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Montana workers furloughed in federal shutdown file for unemployment

MISSOULA — The Unemployment Insurance Division of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry has been serving a steady stream of federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown.

October 09, 2013 2:29 pmLoading…
Tribes say NorthWestern purchase doesn't change Kerr Dam plans

Tribes say NorthWestern purchase doesn't change Kerr Dam plans

MISSOULA — Negotiations between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and PPL Montana to transfer ownership of Kerr Dam to the tribes will continue as planned, despite the announcement Thursday that NorthWestern Energy will buy 11 of PPL’s hydroelectric dams – including Kerr.

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For women of the Honor Flight, a trip to remember

For women of the Honor Flight, a trip to remember

WASHINGTON — Eleanor Weidman, Lois Van Fossen, Lois Berry, Bernice Stephenson and Fran Andersen represented the largest group of Montana women who have made the trip to Washington, D.C., aboard the Big Sky Honor Flight.

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Veterans see their memorial on 6th Big Sky Honor flight

Veterans see their memorial on 6th Big Sky Honor flight

WASHINGTON — June Haigh dug out his green wool Marine Corps dress cover hat from a drawer where it had rested for 40 years as he packed for the trip to Washington, D.C.

September 09, 2013 9:27 pm Photos

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Montana's 6th Honor Flight carries 84 veterans to D.C.

Montana's 6th Honor Flight carries 84 veterans to D.C.

WASHINGTON — Beneath the steady gaze of Abraham Lincoln, the towering Washington Monument reaching into the skies just beyond him, Dean Grenier thought back to his wartime flying days.

September 08, 2013 11:45 pm Photos

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Veterans load up for whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C.

Veterans load up for whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C.

After an early wake-up call Sunday, the World War II veteran guests of the sixth Big Sky Honor Flight lifted off from Billings in a chartered 737 on their way to Washington, D.C.

September 08, 2013 6:15 am Photos

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Navy SEALs parachute into Washington-Grizzly, help raise $25K for wounded colleague

Navy SEALs parachute into Washington-Grizzly, help raise $25K for wounded colleague

MISSOULA — From 3,000 feet above Washington-Grizzly Stadium, they could hear a roar.

September 02, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Veterans gear up for their opportunity to see WWII memorial

The largest group yet of World War II veterans from western Montana will join the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.

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WAVES among Honor Flight participants on next flight

WAVES among Honor Flight participants on next flight

MISSOULA — The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery were grassy hills free, for the most part, of the now-familiar rows of white crosses when Eleanor Weidman roamed the memorial as a young Navy WAVES recruit.

September 01, 2013 12:30 am Photos

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Glacier Park awards new concession contract to Xanterra

MISSOULA — After more than 30 years with the same company, beginning in 2014 the hotels, lodges, restaurants, stores and fleet of iconic red buses that host millions of visitors to Glacier National Park each year will be under new management.

August 13, 2013 10:33 pmLoading…

It's official: Cabela's Outpost coming to Missoula

MISSOULA — Cabela's Inc. officially announced plans Thursday to open a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost at the former Kmart site on south Brooks Street in Missoula.

July 25, 2013 4:06 pmLoading…

Ronan police chief falsified records, loses law enforcement certification

MISSOULA - Ronan’s longtime chief of police, Dan Wadsworth, was stripped of state certifications and suspended from service last week after a state board found that he falsified records to allow his son to attend a law enforcement academy on the city’s dime.

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Missoula-based company helps keep Russia gold mining Modern

Missoula-based company helps keep Russia gold mining Modern

MISSOULA — The search for ore at the third-largest gold mine in the world – located in a subarctic, far eastern region of remote Russia – goes on 24 hours a day.

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Bonner trailer plant bucks Montana's low marks for manufacturing

Bonner trailer plant bucks Montana's low marks for manufacturing

MISSOULA — Aluminum trailers began rolling out of ALCOM LLC’s new manufacturing facility at the old Stimson mill site in February.

June 23, 2013 2:18 pmLoading…
Vann's Acquistion CEO resigns; consolidation plans still moving forward

Vann's Acquistion CEO resigns; consolidation plans still moving forward

MISSOULA — Less than three months after announcing the closure of all three Vann’s stores in Western Montana, the chief executive officer of Vann’s Acquisition LLC has left the company.

June 11, 2013 10:24 pmLoading…
Bakken 'an industry, not a boom,' speaker tells Montana audience

Bakken 'an industry, not a boom,' speaker tells Montana audience

Kalispell native Mike White’s construction business is booming.

