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Florence man accused of shooting during altercation over kids

HAMILTON — Calvin R. Garrett was packing heat Saturday when he decided to intervene in a family squabble.

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'Come get me,' Missoula man asks after attempting escape from Ravalli County jail

'Come get me,' Missoula man asks after attempting escape from Ravalli County jail

HAMILTON — A Missoula man’s attempt to use the ductwork to escape from the Ravalli County Detention Center put him back before a judge this week.

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Missoula man held on $200K bail after trying to 'take back' Sweeney Creek ranch

Missoula man held on $200K bail after trying to 'take back' Sweeney Creek ranch

FLORENCE — A 73-year-old Missoula man is being held on $200,000 bail after he allegedly attempted “to take back the ranch” on Sweeney Creek last week.

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Former Ravalli County treasurer's home sold in sheriff's sale

Former Ravalli County treasurer's home sold in sheriff's sale

HAMILTON — Former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s home was sold in a sheriff’s sale Thursday.

September 12, 2014 7:24 am Photos

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Mountain lion kittens rescued from fire likely bound for zoo

Mountain lion kittens rescued from fire likely bound for zoo

MISSOULA — The two mountain lion kittens rescued last week from under a burning log northeast of Stevensville are doing well at the state’s wildlife center in Helena.

September 06, 2014 7:49 am Photos

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Two Bitterroot Valley men arrested for allegedly strangling women

MISSOULA — Two Ravalli County men were arrested in separate cases Sunday after they allegedly strangled the women in their lives after becoming intoxicated.

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Magruder Corridor: Remote road divides 2 wilderness areas

Magruder Corridor: Remote road divides 2 wilderness areas

DARBY – The 101-mile primitive Magruder Corridor Road offers a unique opportunity for a windshield tour of the largest unroaded block of land in the lower 48 states.

August 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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3 Ravalli County men charged with baiting, killing 9 black bears

HAMILTON — In what’s being called one of the largest illegal bear cases in state history, three Ravalli County men have been charged with illegally killing at least nine black bears with the aid of bait.

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Search turns up last $5K missing from Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

Search turns up last $5K missing from Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

HAMILTON — Ravalli County officials have found the missing money.

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Section of Bitterroot River with dangerous dam to reopen Monday

Section of Bitterroot River with dangerous dam to reopen Monday

HAMILTON – A section of the Bitterroot River closed in April due to safety concerns at an irrigation dam will reopen Monday, July 7, with a number of new signs warning boaters of the dangers lurking there.

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Pilot killed in Lost Trail crash was ferrying antique plane to Montana

Pilot killed in Lost Trail crash was ferrying antique plane to Montana

LOST TRAIL PASS — Scott and Sadie Grasser will never forget the sound an airplane makes when it crashes.

June 19, 2014 7:18 am Photos

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Plane crash

Plane crash

Ravalli County Airport manager Page Gough listens into a discussion between National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis and Federal Aviation Administration investigator Jeffrey Simmons at the scene of a fatal airplane crash in the Lost Trail Ski Area's parking lot. The fier…

June 19, 2014 7:19 am
Final audit: Ravalli County treasurer's office 'in disarray,' but no evidence of fraud

Final audit: Ravalli County treasurer's office 'in disarray,' but no evidence of fraud

HAMILTON — A final report from a Butte accounting firm hired to examine the books and accounts of the Ravalli County treasurer’s office was released Tuesday.

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Sheriff: Hamilton student accused of graduation shooting threat will get mental-health help

HAMILTON — Reports that a youth who allegedly threatened to shoot students at the Hamilton High School graduation was turned away from checking himself into a crisis mental health center has created a stir in the community.

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Ravalli County voters oust incumbent commissioners, treasurer

Ravalli County voters oust incumbent commissioners, treasurer

HAMILTON – The Ravalli County commission will have two new members following Tuesday’s primary vote.

June 04, 2014 10:29 am Photos

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Ravalli County voting

Ravalli County voting

Ravalli County voters turned out in steady numbers for the Tuesday primary election.

