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Timber industry calls for end to lawsuits

Timber industry calls for end to lawsuits

MISSOULA — Ads seeking forklift operators and mill laborers at the Missoula Job Service signal improving times for the state’s wood products industry, reflecting the findings of a recent report that showed a bump in wages and hiring at regional mills.

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Missoula authorities arrest 2, seek 2 more in homicide

Missoula authorities arrest 2, seek 2 more in homicide

MISSOULA — The death of a man whose body was pulled this week from the Clark Fork River was classified as a homicide after a state medical examiner determined he’d been assaulted, shot and thrown into the water.

August 08, 2014 7:06 amLoading…

Man charged with raping 15-year-old girl

MISSOULA — A Missoula County man who claimed a terminal illness to get a 15-year-old girl to feel sorry for him before allegedly raping her at a barbecue faces a $50,000 fine and the possibility of spending 100 years in the Montana State Prison.

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Man found in Clark Fork River was murdered; 2 arrested, 2 sought

MISSOULA — The death of a man whose body was removed on Tuesday from the Clark Fork River was labeled a homicide after a state medical examiner determined he’d been assaulted, shot and tossed into the water.

August 07, 2014 10:38 amLoading…
McCartney, UM officials pleased with Missoula performance

McCartney, UM officials pleased with Missoula performance

MISSOULA — It bodes well for business when the boss is pleased. And after Tuesday night’s record-breaking concert in Missoula, Paul McCartney was pleased indeed.

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Fools on the hill: Fans flock to Missoula for McCartney show

Fools on the hill: Fans flock to Missoula for McCartney show

MISSOULA — The wheels had been turning long before Paul McCartney took the stage under a golden sunset in Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Tuesday evening and proceeded to light up the August night.

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900 boxes of Baucus' papers arrive for archiving at UM

900 boxes of Baucus' papers arrive for archiving at UM

MISSOULA — A semitrailer carrying the legacy papers of former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus arrived at the University of Montana on Monday, bolstering the school’s already robust legislative collection.

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UM, local officials gear up for Tuesday's Paul McCartney concert at Washington-Grizzly

UM, local officials gear up for Tuesday's Paul McCartney concert at Washington-Grizzly

MISSOULA — Some 25,000 fans are expected to converge on Washington-Grizzly Stadium to see Paul McCartney light up the August night.

August 03, 2014 11:37 pmLoading…

Montana wood products industry slowly improving, UM study shows

MISSOULA — The state’s wood products industry is on the mend, paying higher wages to workers and more for logs to keep up with a slow increase in demand, a new University of Montana study has found.

August 03, 2014 8:47 pmLoading…
UM breaks ground on new South Campus softball stadium

UM breaks ground on new South Campus softball stadium

MISSOULA -- Jamie Pinkerton was sitting in a Kansas City, Missouri, traffic jam last August when his phone rang. It was the University of Montana offering him a job coaching the school’s new women’s softball team.

August 01, 2014 11:00 pmLoading…
UM student seeks to join suit over 'astronomical' fees to access aid

UM student seeks to join suit over 'astronomical' fees to access aid

MISSOULA — A University of Montana student is attempting to join a class-action lawsuit against Higher One Holdings, accusing the firm of deceptively charging fees to college students who want to access their financial aid refunds.

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Semi crash pours industrial soap into Blackfoot River

Semi crash pours industrial soap into Blackfoot River

BONNER - A semi tractor-trailer truck wrecked on Highway 200 about two miles east of Bonner and spilled industrial soap into the Blackfoot River early Tuesday morning.

July 22, 2014 12:44 pmLoading…

Missoula naked bike ride gets final OK from city officials

MISSOULA — With freedom of speech on their side, organizers of Missoula’s first “Bare as You Dare” public bicycle ride have received their final permit, along with the official green light to hold the clothing-optional event.

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State Board of Psychologists, Montana VA to resolve complaint by veteran

State Board of Psychologists, Montana VA to resolve complaint by veteran

MISSOULA — The state Board of Psychologists and a U.S. attorney representing a doctor with the VA Montana Health Care System have agreed to resolve a complaint filed by a veteran of the Iraq War.

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UM bests fundraising record, raises $53.7M in fiscal 2014

UM bests fundraising record, raises $53.7M in fiscal 2014

MISSOULA — The University of Montana closed its 2014 fiscal year with a bang, shattering its old fundraising record by more than $16 million while improving its ability to recruit students with additional money for scholarships.

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UM student, Marine works to protect antiquities from wartime looting

UM student, Marine works to protect antiquities from wartime looting

MISSOULA — In early 2003, Capt. Thomas Livoti joined the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a member of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The platoon commander had earned a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the University of Montana, though his knowledge of Mesopotamia was limited.

