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Missoula arborist heads to world tree climbing competition

Missoula arborist heads to world tree climbing competition

A few years ago, Emily Fisher helped some friends clear branches from ponderosa pines near Placid Lake. “They got me up in one of those trees, and I loved every second of it,” she said. She loved it so much, in fact, she moved to Seattle to learn the art and profession of tree climbing from…

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Girl rescued, resuscitated at water park

MISSOULA — A young girl was pulled from the water and resuscitated Monday at Splash Montana, according to the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department.

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'Social experiment' brings two pianos to downtown Missoula

'Social experiment' brings two pianos to downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — Chris Hahn sat down at the upright piano outside Higgins Plaza, and played part of a Chopin etude on the Kurtzmann manufactured in 1910.

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Departing Montana Human Rights Network director championed nondiscrimination ordinances

Departing Montana Human Rights Network director championed nondiscrimination ordinances

MISSOULA — Jamee Greer started his human rights career in Missoula in 2006, and since then he’s tackled social justice initiatives around Montana.

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New Missoula microbrewery gets permit

New Missoula microbrewery gets permit

MISSOULA — Beer unites – so said the owner of One Nation Brewing Co.

June 10, 2014 10:23 amLoading…
Urban deer: Cute but a growing nuisance in Missoula

Urban deer: Cute but a growing nuisance in Missoula

MISSOULA — They trample flower gardens.

May 19, 2014 4:09 pmLoading…
Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood healing after deadly avalanche

Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood healing after deadly avalanche

MISSOULA — “It’s a funny little street, this part of Harrison.”

May 11, 2014 4:50 pm Photos

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Lower Rattlesnake community planting aims to heal after avalanche

Lower Rattlesnake community planting aims to heal after avalanche

MISSOULA — This year, flowers and shrubs will grow along the boulevard on part of Van Buren Street, a major gateway to the Rattlesnake Valley.

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Missoula Commissioner Carey refuses to explain extended absence

MISSOULA — Missoula County Commissioner Bill Carey left his duties for five weeks in late 2012 with no explanation to the public.

April 20, 2014 10:30 amLoading…
Missoula Democrats: Reprioritize funding for sexual assault cases over lawsuits

Missoula Democrats: Reprioritize funding for sexual assault cases over lawsuits

MISSOULA — The Missoula Democratic Central Committee adopted a resolution this month calling on the Missoula County attorney and Board of County Commissioners to “realign their financial resources to create meaningful improvements in addressing sexual assault cases.”

April 17, 2014 10:19 pmLoading…
Missoula-produced documentary on Montana coal exports to China to premiere this week

Missoula-produced documentary on Montana coal exports to China to premiere this week

MISSOULA — Jan and Harold Hoem put nearly 5,000 miles on the road in three trips to southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming to tell a story about coal exports to Asia.

April 07, 2014 9:59 am Photos

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Missoula resident files 'hate crime and bias' complaint against city councilwoman

MISSOULA — A perennial political candidate’s insistence on the resignation of Missoula City Councilwoman Caitlin Copple after Copple’s reference to “those of us who don’t have penises” has gone unheeded – so Kandi Matthew-Jenkins has filed a “hate crime and bias” report at City Hall.

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Missoula councilors may reconsider panhandling ordinance

MISSOULA — The Missoula City Council may reconsider an ordinance intended to curb panhandling, given last week’s U.S. District Court decision in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.

January 05, 2014 1:52 pmLoading…
More Montana seniors rely on food programs to fill cupboards

More Montana seniors rely on food programs to fill cupboards

After O.D. Etter was in a head-on crash, he could no longer work, and money for groceries dwindled.

December 15, 2013 8:29 am Video Photos

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Bonner mill owners revive tradition of giving turkeys to neighbors

Bonner mill owners revive tradition of giving turkeys to neighbors

BONNER — Denise Heikkila beamed as she received the gift from strangers standing on her porch, and Cajun, her dog, peered out the window at the commotion.

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Convicted Whitefish child molester seeks exoneration

MISSOULA — A Whitefish man who has maintained he is innocent of molesting a child since his conviction in 1995 is asking the Flathead County District Court to clear his name.