June 04, 2014 10:31 am
Ravalli County seeks sanctions against treasurer for alleged overreach

Ravalli County seeks sanctions against treasurer for alleged overreach

HAMILTON — Ravalli County has asked the court to impose sanctions on the county’s interim treasurer, Valerie Stamey, for an alleged overreach and misuse of a subpoena.

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Lost California man rescued in Bitterroot Mountains

VICTOR – A lost hiker with a hurt ankle needed a military helicopter to rescue him Sunday in Bear Creek, west of Victor.

May 27, 2014 4:10 pmLoading…
Frank McCauley

Frank McCauley

Frank McCauley of Hamilton will serve as the parade marshal for the 94th annual Corvallis Memorial Day Parade. McCauley, 97, believes he is the only surviving WWII fighter ace.

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Veteran may be last living World War II fighting ace

Veteran may be last living World War II fighting ace

CORVALLIS — It’s been more than 70 years since Frank McCauley first stepped into the cockpit of the P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter he named “Rat Racer.”

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Underwear-only driver charged with felony criminal endangerment

CORVALLIS — A man dressed only in underwear, socks and a sleeveless T-shirt was arrested on Easter evening after nearly causing a head-on collision while driving without headlights.

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Ravalli County spends $70K investigating embattled treasurer

Ravalli County spends $70K investigating embattled treasurer

HAMILTON – Following the advice of the county attorney, Ravalli County commissioners made no moves Thursday to change the status of the county’s embattled interim treasurer, Valerie Stamey.

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OSHA to cite Missoula roofing company after worker's death

MISSOULA — A Missoula contractor may face a federal citation for failing to report in a timely manner a roofing accident that killed a Bonner man.

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Louie Tuminaro Jr. earns a black belt

Louie Tuminaro Jr. earns a black belt

Louie Tuminaro Jr. goes through the moves of earning a black belt while his sister, Nicole, watches from the sidelines. The event was filmed for potential inclusion in a new reality show for the Outdoor Channel about the New York family's new life in Montana.

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Louie Tuminaro and his wife, Teressa

Louie Tuminaro and his wife, Teressa

Louie Tuminaro and his wife, Teressa, are getting used to talking in front a camera as a Corvallis-based production company begins filming a new reality television show about the New York natives living in Montana for the Outdoor Channel.

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Judge's report: No evidence of crimes by Ravalli County treasurer

Judge's report: No evidence of crimes by Ravalli County treasurer

HAMILTON – Retired District Judge Nels Swandal said there were problems in the Ravalli County treasurer’s office, but his just-released eight-page investigative report found nothing criminal.

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2 rafters, dog survive after going into water at Bitterroot River dam

2 rafters, dog survive after going into water at Bitterroot River dam

CORVALLIS — Rescue volunteers responded to a call of two men in the water at a dangerous diversion dam on the Bitterroot River on Tuesday afternoon.

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Bitterroot wolf numbers remain steady; slight upswing in northern reaches

Bitterroot wolf numbers remain steady; slight upswing in northern reaches

MISSOULA — While wolf numbers are expected to remain relatively stable in the Bitterroot watershed, a state biologist said densities of the predator have been on a bit of an the upswing in the valley’s northern reaches.

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Two weeks after her 12th birthday, girl bags her first mountain lion

Two weeks after her 12th birthday, girl bags her first mountain lion

DARBY – Taylor Wohlers was 3 years old when she experienced her first mountain lion hunt. It was something she never forgot.

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Taylor Wohlers of Darby

Taylor Wohlers of Darby

Taylor Wohlers of Darby poses with the mountain lion she shot last week while hunting with her father, Ben, near Sula. She has been mountain lion hunting with her dad since she was 3 years old.

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Ravalli County jail inmate, officers sickened by exhaust leak

HAMILTON — The Ravalli County Commission will take a hard look at replacing at least one of the boilers that serves the county detention center after an exhaust leak sent two officers and a prisoner to the hospital Sunday.

