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Mistrial declared in bear spray attack on Missoula woman, dog

MISSOULIA — A daylong trial for a retired Big Sky High School biology teacher charged with using bear spray on a woman and her dog in Pattee Canyon last fall ended abruptly Thursday in a mistrial.

September 25, 2014 9:45 pmLoading…

Man dies after apparent fall from building in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — A 35-year-old Missoula man died Thursday night after he plunged from the roof of the five-story Palace Apartments in downtown Missoula.

September 25, 2014 9:38 pmLoading…

Missoula County auctions off 5 mobile homes; buyers needed inexpensive digs

MISSOULA — Five mobile homes with longstanding tax debts were sold by Missoula County at auction Wednesday morning for $3,075.

September 17, 2014 2:36 pmLoading…
Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

MISSOULA — Most of the mobile homes due to go on the Missoula County auction block Wednesday morning for delinquent taxes were bailed out Tuesday.

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Missoula mobile homes with delinquent taxes on auction block

MISSOULA — This isn’t Annie Cathey’s favorite part of the job.

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Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Lyrics of “The Anacreonic Song,” the official song of the London Anacreontic Society written in the 1770s by Ralph Tomlinson and John Stafford Smith. America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to its tune. (Several versions are available for listening on YouTube.)

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Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

MISSOULA — There’s a little known trail that leads to Canada from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains. It’s the path 290 Nez Perce followed after escaping from the siege area on Snake Creek that pinned down the bulk of the camp, including Chief Joseph, in late September 1877.

September 05, 2014 10:32 am Related Loading…
Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

MISSOULA — The man accused of torturing a 36-year-old man under the Reserve Street Bridge in late July before shooting him to death and dumping his body in the Clark Fork River is fighting extradition from Louisiana.

September 04, 2014 2:58 pmLoading…

Suspect pleads not guilty to torture of man found dead in Clark Fork

MISSOULA — One of the suspects implicated in the beating, torture and murder of 36-year-old man found floating in the Clark Fork River in early August pleaded not guilty in Missoula County District Court Thursday morning.

September 04, 2014 1:41 pmLoading…
Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

The 27-year-old Missoula man arrested earlier this week on suspicion of possessing a bomb on Spartan Drive in south Missoula has been released from jail.

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Frenchtown man charged with attempted child prostitution

MISSOULA — A Frenchtown man has been charged with felony attempted child prostitution after he allegedly tried to set up a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl through a detective posing as her mother.

August 22, 2014 5:09 pmLoading…
Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

POLSON — A young girl injured by a wild horse at Wild Horse Island State Park on Sunday was treated and released at a Polson hospital.

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7-year-old girl injured by horse on Wild Horse Island

7-year-old girl injured by horse on Wild Horse Island

BIG ARM - A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized Sunday evening after reportedly being kicked or stepped on by a wild horse on Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake.

August 20, 2014 7:44 am Photos

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Missoula plays host to 3 Rock Hall of Fame acts in 1 week

Missoula plays host to 3 Rock Hall of Fame acts in 1 week

When the final chords of the ZZ Top and Jeff Beck concert dissipated Friday into the night sky over Ogren-Allegiance Park it ended an unprecedented week of live music in Missoula.

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Billings Senior grad who wrote 'Hippy Hippy Shake' headed for McCartney show

Billings Senior grad who wrote 'Hippy Hippy Shake' headed for McCartney show

MISSOULA — Chan Romero remembers the first time he played “Hippy Hippy Shake” in public.

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Pilot killed in crash west of Lolo Pass was bound for experimental aircraft fly-in

MISSOULA — The pilot killed Monday in the crash of a small plane in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Lolo Pass was head of the staff of an engineering firm in Richland, Wash.

July 29, 2014 2:12 pmLoading…
Crews dismantling Boeing fuselages pulled from Clark Fork

Crews dismantling Boeing fuselages pulled from Clark Fork

RIVULET — Forgotten but not gone, those airplane fuselages so unceremoniously dumped onto the side of the Clark Fork River west of Alberton on July 3 remain at Rivulet in varying states of dismemberment.