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Columbia Falls beef jerky finds fans across the country

Columbia Falls beef jerky finds fans across the country

COLUMBIA FALLS — Hanging inside the building at 180 Trap Road are shimmering strips of top round and a map of the United States.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Lolo Creek, Gold Pan fire crews await 'season-ending event'

Lolo Creek, Gold Pan fire crews await 'season-ending event'

MISSOULA — The Lolo Creek and Gold Pan fires are likely to keep burning until a “season-ending event” dampens them, fire officials said Sunday.

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Authorities search for missing man on Placid Lake; boat found adrift

MISSOULA — Rescuers continued the search Sunday for a 69-year-old man missing on Placid Lake, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hearing set on temporary ban on new Missoula homeless shelters, soup kitchens

Hearing set on temporary ban on new Missoula homeless shelters, soup kitchens

MISSOULA — A Missoula City Council committee on Wednesday took one step toward approving a measure that aims to temporarily prohibit new homeless shelters and soup kitchens near residential neighborhoods.

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Idaho wildfire smoke chokes Missoula, Bitterroot valleys

Idaho wildfire smoke chokes Missoula, Bitterroot valleys

MISSOULA — Smoke poured into the Missoula Valley on Sunday from fires burning in the region, and it could be even more thick and possibly “unhealthy” by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service and the Missoula City-County Health Department.

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Missoula police chief steps back to focus on DOJ response

Missoula police chief steps back to focus on DOJ response

MISSOULA — Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir has handed the reins of daily operations to Assistant Chief Mike Brady so Muir can focus on the city’s response to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

August 01, 2013 12:25 pmLoading…

Fired judge was told to improve, Missoula says in response to lawsuit

MISSOULA — A former Municipal Court judge who sued the city of Missoula for wrongful firing had been told to “improve her performance,” but she was not terminated from her appointment as assistant judge as she alleged, according to a court document.

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Economic Partnership: Missoula poised to benefit from Bakken

Economic Partnership: Missoula poised to benefit from Bakken

MISSOULA — Missoula’s economy is poised to take advantage of opportunities in the Bakken, according to the Missoula Economic Partnership.

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Missoula considers registry that would help same-sex partners

MISSOULA — Creating a registry for domestic partners would be “simple and straightforward,” Missoula City Clerk Marty Rehbein said Friday.

July 07, 2013 1:30 pmLoading…
Man sentenced for decade-old Missoula rape

Man sentenced for decade-old Missoula rape

MISSOULA — A man who pleaded guilty to a decade-old rape was sentenced this week to 30 years in the Montana State Prison.

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Former resident arrested for starting Missoula apartment fire

Former resident arrested for starting Missoula apartment fire

MISSOULA — A former tenant of the Vantage Villa apartments is in custody in connection with the fire that destroyed the complex last week, the Missoula Police Department confirmed Tuesday.

June 19, 2013 7:50 am Photos

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Jason Christ wants public defender before sentencing on Verizon bomb threat

Jason Christ wants public defender before sentencing on Verizon bomb threat

MISSOULA — Former medical-marijuana entrepreneur Jason Christ has represented himself in numerous court proceedings, but Tuesday the man convicted of levying a bomb threat against a Missoula Verizon store asked for a public defender -- and a delay in his sentencing.

June 18, 2013 1:49 pmLoading…
Missoula man found in car without pants, shoes charged with DUI

Missoula man found in car without pants, shoes charged with DUI

MISSOULA — A Missoula man found “apparently asleep” and without pants or shoes in his running car was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony violation that would be his fourth DUI.

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Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

MISSOULA — Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to scrutinize the way his office handles sexual assault and rape cases – “but not with the threat of a lawsuit, not with a gun to my head.”

June 11, 2013 10:09 am Photos

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2 dead in head-on crash on U.S. Highway 2 in Kalispell

KALISPELL — A man and a woman from Columbia Falls died Friday after a near head-on collision in Kalispell on U.S. Highway 2, according to the Flathead County Coroner’s Office.

