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Glacier Park Inc. says traditions will continue with West Glacier, Apgar purchase

Glacier Park Inc. says traditions will continue with West Glacier, Apgar purchase

WEST GLACIER – While some residents here worry what will happen to their small town just outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park now that “an out-of-state corporation” has purchased most of the village, Cindy Ognjanov says their fears are misplaced.

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After 800-pound-boulder causes delay, Going-to-the-Sun Road opens

After 800-pound-boulder causes delay, Going-to-the-Sun Road opens

WEST GLACIER — Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park wasn’t open long before what little traffic might have been on it was being delayed.

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Glacier Park Inc. confirms purchase of West Glacier, Apgar Village

Glacier Park Inc. confirms purchase of West Glacier, Apgar Village

WEST GLACIER — Most of the business district in this iconic entrance to Glacier National Park — and hundreds of undeveloped acres in and around the little village of about 225 people — have been sold to an Arizona corporation.

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Opening of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road expected this weekend

Opening of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road expected this weekend

WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is expected to open for the season this weekend, but whether that means Friday, Saturday or Sunday isn’t yet known, a park official said Monday.

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Justices: Confession in 2005 murder can't be used to re-try man

POLSON — Prosecutors here cannot use a confession to re-try a man once convicted of deliberate homicide in the death of a former tribal chairman, the Montana Supreme Court ruled this week.

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Hanna's 'Rendezvous' to raise funds for Montana grizzly research

Hanna's 'Rendezvous' to raise funds for Montana grizzly research

WOODS BAY — When “Jungle Jack” Hanna tells you that people donate money to people, not causes, you might think he’s tooting his own horn — especially since the TV talk show regular is hosting a fundraiser at his farm between Woods Bay and Bigfork next month.

June 26, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Ronan man pleads not guilty to brother's murder

Ronan man pleads not guilty to brother's murder

POLSON – Harry Lozeau, accused of murdering his brother Terry earlier this month south of Ronan, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of deliberate homicide in District Court Wednesday morning.

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Pablo man accused of 'vicious' attack on jailer freed; prosecutors too slow in filing charges

POLSON – Felony charges against a Pablo man accused of a “vicious” attack on a jailer last month were tossed out by a judge Friday afternoon.

June 21, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…

Suspect in 'vicious' attack on jailer asks for dismissal; $150K bail remains

POLSON – A Pablo man accused of a “vicious” attack on a jailer is asking a court to dismiss the charges immediately and release him from jail, on the grounds that the Lake County Attorney’s Office has been unreasonably slow in getting him arraigned.

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Lake County murder suspect arrested at his home tonight

Lake County murder suspect arrested at his home tonight

RONAN – A three-day-plus search came to an end Tuesday night in the same place it began.

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No sign of murder suspect in mountains east of Ronan

No sign of murder suspect in mountains east of Ronan

RONAN — In a case where no news is bad news, authorities said Tuesday an “exhaustive” search of an area east of here turned up no sign of homicide suspect Harry Lozeau.

June 17, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…
Snow, cold, avalanche debris continue to challenge Glacier opening

Snow, cold, avalanche debris continue to challenge Glacier opening

WEST GLACIER – With 1 to 2 feet of new snow predicted above 6,500 feet in the next couple of days – even as snowplow crews work overtime tackling an 80-foot drift near 6,646-foot Logan Pass – Glacier National Park officials say they can’t yet say when Going-to-the-Sun Road will fully open.

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$10K in grants to help Flathead cherry growers to control fruit flies

$10K in grants to help Flathead cherry growers to control fruit flies

POLSON – Flathead cherry growers will have $10,000 worth of grants to work with this year to fund a fruit fly pest control program, and continue to help orchards attain an important certification.

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Class-action lawsuit filed against Ronan over ineligible police officer

RONAN — Eleven months ago, Anthony Chaney and his brother Donald were at the Second Chance Saloon here when they say Donald, a U.S. military combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, began experiencing a PTSD episode.

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Firefighters return to Plum Creek mill as fires reignite; damage heavy

Firefighters return to Plum Creek mill as fires reignite; damage heavy

COLUMBIA FALLS — Operations at a medium-density fiberboard plant where two or three explosions occurred Tuesday afternoon are expected to resume in about a month, Plum Creek Timber Co. representatives said Wednesday.

June 11, 2014 1:40 pmLoading…
Explosion reported at Columbia Falls plant

Explosion reported at Columbia Falls plant

COLUMBIA FALLS – After initial reports that several people were missing following a Tuesday afternoon explosion at Plum Creek Timber Co., authorities say everyone who was in the affected facility has been accounted for, and no one was hospitalized.

