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Rainbow Family gathering costs U.S. Forest Service $500,000 overall

BUTTE — Despite making only two arrests at the Rainbow Family gathering near Jackson this summer, the U.S. Forest Service spent nearly $400,000 on law enforcement and more than $500,000 overall.

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FWP's grizzly bear plan for southwest Montana prompts criticism

FWP's grizzly bear plan for southwest Montana prompts criticism

A retired wildlife biologist from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks doesn’t think that agency’s plan to manage the grizzly bear population in southwest Montana is working, nor will an updated plan do any better, so he’s organized a meeting to discuss the issue.

September 19, 2013 3:19 pmLoading…
Flood-damaged Bannack State Park reopens to public Monday

Flood-damaged Bannack State Park reopens to public Monday

DILLON — A ghost town west of Dillon ravaged by a flash flood in July will reopen Monday.

September 05, 2013 11:45 am Photos

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Rainbow Family stay costs Beaverhead County $250,000+

Rainbow Family stay costs Beaverhead County $250,000+

BUTTE — Consider them a very expensive houseguest.

August 25, 2013 3:30 pmLoading…
Dillon man sentenced to 5 years for sexually assaulting teen girls

Dillon man sentenced to 5 years for sexually assaulting teen girls

BUTTE - A 26-year-old Dillon man received a five-year sentence with the Montana Department of Corrections Tuesday for having sex with under-aged girls.

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Kendle Cleverley

Kendle Cleverley

Kendle Cleverley

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Judge rules in favor of Forest Service

Judge rules in favor of Forest Service

BUTTE — A federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service Monday in a lawsuit filed by Beaverhead County commissioners concerning access to 322,000 acres in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

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Lt. Gov. Walsh amazed by Bannack’s destruction

Lt. Gov. Walsh amazed by Bannack’s destruction

BUTTE — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh surveyed the flash flood damage at Bannack State Park Monday, saying he is amazed by the devastation.

July 23, 2013 6:15 am Photos

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Lt. Gov. John Walsh

Lt. Gov. John Walsh

Inspecting the damage caused by flooding at Bannack State Park are, from left, park manager Dale Carlson, Lt. Gov. John Walsh, and Chas Van Genderen, administrator for Montana State Parks, pictured above on Monday. A flash flood on Wednesday left a trail of devastation in the state park 25 m…

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Clean Energy Fair: Know-how, motivation can pay off

Clean Energy Fair: Know-how, motivation can pay off

The do-it-yourself spirit was on full display at the Montana Clean Energy Fair Saturday at the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

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 Remote Power Systems

Remote Power Systems

Nick Mariann, left, and John Harris of Remote Power Systems in Stevensville, promote their Power Cube, at the Clean Energy Fair at NCAT. The Power Cube is a  mobile set of solar panels that could be transported to a remote spot to provide power and can deploy in about 10 minutes.

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Skinner Saloon

Skinner Saloon

Pictured is the floor of the Skinner Saloon caked in mud.

July 20, 2013 1:04 pmLoading…
Bannack Days

Bannack Days

The storm damage to Bannack forced cancellation of this weekend's Bannack Days.

July 20, 2013 1:04 pmLoading…
Assay Office

Assay Office

More devastation can be seen in this shot of the Assay Office.

July 20, 2013 1:04 pmLoading…
Sara Scott

Sara Scott

Sara Scott, cultural resources coordinator for Montana State Parks, standing Friday where the water surged down from Hangman’s Gulch during the flash flood earlier this week at Bannack State Park.

July 20, 2013 1:04 pmLoading…
Bannack ranger looks for silver lining in flooded ghost town

Bannack ranger looks for silver lining in flooded ghost town

BANNACK STATE PARK — The park ranger at Bannack State Park had to open his silver linings playbook to make the best of what has been a bad week at the ghost town he manages.

July 20, 2013 12:59 pm Photos

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Flash flood scours Bannack State Park

Flash flood scours Bannack State Park

BANNACK STATE PARK - A ghost town in southwest Montana received extensive damage Wednesday afternoon during a flash flood that resulted in the cancellation of this weekend's Bannack Days and closed the park for the near future.

