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Gun advocate discusses Montana self-defense laws, 'castle doctrine'

MISSOULA — In the early morning hours of Labor Day, a young man was shot dead in the parking lot of a Missoula strip club after what police describe as an “altercation.” As of yet, the shooter has not been charged with a crime.

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Hyundai, Olson families fought over $560K insurance settlement before trial

Hyundai, Olson families fought over $560K insurance settlement before trial

MISSOULA — Before a jury in Lake County decided on May 13 that a manufacturing defect and “actual malice” on the part of Hyundai caused a 2011 car crash that killed two Missoula cousins and an Arlee woman, lawyers for the two sides engaged in a contentious legal battle over a $560,000 wrongf…

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Auditor: Ravalli County Treasurer’s Office disburses $1M in payments

Auditor: Ravalli County Treasurer’s Office disburses $1M in payments

HAMILTON – An independent auditor released a third status update on his examination of the troubled Ravalli County Treasurer’s Office on Friday, saying workers have deposited and disbursed a backlog of nearly $1 million in tax payments.

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Richard M. Sullivan

Richard M. Sullivan

Richard M. Sullivan, 25, made his initial appearance in Ravalli County Justice Court on Wednesday, where his bail was set at $200,000. Sullivan is charged with felony deliberate homicide in connection with the death of Robert L. Thaut, 25, of Hamilton on Jan. 28. Sullivan’s wife, Candace E. …

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Woman dies from exposure after eviction from Hamilton home

HAMILTON — The body of a 61-year-old Hamilton woman recently evicted from her home was found behind the Super One Foods grocery store in Hamilton at about noon Sunday, according to the Hamilton Police Department.

February 17, 2014 2:04 pmLoading…
Farmers’ clinic: Health center for agricultural workers opens north of Lolo

Farmers’ clinic: Health center for agricultural workers opens north of Lolo

HAMILTON — Ravalli County has the third-highest population of hired farm workers of any county in Montana, right behind Lake and Gallatin counties, according to the last census taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2007.

February 16, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…
Kelsey Angel

Kelsey Angel

Kelsey Angel, an outreach worker with the Montana Migrant Council, stands in front of the new clinic the agency opened for farm workers just north of Lolo.

February 16, 2014 1:24 pmLoading…
Ravalli County sheriff reports murder-suicide near Darby

Ravalli County sheriff reports murder-suicide near Darby

DARBY — The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide northwest of Darby.

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Lake Como crime scene

Lake Como crime scene

Ravalli County sheriff's officers string up "do not cross" tape at the crime scene on Lake Como Road on Monday afternoon.

January 06, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…

Corvallis man billed nearly $2,000 for 40-year-old Social Security error

HAMILTON – A Corvallis man was floored last week when he received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying he has to pay nearly $2,000 by Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, due to a clerical error nearly 40 years ago.

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Backyard marijuana garden leads to charges for Hamilton man

HAMILTON — A backyard marijuana garden and a baggie of methamphetamine led to felony charges for a Hamilton man on Thursday.

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Raptor watching

Raptor watching

Ashley Jensen of Raptor View Research, right, scans the skies for birds along with researchers from MPG Ranch at the private conservation property east of Florence.

November 10, 2013 12:28 pmLoading…
Raptors

Raptors

This rough-legged hawk elicited much excitement at the observation site on Tuesday.

November 10, 2013 12:26 pmLoading…
Raptors

Raptors

Stone and Rasmussen flip through a bird-identification book to properly identify a hawk they spotted moments earlier.

November 10, 2013 12:27 pmLoading…
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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DUI top cause of fatal accidents in Montana; 205 killed in 2012

HAMILTON — There were 205 people killed in 192 fatal car crashes on Montana roads in 2012, according to the Montana Highway Patrol’s annual report. That adds up to an average of one death every 43 hours on state highways.

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Hamilton man charged with stealing drugs from boss

HAMILTON — A Hamilton man is facing charges after allegedly stealing prescription pills from his boss’ purse while he was at work.

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Corvallis woman provides harrowing account of Bannack flash flood

Corvallis woman provides harrowing account of Bannack flash flood

CORVALLIS – Clinging desperately to a fencepost with her 9-year-old cousin Conner in her arms, a raging torrent of muddy, ice-cold flash floodwater strewn with boulders and branches trying to drag her down, Christi Skelton knew she had only two terrifying choices when she saw the huge wooden…

August 04, 2013 12:02 pmLoading…
The Roe's three-year-old Canadian Lynx named Bella

The Roe's three-year-old Canadian Lynx named Bella

The Roe's three-year-old Canadian Lynx named Bella is toilet-trained and spends most of her time inside the house.