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Albert and Lila Douglas share the irrigation pipe moving chore

Albert and Lila Douglas share the irrigation pipe moving chore

Albert and Lila Douglas share the irrigation pipe moving chore on their place on Bell Crossing. Now in their 80s, the couple has been working side by side to keep their homesite looking beautiful for the past 21 years. “It’s been a blessing for us,” Lila said, during a break. “”We love the m…

July 27, 2013 11:45 pm
Survey shows elk numbers increase in Bitterroot region

Survey shows elk numbers increase in Bitterroot region

Elk numbers are on the rise in the Bitterroot.

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Missoula birder sights rare Baikal teal

Missoula birder sights rare Baikal teal

MISSOULA -- Radd Icenoggle’s Sunday night search for a screech owl turned into something far more after spotting a bird species never seen before in Montana.

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No wolves caught in 1st weekend of Montana trapping season

No wolves caught in 1st weekend of Montana trapping season

Montana wolf trappers came up empty on the first weekend of the state’s new wolf trapping season.

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Lightning ignites 60-acre blaze in Bitterroot National Forest

Lightning ignites 60-acre blaze in Bitterroot National Forest

WEST FORK - A lightning-sparked wildfire burned actively in heavy timber and rugged country on the West Fork of the Bitterroot Saturday, and firefighters offered little hope for a quick fix.

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No large fires burning in Western Montana, but risk is rising

Western Montana seems to have misplaced its ticket to the bonfire season that’s torching the eastern half of the state, but fire officials remain braced for trouble over the Fourth of July week.

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Bid to stop Rockies wolf hunt denied -- for now

Bid to stop Rockies wolf hunt denied -- for now

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency injunction that would have stopped wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains.

October 18, 2011 4:30 pm Photos

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Group looks at restoration of forest land

MISSOULA - Since 2002, six of 11 Western states have set records for the amount of acreage burned in a single season.

October 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Rocky Front plan emphasizes solitude

MISSOULA - Hikers, horsemen and backcountry hunters will find plenty of quiet along the Rocky Mountain Front if a new U.S. Forest Service travel management plan passes muster.

October 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guide provides close look at Front

MISSOULA - Almost any Montanan can tell you the Rocky Mountain Front is a spectacular place to visit.

September 25, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Rattlesnake Wilderness hunt not easy, but chance for success is high

The early elk hunt in the Rattlesnake Wilderness isn't for everyone.

September 12, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Lake provides plenty of bites

Lake provides plenty of bites

FLATHEAD LAKE - At this rate, Charlie Davis may just live forever.

September 09, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Lake provides plenty of bites

Lake provides plenty of bites

Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional fisheries manager Jim Vashro nets a nice lake whitefish for PJ Schmit on a recent fishing trip on Flathead Lake. The annual summer bite for whitefish is starting to taper off a bit, but Vashro said it's too early to quit.

September 09, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Plea deal for alleged motorcycle assault disappoints hikers

MISSOULA - A Stevensville man charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly popping a wheelie and running his motorcycle over a hiker has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in Idaho.

September 08, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Group scrambles to save bits of Milltown Dam history

Group scrambles to save bits of Milltown Dam history

MILLTOWN - With their eyes on a 19-ton generator and thousands of pounds of other gear stashed inside the Milltown Dam powerhouse, members of the Milltown Superfund Site Redevelopment Working Group are dreaming big.

August 10, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Burgeoning Ravalli County grapples with outlaw ATV riders

DARBY - Bill Burgund can't forget the day he was run over by an outlaw ATV rider.

June 23, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Missoula resident experiences international finance

Missoula resident experiences international finance

MISSOULA - Eric Parmelee is an engineer who lives in a comfortable house on a quiet street in Missoula with his wife, Sonja, and a pair of busy terriers.

March 17, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Missoula resident experiences international finance

Missoula resident experiences international finance

Eric Parmelee, of Missoula, is one of thousands who have taken the plunge into the world of microfinance. "It's really the most rewarding thing I've ever done," he said.

March 17, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Family learns native squirrels can be surprisingly smart

Family learns native squirrels can be surprisingly smart

"Tcht, tcht, tcht, tcht, tcht, tcht," chirps Chris Roberts. "Wakey, wakey, wakey, come and get your treats."

March 09, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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