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Vann's in Missoula to close; headquarters moves to Bozeman

Vann's in Missoula to close; headquarters moves to Bozeman

MISSOULA — The liquidation of the inventory at Vann’s in Missoula is in full swing, as store employees prepare the company to vacate its longtime home on Brooks Street.

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2 killed in I-90 crash near Drummond identified as Colorado man, woman

Authorities have identified two people killed Wednesday in a one-vehicle rollover near Drummond as David Crow, 24, and Katrina Mae, 23, both of Colorado.

May 10, 2013 6:58 pmLoading…
UM janitor had 2 pistols, knife in closet; he shot himself accidentally

UM janitor had 2 pistols, knife in closet; he shot himself accidentally

A janitor at the University of Montana School of Law who allegedly was  keeping a knife and two pistols in a janitorial closet there accidentally shot himself in the foot Wednesday night while handling one of the guns.

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Missoula man jailed after wife is shot in face

MISSOULA — A Missoula man was charged with attempted deliberate homicide Tuesday morning after allegedly shooting his wife in the face with a small-caliber rifle.

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Vann's to close Missoula, Hamilton stores

Vann's to close Missoula, Hamilton stores

MISSOULA — Vann’s stores in Missoula and Hamilton will close this spring, as the appliance and electronics company gets ready to move its headquarters to Bozeman.

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Western Montana veterans prep for upcoming Honor Flight trip

Western Montana veterans prep for upcoming Honor Flight trip

MISSOULA — John M. Richards enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps League out of high school in 1946, hitting boot camp in San Diego then serving in the VMR 142 transport squad before joining the reserves when his two years were up. He was called back to active duty in 1950 when he served in Kore…

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Facebook executive to headline Montana Economic Development Summit

Facebook executive to headline Montana Economic Development Summit

MISSOULA - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer, will headline the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit, Sen. Max Baucus announced Thursday.

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Missoula faces Huntsville in social media tourism contest today

MISSOULA — Missoula charmed Mark McCarter from afar last week.

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Fight over craft beer brews with 2 bills at Montana Legislature

Fight over craft beer brews with 2 bills at Montana Legislature

MISSOULA — Brewery battles are heating up again in Helena as the Montana Tavern Association and the Montana Brewers Association prepare to put separate, vastly different bills before state legislators as they consider how best to regulate the growing craft brew industry.

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Nearly $1M in grants to help Bonner trailer manufacturer hire workers

BONNER — The aluminum trailer manufacturer ramping up business at the old Stimson Lumber Co. mill site has been awarded nearly $1 million in state grants to help it reach a goal of hiring 200 people by 2015.

March 11, 2013 8:41 pmLoading…

Delta announces direct flights from Missoula to Atlanta

Delta Air Lines will begin offering seasonal nonstop flights from Missoula International Airport to Atlanta, the carrier’s largest hub, this June.

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Engstrom praises student-athletes after regent calls UM recruits 'thugs'

Engstrom praises student-athletes after regent calls UM recruits 'thugs'

MISSOULA — University of Montana President Royce Engstrom reminded the campus community in an email Friday of the important role student-athletes play at UM, noting that “actions of individuals do not characterize our student-athletes in general any more than they do for other groups of peop…

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Missoula choral, Celtic festivals receive tourism grants to lure attendees

Missoula choral, Celtic festivals receive tourism grants to lure attendees

MISSOULA — Two revered Missoula summer festivals got a boost Monday from the Montana Office of Tourism’s Special Events grants.

January 21, 2013 6:24 pmLoading…

Proposed bar/casino again riles Florence

FLORENCE — As far as Bonnie and Steve Arno can tell, not much about Florence’s casino scene has changed since 1999, the first time Town Pump Inc. wanted to put a new bar and casino in its convenience store at the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and the Eastside Highway.

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Miss Montana wins 'America's Choice' award, makes top 15 at Miss America pageant

Miss Montana wins 'America's Choice' award, makes top 15 at Miss America pageant

MISSOULA — Miss Montana charmed the entire nation Saturday night.

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3rd charge filed against woman accused of hitting Missoula police officer

3rd charge filed against woman accused of hitting Missoula police officer

MISSOULA — The woman accused of running over a Missoula police officer during an attempted arrest on a probation violation was charged Friday with a third felony.

