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Acting VA Montana director confident moving forward

Acting VA Montana director confident moving forward

MISSOULA — John Ginnity took a conciliatory tone while sitting before 120 veterans at a town hall meeting last week. The top administrator for the VA Montana Health Care System offered his pleas and apologies, and vowed to build a more proactive agency as it begins writing its next chapter.

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New hotel, Chipotle under construction in Missoula

MISSOULA — Building activity on North Reserve Street in Missoula continues at an even pace, with a new hotel under construction, along with a mattress store and a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

January 16, 2015 2:41 pmLoading…
Tester, legislators ask VA to patch gap that costs vets their trucking jobs

Tester, legislators ask VA to patch gap that costs vets their trucking jobs

MISSOULA — Two state representatives are asking U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to help patch a loophole in federal law that puts Montana veterans needing a medical exam to renew their commercial driver’s license at a disadvantage.

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UM profs with French ties react to terror attack

UM profs with French ties react to terror attack

MISSOULA — The terrorist attack that left 12 dead in Paris early Wednesday hit close to home at the University of Montana, where professors with international ties expressed outrage and sadness, and said Western nations must not bow down to violence.

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Who was Rodney Webber? Missoula man killed in WWII crash stumps investigators

Who was Rodney Webber? Missoula man killed in WWII crash stumps investigators

MISSOULA — Rodney Webber’s fate was sealed the day he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and took a ship to the United Kingdom to serve on a British bomber in World War II.

January 04, 2015 12:07 pm Photos

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Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

MISSOULA — Montana Republicans will hit the ground running next week when the 2015 Legislature convenes in Helena, and while they agree with the state’s Democratic governor on several points, the similarities quickly diverge.

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Waterboarded terrorist fabricated Montana recruiting effort

Waterboarded terrorist fabricated Montana recruiting effort

MISSOULA — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the principal mastermind behind the 2001 terrorist attacks — told his CIA interrogators in 2003 that he’d sent a militant to Montana seeking African-American Muslim converts to blow up gas stations, according a U.S. Senate report released this week.

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Tester to ESPN: Expand coverage of FCS football playoffs

Tester to ESPN: Expand coverage of FCS football playoffs

MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Wednesday called on ESPN to expand its coverage of Football Championship Series playoff games, in particular those that include the University of Montana and Montana State University.

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Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

MISSOULA — During its meeting last week in Missoula, the state Board of Regents praised the biennial budget presented by Gov. Steve Bullock, but cautioned that while it freezes tuition for another two years, it doesn’t freeze the rising costs of higher education.

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Regents to consider Montana University System foundation

Regents to consider Montana University System foundation

MISSOULA — Saying that several substantial gifts are pending, the Commissioner of Higher Education on Friday urged the state Board of Regents to consider creating a foundation on behalf of the Montana University System.

November 22, 2014 7:15 pmLoading…
Griz scoreboard operator to retire after 38 years

Griz scoreboard operator to retire after 38 years

MISSOULA -- He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened on the University of Montana campus.

November 21, 2014 7:49 pmLoading…
Montana University System

Montana University System

Leaders of the Montana University System and the state Board of Regents said that while while Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget proposes a freeze on tuition, it does not freeze rising expenditures.

November 21, 2014 11:45 am
Bullock tells regents University System tuition freeze must continue

Bullock tells regents University System tuition freeze must continue

Calling his biennial budget both ambitious and affordable, Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday outlined his proposal to freeze college tuition and to invest more in the research and development taking place at Montana’s universities.

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Regents to hear UM spinoff proposal focused on early childhood education

Regents to hear UM spinoff proposal focused on early childhood education

MISSOULA — Three University of Montana employees are asking the state Board of Regents for approval to take a product developed at the school into the private sector, creating a potential new startup focused on children's education.

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Missoula County Attorney's Office works to achieve sexual-assault response goals

Missoula County Attorney's Office works to achieve sexual-assault response goals

Five months ago, state Attorney General Tim Fox brokered an agreement between the Missoula County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, ending a jurisdictional feud over an investigation into 80 reported rapes and how they were handled by prosecutors.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale is city's beloved beer

Moose Drool Brown Ale is city's beloved beer

You know you’re brewing a good beer when it lands on the list of Missoula icons and appears on T-shirts and hats, or posters saying it’s “Like chocolate, for beer lovers.”

