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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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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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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.

September 11, 2014 4:23 pmLoading…
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.

August 28, 2014 1:54 pmLoading…

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.

August 27, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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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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Flathead cherry harvest to top 2M pounds, but part of crop culled

Flathead cherry harvest to top 2M pounds, but part of crop culled

POLSON — Nearly 850,000 pounds of cherries from Flathead Lake Cherry Growers orchards have been harvested since last week, with the grand total expected to top 2 million pounds before the harvest draws to a close in the coming days.

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2 die of cardiac arrest in Glacier Park; rangers respond to other emergencies

2 die of cardiac arrest in Glacier Park; rangers respond to other emergencies

WEST GLACIER – A rash of medical emergencies in the past two days – including the deaths of two visitors due to cardiac arrest – prompted Glacier National Park officials Tuesday to encourage people to “hike smart.”

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Glacier officials continue search for bear believed to be shot by hiker

WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park officials continued to search Monday for a bear they believe was shot and wounded Saturday by a tourist from Texas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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