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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. State and federal biologists reported they had a lot of challenges with bears on agricultural land — especially farm vegetable plots and the ever-popular chicken coops.
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.
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.