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'Pioneers' plow path to Glacier Park's Logan Pass as debris is cleared below

'Pioneers' plow path to Glacier Park's Logan Pass as debris is cleared below

GOING-TO-THE-SUN-ROAD – Up ahead, beneath Mount Clements on a sun-splashed Friday, Herb Ferguson is making his first run over previously untouched snow with his plow.

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U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to give SKC commencement address

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to give SKC commencement address

PABLO — A member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet will shower and dress in a Pablo gymnasium before delivering the commencement address Saturday at Salish Kootenai College.

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Study: Habituated Glacier Park mountain goats abandon cliffs

Study: Habituated Glacier Park mountain goats abandon cliffs

WEST GLACIER — As mountain goat research prepares to continue this summer in Glacier National Park, preliminary data suggests goats that are habituated to humans display different herding behavior, and use habitat differently, than wild goats.

June 03, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…
Beating out the rest: More 'B' towns than any other in Montana

Beating out the rest: More 'B' towns than any other in Montana

Most of us can agree: “B” really ought to be for Butte.

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B is for Boulder: There's nothing typical about this small town

B is for Boulder: There's nothing typical about this small town

BOULDER — At first glance, this community could easily pass for typical small-town Montana, similar to dozens of our places with a little more, or a little less, than 1,000 residents.

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Boulder’s restoration: Town has moved twice, institutions have updated

Boulder’s restoration: Town has moved twice, institutions have updated

BOULDER – There are lots of places you can go to learn a little something about Boulder, and one place you can go to learn practically everything.

June 02, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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Fatal wreck

Fatal wreck

People attending the May trial against automaker Hyundai examine the remains of the 2005 Tiburon cousins Trevor and Tanner Olson were traveling in when they died in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 93 on July 2, 2011.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
Chuck Zeiler

Chuck Zeiler

Chuck Zeiler still finds it hard to believe that his stepdaughter’s Miniature Pinscher, Montana, survived after an owl plucked the 3-year-old female from his yard and flew away. Montana was found 3 1/2 miles away, next to a haystack.

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Inmate intervenes in attack on officer

PABLO — An inmate at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Detention Center here is being hailed as a hero for stopping an alleged assault on a tribal detention officer by another prisoner Thursday.

May 24, 2014 6:16 pmLoading…
Polson man held on $5M bond; allegedly tried to hire killing of victim in rape case

Polson man held on $5M bond; allegedly tried to hire killing of victim in rape case

POLSON — An initial $100,000 bond for charges of sexual intercourse without consent and assault with a weapon from last August didn’t keep Dennis Hobbs in jail to await trial.

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Montana communities starting with 'A'

Montana communities starting with 'A'

They’re the first in any list, Montana communities that start with the letter A, and while our featured town, Anaconda, is the biggest and probably most recognizable of the bunch, there are plenty of interesting places out there.

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Anaconda, still rich: A deeper look reveals a lot of character

Anaconda, still rich: A deeper look reveals a lot of character

ANACONDA – We don’t think Eddie McCarthy can get in trouble telling this story, seeing as how he’s been retired for nearly 30 years.

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Montana A to Z: Anaconda, a town that perseveres

Montana A to Z: Anaconda, a town that perseveres

ANACONDA — There are as many as 17,000 bodies buried in Anaconda’s five cemeteries, some of the graveyards sprawling across hillsides overlooking the one-time company town, and you might think all those headstones an apt metaphor.

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Jury blames Hyundai for crash that killed 2 Missoula teens

Jury blames Hyundai for crash that killed 2 Missoula teens

POLSON – A Lake County jury ruled Tuesday that a defect in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon caused the fatal crash that killed two Missoula cousins on Fourth of July weekend 2011 – and that the manufacturer acted with “actual malice.”

May 14, 2014 7:11 am Photos

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Fatal wreck

Fatal wreck

People attending the trial against automaker Hyundai on Wednesday examine the remains of the 2005 Tiburon cousins Trevor and Tanner Olson were traveling in when they died in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 93 on July 2, 2011.

May 13, 2014 11:14 am
Lawsuit over fatal Highway 93 crash goes to Lake County jury

Lawsuit over fatal Highway 93 crash goes to Lake County jury

POLSON – Did two Missoula teenagers die because Hyundai Motors ignored problems with the steering knuckles installed in its vehicles in order to save itself the $2 billion it would have cost to recall and replace them?

May 13, 2014 11:13 am Photos

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Beau, the Lab who could do math, passes on

Beau, the Lab who could do math, passes on

POLSON — Perhaps the world’s most famous B-average math student died in Georgia on Wednesday morning.

