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Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

MISSOULA — What perhaps seemed like a good idea at the time did some serious damage to the historic bear pen in Missoula's Greenough Park.

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Freezout Lake

Freezout Lake

A flock of snow geese prepares to land near one of the public parking areas at Freezout Lake, between Fairfield and Choteau on the Rocky Mountain Front. Migrating birds by the thousands stop at Freezout each spring on their way to northern nesting grounds. Savvy birdwatchers can also prowl t…

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Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke knew Chris Kyle, the subject of “American Sniper,” when Zinke was commander of special forces in the Fallujah area of Iraq in 2004.

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Many Glacier winter keepers share park's snowy ferocity

Many Glacier winter keepers share park's snowy ferocity

MANY GLACIER – Six months ago, David and Rebecca Wilson would have been on the wait list to get a room at Many Glacier Hotel. Today when they show up, gray jays and bighorn sheep come out to greet them. The black bear under the employee dormitory doesn’t bother to wake. They still struggle t…

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Daines, Tester try to use Keystone XL bill to block Air Force jet range

Daines, Tester try to use Keystone XL bill to block Air Force jet range

The congressional chess match over the Keystone XL pipeline added some Twister rules Friday when Montana’s senators linked it to a proposed U.S. Air Force fighter jet training range.

January 16, 2015 3:02 pm Photos

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Boone and Crockett Club warns against rise of captive deer farms

MISSOULA — Commercially raised whitetail deer are becoming a threat to real hunting and wildlife health, according to the nation’s top big-game trophy institution.

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Ice climbers find beauty on winter's least-favorite feature

Ice climbers find beauty on winter's least-favorite feature

MISSOULA — While most Missoulians were cursing the sheets of ice deposited with Monday’s freezing rain, a certain subset of the community was wondering how to increase the supply.

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While Keystone XL debate flares, other pipelines quietly progress

While Keystone XL debate flares, other pipelines quietly progress

MISSOULA — Like a lot of other dramatic bluster coming south out of Canada this winter, the Keystone XL pipeline stands poised for its big approval fight this month.

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National Park Service gets $10 million match out of Congress

National Park Service gets $10 million match out of Congress

Deep in the hundreds of pages of the National Defense Authorization Act that Congress passed on Dec. 11 was a short section called the Centennial Challenge Program.

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Missoula County sheriff's deputy run over by own patrol car on icy Interstate 90

Missoula County sheriff's deputy run over by own patrol car on icy Interstate 90

MISSOULA — A Missoula County sheriff’s deputy was injured Sunday when a motorist hit a patrol car and knocked it into him during a blizzard.

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Flathead avalanche danger reported high

Flathead avalanche danger reported high

Avalanche monitors are reporting dangerous snow conditions for much of the Flathead National Forest’s mountain areas.

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What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

MISSOULA — You’ve talked your friend/spouse/child into shouldering a heavy pack, enduring a painful blister, incurring dozens of mosquito bites, foregoing a soft bed and questioning his/her self respect and your good/evil intentions.

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Wilderness

Wilderness

As the 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act of 1964 draws to a close, Montanans still struggle to express what they mean when they say what wild country is worth.

December 21, 2014 8:10 am
Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

MISSOULA — Owners of cabins on national forest lands throughout Montana celebrated on Thursday after passage of the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act.

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East Portal

East Portal

The East Portal area of the Hiawatha/Olympian rails-to-trail area takes about an hour to reach on cross-country skis. Recent snows have made the area a great winter playground around Lookout Pass along the Montana-Idaho border.

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Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday, sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk.

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CSKT tribe, state officials reach Flathead water deal

CSKT tribe, state officials reach Flathead water deal

MISSOULA — Settling how to manage the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project has cleared the way for a larger water compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state of Montana.

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Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear

A grizzly crouches in the grass. A man accused of killing three grizzly bears near his Browning home last summer has been ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.

December 12, 2014 9:40 am
Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear

A grizzly crouches in the grass.

December 12, 2014 9:40 am
18 grizzlies die in human encounters in Montana

18 grizzlies die in human encounters in Montana

MISSOULA — Northern Continental Divide grizzly bears made it through 2014 without one dying at the hands of a game warden.

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Killing wolves could hurt, not help, livestock, study finds

Killing wolves could hurt, not help, livestock, study finds

MISSOULA — Shoot a wolf, kill a cow? That’s the counterintuitive outcome of a look at 25 years of wolf management statistics in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by a Washington researcher wondering how wolf populations might affect his state.

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Montana wilderness bill a product of last-minute horse-trading; Senate vote this week

Montana wilderness bill a product of last-minute horse-trading; Senate vote this week

Years of legislative wrangling squeezed down to hours of last-minute negotiating to get a bundle of Montana land bills into the National Defense Authorization Act last week.

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Report emphasizes collaborative success on environmental issues

Right behind a historic show of bipartisanship in the Montana congressional delegation, a new study of collaborative efforts in the state claims that playing nice together can reap big rewards.

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St. Patrick Hospital off list of U.S. Ebola treatment centers

St. Patrick Hospital off list of U.S. Ebola treatment centers

MISSOULA — St. Patrick Hospital officials stand ready to treat an Ebola patient if one shows up in Missoula, but they are not willing to be part of the national network of medical facilities accepting infected victims from overseas.

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Grizzly's 2,800-mile ramble through Montana, Idaho intrigues experts

Grizzly's 2,800-mile ramble through Montana, Idaho intrigues experts

The roomful of biologists had lots of funny ideas why Ethyl the grizzly bear logged 2,800 miles arcing from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, past Florence and Missoula and eventually up to Eureka by way of Glacier National Park.