July 25, 2014 1:46 pm Video Photos

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Last remaining airplane body to be removed from river on Tuesday

Last remaining airplane body to be removed from river on Tuesday

ALBERTON — Key parts of Boeing jetliners remained among the wreckage along Montana Rail Link tracks west of here Monday, at a time when demand for them has never been higher.

July 08, 2014 12:15 am Video Photos

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Darby man found not guilty of threatening to kill president

A Darby man was found not guilty Tuesday in United States District Court in Missoula of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family.

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Montana awash in a sea of 'C' towns

Montana awash in a sea of 'C' towns

Pity Jack Culbertson. He and the wife and kids had a ranch in northeastern Montana in 1887 when Jim Hill punched his Great Northern Railway through the country. The railroad established a station nearby and called it “Culbertson.” Except not after Jack.

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Montana A to Z: Power plants bring a hive of activity to Colstrip

Montana A to Z: Power plants bring a hive of activity to Colstrip

COLSTRIP — Forty years later, what do you expect of Colstrip? A town awash in coal money? Yes, though not so much as in the flush days.

June 30, 2014 1:20 pm Video Photos

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Colstrip comfort: Mining town’s family-friendly side often overlooked

Colstrip comfort: Mining town’s family-friendly side often overlooked

COLSTRIP – The sky’s the thing here, or one of the big things.

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Caregiver charged with elder abuse of Superior rancher

SUPERIOR — A Thompson Falls man accused of bilking an elderly Superior man of his money and property and leaving him with nothing but milk and peanut butter has pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony charges in Mineral County District Court.

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Montana's 150th to be a low-key affair

Montana's 150th to be a low-key affair

MISSOULA — John Taylor was both foreman of a Pacific Power and Light crew in 1964 and drill master of the mounted Kalispell Sheriff’s Posse.

May 25, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Fired Mineral County deputy was dismissed from 2 previous police departments

MISSOULA — A former Mineral County deputy sheriff misrepresented his past law enforcement experience and didn’t reveal when he was hired in 2006 that he’d been terminated from police departments in California and Ronan in the 1980s.

May 23, 2014 2:04 pmLoading…
Missoula man charged for burglaries that preceded fatal shooting

Missoula man charged for burglaries that preceded fatal shooting

MISSOULA — It’ll take another $10,000 for an alleged young burglar of the Grant Creek home of Janelle Pflager and Markus Kaarma to get out of jail.

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Accomplice in drug rip that left undercover cop wounded sentenced to 10 years

Accomplice in drug rip that left undercover cop wounded sentenced to 10 years

MISSOULA — One accomplice in a drug “rip” on South Reserve Street that ended in the shooting of a Missoula police detective was sentenced Tuesday in Missoula County District Court.

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DeBorgia man accused of rape found dead in Idaho

DeBorgia man accused of rape found dead in Idaho

A DeBorgia man sought in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Mineral County on Wednesday was found dead in Idaho on Friday afternoon.

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Montana, Idaho sheriffs hunt for DeBorgia man accused of rape

Montana, Idaho sheriffs hunt for DeBorgia man accused of rape

MISSOULA — Law enforcement officers in Idaho and Montana are searching for a DeBorgia man who’s being sought in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Mineral County.

April 04, 2014 2:09 pmLoading…

New Frenchtown mill site redevelopment director envisions 'a small city'

FRENCHTOWN — Steve Malsam didn’t bring a slideshow presentation when he bobbed into public view last week at a West Valley Community Council meeting.

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Firefighters recount 'needle in the haystack' avalanche search

Firefighters recount 'needle in the haystack' avalanche search

MISSOULA — In the midst of chaos, humanity reigned in the lower Rattlesnake Valley last Friday.

March 06, 2014 9:34 am Photos

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Avalanche danger prompts voluntary evacuation

The evidence stared Levi Vaughan in the face early Monday afternoon as he gazed up the steep slope behind his home.

March 03, 2014 10:23 pmLoading…

Mineral County judge: Probe into missing money destroys career

SUPERIOR — As of Saturday, Mineral County had been without its only elected judge for seven months, since the day late last July when longtime Justice of the Peace Wanda James agreed to go on paid administrative leave.

