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Hong Kong man accused in Montana 'Hangover' case

Hong Kong man accused in Montana 'Hangover' case

POLSON — A judge said Wednesday he would sign a $25,000 arrest warrant for a Hong Kong man whose charging affidavit “reads like a ‘Hangover’ movie.”

January 28, 2015 5:13 pmLoading…
St. Ignatius man charged with shooting at off-duty cop

St. Ignatius man charged with shooting at off-duty cop

POLSON — A man accused of firing a pistol at an off-duty law enforcement officer in downtown St. Ignatius will be arraigned next week on a felony charge of assault with a weapon.

January 28, 2015 4:11 pmLoading…
Uncle pleads guilty to killing Ronan 3-year-old

Uncle pleads guilty to killing Ronan 3-year-old

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man on Wednesday admitted responsibility for the shooting death of a 3-year-old child in October.

January 28, 2015 3:08 pmLoading…
Differences, shared challenges highlight World Parks Congress in Australia

Differences, shared challenges highlight World Parks Congress in Australia

WEST GLACIER — The largest national park on the planet is 2 1/2 times the size of the state of Montana, and gets about 500 visitors per year.

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St. Ignatius shooting suspect tried to back over deputy in 2013

St. Ignatius shooting suspect tried to back over deputy in 2013

POLSON — No charges were filed Wednesday in connection with an alleged attempt to shoot an off-duty tribal law enforcement officer in St. Ignatius Tuesday afternoon, but the suspect in the case still had a busy day in court.

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Shots fired at off-duty tribal police officer; authorities capture suspect

Shots fired at off-duty tribal police officer; authorities capture suspect

ST. IGNATIUS — A man with multiple outstanding felony warrants allegedly fired a shot at an off-duty tribal law enforcement officer who recognized him and tried to apprehend him Tuesday afternoon in St. Ignatius.

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Shots fired at CSKT tribal officer; hunt on for suspect

ST. IGNATIUS — Law enforcement authorities are searching for a suspect who allegedly fired shots at a Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal officer this afternoon.

January 20, 2015 5:08 pmLoading…
1 wolf trapped during wolf, coyote hunt

1 wolf trapped during wolf, coyote hunt

TROUT CREEK — One wolf was trapped during a Sanders County coyote and wolf hunt Sunday.

January 19, 2015 2:58 pm Photos

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Glacier gets 21 paintings dating back to the early 1900s

Glacier gets 21 paintings dating back to the early 1900s

WEST GLACIER — If there were hard feelings when Glacier Park Inc. lost its concessionaire’s contract at Glacier National Park, they apparently didn’t linger.

January 15, 2015 9:18 am Photos

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Sanders County wolf hunt still on as protesters mobilize

Sanders County wolf hunt still on as protesters mobilize

TROUT CREEK — Registration for an organized coyote and wolf hunt in Sanders County this weekend has been moved to a still-secret location amid alleged threats to one of the original organizers and his family, while an animal rights organization says it plans to protest the hunt.

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Amtrak back on old schedule after months of middle-of-the-night service

Amtrak back on old schedule after months of middle-of-the-night service

WHITEFISH — This is a great place to visit, but — for the tens of thousands who arrive and depart by train — for the past several months it’s been an inconvenient one.

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Study: Montana 4th-highest state for embezzlement losses

Study: Montana 4th-highest state for embezzlement losses

MISSOULA — Montana’s businesses, nonprofits, government entities and other organizations had the fourth-highest risk in the nation for suffering major losses due to embezzlement in 2013, according to a newly released annual study.

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Investigation of Libby woman who killed son-in-law could take 2 weeks

Investigation of Libby woman who killed son-in-law could take 2 weeks

LIBBY — The investigation into a shooting death here the day after Christmas could take two weeks, Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe said Monday.

December 30, 2014 8:43 amLoading…
Vince Lovato

Vince Lovato

Vince Lovato, left, awaits his turn in court in October with his wife, Michelle, and attorney Mike Meloy. Lovato was arrested while taking photographs at the scene of a two-vehicle crash.

December 30, 2014 8:41 am
Lack of big game leads to coyote, wolf hunt

Lack of big game leads to coyote, wolf hunt

TROUT CREEK — One of the organizers of the first Great Montana Coyote and Wolf Hunt in Sanders County says the event — scheduled for Jan. 16-18 — took shape after local hunters noted a lack of big game in the mountains this hunting season.

