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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.

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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
Crews dump 37,000 pounds of spoiled chicken in Missoula landfill; suspect identified

Crews dump 37,000 pounds of spoiled chicken in Missoula landfill; suspect identified

MISSOULA — The truckload of rotting chickens abandoned at a truck stop west of Missoula was dumped in a landfill Friday morning.

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How to dispose of 37,000 pounds of rotting chicken? Montana health department looks for solution

How to dispose of 37,000 pounds of rotting chicken? Montana health department looks for solution

WYE — The roughly 37,000 pounds of rotting chicken in a semi trailer at the Wye may be a little harder to get rid of than originally hoped.

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Miller Creek fire blackens 152 acres, but firefighters hold line

Miller Creek fire blackens 152 acres, but firefighters hold line

MISSOULA — The grass fire that raced up Upper Miller Creek Road’s northside hill blackened more than 152 acres and reminded Missoulians the 2014 fire season still has some bite.

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Montana principal resigns amid scandal, to get $90K buyout

Montana principal resigns amid scandal, to get $90K buyout

MISSOULA — Former Sentinel High School principal Tom Blakely has resigned from the Missoula County Public Schools district, after being placed on leave for an undisclosed incident involving another administrator.

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Overheated muffler sparks 152-acre fire near Missoula

Overheated muffler sparks 152-acre fire near Missoula

The grass fire that raced up Upper Miller Creek Road’s northside hill blackened more than 152 acres and reminded Missoulians the 2014 fire season still has some bite.

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Cold Lakes is too easy to love too much

Cold Lakes is too easy to love too much

CONDON – It’s easy to find Cold Lakes on the U.S. Forest Service’s Mission Mountains Wilderness map: They’re the ones rimmed with reddish-pink ink in the otherwise deep-green wilderness zone.

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Wacky late-summer weather may pinch western Montana growers

MISSOULA — What was shaping up to be a great growing year took some unexpected hits as fall 2014 approached.

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Mark Heintzelman named publisher of the Missoulian

Mark Heintzelman named publisher of the Missoulian

MISSOULA — After getting his start in the newspaper business 17 years ago in Missoula, Mark Heintzelman has returned to become publisher of the Missoulian.

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Straight Creek: An easy introduction to Bob Marshall

Straight Creek: An easy introduction to Bob Marshall

AUGUSTA – Straight Creek sounds like a failure of imagination in naming, until you understand the peculiar nature of strike valleys.

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Whitewater Falls: Short hike offers a small taste of Front

Whitewater Falls: Short hike offers a small taste of Front

AUGUSTA – As appetizers go, Whitewater Falls makes a great introduction to the banquet of backcountry behind it.

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Fish Creek: Williams Peak reigns over state park

Fish Creek: Williams Peak reigns over state park

RIVULET — You can’t see the fish of Fish Creek from the Williams Peak fire lookout, but you can scan the whole of Montana’s second-largest state park.

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Montana counties gain voice in federal land management via growth plans

Montana counties gain voice in federal land management via growth plans

An old political joke holds that where you stand depends on where you sit.

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Straight Creek

Straight Creek

Young trees are about shoulder-high in the burn zones of the 1988 Canyon Creek fire along Straight Creek in the Scapegoat Wilderness.

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Trapper Peak's wicked looks are a bit deceiving

Trapper Peak's wicked looks are a bit deceiving

DARBY – We think of mountains as solid, singular things. But what if they’re really just tall piles of little rocks?

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Harrison Lake is a place few get to see

Harrison Lake is a place few get to see

WEST GLACIER — On some hikes, you never cross a contour line but feel like you’ve still climbed a mountain.

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Suspect arrested, charged with vicious downtown Missoula attack

MISSOULA — Missoula police recognized a suspect from a vicious December assault in a bar last Saturday and arrested him after a downtown foot chase.

