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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.

October 14, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 26, 2014 10:22 am Photos

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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.

September 23, 2014 8:43 am Photos

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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.

September 22, 2014 8:27 pm Photos

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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.

September 22, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Blue Mountain Lookout watches over Five Valleys

Blue Mountain Lookout watches over Five Valleys

You can’t see it, but it can see you.

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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.

September 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Federal Building has housed foresters, mail

Federal Building has housed foresters, mail

Musical chairs is a favorite game for Missoula federal agencies. Take the roundabout history of downtown’s Federal Building, for example.

September 09, 2014 4:00 pm
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.

September 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 08, 2014 10:06 am
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?

September 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 06, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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.

September 03, 2014 6:27 pmLoading…
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.

September 03, 2014 3:10 pmLoading…
Harrison Lake

Harrison Lake

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

September 03, 2014 2:54 pmLoading…
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.

September 03, 2014 2:50 pmLoading…
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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