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Montana man pleads guilty in hash oil explosion case

HAMILTON — A California man whose attempt to use butane to brew a batch of hash oil resulted in an explosion that badly burned a Hamilton teenager in May has pleaded guilty to felony drug charges.

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Montana woman arrested for DUI with 6-year-old grandson on board

MISSOULA — A Victor woman who allegedly took her 6-year-old grandson for a drive while she was impaired is facing a felony criminal endangerment charge.

October 10, 2014 12:15 pmLoading…
Ravalli County Commission candidate says he didn't try to silence mother of molested girl

Ravalli County Commission candidate says he didn't try to silence mother of molested girl

STEVENSVILLE — Ravalli County Commission candidate Doug Schallenberger said Thursday that he has no tolerance for child abuse and would never stand in the way of the judicial system.

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Investigators say exploding targets caused wildfire in Bitterroot

Investigators say exploding targets caused wildfire in Bitterroot

FLORENCE — The wildfire that displaced two mountain lion cubs late last month in the Sapphire Mountains was caused by an exploding target detonated by a target shooter in a state wildlife management area.

September 28, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Sphinx Mountain and The Helmet: Two very distinctive landmarks

Sphinx Mountain and The Helmet: Two very distinctive landmarks

ENNIS – There’s nothing quite like Sphinx Mountain in all of the Madison Range.

September 21, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Ch-paa-qn is 'shining peak' standing west of Missoula

Ch-paa-qn is 'shining peak' standing west of Missoula

NINEMILE – Before you lace up your boots and strap on a backpack to climb the lone mountain soaring on Missoula’s western horizon, it’s probably a good idea to know how to pronounce the peak’s name you’re about to scale.

September 20, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Sheriff's sale

Sheriff's sale

Ravalli County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Colgan and Civil Clerk Carla Larson complete the sheriff’s sale of former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s home Thursday. Bitterroot Valley Bank’s representative, Richard Weber, offered the only bid.

September 12, 2014 7:27 am
Madison Range's Sphinx Mountain

Madison Range's Sphinx Mountain

Hikers headed toward the summit of the Madison Range’s Sphinx Mountain get to enjoy remarkable views of The Helmet.

September 11, 2014 9:54 amLoading…
Ch-paa-qn

Ch-paa-qn

The top of Ch-paa-qn offers a panoramic view of the Mission, Couer d'Alene, Swan and Bitterroot mountain ranges.

September 09, 2014 6:55 pmLoading…
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

From a vantage outside the closed gates of the national park, peaks in Glacier reflect in the Flathead River.

September 09, 2014 5:45 pm
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

From a vantage outside the closed gates of the national park, peaks in Glacier reflect in the Flathead River.

September 04, 2014 9:28 am

Pregnant Hamilton woman charged with endangering baby

HAMILTON — A Hamilton woman who has been charged in three separate felony cases since last September is now facing a felony criminal endangerment charge for putting her unborn child at risk by taking illegal drugs.

August 28, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell

Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell

Nathan Borg speaks with Roger Mikesell about the problems he’s had with elk and deer eating his bales of hay. Borg is the new Bitterroot Valley-based biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

August 24, 2014 12:03 pmLoading…
FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

MISSOULA — Every year, sportsmen from all over the country make thousands of inquiries to state wildlife biologists on topics ranging from clarifications on hunting regulations to tips on places to go.

August 24, 2014 12:02 pmLoading…

Victor man facing felony DUI charges after ruckus along river

An alleged drunken confrontation along the Bitterroot River led to felony DUI charges for a Victor man.

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Red Rock Lakes: Refuge home to swans and more

MONIDA – In 1932, trumpeter swans were close to becoming a sad page in a history book.

August 20, 2014 9:08 am
Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

MELROSE — Mountain goats, three crystal-clear lakes filled with trout, and a short side trip to see historic charcoal kilns are waiting for those willing to navigate a narrow mountain road into southwest Montana’s Pioneer Mountains.

August 19, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Logging operations

Logging operations

Logging operations are seen at the Bitterroot National Forest’s Bass Creek Recreation Area in June 2013.

August 14, 2014 11:40 am
Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake in the Pioneer Mountains is a place to find solitude and some good fishing.

August 07, 2014 10:36 am
Andrea Shortsleeve

Andrea Shortsleeve

Bitterroot National Forest wildlife biologist Andrea Shortsleeve collects information from a bat acoustic monitoring site near the Painted Rocks Reservoir.

July 20, 2014 11:34 pm
Bitterroot researchers listen, gather data on bats

Bitterroot researchers listen, gather data on bats

PAINTED ROCKS — There was a time when the bats in the Bitterroot were something of a mystery.

July 20, 2014 11:05 pmLoading…
Richard Barber of Manhattan

Richard Barber of Manhattan

Richard Barber of Manhattan has been searching for answers from Remington ever since his son was killed when a rifle accidentally went off when his wife unloaded it in 2000.

July 07, 2014 5:05 pm

California motorcyclist leads deputies on high-speed chase

HAMILTON — A California man is facing two felony counts of criminal endangerment after allegedly leading law officers on a chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph.

June 18, 2014 1:57 pmLoading…
Lost Trail plane crash

Lost Trail plane crash

This is the scene this morning of the site of Tuesday's plane crash in the parking lot at Lost Trail Pass.