July 28, 2013 12:18 am
Deborah Roe cuddles with one of the adult bobcats

Deborah Roe cuddles with one of the adult bobcats

Deborah Roe cuddles with one of the adult bobcats that she and her husband Gerald have raised, along with two other bobcats and three Canadian lynx, on their property north of Stevensville. The couple calls their place "Lynxville, Montana."

July 28, 2013 12:17 am

Free trips offered to study Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness

HAMILTON — If you love the outdoors and are looking for an adventure while contributing to the scientific study of Montana’s remote wilderness areas, then you might be interested in a citizen science backpacking trip with The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.

July 07, 2013 12:41 pmLoading…
Grantsdale Elementary closes its doors after 124 years

Grantsdale Elementary closes its doors after 124 years

GRANTSDALE – If you heard the sound of a bell echoing across the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday afternoon, you heard the sound of Grantsdale Elementary School’s final moments.

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Grantsdale Elementary

Grantsdale Elementary

Grantsdale Elementary School students Olivia Walker and Ashlynn Charles conducted the final flag ceremony at the school on Thursday afternoon in front of a crowd of hundreds. The school is closing this year after 124 years due to budget cuts in the Hamilton School District.

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Grantsdale principal Kathleen Dent

Grantsdale principal Kathleen Dent

Grantsdale principal Kathleen Dent, who is retiring this year, looks over a scrap book full of Grantsdale Elementary's history.

June 02, 2013 8:11 pmLoading…
124 years of history coming to an end with closure of Grantsdale Elementary

124 years of history coming to an end with closure of Grantsdale Elementary

HAMILTON – At exactly 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, 124 years of history will come to an end, as one of the oldest continuously operating schools in Montana, Grantsdale Elementary, shuts its doors forever due to budget cuts in the Hamilton School District.

June 02, 2013 8:04 pm Photos

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Grantsdale Elementary

Grantsdale Elementary

The hallways of the school will no longer be filled with the laughter of children, as they have for the past 124 years.

June 02, 2013 8:07 pmLoading…
Boo Boo bear recovers from burns, returns to wild

Boo Boo bear recovers from burns, returns to wild

HAMILTON — Nine months after he was found alone in a tree, orphaned and severely burned by a wildfire, Boo Boo the bear cub is back in the wild where he belongs.

May 31, 2013 7:47 am Photos

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Corvallis man sells bug specimens

Corvallis man sells bug specimens

CORVALLIS — From monstrous African Goliath beetles to whip scorpions from Thailand to the famous iridescent blue morpho butterflies that haunt the jungles of Peru, there is hardly a rare bug in the world that Corvallis insect importer Mike Fehr hasn’t collected in the past four decades.

May 17, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Bug Broker

Bug Broker

This May 10, 2013 photo shows a Blue Morpho butterfly from Peru on display at Nature Sciences International in Corvallis, Mont, Mike Fehr owns and operates Nature Sciences International, which specializes in importing exocitc insect species, preparing them for display, and selling them to co…

May 16, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…
Biologists conduct electrofishing survey to study Bitterroot whitefish

Biologists conduct electrofishing survey to study Bitterroot whitefish

STEVENSVILLE — Trout populations in the Bitterroot River and its tributaries have been studied in considerable depth over the last several decades because they are so important to fishermen and the tourism economy, but their less desirable cousins, specifically whitefish, haven’t been as car…

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Electrofishing survey

Electrofishing survey

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologists Leslie Nyce, Adam Petersen and Chris Clancy conducted an electrofishing survey of all species of fish in the Bitterroot River below the Stevensville bridge for two miles on Thursday. The fish are stunned by an electrical charge, netted, m…

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Elk foundation to contribute funds for Bitterroot study

Elk foundation to contribute funds for Bitterroot study

HAMILTON — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will contribute $38,000 toward an ongoing elk survival study in Ravalli County, the Missoula-based nonprofit conservation organization announced on Friday.

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Helicopter crash

Helicopter crash

One of the occupants of the helicopter that crashed is treated by emergency responders on Tuesday. All of the occupants escaped with only minor injuries, according to Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman.

April 02, 2013 10:07 pmLoading…
Helicopter crash

Helicopter crash

Investigators survey the wreckage.