December 29, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

Browning man convicted in fatal stabbing in Polson

POLSON — A Lake County jury returned a guilty verdict Monday night in the deliberate homicide trial of a Browning man who stabbed a Polson resident during a brief, racially charged encounter.

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Why not in Polson?

Why not in Polson?

POLSON — At the north end of Flathead Lake sits Bigfork, and its main drag — Electric Avenue — is packed with tourist-driven art galleries, gift shops, restaurants and a summer theater.

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Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

KALISPELL — There are two economic forecasts for the northwest corner of Montana — one for Flathead County, which remains one of the state’s fastest growing, and one for everywhere else.

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It's Montana's time for tourism

It's Montana's time for tourism

MISSOULA — If you could get every person on earth to spend just 50 cents in Montana once a year, you would pump more than $3.5 billion into the state’s economy.

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Judge will decide if convicted killer in 17-year-old case deserves new trial

Judge will decide if convicted killer in 17-year-old case deserves new trial

THOMPSON FALLS — The fate of a man who has spent more than 17 years in the Montana State Prison for a murder he has always denied committing is in the hands of state District Court Judge Jim Wheelis.

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Judge will decide if convicted killer in Trout Creek case deserves new trial

Judge will decide if convicted killer in Trout Creek case deserves new trial

THOMPSON FALLS – The fate of a man who has spent more than 17 years in the Montana State Prison for a murder he has always denied committing is in the hands of state District Court Judge Jim Wheelis.

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Innocent and imprisoned for 17 years? Convicted killer gets hearing this week

Innocent and imprisoned for 17 years? Convicted killer gets hearing this week

THOMPSON FALLS — On July 24, 1997, Richard Raugust was at work painting a house when Sanders County deputies arrived at about noon, placed him in handcuffs and said he was under arrest for the murder of his best friend.

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Montana's 'E' towns like to make big boasts

Montana's 'E' towns like to make big boasts

Our small towns sometimes have big reputations. The one we feature today, Ekalaka, has called itself “the bucking horse capital of the world.”

December 14, 2014 7:58 am Photos

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Ekalaka: A home where dinosaurs roamed, and the coffee game they do play

Ekalaka: A home where dinosaurs roamed, and the coffee game they do play

EKALAKA — The rules for the coffee game, which folks here have been playing on dang near a daily basis at Ekalaka’s Wagon Wheel Café for 45 years, are fairly simple to explain and, occasionally, a tad bit harder for a novice to grasp.

December 14, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Authorities charge Charlo man with wife's murder

CHARLO — Hours after identifying the woman whose husband said she committed suicide in Charlo early Tuesday morning, Lake County authorities charged the man with her murder.

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Made-for-banquet Polson video finds 'love' on social media

Made-for-banquet Polson video finds 'love' on social media

POLSON – They love it – even some of the ones who aren’t sure whether they do.

November 19, 2014 6:31 am Photos

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Glacier proposes entrance fee increases, including 71% more for annual pass

Glacier proposes entrance fee increases, including 71% more for annual pass

WEST GLACIER – Glacier National Park is proposing a $5 increase in its seven-day entrance fees, but a 71 percent hike for its annual season pass.

November 18, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Sanders County Courthouse: Baby, it's been cold inside

THOMPSON FALLS — If you think it’s been cold outside, you should have been inside the Sanders County courthouse in recent days.

November 14, 2014 1:46 pmLoading…
Tribes battle a different type of invasive species — cats

Tribes battle a different type of invasive species — cats

POLSON — To a list that includes zebra mussels, lake trout, Eurasian watermilfoil, spotted knapweed and leafy spurge — invasive species all in these parts the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources Department this week said there’s another non-native threat out there.

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New Montana tourism slogan encourages potential visitors not to wait

New Montana tourism slogan encourages potential visitors not to wait

MISSOULA — Montana is counting on two words to lure tourists into the state starting this winter.

November 12, 2014 6:44 amLoading…
'Up With Montana' -- squealing pigs and disputed music

'Up With Montana' -- squealing pigs and disputed music

Enough with icons you see.

November 06, 2014 5:09 pm
In a man's world, women made their mark in Glacier Park

In a man's world, women made their mark in Glacier Park

WEST GLACIER — Part of the history of Glacier National Park is written on maps, where place names aren’t the exclusive territory of men, but they dominate the landscape.

October 31, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Man charged in shooting death of 3-year-old Lake County boy

RONAN — Lake County authorities on Friday filed a negligent homicide allegation in the case of a 3-year-old boy who was shot to death Wednesday night.

