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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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avalanche monitors are reporting dangerous snow conditions for much of the Flathead National Forest’s mountain areas.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — Owners of cabins on national forest lands throughout Montana celebrated on Thursday after passage of the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act.
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.
MISSOULA — The guilty verdict in Markus Kaarma’s deliberate homicide trial on Wednesday encouraged advocates against gun violence, but left others convinced Montana’s gun laws worked properly.
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.
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.
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.
A grizzly crouches in the grass.
MISSOULA — Northern Continental Divide grizzly bears made it through 2014 without one dying at the hands of a game warden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — Grizzly bear experts from throughout western Montana will gather in Missoula on Tuesday to compare notes on their latest observations.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — The Clark Fork River’s winter decorator apparently got stuck somewhere between Walt Disney’s “Frozen” and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
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.
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.
POPLAR — Rosella Sky Arrow came to sing the buffalo home, but she didn’t expect them to dance.
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.
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.
People all over the world share an evening in Missoula with a cup of tea.
MISSOULA — A mountain lion is suspected in the killing of two sheep and three goats near the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — Sometimes, no news is good news at the start of hunting season.
MISSOULA — Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed.
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.
BYNUM – The Rocky Mountain Front has a few front doors, and they’re doozies.
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.
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 …
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.
MISSOULA — Missoula residents should be notified if their local hospital will receive a patient with Ebola, state and local health officials said Wednesday.
A worker clears chicken drippings from stolen semi at the Wye in Missoula.
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