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Avalanche buries child, elderly couple; all found alive

Avalanche buries child, elderly couple; all found alive

MISSOULA — An avalanche that swept down Mount Jumbo shortly after 4 p.m. Friday demolished a two-story house in the lower Rattlesnake and buried three people, all of whom were pulled from the snow and wreckage alive.

February 28, 2014 5:26 pm Photos

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1 child pulled from Mount Jumbo avalanche debris; searching now for 2nd victim

1 child pulled from Mount Jumbo avalanche debris; searching now for 2nd victim

An avalanche has hit two homes in the Rattlesnake Valley of Missoula, with at least one child apparently buried in the debris of what was once a two-story house at Van Buren and Holly streets.

February 28, 2014 4:23 pm
Missoula commissioners call to address 'nightmare in public trust'

Missoula commissioners call to address 'nightmare in public trust'

MISSOULA — Missoula County commissioners are calling on County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg to deal with what one called “a nightmare in public trust” in his battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

February 26, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Bozeman 18-year-old wins Race to the Sky in snowy finish

Bozeman 18-year-old wins Race to the Sky in snowy finish

MISSOULA — A blast of Montana winter did its best to derail Jenny Greger’s quest Tuesday, but the teenager from Bozeman refused to let it.

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Montana Centennial Train of 1964 considered state's biggest publicity stunt

Montana Centennial Train of 1964 considered state's biggest publicity stunt

MISSOULA — The story still has wheels.

February 16, 2014 10:29 am Photos

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DOJ: Missoula County attorney's response to sexual assaults puts all women at risk

MISSOULA — Missoula County prosecutors said “terrible things” to victims of sexual assault, told a mother whose 5-year-old daughter had been assaulted by an adolescent that “boys will be boys,” and told another woman “all you want is revenge,” in discussing a decision not to prosecute her se…

February 14, 2014 6:18 pmLoading…
Montana's Race to the Sky to get underway with fewer familiar names

Montana's Race to the Sky to get underway with fewer familiar names

There has been a new era dawning on Montana’s Race to the Sky for a few years now.

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Some question guilt of 1864 Vigilantes’ target Cyrus Skinner

Some question guilt of 1864 Vigilantes’ target Cyrus Skinner

MISSOULA — Maybe Cyrus Skinner was just misunderstood.

January 26, 2014 9:54 amLoading…

Megaload stuck south of Lost Trail Pass as 2nd approaches

Mechanical problems at high elevations mean a Canadian company’s giant load of evaporator equipment will remain holed up on the Idaho side of Lost Trail Pass for a second weekend.

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Missoula County attorney gives DOJ 2 weeks for amicable agreement

MISSOULA — The Missoula County attorney has given the U.S. Department of Justice two weeks to show it’s willing to reach an amicable agreement over his office's handling of sexual assault and rape cases.

January 10, 2014 12:49 pmLoading…

Montana permit problems, weather halt megaload

MISSOULA — What, if anything, will a new megaload route wrought in Ravalli County?

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Megaload awaits Montana approval before crossing border

Megaload awaits Montana approval before crossing border

The first of three Omega Morgan megaloads won’t be topping Lost Trail Pass this weekend.

January 04, 2014 9:22 amLoading…

Great Falls refinery plans shipment of three 1.6-million pound megaloads

MISSOULA — A Great Falls refinery is upping the big-rig ante.

December 18, 2013 9:36 pmLoading…

KECI, other NBC stations go dark for DISH Network subscribers

“Ellen,” Jay Leno and “Sunday Night Football” are among the viewing casualties of a contract impasse between DISH Network and the media group that owns three television stations in western and southwestern Montana.

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Alcoholic, former addict, arsonist: Never too late to ask for help

Alcoholic, former addict, arsonist: Never too late to ask for help

MISSOULA — Priscilla Keim is an alcoholic, a former meth addict and an arsonist.

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Montana Super Skippers to jump rope in Macy's parade

Montana Super Skippers to jump rope in Macy's parade

MISSOULA — The Empire State Building will have to wait until Friday.

November 26, 2013 7:55 pmLoading…

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