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Man arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in 3-year-old's death

RONAN — A resident of the Lake County house where a 3-year-old boy was fatally injured by a gunshot to the abdomen has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide.

October 24, 2014 2:25 pmLoading…
Northern Pacific depot helped launch Missoula

Northern Pacific depot helped launch Missoula

The 113-year-old Northern Pacific Railroad Depot either ends, or launches, Higgins Avenue from its Circle Square home.

October 24, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Missoula, CSKT lawsuit blasts DEQ for 'absurd' Clark Fork River pollution permit

Missoula, CSKT lawsuit blasts DEQ for 'absurd' Clark Fork River pollution permit

MISSOULA — Local government agencies, Indian tribes and a nonprofit environmental group have filed suit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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3-year-old shot, killed in Lake County

RONAN — A 3-year-old boy was killed with a gun east of Ninepipes Reservoir Wednesday night, and authorities have detained a man for questioning in the incident.

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Spokesman says Glacier gun incidents an anomaly in national parks

Spokesman says Glacier gun incidents an anomaly in national parks

WEST GLACIER — Four times this year that authorities are aware of, guns have been discharged inside Glacier National Park — where it’s been legal to carry a loaded firearm for more than four years, but where it remains illegal to fire one.

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Gun charge against man who shot Glacier grizzly bear dismissed

Gun charge against man who shot Glacier grizzly bear dismissed

WEST GLACIER — The case against a Texas man accused of illegally discharging a firearm in Glacier National Park this summer, when he shot a grizzly bear he said was charging him, went no further than his not-guilty plea in a federal court late last month.

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98-year-old makes 1st catch in Fall Mack Days tournament on Flathead Lake

98-year-old makes 1st catch in Fall Mack Days tournament on Flathead Lake

POLSON — In a fishing tournament where the numbers paid attention to are in the hundreds for individual anglers, and thousands for total harvest, this weekend’s Fall Mack Days provided a much smaller number of note:

October 14, 2014 8:39 am Photos

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Polson man wanted for ID theft, burglary arrested in Washington

Polson man wanted for ID theft, burglary arrested in Washington

POLSON — A local man wanted in connection with cases involving identity theft, burglary and check washing was arrested in Washington state over the weekend.

October 13, 2014 12:19 pmLoading…
Improvement in Indian care needs to come from ground up, Tester says at summit

Improvement in Indian care needs to come from ground up, Tester says at summit

NINEPIPES LODGE — In May, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, heard testimony on poor health care services delivered to Native Americans in Montana and Wyoming.

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Missoula member of Native American comedy troupe calls ‘Daily Show’ segment ‘an intense situation’

Missoula member of Native American comedy troupe calls ‘Daily Show’ segment ‘an intense situation’

MISSOULA — Migizi Pensoneau’s appearance Wednesday at the Roxy Theater, where he will show and discuss videos made by the Native American comedy troupe he is a part of, was booked long before some of the 1491s showed up on a segment of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” several nights ago.

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Glacier, other national parks consider entrance fee increases

Glacier, other national parks consider entrance fee increases

WEST GLACIER — National parks across the country — including Glacier — will consider whether to propose entrance fee increases for next year.

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Armed, suicidal man safely taken into custody by Kalispell police

KALISPELL — A man reported to be armed and suicidal was taken into custody by Kalispell Police Monday morning after nearly three hours of negotiations.

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Mission Falls, Reservoir offer stunning scenery

Mission Falls, Reservoir offer stunning scenery

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s a favorite view for many Montanans, when they top Ravalli Hill on U.S. Highway 93 west of here and the Mission Mountains explode into view, with a magnificent waterfall tumbling down them.

September 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Adams Center has gone from dirt floor to theater-style seating

Adams Center has gone from dirt floor to theater-style seating

People of a certain age can remember an Adams Center where Grizzly basketball fans walked to bleacher seats on plywood laid over the arena’s dirt floor. Under the cavernous roof now long-hidden by a false ceiling, you could see clouds of dust hanging in the air because too many strayed off t…

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Missoula man killed in Glacier quit job for life of BASE jumping

Missoula man killed in Glacier quit job for life of BASE jumping

WEST GLACIER — The man who was killed over the weekend while apparently attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park had quit his job to pursue the extreme sport full-time.

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Memorial honors military sacrifices since 9/11

Memorial honors military sacrifices since 9/11

Nearly a century after the University of Montana honored those who died in the war to end all wars, it became home to a memorial to the Montanans who sacrificed their lives in the latest two.

September 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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