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Pilot killed in crash west of Lolo Pass was bound for experimental aircraft fly-in

MISSOULA — The pilot killed Monday in the crash of a small plane in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Lolo Pass was head of the staff of an engineering firm in Richland, Wash.

July 29, 2014 2:12 pmLoading…
Crews dismantling Boeing fuselages pulled from Clark Fork

Crews dismantling Boeing fuselages pulled from Clark Fork

RIVULET — Forgotten but not gone, those airplane fuselages so unceremoniously dumped onto the side of the Clark Fork River west of Alberton on July 3 remain at Rivulet in varying states of dismemberment.

July 25, 2014 1:46 pm Video Photos

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Last remaining airplane body to be removed from river on Tuesday

Last remaining airplane body to be removed from river on Tuesday

ALBERTON — Key parts of Boeing jetliners remained among the wreckage along Montana Rail Link tracks west of here Monday, at a time when demand for them has never been higher.

July 08, 2014 12:15 am Video Photos

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Darby man found not guilty of threatening to kill president

A Darby man was found not guilty Tuesday in United States District Court in Missoula of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family.

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Montana awash in a sea of 'C' towns

Montana awash in a sea of 'C' towns

Pity Jack Culbertson. He and the wife and kids had a ranch in northeastern Montana in 1887 when Jim Hill punched his Great Northern Railway through the country. The railroad established a station nearby and called it “Culbertson.” Except not after Jack.

July 01, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Montana A to Z: Power plants bring a hive of activity to Colstrip

Montana A to Z: Power plants bring a hive of activity to Colstrip

COLSTRIP — Forty years later, what do you expect of Colstrip? A town awash in coal money? Yes, though not so much as in the flush days.

June 30, 2014 1:20 pm Video Photos

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Colstrip comfort: Mining town’s family-friendly side often overlooked

Colstrip comfort: Mining town’s family-friendly side often overlooked

COLSTRIP – The sky’s the thing here, or one of the big things.

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Caregiver charged with elder abuse of Superior rancher

SUPERIOR — A Thompson Falls man accused of bilking an elderly Superior man of his money and property and leaving him with nothing but milk and peanut butter has pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony charges in Mineral County District Court.

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Montana's 150th to be a low-key affair

Montana's 150th to be a low-key affair

MISSOULA — John Taylor was both foreman of a Pacific Power and Light crew in 1964 and drill master of the mounted Kalispell Sheriff’s Posse.

May 25, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Fired Mineral County deputy was dismissed from 2 previous police departments

MISSOULA — A former Mineral County deputy sheriff misrepresented his past law enforcement experience and didn’t reveal when he was hired in 2006 that he’d been terminated from police departments in California and Ronan in the 1980s.

May 23, 2014 2:04 pmLoading…
Missoula man charged for burglaries that preceded fatal shooting

Missoula man charged for burglaries that preceded fatal shooting

MISSOULA — It’ll take another $10,000 for an alleged young burglar of the Grant Creek home of Janelle Pflager and Markus Kaarma to get out of jail.

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Accomplice in drug rip that left undercover cop wounded sentenced to 10 years

Accomplice in drug rip that left undercover cop wounded sentenced to 10 years

MISSOULA — One accomplice in a drug “rip” on South Reserve Street that ended in the shooting of a Missoula police detective was sentenced Tuesday in Missoula County District Court.

April 29, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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DeBorgia man accused of rape found dead in Idaho

DeBorgia man accused of rape found dead in Idaho

A DeBorgia man sought in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Mineral County on Wednesday was found dead in Idaho on Friday afternoon.

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Montana, Idaho sheriffs hunt for DeBorgia man accused of rape

Montana, Idaho sheriffs hunt for DeBorgia man accused of rape

MISSOULA — Law enforcement officers in Idaho and Montana are searching for a DeBorgia man who’s being sought in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Mineral County.

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New Frenchtown mill site redevelopment director envisions 'a small city'

FRENCHTOWN — Steve Malsam didn’t bring a slideshow presentation when he bobbed into public view last week at a West Valley Community Council meeting.

