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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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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