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Ethel on the agenda: Grizzly researchers to meet Tuesday

Ethel on the agenda: Grizzly researchers to meet Tuesday

MISSOULA — Grizzly bear experts from throughout western Montana will gather in Missoula on Tuesday to compare notes on their latest observations.

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Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

MISSOULA — In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year.

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Neptune's firefighting jets await word on future Forest Service contracts

Neptune's firefighting jets await word on future Forest Service contracts

MISSOULA — Neptune Aviation’s big firefighting jets are all back in Missoula for the winter, while their owners watch the mailbox for news of their flying future.

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Floe, frazil ice decorate Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula

Floe, frazil ice decorate Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — The Clark Fork River’s winter decorator apparently got stuck somewhere between Walt Disney’s “Frozen” and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

November 23, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Bison at Fort Peck may open the way for other tribes

Bison at Fort Peck may open the way for other tribes

FORT PECK — Among the crowd watching 90 buffalo thunder into the Fort Peck Bison Pasture on Thursday were two visitors with a very special viewpoint.

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Wandering Yellowstone Park bison have lots of fans, potential homes

Wandering Yellowstone Park bison have lots of fans, potential homes

POPLAR — Pearl Yellow Hawk spent hours in the minus 13-degree sunshine watching bison burst one by one out of semitrailers and into their new home.

November 16, 2014 9:41 am Photos

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Shipment of bison arrives at Fort Peck reservation

Shipment of bison arrives at Fort Peck reservation

POPLAR — Rosella Sky Arrow came to sing the buffalo home, but she didn’t expect them to dance.

November 13, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Richard Jackson of Exeter, England

Richard Jackson of Exeter, England

Richard Jackson of Exeter, England, nearly missed his Montana elk hunt when customs officials confiscated his bullets at the airport. But Montana hunters on an Internet chatroom offered to supply both bullets and rifles to keep his hopes afloat.

November 13, 2014 10:06 am
Governor chastises EPA for delayed Libby asbestos report

Governor chastises EPA for delayed Libby asbestos report

MISSOULA — The Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to release a final report necessary for asbestos cleanup at Libby drew a rebuke from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Evening in Missoula tea takes local flavor around globe

Evening in Missoula tea takes local flavor around globe

People all over the world share an evening in Missoula with a cup of tea.

November 07, 2014 12:06 pm
Mountain lion suspected of killing sheep, goats in Pattee Canyon

Mountain lion suspected of killing sheep, goats in Pattee Canyon

MISSOULA — A mountain lion is suspected in the killing of two sheep and three goats near the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area on Tuesday.

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Proposal for Frenchtown mill cleanup due Monday

Proposal for Frenchtown mill cleanup due Monday

FRENCHTOWN — A path toward cleaning up toxic waste at the former Frenchtown pulp mill site could become clear this week, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completes initial negotiations with the parties involved.

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The former Smurfit-Stone paper mill

The former Smurfit-Stone paper mill

The former Smurfit-Stone paper mill south occupied about 3,000 acres along the Clark Fork River south of Frenchtown before it was closed in 2010 and demolition crews got busy. The EPA is investigating 141 acres of the site for toxic waste contamination.

November 03, 2014 8:48 am

Missoula County must pay $565K for inmate's death

MISSOULA — Missoula County must pay $565,500 in damages to the family of a woman who died of a seizure in the county detention center in 2009.

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Plum Creek to sell 117,000 acres at Placid Lake, Gold Creek to Nature Conservancy

Plum Creek to sell 117,000 acres at Placid Lake, Gold Creek to Nature Conservancy

MISSOULA — Plum Creek Timber Co. has agreed to sell 117,152 acres around Placid Lake and the Gold Creek drainage northeast of Missoula to the Nature Conservancy for $85 million.

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Big game appears widespread for Montana's 2014 hunting season

Big game appears widespread for Montana's 2014 hunting season

MISSOULA — Sometimes, no news is good news at the start of hunting season.

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Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change

Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change

MISSOULA — Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed.

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Fear a bigger problem than Ebola for Montana health professionals

Fear a bigger problem than Ebola for Montana health professionals

MISSOULA — In the struggle to stop an Ebola epidemic that’s killed thousands of West Africans and one person in the United States, Hamilton’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories associate director Marshall Bloom is frustrated by a different viral threat.

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Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

Volcano Reef: Blackleaf Creek opens Front door

BYNUM – The Rocky Mountain Front has a few front doors, and they’re doozies.

October 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Sun River WMA: Early protection saved land for elk

Sun River WMA: Early protection saved land for elk

AUGUSTA – Backcountry experiences usually start at a trailhead and follow a path in the dirt. Fans of the Sun River Wildlife Management Area travel more like dandelion seeds in the Rocky Mountain Front wind.

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Marshall Mountain land transfer preserves recreation potential

Marshall Mountain land transfer preserves recreation potential

EAST MISSOULA – Sometimes in big land deals, little treasures pop up. “When we acquired the Plum Creek land in the Montana Legacy Project, there were a number of surprises we found,” said Nature Conservancy lands specialist Chris Bryant. “And one of them was the top of a ski area.” The top …

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Bird, climate study forecasts all of Montana’s swan habitat could disappear by 2080

Bird, climate study forecasts all of Montana’s swan habitat could disappear by 2080

OVANDO – It was graduation day for a family of trumpeter swan cygnets on Jones Lake. After spending all spring and summer paddling about the water, the one white and three gray birds lifted off for a very wobbly, 5-minute first flight around the lake.

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Official: Missoula will be notified if hospital gets Ebola patient

Official: Missoula will be notified if hospital gets Ebola patient

MISSOULA — Missoula residents should be notified if their local hospital will receive a patient with Ebola, state and local health officials said Wednesday.

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Chicken drippings

Chicken drippings

A worker clears chicken drippings from stolen semi at the Wye in Missoula.

September 26, 2014 10:23 am

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