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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…
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.

November 20, 2014 7:11 amLoading…

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.

November 15, 2014 11:16 amLoading…
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.

September 18, 2014 12:00 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.

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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.

May 07, 2014 2:45 pmLoading…

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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