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Expert teaches UM students cybersecurity basics — lock picking

Expert teaches UM students cybersecurity basics — lock picking

MISSOULA — The best cybersecurity system in the world isn’t worth a floppy disk if it can be defeated by a child’s birthday balloon.

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Charles M. Russell NWR: Landscape holds secrets, dangers

Charles M. Russell NWR: Landscape holds secrets, dangers

LEWISTOWN – There is no heart of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, but there is a circulatory system.

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Welcome Creek: Wilderness protects Rock Creek headwaters

Welcome Creek: Wilderness protects Rock Creek headwaters

ROCK CREEK — There was a lot of debate about including Welcome Creek in this list of 50 Wild Places in Montana.

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Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls

Distant Whitewater Falls invites hikers into the spectacular offerings of the Scapegoat Wilderness on the far side of Crown Mountain.

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Rock Island Lakes

Rock Island Lakes

Rock islands really do punctuate the Rock Island Lakes beneath 10,621-foot Homer Youngs Peak in the Beaverhead Mountains.

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Harrison Lake

Harrison Lake

Moose don’t see many humans at remote Harrison Lake on Glacier National Park’s southwest fringe.

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Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

The seemingly endless grasslands of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge have attracted generations of big-game hunters, but the area’s scenic beauty is available year-round.

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Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

THOMPSON FALLS — To Jennifer Fielder, most problems on Montana’s landscape would be fixed by getting rid of an absentee landlord.

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Darby’s rises and falls seen in the lives of 3 men who shaped its course

Darby’s rises and falls seen in the lives of 3 men who shaped its course

DARBY – This little town full of big characters has made more than its share of news since Lewis and Clark met the Salish Indians nearby in 1805.

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Star Peak trail

Star Peak trail

The Clark Fork River widens downstream of Noxon Rapids Dam, below the Star Peak trail in the Scotchman Peaks north of Heron.

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Star Peak: Lookout sits atop proposed wilderness

Star Peak: Lookout sits atop proposed wilderness

HERON – A wannabe wilderness in Montana’s northwest corner has plenty of real wild country for those wishing a remote experience.

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Bonanza Lakes: Finding trail challenges patience

Bonanza Lakes: Finding trail challenges patience

SUPERIOR – It’s humbling how many times you can miss the trail on a 2.5-mile hike.

August 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Bonanza Lakes

Bonanza Lakes

The trail to Bonanza Lakes goes up and around several basins in the Great Burn area along the Montana-Idaho border.

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Dearborn River: Tale of three rivers rolled into one

Dearborn River: Tale of three rivers rolled into one

CRAIG — The Dearborn River offers your paddling Goldilocks a classic three-bears set of options.

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Tester, others say transferring federal lands would burden Montana

Tester, others say transferring federal lands would burden Montana

MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and a panel of advocates argued against proposals to transfer federal lands to state or private ownership during a Missoula visit on Tuesday.

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Western Montana researchers work to develop Ebola vaccines

Western Montana researchers work to develop Ebola vaccines

MISSOULA — As the death toll from an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa exceeds 700 people, help may come from western Montana.

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Kootenai Canyon trail

Kootenai Canyon trail

Secluded benches above the Kootenai Canyon trail make great camping sites in the wilderness west of Stevensville.

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Kootenai Canyon: Bitterroot canyon offers fun all year

Kootenai Canyon: Bitterroot canyon offers fun all year

STEVENSVILLE — Kootenai Canyon has a dedicated, year-round fan club whose members rarely meet.

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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.

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Bountiful beargrass bloom underway this year in Montana

Bountiful beargrass bloom underway this year in Montana

LOLO PASS — The closing act of an outstanding beargrass performance awaits anyone willing to travel 6,000 feet above sea level.

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Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

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Milltown the backdrop for governor's message on forest health, parks, timber mills

BONNER – Looking over the bluff at Milltown State Park, Gov. Steve Bullock said a new state forestry management effort should improve more than just timberlands.

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