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Montana man gets 200 years in prison for impregnating 11-year-old

Montana man gets 200 years in prison for impregnating 11-year-old

HAMILTON — A 55-year-old Stevensville man who impregnated an 11-year-old girl under his care was sentenced to 200 years in prison Wednesday.

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Man charged with felony after weekend standoff in Hamilton

Man charged with felony after weekend standoff in Hamilton

HAMILTON — A 34-year-old man who held police at bay for nearly 20 hours in Hamilton over the weekend will appear on felony criminal endangerment charges in Ravalli County Justice Court on Tuesday.

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2 charged with Three Mile fire that orphaned mountain lions

2 charged with Three Mile fire that orphaned mountain lions

HAMILTON — Felony arson charges have been filed against two people who allegedly started a wildfire that orphaned two mountain lion cubs last summer by shooting an exploding target on a state game range.

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Darby man faces 5 felony charges for bear poaching

Darby man faces 5 felony charges for bear poaching

HAMILTON — A Darby man charged with five felonies in a bear poaching case appeared last week in Ravalli County Justice Court.

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Last puppies rescued from Montana breeding mill headed to new homes

Last puppies rescued from Montana breeding mill headed to new homes

HAMILTON — The last of 15 Labrador puppies rescued in December by the Thompson River Animal Care Shelter from an alleged puppy mill operation in Plains will be in their new homes by the weekend.

January 07, 2015 9:56 am Photos

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Wanda Thorpe

Wanda Thorpe

Wanda Thorpe, founder of the Thompson Falls shelter that rescued 31 Labrador retrievers from an alleged puppy mill earlier this month, holds one of the puppies just outside a Corvallis veterinary clinic Tuesday. The last of the 15 rescued puppies were neutered Tuesday and will be delivered t…

January 07, 2015 9:16 am
Lab puppy

Lab puppy

Two of the black Labrador puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Plains enjoy a little bit of fresh air at a veterinary clinic just outside of Corvallis on Tuesday. The puppies were neutered Tuesday and are expected to be in their homes by the end of the week.

January 07, 2015 9:17 am
Lab puppy

Lab puppy

One of the eight Labrador puppies brought to a Corvallis veterinary clinic Tuesday appeared happy to be outside of its crate. The puppy was one of 15 rescued from an alleged Plains puppy mill earlier this month.

January 07, 2015 9:17 am
Propane prices plummet to summertime rates

Propane prices plummet to summertime rates

VICTOR — Eric Antrim has never seen a time when propane prices in the dead of winter nearly matched heavily discounted summertime prices for the fuel.

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Hamilton teen sentenced for commencement shooting threat

HAMILTON — A teenager charged with threatening to shoot and kill students at last spring’s Hamilton High School commencement will be required to continue mental health therapy under terms of a sentence filed Wednesday.

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Montana mom accused of inhaling canned air with kids

HAMILTON — A Hamilton woman already facing charges of providing alcohol to a minor last spring is now charged with two felony counts for allegedly inhaling canned air with her own children.

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Hamilton church gifts $30,000 in food, gifts to community

HAMILTON — A little over two weeks ago, Canyon View Church Pastor Jim Smith received a challenge.

December 28, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Audra Geneau and her children, Blaize and Francesca

Audra Geneau and her children, Blaize and Francesca

Audra Geneau stands with two of her children, Blaize and Francesca, in front of the home that her husband, Jeff, poured his heart into building before he was tragically killed in a firearm accident. The family hopes to find a way to keep the couple’s dream alive. A memorial fund for the fami…

December 23, 2014 10:58 am
Family needs help saving ranch after accidental shooting death of dad

Family needs help saving ranch after accidental shooting death of dad

GRAVES CREEK — The Geneau family was filled with dreams when they first pulled on their gloves and started clearing a spot in the woods where their home would stand.

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Small manufacturing where timber used to be

Small manufacturing where timber used to be

HAMILTON — The economy of the Bitterroot Valley appears to be on the upswing, but there are still some speed bumps that will have to be negotiated.

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Coroner's inquest: Ravalli County deputy justified in fatal shooting of Hamilton man

HAMILTON — A coroner's jury today found that Ravalli County Sheriff's Deputy Tod Wofford was justified in the shooting death of Lonnie Gene Roberts.

December 15, 2014 3:40 pm

2 pay fines, restitution on deer poaching charges

MISSOULA — A Hamilton woman and her cousin from California recently split a bill of more than $10,000 for illegally killing a trophy buck deer off Little Sleeping Child Road.