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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area: Rich in human history, geology

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area: Rich in human history, geology

FORT SMITH — The problem with Bighorn Canyon is that it’s not supposed to be here, at least in visitors’ expectations.

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Tester tries again on act to allow troops to defer student loans

MISSOULA — Paying back that college debt doesn’t wait for anyone, including members of the armed services, but a bill bouncing around the nation’s Capitol may soon allow veterans to defer their college loan payments before deployment.

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UM law professor, draftsman of Montana Criminal Code, Crowley dies

UM law professor, draftsman of Montana Criminal Code, Crowley dies

MISSOULA — They showed up at the University of Montana’s School of Law in the mid-1960s. The two newly hired professors became fast friends, a relationship they would maintain for all of time, or as long as a man can know it.

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Froze-To-Death Plateau: A place of serenity, beauty, wild wonder

Froze-To-Death Plateau: A place of serenity, beauty, wild wonder

ABSAROKEE — It’s a long way up to Froze-To-Death Plateau, like 26 switchbacks rising 3,000 feet in roughly two miles. But as the saying goes, there’s only one way up, and that’s to take it one step at a time, elevation be damned.

July 02, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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UM dean retiring after 26-year career, School of Pharmacy turnaround

UM dean retiring after 26-year career, School of Pharmacy turnaround

With his boxes packed and a picture of his golden retriever on the computer screen, David Forbes is already dreaming of life’s next chapter, one that will allow time for golf and a trip to Europe with an uncertain return date.

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UM to begin work on construction projects shortly after McCartney concert in August

UM to begin work on construction projects shortly after McCartney concert in August

MISSOULA — Work on several University of Montana building projects is set to begin this summer, but not until the Paul McCartney concert wraps up in August.

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Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

MISSOULA — A squirrel’s appetite for certain pine seeds may be driving evolutionary changes in lodgepole forests across the West and altering how the trees respond to fire, a study conducted inside Yellowstone National Park has found.

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Development set to begin in Missoula's Old Sawmill District

Development set to begin in Missoula's Old Sawmill District

MISSOULA — Facing a spring wind on a chilly Friday morning, Ed and Leslie Wetherbee stood where the old Champion International sawmill once cut logs on Missoula’s riverfront. The mill is gone and the 46-acre site is now empty, save for a sign dubbing the property the Old Sawmill District and…

June 16, 2014 9:51 amLoading…

Missoula committee looks for new ways to curb aggressive downtown panhandling

MISSOULA — Missoula Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Jenks arrived at the committee meeting last week with a stack of criminal files under her arm. She didn’t name the names listed inside, but rather referred to them as the “downtown core of problems.”

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Police and businesses: Downtown Missoula panhandling growing worse

Police and businesses: Downtown Missoula panhandling growing worse

MISSOULA — Panhandlers still press for money, transients still congregate in front of businesses, and the homeless with addiction issues still sleep on city sidewalks.

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2 Montana natives sign off from top Navy posts at Washington base

2 Montana natives sign off from top Navy posts at Washington base

They hear the jokes all the time, the punch lines about giving hay rides behind their F-150 truck or calf roping out behind the squadron bay.

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Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

The Department of Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System scored high in areas of patient satisfaction and call responsiveness, though it ranked near the bottom in patient wait times, employee satisfaction and turnover, according to a recent report by the VA inspector general.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Wildfires growing increasingly dangerous and costly, expert says

Wildfires growing increasingly dangerous and costly, expert says

MISSOULA — The buildup of forest fuels across Western states combined with modern suppression tactics and a warming climate have led to an explosion of wildfires that are growing to sizes – and costs – unheard of 30 years ago.

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UM announces largest research grant in school history

UM announces largest research grant in school history

MISSOULA — The University of Montana has emerged from a national pool as the school of choice, landing a $45 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study and solve the nation’s greatest environmental, cultural and ecological challenges.

May 16, 2014 12:46 pmLoading…

UM officials like promising enrollment trends for fall 2014

MISSOULA — The University of Montana expects to graduate nearly 3,600 students this academic year, the majority of them accepting their diploma during commencement ceremonies planned for Saturday.

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Veteran files grievance, alleges VA downgraded injury to save money

Veteran files grievance, alleges VA downgraded injury to save money

MISSOULA — A Purple Heart recipient from the Iraq War and his wife have filed a grievance against a doctor at the VA Medical Center at Fort Harrison, accusing him of practicing outside the scope of his expertise when evaluating the residual effects of traumatic brain injury.