July 18, 2013 8:15 am Photos

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Governor tours river cleanup site near Warm Springs

Governor tours river cleanup site near Warm Springs

WARM SPRINGS — Gov. Steve Bullock toured a Superfund site along the upper Clark Fork River Wednesday, proclaiming that the work begun there will be felt for generations to come.

July 18, 2013 6:45 am Photos

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‘It’s a long time coming’: Governor tours river cleanup site near Warm Springs

‘It’s a long time coming’: Governor tours river cleanup site near Warm Springs

Gov. Steve Bullock, right, tours the cleanup work being done at a Superfund site along the upper Clark Fork River near Warm Springs on Wednesday.

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Fulbright scholar studying in Butte this summer

Fulbright scholar studying in Butte this summer

BUTTE — Maria Victoria Vadell expected “The Truman Show,” but what she got was Butte, America.

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Southwest Montana a hot spot for fire

Southwest Montana a hot spot for fire

BUTTE — As Montana fire officials gaze down the barrel of another long fire season, they’ve concluded that southwest Montana is among the most vulnerable areas in the state.

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Sheila Shortell

Sheila Shortell

Sheila Shortell, 64, of Taos, N.M., sorts the trash from the recyclables Saturday at the Rainbow Family gathering near Jackson. While the event winds down, efforts are moving forward to clean up after everyone. Shortell set up an ad hoc recycling center, sorting compost, plastic, paper, and …

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Sheila Shortell

Sheila Shortell

Sheila Shortell, 64, of Taos, N.M., sorts the trash from the recyclables at the Rainbow Family gathering in July near Jackson.

July 06, 2013 10:00 pmLoading…
Rainbows stage for cleanup, exodus

Rainbows stage for cleanup, exodus

JACKSON -- Let the cleanup begin. Rainbow Family members continued their exodus from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Saturday. An estimated 2,000 more people departed, leaving about 6,000 Rainbow campers at the site near Saginaw Creek about 10 miles southwest of Jackson.

July 06, 2013 9:52 pm Photos

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Rainbow Family leaving event site after nearly 10,000 people gathered to pray and meditate

Rainbow Family leaving event site after nearly 10,000 people gathered to pray and meditate

JACKSON — The Rainbow gathering is drawing to a close and the U.S. Forest Service is beginning to draw a collective sigh of relief.

July 06, 2013 8:48 am Photos

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Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

“Doc ZsuZsu” cooks up a large pot of rice at the Rainbow Family gathering at Jackson on Thursday. The others in the photo are unidentified. At the site, there’s an outer ring of people who set-up their camps close to the main parking area, where drinking alcohol is tolerated. Inside, closer …

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Rainbow Family gathering

Rainbow Family gathering

Nicole Fogarty, from Indiana, rests in her van with her dogs at the Rainbow gathering near Jackson last week.

July 03, 2013 7:13 pm
Rainbow gathering: Left-behind dogs worry shelter director

Rainbow gathering: Left-behind dogs worry shelter director

DILLON — What’s going to happen to the animals at the Rainbow Family gathering? That question has some people in southwest Montana worried.

July 03, 2013 7:11 pmLoading…
Forest Service budgets $400,000 for Rainbow Family gathering costs

Forest Service budgets $400,000 for Rainbow Family gathering costs

BUTTE — The Forest Service budgeted $400,000 to cover costs incurred by the Rainbow Family gathering near Jackson, but how much of that will get spent is uncertain.

July 02, 2013 10:00 pm Photos

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Governor signs order for emergency funds to cover cost of Rainbow gathering

Governor signs order for emergency funds to cover cost of Rainbow gathering

DILLON — Though the Rainbow numbers are down, the money figures aren’t, and Gov. Steve Bullock is sending relief to Beaverhead County.

July 02, 2013 6:17 am Photos

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Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson in Beaverhead-Deerlodge

Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson in Beaverhead-Deerlodge

JACKSON — Acceptance. That’s what more than a few people at the Rainbow gathering near Jackson said they sought when asked this week to explain why they’d made the trek to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

June 30, 2013 12:00 pm Photos

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Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Vehicles at the Rainbow  Family gathering come in all sizes, colors, shapes and conditions, as indicated by those pictured above.

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Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Rainbow Family members contemplate their gear at the camping area near Jackson. The Forest Service is expecting more than 10,000 people at this year’s gathering, which officially runs from July 1 to July 6, though people have been arriving since last week.

