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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.
MISSOULA — The truckload of rotting chickens abandoned at a truck stop west of Missoula was dumped in a landfill Friday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — What was shaping up to be a great growing year took some unexpected hits as fall 2014 approached.
MISSOULA — After getting his start in the newspaper business 17 years ago in Missoula, Mark Heintzelman has returned to become publisher of the Missoulian.
AUGUSTA – Straight Creek sounds like a failure of imagination in naming, until you understand the peculiar nature of strike valleys.
You can’t see it, but it can see you.
AUGUSTA – As appetizers go, Whitewater Falls makes a great introduction to the banquet of backcountry behind it.
Musical chairs is a favorite game for Missoula federal agencies. Take the roundabout history of downtown’s Federal Building, for example.
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.
An old political joke holds that where you stand depends on where you sit.
Young trees are about shoulder-high in the burn zones of the 1988 Canyon Creek fire along Straight Creek in the Scapegoat Wilderness.
JACKSON — Big Hole, big mountains.
DARBY – We think of mountains as solid, singular things. But what if they’re really just tall piles of little rocks?
WEST GLACIER — On some hikes, you never cross a contour line but feel like you’ve still climbed a mountain.
MISSOULA — Missoula police recognized a suspect from a vicious December assault in a bar last Saturday and arrested him after a downtown foot chase.
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.
LEWISTOWN – There is no heart of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, but there is a circulatory system.
ROCK CREEK — There was a lot of debate about including Welcome Creek in this list of 50 Wild Places in Montana.
Distant Whitewater Falls invites hikers into the spectacular offerings of the Scapegoat Wilderness on the far side of Crown Mountain.
Rock islands really do punctuate the Rock Island Lakes beneath 10,621-foot Homer Youngs Peak in the Beaverhead Mountains.
Moose don’t see many humans at remote Harrison Lake on Glacier National Park’s southwest fringe.
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.
MISSOULA — A lot of hunters, hikers and horseback riders have problems with federal land managers in Montana, but few of them are ready to take over the job.
THOMPSON FALLS — To Jennifer Fielder, most problems on Montana’s landscape would be fixed by getting rid of an absentee landlord.