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Flights to resume from Missoula to L.A., San Francisco

MISSOULA — Two popular Allegiant Travel Co. flights from Missoula to major California cities are set to return in June.

January 06, 2013 3:58 pmLoading…

Police investigate possible sexual assault at Missoula day care

Police are investigating a possible sexual assault at a Missoula day care reported by the family of a 4-year-old girl.

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Missoula man pleads not guilty to 3 armed robberies

Missoula man pleads not guilty to 3 armed robberies

MISSOULA — A Missoula man accused of robbing two casinos and a convenience store pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of felony robbery.

January 03, 2013 2:13 pmLoading…
Missoula man charged with felony for alleged pharmacy robbery

Missoula man charged with felony for alleged pharmacy robbery

MISSOULA — The 22-year-old Missoula man accused of stealing painkillers from a local pharmacy after telling employees he had a gun has been charged with felony robbery.

January 02, 2013 5:21 pmLoading…
Frenchtown mill redevelopment to move ahead despite Superfund request

Frenchtown mill redevelopment to move ahead despite Superfund request

FRENCHTOWN – Green Investment Group Inc. is moving forward with redevelopment and marketing plans at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. mill site, even though government officials have recommended it for Superfund priority listing, company officials said recently.

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Health insurance reform a top priority for Lindeen at 2013 Legislature

Health insurance reform a top priority for Lindeen at 2013 Legislature

MISSOULA — Much as it dominated campaign trail debates this election season, health insurance reform will be at the top of Monica Lindeen’s priority list during the 2013 legislative session.

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Affidavit: Dixon murder suspect stabbed man 54 times

Affidavit: Dixon murder suspect stabbed man 54 times

MISSOULA — The suspect in a grisly Dixon home invasion and murder was found outside the residence with a bloody hunting knife and a bloody rifle that had broken as he repeatedly beat one victim “because he would not die.”

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Stimson lumber mill site showing signs of life with new tenants, interest

Stimson lumber mill site showing signs of life with new tenants, interest

MISSOULA — Britt Fred moved his Northwest Paint Inc. and Northwest Factory Finishes businesses to the old Stimson mill site almost three years ago.

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Missoula sees bright spots in challenging year ahead

Missoula sees bright spots in challenging year ahead

MISSOULA — In 2013, Missoula County’s economy will be almost idle again, with small growth in long-depressed industries tempered by national question marks and consumers who remain wary of spending.

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Missoula bookstores branch out in difficult market

Missoula bookstores branch out in difficult market

MISSOULA — With shelves full of books behind her, Fact and Fiction manager Barbara Theroux was busy dressing her bookstore’s front window with holiday cheer. Among the decorations featured prominently was a large poster encouraging passers-by to “shop indie.”

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Officials identify Ronan man killed in hit-and-run

POLSON — Lake County officials have identified the 63-year-old Ronan man killed Tuesday in a hit-and-run as Robert Van Gunten.

December 13, 2012 2:02 pmLoading…
Missoula man charged in deadly Dixon attack; community shocked, saddened

Missoula man charged in deadly Dixon attack; community shocked, saddened

DIXON – A shocked community mourned the loss of a “wonderful man” Monday, as the investigation continued into a brutal home invasion and murder in Dixon last week.

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Missoula man charged with Dixon teacher's stabbing death

Missoula man charged with Dixon teacher's stabbing death

DIXON — Nathan Lee William Calvert has been charged with deliberate homicide in connection with the brutal home invasion last week that left Dixon resident Doug Morigeau dead and his wife, Cheryl, severely injured.

December 10, 2012 5:20 pmLoading…

Husband killed, wife injured in Dixon home invasion

A Dixon man is dead and his wife is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a brutal home invasion Thursday night.

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Vann's new owner lays off workers as company restructures

Vann's new owner lays off workers as company restructures

MISSOULA — Vann’s Acquisition LLC’s chief executive officer confirmed Friday that 17 employees were laid off statewide this week, saying it was a necessary business decision to help the business right its ship.

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Interest high for jobs with trailer manufacturer in Bonner

MISSOULA — Ben Ewing has been looking for a well-paying job in Missoula ever since he started working in the North Dakota oil fields 10 months ago.

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Court records: Arlee teenager told police he wanted parents dead

MISSOULA -- The Lake County teenager charged with deliberate homicide for the stabbing murder of his stepfather told police after the incident that he had been thinking about “hurting his mom and dad” in the hours before the brutal attack and wanted “them dead.”

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