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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Missoula man dies in Glacier National Park

Missoula man dies in Glacier National Park

WEST GLACIER — The body of a Missoula man who may have died while attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park was recovered Sunday night.

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Late-summer storm brings snowmen to Glacier National Park, social media

Late-summer storm brings snowmen to Glacier National Park, social media

MANY GLACIER – All it was, was a picture of a snowman. Like all of your best-dressed snowmen, he sported a black hat, red scarf and a carrot for a nose.

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Coroner ID's Lincoln County jail inmate who hanged himself

LIBBY – Lincoln County authorities on Thursday released the name of the inmate who committed suicide in the county’s detention center on Aug. 28.

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Glacier Park expands closure of Sun Road for winter conditions

Glacier Park expands closure of Sun Road for winter conditions

WEST GLACIER – According to the calendar it’s still summer.

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Glacier begins to close services, but park remains open in fall

Glacier begins to close services, but park remains open in fall

WEST GLACIER — It’s time to start letting go of summer, and that means many visitor services in Glacier National Park will be ending over the next two months.

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Columbia Falls sawmill announces layoffs, blames grizzly habitat

Columbia Falls sawmill announces layoffs, blames grizzly habitat

COLUMBIA FALLS — F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber on Thursday announced it will curtail production at its sawmill here by the end of September and lay off nine to 10 of its 120 employees.

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Sheriff releases name of Kalispell Walmart worker killed in fall

KALISPELL – Larry Wurtz has been identified as the Kalispell Walmart employee who died after falling from a movable staircase in a back room of the store last week.

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OSHA reviews conflicting accounts, response time in Kalispell Walmart worker's death

KALISPELL – The investigation into the death of a Kalispell Walmart employee on Friday is looking at the time it took an ambulance crew to reach the victim, the area director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration told the Missoulian on Wednesday.

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Kalispell pilot fulfills childhood dream of flying as an Air Force Thunderbird

Kalispell pilot fulfills childhood dream of flying as an Air Force Thunderbird

KALISPELL – Jason Curtis will have a lot on his mind this weekend.

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United plans direct winter flight from Chicago to Kalispell

KALISPELL — Seasonal airline service into Glacier Park International Airport is nothing new — demand increases greatly in the summer, thanks to the nearby national park the airport is named for — but when the flights come and go in winter, it is.

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Alabama man falls 200 feet in Glacier; father warned for firing gun to summon help

WEST GLACIER – A second gun has been fired in Glacier National Park this summer – this one in an effort to summon help for an injured hiker.

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Judge warns attorneys, law enforcement over sobriety law

LIBBY – A state district court judge has told Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 11 other state county attorneys and law enforcement officials, including three in Yellowstone County, they will be found in contempt of court if any of them contact him again outside a courtroom about Montana’…

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20-year-old master of Salish language a strong proponent of Native language, culture

20-year-old master of Salish language a strong proponent of Native language, culture

ST. IGNATIUS – He has taught in the St. Ignatius schools, been vice chairman of a school board, and co-founded a nonprofit on the Flathead Indian Reservation – the Salish Institute – to promote healthy lifestyles through the study of Native languages and culture.

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Plains man charged with shaking baby to death

THOMPSON FALLS – The baby’s mother, grandmother and a friend of the family told police they didn’t believe Gunner Dye would ever do anything to hurt his 3-month-old son.

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Glacier National Park: Close encounters of a grizzly kind on Highline Trail

Glacier National Park: Close encounters of a grizzly kind on Highline Trail

WEST GLACIER – Aware of an incident just two days earlier where a Texas man shot and likely wounded a bear that he said charged him in Glacier National Park, Kalispell photographer Philip Granrud carefully chose the picture he posted on social media this week.

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