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Witness describes scene of U.S. 93 crash that killed 3 in Hyundai trial

Witness describes scene of U.S. 93 crash that killed 3 in Hyundai trial

POLSON – The subject of steering knuckles rarely came up Tuesday as testimony began in a trial in which a Missoula family accuses Hyundai of being at fault for a 2011 crash on U.S. Highway 93 that killed three people, including cousins Trevor and Tanner Olson.

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Parents sue Hyundai over 2011 crash that killed 2 Missoula teens

POLSON – The mangled remains of a Hyundai and a Pontiac that hit head-on three years ago north of Arlee, killing three people, will be brought to a parking lot across the street from the Lake County Courthouse.

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Study finds mercury-tainted fish in Glacier's Lake McDonald

WEST GLACIER – A “first-of-its-kind” study released last week discovered mercury in fish in some of the most remote and pristine lakes and streams in national parks across the western United States and Alaska – but it wasn’t a surprise to Glacier National Park fisheries biologist Chris Downs.

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Record 139 mph wind recorded at Logan Pass in Glacier Park

Record 139 mph wind recorded at Logan Pass in Glacier Park

WEST GLACIER – That the wind blew Wednesday morning at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park wouldn’t normally be newsworthy, except for one thing.

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Abortion foe forced Kalispell clinic out of building

KALISPELL – For NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, a group that advocates for abortion rights, the connections between what has happened this year to the Kalispell family medical clinic that provided the only abortion services in the Flathead Valley, and the anti-abortion Hope Pregnancy Ministries of…

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Lake County detention officer placed on paid leave after arrest

POLSON – A Lake County detention officer was placed on paid administrative leave by the sheriff’s office Monday, after the officer was arrested in Sanders County on Sunday evening.

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Uphill skiing finds place at Whitefish Mountain, other resorts, but also brings concern

Uphill skiing finds place at Whitefish Mountain, other resorts, but also brings concern

WHITEFISH — What goes up must come down, but at Whitefish Mountain Resort, they want those who go up the hard way to come down the right way.

March 20, 2014 3:04 pmLoading…
UM alum pledges $11 million for scholarships

UM alum pledges $11 million for scholarships

MISSOULA — Tom Cotter traveled the world on a container ship, worked as a deckhand on a freighter, found employment with Boeing, and served as a U.S. Army special agent.

March 20, 2014 2:53 pmLoading…
National Park Service opens bidding on Glacier chalet contract

National Park Service opens bidding on Glacier chalet contract

WEST GLACIER – In the lodging business, as with so many things, it’s location, location, location.

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Judge accepts murder charge in Polson hammer attack; arraignment delayed

POLSON – With the victim of a hammer assault earlier this month now dead, District Court Judge Kim Christopher on Thursday signed off on a motion to amend an attempted deliberate homicide charge against Desmond Alan Mackay of Polson to deliberate homicide.

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Missoula skier was checking snow when avalanche killed him

Missoula skier was checking snow when avalanche killed him

MISSOULA — Peter Maxwell of Missoula was doing what avalanche experts advise backcountry recreationists to do – gather as much information as possible about the snowpack before committing to an activity – when he triggered the avalanche northeast of Philipsburg that killed him last week.

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Victim of Polson hammer attack dies; murder charges filed

POLSON — When Desmond Alan Mackay is arraigned here Thursday morning, it will be for deliberate homicide.

March 17, 2014 12:01 pmLoading…

Polson man faces attempted murder charge for hammer attack

POLSON – As Lake County prosecutors filed multiple felony charges late this week in a bloody hammer attack in a Polson neighborhood, charging documents revealed the offenses alleged against Desmond Alan Mackay could mount.

March 14, 2014 4:11 pmLoading…
CSKT to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam; new name planned

CSKT to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam; new name planned

PABLO — A price has been set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to acquire Kerr Dam next year — and the number is tens of millions of dollars closer to what the tribes said it was worth than what PPL Montana had sought.

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Report: National parks brought 4.5M visitors, $400M to Montana in 2012

Report: National parks brought 4.5M visitors, $400M to Montana in 2012

WEST GLACIER — National parks drew almost 4.5 million people to Montana in 2012, and they spent more than $400 million in the state, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service.

March 03, 2014 9:11 pmLoading…
Bighorn sheep moved from Wild Horse Island

Bighorn sheep moved from Wild Horse Island

BIG ARM — The first of up to 60 bighorn sheep on Wild Horse Island received their eviction notices Wednesday morning.

February 27, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Protected trumpeter swan shot on lower Flathead River

Protected trumpeter swan shot on lower Flathead River

POLSON — Reintroduction of the trumpeter swan to the Flathead Indian Reservation has been a “highly successful” undertaking, according to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal authorities.

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