April 02, 2013 3:09 pmLoading…
4 injured in helicopter crash near Conner

4 injured in helicopter crash near Conner

CONNER – A helicopter crash Tuesday morning on a ranch near U.S. Highway 93 near Conner left several occupants with only minor injuries.

April 02, 2013 3:04 pm Photos

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Darby mayor resigns because of move out of city limits

DARBY – After a decade as Darby’s mayor, Rick Scheele stepped down last week for a very mundane reason: He’s moving outside of the city limits, which violates the legal requirements for being mayor.

March 31, 2013 10:32 pmLoading…

Corvallis asphalt plant cited for violations after worker death

CORVALLIS – A Corvallis asphalt production plant, M.R. Asphalt Inc., has been cited with 16 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation into the death of a worker last fall.

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Kelli Hobi at Lifeline Dairy

Kelli Hobi at Lifeline Dairy

Kelli Hobi has the task of milking the Brown Swiss heifers for Lifeline Dairy.

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Victor dairy farmer hopes to legalize sale of raw milk

Victor dairy farmer hopes to legalize sale of raw milk

VICTOR — Jennifer Holmes is on a mission to legalize the sale of raw milk in Montana, and she’s trying to rally support for her cause.

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Kelli Hobi

Kelli Hobi

Kelli Hobi has the task of milking the Brown Swiss heifers for Lifeline Dairy.

March 06, 2013 7:42 pmLoading…
Shutting the doors: School board votes 5-2 to close Grantsdale Elementary School

Shutting the doors: School board votes 5-2 to close Grantsdale Elementary School

Grantsdale Elementary School fourth-grade students Regan Luitjens, left, and Kayla Fisher cried on Monday night after they presented the Hamilton School Board with a petition, signed by all their classmates, requesting that their school not be closed. The girls will be a part of the last gro…

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Hamilton elementary school closing after 124 years

Hamilton elementary school closing after 124 years

The oldest continuously operating school in Montana will shut its doors forever on June 7, the latest casualty of the Hamilton School District’s looming budget crisis.

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Luke Swanson of Mountain View Orchard north of Corvallis

Luke Swanson of Mountain View Orchard north of Corvallis

Luke Swanson of Mountain View Orchard north of Corvallis.

February 10, 2013 9:28 pmLoading…
Proposed bill creates concern among state’s craft breweries

Proposed bill creates concern among state’s craft breweries

HAMILTON — Commercial craft brewery owners in Ravalli County were shocked when a controversial bill proposed by a state legislator from Dillon was drafted earlier this month, as it would have had severe impacts on the craft beer industry in the state.

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bitter root brewing

bitter root brewing

The tap room at Bitter Root Brewing in Hamilton, like all other craft brewery tap rooms in Montana, is allowed to sell of 48 ounces of beer per person per day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Dr. Heinz Feldmann and Andrea Marzi

Dr. Heinz Feldmann and Andrea Marzi

Dr. Heinz Feldmann, left, the chief of the Laboratory of Virology at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton. He's with Andrea Marzi, a post-doctoral fellow who designed the research project on the Ebola vaccine.

January 21, 2013 8:51 pmLoading…
Hamilton researchers help make breakthrough on Ebola vaccine

Hamilton researchers help make breakthrough on Ebola vaccine

HAMILTON – Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton, working in conjunction with a team in Oregon, have made an important discovery related to a potential Ebola vaccine.

January 21, 2013 8:50 pm Photos

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Caleb Caicedo of Darby, top, battles Taylor French of Forsyth

Caleb Caicedo of Darby, top, battles Taylor French of Forsyth

Caleb Caicedo of Darby, top, battles Taylor French of Forsyth in the 125 pound championship match at the 2010-11 Montana State B/C Wrestling Tournament in Hamilton High School on Saturday. French won the match to win the individual state championship.

January 13, 2013 5:47 pm

Rocky Mountain Labs scientists studying deadly new virus

HAMILTON — Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton are scrambling to research and understand a deadly new virus that has sparked fears of a new SARS-like outbreak.

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Burned bear cub’s recovery going well; summer release planned

Burned bear cub’s recovery going well; summer release planned

HAMILTON — Boo Boo, the orphaned black bear cub that stirred a media frenzy during last summer’s wildfires, is rehabilitating nicely at a wildlife sanctuary in Idaho and is expected to be released back into the wild next summer.

December 28, 2012 7:27 am Photos

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