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McCartney in Missoula: 25,000 tickets already sold

McCartney in Missoula: 25,000 tickets already sold

MISSOULA — It’s not sold out, but it’s pretty close.

May 09, 2014 11:30 pmLoading…
UM isn't among colleges under investigation for mishandling sexual assaults

UM isn't among colleges under investigation for mishandling sexual assaults

Calling it a step toward transparency, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Thursday released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for alleged mishandling of sexual assault and harassment reports.

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Missoula VA clinic still on track for expansion

MISSOULA — The Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Missoula remains on track for an expansion, though the agency said Thursday it’s still working to complete details surrounding the project.

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Montana regents look to combat sex assaults across university system

Montana regents look to combat sex assaults across university system

MISSOULA — The Montana University System believes its schools are well-positioned to address new guidelines released by the White House this week as it moves to combat sexual assaults on campuses across the country.

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UM-owned Montana Island Lodge on Salmon Lake for sale; asking price $6.5M

UM-owned Montana Island Lodge on Salmon Lake for sale; asking price $6.5M

SALMON LAKE – Just before 10 a.m. on a weekday morning, Jim Teafoe eased the boat from the docks and set his direction across the channel. With the ice off the lake, he guided the craft to a small island claiming a very large house, one that hasn’t been used since the closing days of fall.

April 27, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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UM art museum receives major gift; could help secure new building

MISSOULA — One of the West’s oldest and more robust collections of fine art may be closer to finding a fitting home thanks to a gift by a California couple with strong ties to the University of Montana.

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UM names new journalism school dean

UM names new journalism school dean

MISSOULA — The University of Montana has hired National Public Radio correspondent Larry Abramson as the new dean of the School of Journalism.

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University of Montana donation

University of Montana donation

Alexander "Zander" Blewett III discusses the $800,000 gift he and his family made to the the University of Montana's School of Law on Feb. 24. The largest gift in the school's history creates the new Blewett Scholars Fund.

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UM headed for record fundraising year; gifts reach $36 million

UM headed for record fundraising year; gifts reach $36 million

MISSOULA — The fiscal year ending on the last day of June could go down in the history books as a record fundraising year for the University of Montana, with donors showing more confidence in the economy and a new school campaign rooted in student success.

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Sex trafficking easy to find in Montana, speakers at UM say

Sex trafficking easy to find in Montana, speakers at UM say

MISSOULA — Melissa Farley hadn’t been in Montana for more than a day, but she’d already done her homework, dropping into a Missoula strip club to observe the “house moms,” and browsing the Internet to see what turned up on the local market.

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Commissioner to Krakauer: No release from QB rape hearing

Commissioner to Krakauer: No release from QB rape hearing

MISSOULA — The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has reaffirmed its refusal to release records to author Jon Krakauer detailing its actions after a disciplinary committee found a University of Montana athlete guilty of rape and ordered him expelled from school in 2012.

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UM athletics diligent in compliance after NCAA sanctions; boosters want appeal

UM athletics diligent in compliance after NCAA sanctions; boosters want appeal

MISSOULA — While a group of athletic boosters pushes the University of Montana to appeal sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA, the school’s athletic program continues to comply with the penalties nine months after they were imposed.

March 30, 2014 12:59 pm Photos

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UM's Gilkey Center construction set for summer after 6-year delay

UM's Gilkey Center construction set for summer after 6-year delay

MISSOULA — While the shovels went in the ground for a photo op back in 2008, the anticipated Gilkey Center for Executive Education has spent the last six years stalled in the fundraising and planning phase.

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University of Montana President

University of Montana President

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, middle, chats with Stevensville High School Principal Brian Gum on Thursday during the university’s tour of Bitterroot Valley schools.

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UM departments prepare for $9.5M in budget cuts

UM departments prepare for $9.5M in budget cuts

The commitment period for incoming college freshmen may still be months away, but the University of Montana is projecting an improvement in fall enrollment, and measures are in place to balance next year’s budget.

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UM reaches agreement with DOE to develop new accessibility policies, disability training

MISSOULA — The University of Montana will develop new accessibility policies and train employees on disability issues under an agreement reached with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

March 19, 2014 1:08 pmLoading…
Expansion of UM's aging School of Music submitted to regents

Expansion of UM's aging School of Music submitted to regents

MISSOULA — When the National Association of Schools of Music visited the University of Montana in 2010, it found that facilities housing the School of Music failed to meet the expectations of a national program.

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Missoula College design sent back to be reworked

Missoula College design sent back to be reworked

The building that will house Missoula College and serve as a gateway to the city has been sent back to the drawing board for changes, and work to complete the project’s environmental analysis will likely extend into spring.

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