June 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Hamilton firefighters respond to 1st grass fire of June, warn of dry conditions

Hamilton Volunteer Fire Fighters responded to their first grass fire in June. Fire Chief Brad Mohn said if the weather continues to remain dry, there could be a lot more of these to come. “We had a nice wet spring, which allowed the grass in the low levels of the valley really grow,” he said…

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Poached wolf overcame odds to reach Montana

STEVENSVILLE — OR-18 made history of sorts before it took a bullet on the last day of May in the Sapphire Mountains.

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge: New rule looks to curb bear, human interaction

Backcountry enthusiasts who enjoy stays on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the entire Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness will need to be more bear-aware this year.

May 31, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…

Salish-Pend d’Oreille cultural leader brings lesson to Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON — “I think the Creator made each one of us different for a reason.”

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Bird day

Bird day

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated in Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone on May 17.

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Ravalli County commissioner alleges intimidation by sheriff

HAMILTON – Ravalli County Commissioner Suzy Foss says the county’s sheriff backed her into a wall and verbally intimidated her in a crowded hallway last month.

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Veterans’ files removed from center have been returned

HAMILTON — About 200 veterans’ files removed by an employee of the Valley Veterans Service Center just before his arrest for allegedly making threats against the president were returned this week.

April 17, 2014 12:10 pmLoading…

Veterans center employee may have records

HAMILTON — A former Valley Veterans Service Center employee charged with making threats against President Barack Obama removed virtually every file from the center before his arrest last week.

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Veterans Services Center employee arrested after threatening president

Veterans Services Center employee arrested after threatening president

HAMILTON — A Valley Veterans Service Center employee has been arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for threatening the president following an investigation that temporarily closed the Hamilton-based organization.

April 07, 2014 5:07 pmLoading…
Valerie Stamey

Valerie Stamey

Stamey

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FBI launches investigation into Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

FBI launches investigation into Ravalli County Treasurer's Office

HAMILTON – One investigation into the troubled Ravalli County Treasurer’s Office has concluded and another one – this by the FBI – was confirmed to have started this week.

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Ravalli County commissioners OK lawsuit against interim treasurer

Ravalli County commissioners OK lawsuit against interim treasurer

HAMILTON — Ravalli County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to direct the county attorney’s office to file a lawsuit against interim treasurer Valerie Stamey.

March 11, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
65 elk collared; study underway in Sapphire Mountains

65 elk collared; study underway in Sapphire Mountains

STEVENSVILLE — The trackers are now officially on the trail of the wapiti that call the North Sapphire Mountains home.

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A blizzard warning didn't slow Bitterroot Valley ranchers in their morning feeding chores.

February 28, 2014 3:42 pm
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Chuck Preston of Stevensville didn't let a little wind and snow slow him down from getting his animals fed Friday morning.

February 28, 2014 3:42 pm
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022814 corvallis icicle

Ten-year-old Gregory Perez was ready for a school day of show-and-tell after finding an icicle nearly as tall as he. Perez was packing his prize to Corvallis Elementary on Tuesday morning as the rest of the community dug out for another large snowfall.

February 27, 2014 12:21 pm
Barn

Barn

Lee Metcalf Refuge.

February 26, 2014 2:02 pm
Lee Metcalf Refuge

Lee Metcalf Refuge

Lee Metcalf Refuge.

February 26, 2014 2:02 pm
Norm Williams

Norm Williams

Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams looks over the spot where he found the body of 61-year-old Linda Shelley . A 24-hour convenience store was just a short walk away.

February 24, 2014 12:03 pm
'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

'It broke our heart': Woman's death from exposure in Hamilton brings sadness

HAMILTON — Hamilton Police Officer Norm Williams remembers the cold, hard rain that fell on the day they found her.

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Teamster and his draft horses keep sleigh skills alive along Lolo Creek

Teamster and his draft horses keep sleigh skills alive along Lolo Creek

LOLO — Waylon and Willie are a patient sort.

February 17, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Auditor finds Ravalli County treasurer hasn't fulfilled duties

Auditor finds Ravalli County treasurer hasn't fulfilled duties

HAMILTON – An independent auditing firm said Friday that it is clear the office of the Ravalli County treasurer has not fulfilled its duties.

February 15, 2014 1:11 pmLoading…
Valerie Stamey

Valerie Stamey

Ravalli County treasurer Valerie Stamey.

February 15, 2014 1:12 pmLoading…
Hunting for healing: Montana Mallards takes wounded vet on waterfowl hunt at Teller Wildlife Refuge

Hunting for healing: Montana Mallards takes wounded vet on waterfowl hunt at Teller Wildlife Refuge

At the end of a duck hunt that began with a prayer about healing, Jason Baker gave Marine veteran Ike Zahn a hug in celebration after the pair managed to bag their limit in a few hours at the Teller Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis. Zahn lost a portion of his leg to an IED in Afghanistan.

January 11, 2014 2:58 pm
Hunting for healing: Montana Mallards takes wounded vet on waterfowl hunt at Teller Wildlife Refuge

Hunting for healing: Montana Mallards takes wounded vet on waterfowl hunt at Teller Wildlife Refuge

Jason Baker of the non-profit organization, Montana Mallards, encourages his dog to hand over a duck at the Teller Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis.

January 11, 2014 2:53 pm

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