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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.
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…
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.
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. …
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.
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.
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.
DARBY — The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide northwest of Darby.
Ravalli County sheriff's officers string up "do not cross" tape at the crime scene on Lake Como Road on Monday afternoon.
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.
HAMILTON — A backyard marijuana garden and a baggie of methamphetamine led to felony charges for a Hamilton man on Thursday.
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.
This rough-legged hawk elicited much excitement at the observation site on Tuesday.
Stone and Rasmussen flip through a bird-identification book to properly identify a hawk they spotted moments earlier.
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.
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.
HAMILTON — A Hamilton man is facing charges after allegedly stealing prescription pills from his boss’ purse while he was at work.
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…
The Roe's three-year-old Canadian Lynx named Bella is toilet-trained and spends most of her time inside the house.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Grantsdale principal Kathleen Dent, who is retiring this year, looks over a scrap book full of Grantsdale Elementary's history.
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.
The hallways of the school will no longer be filled with the laughter of children, as they have for the past 124 years.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
Investigators survey the wreckage.
CONNER – A helicopter crash Tuesday morning on a ranch near U.S. Highway 93 near Conner left several occupants with only minor injuries.
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.
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.
Kelli Hobi has the task of milking the Brown Swiss heifers for Lifeline Dairy.
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.
Kelli Hobi has the task of milking the Brown Swiss heifers for Lifeline Dairy.
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…
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.
Luke Swanson of Mountain View Orchard north of Corvallis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.