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Firefighters recount 'needle in the haystack' avalanche search

Firefighters recount 'needle in the haystack' avalanche search

MISSOULA — In the midst of chaos, humanity reigned in the lower Rattlesnake Valley last Friday.

March 06, 2014 9:34 am Photos

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Avalanche danger prompts voluntary evacuation

The evidence stared Levi Vaughan in the face early Monday afternoon as he gazed up the steep slope behind his home.

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Mineral County judge: Probe into missing money destroys career

SUPERIOR — As of Saturday, Mineral County had been without its only elected judge for seven months, since the day late last July when longtime Justice of the Peace Wanda James agreed to go on paid administrative leave.

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Avalanche buries child, elderly couple; all found alive

Avalanche buries child, elderly couple; all found alive

MISSOULA — An avalanche that swept down Mount Jumbo shortly after 4 p.m. Friday demolished a two-story house in the lower Rattlesnake and buried three people, all of whom were pulled from the snow and wreckage alive.

February 28, 2014 5:26 pm Photos

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1 child pulled from Mount Jumbo avalanche debris; searching now for 2nd victim

1 child pulled from Mount Jumbo avalanche debris; searching now for 2nd victim

An avalanche has hit two homes in the Rattlesnake Valley of Missoula, with at least one child apparently buried in the debris of what was once a two-story house at Van Buren and Holly streets.

February 28, 2014 4:23 pm
Missoula commissioners call to address 'nightmare in public trust'

Missoula commissioners call to address 'nightmare in public trust'

MISSOULA — Missoula County commissioners are calling on County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg to deal with what one called “a nightmare in public trust” in his battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Bozeman 18-year-old wins Race to the Sky in snowy finish

Bozeman 18-year-old wins Race to the Sky in snowy finish

MISSOULA — A blast of Montana winter did its best to derail Jenny Greger’s quest Tuesday, but the teenager from Bozeman refused to let it.

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Montana Centennial Train of 1964 considered state's biggest publicity stunt

Montana Centennial Train of 1964 considered state's biggest publicity stunt

MISSOULA — The story still has wheels.

February 16, 2014 10:29 am Photos

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DOJ: Missoula County attorney's response to sexual assaults puts all women at risk

MISSOULA — Missoula County prosecutors said “terrible things” to victims of sexual assault, told a mother whose 5-year-old daughter had been assaulted by an adolescent that “boys will be boys,” and told another woman “all you want is revenge,” in discussing a decision not to prosecute her se…

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Montana's Race to the Sky to get underway with fewer familiar names

Montana's Race to the Sky to get underway with fewer familiar names

There has been a new era dawning on Montana’s Race to the Sky for a few years now.

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Some question guilt of 1864 Vigilantes’ target Cyrus Skinner

Some question guilt of 1864 Vigilantes’ target Cyrus Skinner

MISSOULA — Maybe Cyrus Skinner was just misunderstood.

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Megaload stuck south of Lost Trail Pass as 2nd approaches

Mechanical problems at high elevations mean a Canadian company’s giant load of evaporator equipment will remain holed up on the Idaho side of Lost Trail Pass for a second weekend.

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Missoula County attorney gives DOJ 2 weeks for amicable agreement

MISSOULA — The Missoula County attorney has given the U.S. Department of Justice two weeks to show it’s willing to reach an amicable agreement over his office's handling of sexual assault and rape cases.

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Montana permit problems, weather halt megaload

MISSOULA — What, if anything, will a new megaload route wrought in Ravalli County?

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Megaload awaits Montana approval before crossing border

Megaload awaits Montana approval before crossing border

The first of three Omega Morgan megaloads won’t be topping Lost Trail Pass this weekend.

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Great Falls refinery plans shipment of three 1.6-million pound megaloads

MISSOULA — A Great Falls refinery is upping the big-rig ante.

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KECI, other NBC stations go dark for DISH Network subscribers

“Ellen,” Jay Leno and “Sunday Night Football” are among the viewing casualties of a contract impasse between DISH Network and the media group that owns three television stations in western and southwestern Montana.