November 07, 2014 12:08 pm
UM's journalism school has been teaching craft for 100 years

UM's journalism school has been teaching craft for 100 years

The nation’s third accredited journalism school celebrates its centennial this week, having shaped the lives of thousands of journalists and invigorated hundreds of newspapers and broadcast booths nationwide.

November 06, 2014 5:12 pm
University of Montana boasts 'official' colors and 'spirit' colors

University of Montana boasts 'official' colors and 'spirit' colors

Not since “Sam” the snowman sang “Silver and Gold” in the 1964 Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have the colors been so confused.

November 06, 2014 4:54 pm
UM rewrites policies in aftermath of student's alleged rape by football players

UM rewrites policies in aftermath of student's alleged rape by football players

MISSOULA — A dark chapter in the University of Montana’s history was recounted on national television this week when a former student spoke of her alleged 2010 rape by football players, and the failure of school officials and local authorities to keep her safe in the aftermath.

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'60 Minutes Sports' looks at allegations of rape, cover-up at UM

'60 Minutes Sports' looks at allegations of rape, cover-up at UM

MISSOULA — The woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by four University of Montana football players in 2010 criticized the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for their handling of the case on a "60 Minutes Sports" interview that aired Tuesday night.

November 04, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…

Prosecutors: Lake County man 'buzzed' when he shot boy in game of 'gun tag'

POLSON — The Lake County man charged with negligent homicide in the shooting death of a boy last week was "buzzed" on Seagram’s whiskey when he shot the child in the back with a Taurus 380 pistol during a game of “gun tag,” prosecutors said.

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Alcohol, sex assault tutorials to gauge attitudes of Montana college students

Alcohol, sex assault tutorials to gauge attitudes of Montana college students

MISSOULA — Students attending any one of Montana’s public colleges or universities this fall are finding more than philosophy homework and essays on their to-do list.

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Students cross the Oval

Students cross the Oval

Students cross the Oval at the University of Montana recently. Students within the Montana University System are required to take a number of tutorials this semester, including those on alcohol and sexual assault.

October 22, 2014 8:39 am
State appeals order to release records of UM quarterback's disciplinary hearing

State appeals order to release records of UM quarterback's disciplinary hearing

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education filed a motion this week with the Montana Supreme Court, appealing a lower court decision ordering the state to release records to author Jon Krakauer that detail the 2012 disciplinary hearing of a University of Montana student.

October 16, 2014 11:24 am Photos

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UM: Damage to student apartment 'considerable' in hash-oil explosion

UM: Damage to student apartment 'considerable' in hash-oil explosion

MISSOULA — The University of Montana said Monday that one occupant injured in an apartment blast on Sunday evening was a university student, and the investigation has been turned over to the Missoula Police Department.

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Election Day voter registration? Referendum could end it

Election Day voter registration? Referendum could end it

MISSOULA — Voters this November will decide if a push aimed at ending Election Day voter registration will become law, a move supporters believe would streamline the process and shorten lines at polling places.

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3 receive Purple Hearts for WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan in Missoula ceremony

3 receive Purple Hearts for WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan in Missoula ceremony

MISSOULA — On a spring day 46 years ago, Don Rakow and his platoon of U.S. Marines secured a bridge to allow for safe passage of a military convoy heading back to Khe Sanh.

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State receives temporary stay in release of records in UM rape case

State receives temporary stay in release of records in UM rape case

MISSOULA — The Montana University System has received a temporary stay in releasing records to author Jon Krakauer pertaining to the 2012 disciplinary hearing of University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.

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UM panel seeks to strengthen programs with low enrollment

UM panel seeks to strengthen programs with low enrollment

MISSOULA — The president of the University of Montana has charged the school’s faculty with identifying ways to strengthen academic programs and better promote the importance of a liberal arts education to students and their parents.

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WWII sailor, former forest ranger Karr remembered for multifaceted life

WWII sailor, former forest ranger Karr remembered for multifaceted life

MISSOULA — He was a torpedo man in World War II, a University of Montana graduate, a U.S. Forest Service ranger and a regional forester — Raymond Karr had nearly done it all.

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Montana universities' tuition doubles since 2000; groups decry debt

Montana universities' tuition doubles since 2000; groups decry debt

MISSOULA — Tuition to Montana’s four-year colleges has doubled over the past 14 years, leaving a growing number of students strapped with a mountain of debt as they enter the workforce, a group of advocates said Tuesday.