December 10, 2014 12:10 pmLoading…
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Bitterroot Valley builders are seeing an upswing in home construction projects. Single-family residence were up 34 percent from the year before.

December 08, 2014 11:12 am
Caught! Bitterroot cameras find wolverines, lions and eagles

Caught! Bitterroot cameras find wolverines, lions and eagles

WEST FORK – There’s no telling just what might show up when you take a road-killed deer leg and tie it up in a tree in the middle of the woods. For the last two winters, that’s just what Bitterroot National Forest wildlife biologist Andrea Shortsleeve has done in an attempt to better underst…

December 07, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Hamilton woman allegedly breaks into home with hatchet

MISSOULA — A Hamilton woman allegedly used her hatchet to break into a home in the middle of the night and then called authorities to say she’d done so because she was lost.

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Heidi and Kara Kestrel

Heidi and Kara Kestrel

Heidi and Kara Kestrel were the first same-sex couple in Ravalli County to receive their marriage license after a court order struck down the ban on gay marriage last week. They were married in Missoula, with their 6-year-old son as their only witness. "We are pleased that this guy can now b…

December 01, 2014 9:10 am
Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Rocky Mountain Laboratories

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines visits with Dave Dorward of Rocky Mountain Laboratories during a tour of the Hamilton facility in September.

November 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Hamilton scientist who discovered cause of Lyme disease dies

Hamilton scientist who discovered cause of Lyme disease dies

HAMILTON – To the world, Willy Burgdorfer will always be remembered as the scientist who discovered the cause of Lyme disease.

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Inquest scheduled in fatal shooting by Ravalli County deputy

HAMILTON — A coroner’s inquest has been scheduled for Dec. 8 in the death of 47-year-old Lonnie Gene Roberts.

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Stevensville man gets 22 ½ years in prison for raping girls

Stevensville man gets 22 ½ years in prison for raping girls

HAMILTON — A 24-year-old Stevensville man was sentenced Thursday to 22 1/2 years in the Montana State Prison, with an additional 22 ½ years suspended, for repeatedly raping two young girls.

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Hamilton Veterans Day event organizer arrested on fugitive from justice warrant

HAMILTON — The organizer of a major Veterans Day event in Hamilton was arrested Tuesday on a $1 million fugitive from justice warrant out of California.

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Former SEAL, Billings native wounded in action taken on first elk hunt

Former SEAL, Billings native wounded in action taken on first elk hunt

For close to five hours, Bo Reichenbach had stayed prone against the cold earth while watching for movement in the valley below. It was the seventh day of a scheduled six-day elk hunting trip in the Big Belt Mountains and the fatigue had settled deep into each and every one of them.

November 10, 2014 10:44 am Photos

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Old Stevensville mill site to house new wood products company

Old Stevensville mill site to house new wood products company

STEVENSVILLE – Sawdust and Stevensville have been part of Lindsy Bean’s family tree for at least three generations.

November 09, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…
Lindsy Bean and her husband, Nathan

Lindsy Bean and her husband, Nathan

At the old mill site that her father, Jim Edinger, started on the edge of Stevensville, Lindsy Bean and her husband, Nathan, are staking their future on a couple of innovative wood products they hope will become commonplace across the country.

November 09, 2014 10:26 am
Uproar over tickets: Parking woes in small Montana town focus of Monday meeting

Uproar over tickets: Parking woes in small Montana town focus of Monday meeting

HAMILTON — Parking in downtown Hamilton has always been an issue that’s challenged business owners and their patrons alike.

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Brian Perschlea

Brian Perschlea

Brian Perschlea, of Darby, works to chip out a cup that will become a handcrafted joint in a log rafter under construction at Victor's Bitterroot Valley Log and Timber.

October 27, 2014 8:44 am
Exchange Easy Rider

Exchange Easy Rider

Pauline "Frankie" Birnn of Darby gives her friend and companion, Jugs, a treat in hopes that her dog would strike a pose for a photograph.

October 25, 2014 3:33 pm

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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Wildlife, fly fishermen mark scenery along Bitterroot River

Wildlife, fly fishermen mark scenery along Bitterroot River

Fly fishermen – with their armadas of rubber boats filled with anglers dressed in khaki vests and chest waders – are the iconic Bitterroot River’s own symbol.

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Bitterroot Icons: Bitterroot River

Bitterroot Icons: Bitterroot River

Fishermen enjoy a perfect day on the Bitterroot River. Every year, the river attracts thousands of anglers to the Bitterroot Valley in hopes of finding that lunker lurking just under the surface.

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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.

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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.

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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.

August 23, 2014 11:51 amLoading…

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