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Tesla Motors opens Supercharger station in Missoula

Tesla Motors opens Supercharger station in Missoula

Pamela Hill pulled her boss’s electric Tesla sedan up to a futuristic-looking "pump" in the parking lot of the Grant Creek Inn at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Less than 50 minutes later, she “unplugged” the car from Missoula's first Tesla Motors Supercharger and was back on the road to Bozeman.

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Missoula airport on alert for Ebola virus; safety sheet a national model

Missoula airport on alert for Ebola virus; safety sheet a national model

MISSOULA — That sneezer in the seat next to you as you fly into Missoula?

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Thousands of Montana teachers gather for 2-day MEA-MFT conference

Thousands of Montana teachers gather for 2-day MEA-MFT conference

MISSOULA — Making sense of a gyroscope’s gyrations. Training your robot. Understanding workplace bullying. Using iPads to teach a third-grade reading class.

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Loss of cell service leaves some in Potomac with no way to call out

Loss of cell service leaves some in Potomac with no way to call out

POTOMAC — This valley doesn’t have cellphone service any more. The tower that stands against the pines on the southern fringe was switched off last Thursday, Oct. 1, one of the victims of the long-planned Sprint takeover of Cellular One.

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Missoula man arrested for hundreds of thefts; police seek rightful owners

MISSOULA — A Missoula man targeted since April in a string of thefts that may have numbered in the hundreds is in jail.

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Mistrial declared in bear spray attack on Missoula woman, dog

MISSOULIA — A daylong trial for a retired Big Sky High School biology teacher charged with using bear spray on a woman and her dog in Pattee Canyon last fall ended abruptly Thursday in a mistrial.

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Man dies after apparent fall from building in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — A 35-year-old Missoula man died Thursday night after he plunged from the roof of the five-story Palace Apartments in downtown Missoula.

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Missoula County auctions off 5 mobile homes; buyers needed inexpensive digs

MISSOULA — Five mobile homes with longstanding tax debts were sold by Missoula County at auction Wednesday morning for $3,075.

September 17, 2014 2:36 pmLoading…
Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

Anonymous donor rescues mobile homes from auction at Missoula courthouse

MISSOULA — Most of the mobile homes due to go on the Missoula County auction block Wednesday morning for delinquent taxes were bailed out Tuesday.

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Missoula mobile homes with delinquent taxes on auction block

MISSOULA — This isn’t Annie Cathey’s favorite part of the job.

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Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Key's 'star-spangled' stanzas inspire, endure 200 years later

Lyrics of “The Anacreonic Song,” the official song of the London Anacreontic Society written in the 1770s by Ralph Tomlinson and John Stafford Smith. America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to its tune. (Several versions are available for listening on YouTube.)

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Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

Groups look to extend Nez Perce Historic Trail to Canada

MISSOULA — There’s a little known trail that leads to Canada from the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains. It’s the path 290 Nez Perce followed after escaping from the siege area on Snake Creek that pinned down the bulk of the camp, including Chief Joseph, in late September 1877.

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Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

Missoula murder suspect refuses extradition from Louisiana

MISSOULA — The man accused of torturing a 36-year-old man under the Reserve Street Bridge in late July before shooting him to death and dumping his body in the Clark Fork River is fighting extradition from Louisiana.

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Suspect pleads not guilty to torture of man found dead in Clark Fork

MISSOULA — One of the suspects implicated in the beating, torture and murder of 36-year-old man found floating in the Clark Fork River in early August pleaded not guilty in Missoula County District Court Thursday morning.

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Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

Missoula man arrested for pipe bomb released without charges

The 27-year-old Missoula man arrested earlier this week on suspicion of possessing a bomb on Spartan Drive in south Missoula has been released from jail.

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Frenchtown man charged with attempted child prostitution

MISSOULA — A Frenchtown man has been charged with felony attempted child prostitution after he allegedly tried to set up a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl through a detective posing as her mother.

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Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

Wild Horse Island: Injured girl was feeding fruit to wild horse

POLSON — A young girl injured by a wild horse at Wild Horse Island State Park on Sunday was treated and released at a Polson hospital.

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7-year-old girl injured by horse on Wild Horse Island

7-year-old girl injured by horse on Wild Horse Island

BIG ARM - A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized Sunday evening after reportedly being kicked or stepped on by a wild horse on Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake.

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Missoula plays host to 3 Rock Hall of Fame acts in 1 week

Missoula plays host to 3 Rock Hall of Fame acts in 1 week

When the final chords of the ZZ Top and Jeff Beck concert dissipated Friday into the night sky over Ogren-Allegiance Park it ended an unprecedented week of live music in Missoula.

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Billings Senior grad who wrote 'Hippy Hippy Shake' headed for McCartney show

Billings Senior grad who wrote 'Hippy Hippy Shake' headed for McCartney show

MISSOULA — Chan Romero remembers the first time he played “Hippy Hippy Shake” in public.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Montana Historical Society Museum trunk full of mystery

Montana Historical Society Museum trunk full of mystery

The Montana Historical Society Museum has a little mystery for you.

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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.

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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.

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Medicine Tree mystery: Along Mullan Road near Nimrod, hill scoured for sacred site

Medicine Tree mystery: Along Mullan Road near Nimrod, hill scoured for sacred site

NIMROD – Gene Tripp descended into a world of green moss, green grass and evergreen pines on Medicine Tree Hill on a recent April morning.

April 26, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Historical Museum kicks off celebration of Missoula's first 150 years

Historical Museum kicks off celebration of Missoula's first 150 years

On the back wall of the Heath Gallery at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, next to a pair of upright 8-foot wooden water pipes from the O’Keefe ranch west of Missoula, curator Nicole Webb has carefully placed on display a pair of small antique porcelain pieces.

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Montana Centennial Train promoted state for territory's 100th birthday

Montana Centennial Train promoted state for territory's 100th birthday

A sprinkle of gold dust from Gov. Tim Babcock on a February Friday in 1964 and the Montana Centennial Train was on its way.

April 05, 2014 9:15 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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Dignitaries, celebrities populated the train

The Montana Centennial Train of 1964 featured three exhibit cars and three “horse parlor” cars (each able to carry 25 horses and mules), 14 sleeper cars, a standby power and utility car, a dormitory Pullman, a lounge or club car for press conferences and the like, a vehicle car to carry a st…

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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.

April 04, 2014 2:09 pmLoading…
Montana Centennial Train exhibit car

Montana Centennial Train exhibit car

Though fading and empty now, a Montana Centennial Train exhibit car still lends a colorful splash to the winter landscape outside the Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone.

April 03, 2014 12:04 pm
Longtime Missoula educator Erwin Byrnes charted his own course, even in death

Longtime Missoula educator Erwin Byrnes charted his own course, even in death

Erwin Byrnes was on an epic Montana road trip with his wife Ethel.

March 20, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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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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