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Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Robbie Gordon, 67, of Taos, N.M., left, and Michael Wolf, 24, of Florida visit with a reporter at the Rainbow Family gathering Thursday. “I love how everyone is really open, and no one has any issues about expressing themselves,” Wolf said. “You can just be yourself.”

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Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

Circle of Peace: Rainbow Family settles in near Jackson

“Doc ZsuZsu” cooks up a large pot of rice at the Rainbow Family gathering at Jackson on Thursday. The others in the photo are unidentified. At the site, there’s an outer ring of people who set-up their camps close to the main parking area, where drinking alcohol is tolerated. Inside, closer …

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Rainbow Family

Rainbow Family

Rainbow Family member Henry the Fiddler serenades the crowd at a U.S. Forest Service information meeting Tuesday in Dillon.

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Stolen dogs and public nudity? Rainbow Family rumors dispelled

Stolen dogs and public nudity? Rainbow Family rumors dispelled

DILLON — Stolen dogs, public nudity, hepatitis and trespassing?

June 26, 2013 4:38 pmLoading…

Officials tackling Rainbow Family gathering rumors

DILLON — The U.S. Forest Service held an information meeting attended by about 75 people at the Dillon Elementary School gymnasium.

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Three arrested on outstanding Oregon warrants

DILLON — Three people from Oregon believed to be in town because of next week’s Rainbow Family gathering were arrested for outstanding warrants. All three appeared in Dillon district court Tuesday, and each waived their rights of extradition.

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Report critical of BLM’s wild-horse plan; Says not enough being done to curb population

Report critical of BLM’s wild-horse plan; Says not enough being done to curb population

BUTTE — A recent report by the National Research Council says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is doing a poor job managing its Wild Horse and Burro Program.

June 23, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…
Report critical of BLM’s wild horse plan

Report critical of BLM’s wild horse plan

Mustang geldings run on the Spanish Q Ranch near Ennis on June 14. The horses are part of a herd of 710 wild horses that were relocated to the ranch earlier this year as part of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

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U.S. Forest Service upbeat about Rainbow Family appearance

U.S. Forest Service upbeat about Rainbow Family appearance

BUTTE — Though the Rainbow Family still owes the U.S. Forest Service $7,500 from its last gathering in Montana in 2000, a Forest Service spokesperson said her experience with the group has been largely positive.

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Wild horses released to 2,500-acre pasture

Wild horses released to 2,500-acre pasture

ENNIS — Good fences make good neighbors. — At least that’s what Greg and Karen Rice hope.

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Mustang geldings

Mustang geldings

Mustang geldings run on the Spanish Q Ranch near Ennis on Friday. The horses are part of a herd of 710 wild horses that were relocated to the ranch earlier this year as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Spanish Q is the BLM’s first long-term holding fa…

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Delaware snake takes unplanned trip cross country to Butte

Delaware snake takes unplanned trip cross country to Butte

BUTTE — What a long strange trip.

June 13, 2013 5:33 am Photos

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Defendant in crash that killed fiancé reaches plea deal in Virginia City trial

Defendant in crash that killed fiancé reaches plea deal in Virginia City trial

VIRGINIA CITY — A Utah man accused of vehicular homicide while under the influence in a crash that resulted in the death of his fiancé accepted a plea bargain and received probation Wednesday in Virginia City District Court.

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Virginia City resident recalls early years in historic town

Virginia City resident recalls early years in historic town

VIRGINIA CITY — As Virginia City begins its summer-long celebration of its 150th anniversary, you can be sure one resident won’t be late for the party.

June 03, 2013 11:00 am Photos

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Evalyn Johnson and the shoemaker

Evalyn Johnson and the shoemaker

Evalyn Johnson is delighted to see the shoemaker in his familiar place in a storefront window along Wallace Street in Virginia City. She remembers him from her time playing in the buildings as a child.

June 02, 2013 9:23 pm
Evalyn Johnson at the Fairweather Inn

Evalyn Johnson at the Fairweather Inn

Evalyn Johnson is pictured recently above at the Fairweather Inn in Virginia City. Johnson came to Virginia City as a baby and grew up there.

June 02, 2013 9:25 pm

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