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Missoula house fire killed at least 29 animals; charges possible

MISSOULA — More than 29 animals perished in a fire last week at a residence on Idaho Street, and the case remains under investigation, according to Missoula County Animal Control.

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Arlee 72-year-old dies in crash on U.S. Highway 93

A 72-year-old woman from Arlee died Friday after a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 93, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

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Missoula council wants police updates on sexual assault reforms

MISSOULA — The sheer volume of sexual assault reports to the Missoula Police Department – 350 over the course of four years – shocked City Councilman Dick Haines.

May 19, 2013 7:48 pmLoading…
Driver pleads guilty to hitting, killing Missoula teen

Driver pleads guilty to hitting, killing Missoula teen

MISSOULA — The driver who struck and killed a Hellgate High School student on the Mullan Road sidewalk pleaded guilty Thursday in Municipal Court to careless driving resulting in death.

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No felony charges planned in teen pedestrian's death

No felony charges planned in teen pedestrian's death

MISSOULA — Felony charges will not be filed against the woman who drove onto the sidewalk and hit and killed a Hellgate High School student last month on Mullan Road, Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg announced Thursday.

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PSC lets Green Taxi operate in Missoula, but not in Yellowstone County

PSC lets Green Taxi operate in Missoula, but not in Yellowstone County

MISSOULA — Green Taxi got approval Monday from the Montana Public Service Commission to carry Missoula residents to the doctor and other medical appointments.

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Missoula Senior Center fire was arson; 2nd fire at Boone and Crockett

Missoula Senior Center fire was arson; 2nd fire at Boone and Crockett

MISSOULA — An arson fire Friday temporarily closed the Missoula Senior Center, and the Missoula Police Department is looking for suspects in that blaze and another burn that took place the same morning.

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City of Missoula says it has to use yellow paint on streets, despite cancer concerns

MISSOULA — A type of yellow paint has an ingredient that’s “probably carcinogenic for humans,” and a local transportation activist has asked the city of Missoula to limit its use.

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Report: Montana women's earnings 4th lowest in nation

Report: Montana women's earnings 4th lowest in nation

MISSOULA — Taking out the garbage isn’t an easy job, and it requires some heavy lifting — largely by men.

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18-year-old student dies after being hit by car in Missoula

18-year-old student dies after being hit by car in Missoula

MISSOULA — A Hellgate High School student died Monday after being struck by a car on Mullan Road, officials said.

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Man charged after hitting Missoula police officer in face

MISSOULA — A 52-year-old man charged with felony assault on a peace officer was in custody Monday on a $50,000 bond, according to the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Jail roster.

April 01, 2013 12:28 pmLoading…
Jury issues not guilty verdict in rape trial of former UM quarterback

Jury issues not guilty verdict in rape trial of former UM quarterback

MISSOULA — Applause and sobs rang through a Missoula County courtroom Friday as former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson was found not guilty of sexual intercourse without consent.

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Funding critical for Montana Food Bank Network, Tester told

Funding critical for Montana Food Bank Network, Tester told

MISSOULA — Keep food and nutrition programs funded at the federal level so Montana children, families and seniors don’t go hungry.

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Missoula rape trial provides lessons, civic engagement for spectators

Missoula rape trial provides lessons, civic engagement for spectators

MISSOULA — The trial of former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson has attracted a room full of spectators all week long.

February 16, 2013 8:18 am Photos

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Missoula man says wrongful arrest hurt relationships, business

Missoula man says wrongful arrest hurt relationships, business

MISSOULA — Things haven’t gone well for Jack Palmer since he got thrown in jail last August for crimes someone else committed.

February 10, 2013 4:00 pmLoading…

Missoula City Council to hold hearing on climate change action plan

MISSOULA — The city of Missoula wants to be carbon neutral by 2025, and it has a Conservation and Climate Action Plan to reach that goal.

January 27, 2013 9:54 pmLoading…
City of Missoula makes wrongful arrests on invalid warrants

City of Missoula makes wrongful arrests on invalid warrants

MISSOULA — The city of Missoula has wrongfully arrested and even jailed people on illegal warrants issued over the past 10 years, according to multiple sources.

January 26, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…

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