcosm of Garden City lifestyle

The Missoula Marathon embodies all the reasons why so many good folks choose to make this place home: outdoor recreation, an active lifestyle, camaraderie, big showcase events that draw happy and enthusiastic crowds, and most importantly – fun.

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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.

August 23, 2014 6:02 pmLoading…
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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