October 01, 2014 12:37 pmLoading…
Rotting chickens

Rotting chickens

Missoula health officers are working to deal with tens of thousands of pounds of rotting chickens inside a stolen semi that was abandoned at the Missoula Wye.

September 24, 2014 2:55 pm
35,000 pounds of rotting raw chicken abandoned in Montana

35,000 pounds of rotting raw chicken abandoned in Montana

WYE — A big white trailer parked at a truck stop isn’t likely to turn heads, unless it’s been sitting there for days, dripping the juices of rotting chickens onto the ground.

September 24, 2014 2:54 pmLoading…
Missoula police turn over strip-club shooting investigation to prosecutors

Missoula police turn over strip-club shooting investigation to prosecutors

MISSOULA — The Missoula Police Department on Tuesday concluded its investigation into the fatal Labor Day shooting at the Fox Club Cabaret and passed its report on to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for review.

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Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting

Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting

Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside the Fox Club Cabaret over a month ago.

September 24, 2014 11:33 am
100 years later, UM's J-School remains true to its origin

100 years later, UM's J-School remains true to its origin

MISSOULA — The third-floor hallway in the University of Montana’s School of Journalism reads like a museum, a who’s who of Montana reporters, its defenders of the First Amendment and the public’s right to know.

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UM Mansfield Library’s roots run deep

UM Mansfield Library’s roots run deep

University of Montana alumni need to go way back to 1895 to trace the beginnings of the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library. They also need to step off campus and enter Willard School on Sixth Street, where the university’s library found its start.

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Students, faculty ask UM to divest from fossil fuels

Students, faculty ask UM to divest from fossil fuels

MISSOULA — Advocates for renewable energy gathered outside Main Hall at the University of Montana on Tuesday to call on school administrators to wipe the university’s endowment portfolio clean of fossil fuels.

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UM Main Hall stands as inspiration

UM Main Hall stands as inspiration

MISSOULA — It’s the centerpiece of campus, commanding the Oval at the University of Montana. It appears in historic black-and-white photographs, and on today’s postcards of Missoula.

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Orange Street underpass creates unique north-south access

Orange Street underpass creates unique north-south access

A river runs through it, but so does the railroad – and both have long presented challenges for the local citizenry.

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Engine 1356 a memorial to service, workers

Engine 1356 a memorial to service, workers

The little engine that could did. And so did Missoula’s big engine at Market Plaza Park.

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Brennan's Wave is whitewater triumph from tragedy

Brennan's Wave is whitewater triumph from tragedy

It’s a splash and a living memorial. It punctuates Missoula’s banner as a river town, though it wasn’t always here, and that’s what makes it an icon.

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Washington-Grizzly Stadium known for noise, big wins

Washington-Grizzly Stadium known for noise, big wins

Earplugs aren’t a bad idea in our house.

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Lolo Peak gleams out Brooks Street, above valley

Lolo Peak gleams out Brooks Street, above valley

MISSOULA — If Glacier National Park is the Crown of the Continent, then Lolo Peak is the jewel gleaming over the Missoula Valley.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
Family mourns loss of Missoula shooting victim

Family mourns loss of Missoula shooting victim

MISSOULA — The man arrived from Louisiana full of life and energy, but he died in a dark Montana parking lot just after midnight on a Monday morning. Shot in the chest, nothing could save him.

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Sentinel High School principal, assistant principal reassigned

Sentinel High School principal, assistant principal reassigned

MISSOULA — The superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools reassigned the top two administrators at Sentinel High School on Thursday, six days after suspending them for undisclosed reasons.

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Realtor expects new owner for long-empty Missoula Mercantile in 12 months

Realtor expects new owner for long-empty Missoula Mercantile in 12 months

MISSOULA — The Missoula Mercantile appears on vintage postcards and black-and-white photographs recalling the city’s early days. More recent residents remember the Bon Marche and Macy’s.

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MCPS officials meet to determine future of suspended Sentinel principal, assistant principal

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools officials declined Tuesday to say why they suspended two top administrators at Sentinel High School last week, or whether the suspension would be extended beyond the initial five days.

September 02, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…
Officials identify victim of strip club shooting

Officials identify victim of strip club shooting

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim in the shooting outside a Missoula strip club early Monday morning as Christopher Hymel, a 23-year-old man from Louisiana.

September 02, 2014 1:33 pmLoading…
Fox Club

Fox Club

Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside the Fox Club Cabaret early Monday morning.

September 01, 2014 9:59 amLoading…

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