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Alcoholic, former addict, arsonist: Never too late to ask for help

Alcoholic, former addict, arsonist: Never too late to ask for help

MISSOULA — Priscilla Keim is an alcoholic, a former meth addict and an arsonist.

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Montana Super Skippers to jump rope in Macy's parade

Montana Super Skippers to jump rope in Macy's parade

MISSOULA — The Empire State Building will have to wait until Friday.

November 26, 2013 7:55 pmLoading…
WWII 'ace' and tail gunner recount missions at UM law school

WWII 'ace' and tail gunner recount missions at UM law school

MISSOULA — He’s 97 and sharp as a tack, and the man who’s thought to be the oldest living fighter ace in the nation had a rapt audience Monday on the University of Montana campus.

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Missoula bicyclist nearly blinded by paintball attack

MISSOULA — A paintball fired from a passing car in the Rattlesnake Valley late Saturday night came within a sliver of blinding a bicyclist.

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Man stunned with Taser twice after allegedly flooding Missoula apartment

MISSOULA — A 38-year-old man was stunned with a stun gun and arrested Sunday evening after he refused to let firemen and police into his flooding apartment in downtown Missoula.

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$100K bail set for Missoula man accused of strangling girlfriend

Bail was set at $100,000 for a man accused of trying to strangle his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend early Sunday in her Missoula apartment.

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In Gold Creek, Mennonite family feeds a multitude every week at the Dinnerbell

In Gold Creek, Mennonite family feeds a multitude every week at the Dinnerbell

GOLD CREEK – It was already hunting season a year ago when the Dinnerbell bakery, deli, bulk foods store and espresso opened here on Election Day.

October 28, 2013 10:12 am Photos

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Missoula woman accused of bringing meth to meeting with probation officer

MISSOULA — A Missoula woman is in jail after showing up for a meeting with her probation officer with meth in her pocket.

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10-year-old facing assault charge after holding broken ruler to student's neck

MISSOULA — A 10-year-old boy faces charges for assault with a weapon after he allegedly pushed an 8-year-old to the ground at Lolo Elementary School and held a sharp, broken ruler to his neck.

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FWP kills elk that chased motorcycle, became aggressive toward public

FWP kills elk that chased motorcycle, became aggressive toward public

At first it seemed friendly, or maybe just curious. Probably a little friendlier and nosier than a spike bull elk should be, there in the middle of Montana Highway 200 in the Ovando Valley.

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Search continues for dog that fled fatal wreck on Highway 200

Search continues for dog that fled fatal wreck on Highway 200

GREENOUGH — Matt’s out here somewhere.

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Mineral County sheriff defends deputy in jailhouse use of Taser

SUPERIOR — The sheriff of Mineral County stands squarely behind his decision to retain the deputy he disciplined in July for tasing a restrained, unruly inmate in the county jail.

September 21, 2013 5:40 pmLoading…
Montana National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan tour

Montana National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan tour

A Montana Army National Guard unit was back on friendly soil Monday in Texas, beginning the formal process of transitioning from soldiers in Afghanistan back to civilians.

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MRL freight train derails near Superior; 4 cars in river

MRL freight train derails near Superior; 4 cars in river

SUPERIOR — Twenty-three freight cars lie in tangled wreckage above and in the Clark Fork River after an early morning derailment four miles east of Superior on Wednesday.

September 04, 2013 1:23 pmLoading…
3 finalists for Missoula fairgrounds director bring diverse backgrounds

3 finalists for Missoula fairgrounds director bring diverse backgrounds

MISSOULA — Joe Easton of Missoula came of age with the Western Montana Fair.

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Mineral County justice of the peace on voluntary leave

SUPERIOR — Mineral County’s only justice of the peace is on voluntary leave, though county officials aren’t saying why yet.

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Missoula man was smokejumper at 17, worked for CIA at 20, died mysteriously in Thailand at 40

MISSOULA — Unlike scores of people in western Montana, Gayle Morrison never knew Jerry Daniels. But she figured she had his story pegged long ago.

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