• Lawmakers may scuttle renewable energy rule

    Lawmakers may scuttle renewable energy rule

    A state program that requires utilities to buy from small-scale, locally owned renewable energy projects in Montana is facing a do-or-die moment in Helena. Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is pushing Senate Bill 78, which would eliminate the Community Renewable Energy Projects program. The bill passed a final vote last week in the Senate 30-19 and now moves into the House of Representatives. Read More
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Today's Headlines

  • How will native tribes fight Dakota Pipeline in court?

    How will native tribes fight Dakota Pipeline in court?

    The central issues in the case are now whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the pipeline and easement illegally interferes with the tribes’ religious beliefs, and whether the corps adequately considered the tribes’ water and other treaty rights before issuing that approval.

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  • Tester, Daines take opposite sides in confirmation of EPA leader

    Tester, Daines take opposite sides in confirmation of EPA leader

    Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines on Friday took opposing actions on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with Tester opposing the appointment and Daines standing in support.

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  • Health Department sues cigar club in test of indoor air act

    Health Department sues cigar club in test of indoor air act

    Complaints of cigar odor and possible second-hand smoke has prompted the Missoula City-County Health Department to file litigation against a private downtown social club in a case that may test a portion of the state's Clean Indoor Air Act.

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  • Neptune Aviation eyes international firefighting contracts

    Neptune Aviation eyes international firefighting contracts

    Two weeks after sending a tanker south of the equator for the first time, Neptune Aviation Services has its eyes on fighting fires year-round by entering the international market.

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  • Organic grocery chain,

    Organic grocery chain, "sip-n-stroll," to open at Southgate Mall

    Lucky’s Market, a specialty grocery chain that features natural, organic and locally grown products, will occupy the former Sears building at Southgate Mall and open next year as part of the evolving redevelopment project.

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Politics

  • Will Legislature eliminate Montana's top political cop?

    Will Legislature eliminate Montana's top political cop?

    The Montana House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would shutter the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, which some critics say could put the integrity of Montana elections in jeopardy.

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  • Legislature Week 7: Charter schools, retirement drinks, equality

    Legislature Week 7: Charter schools, retirement drinks, equality

    Week 7 of the 2017 Montana Legislature is in the books, and with it debates on charter schools, discrimination based on sexual identity, juvenile court records, liquor licenses for retirement homes and the regulation of farm-produced goods. We've got the wrap-up here, concise but meaty too.

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  • Lawmakers may scuttle renewable energy rule

    Lawmakers may scuttle renewable energy rule

    A state program that requires utilities to buy from small-scale, locally owned renewable energy projects in Montana is facing a do-or-die moment in Helena. Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is pushing Senate Bill 78, which would eliminate the Community Renewable Energy Projects program. The bill passed a final vote last week in the Senate 30-19 and now moves into the House of Representatives.

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  • Bill expands initial attack authority on wildfires to counties

    Bill expands initial attack authority on wildfires to counties

    A bill entering the Montana House would allow counties to have initial attack authority on wildfires if they believe they can move more quickly, or if they have more resources than the agency responsible for fire protection in the affected area. Rep. Bob Brown, R-Thompson Falls, said he doesn’t want House Bill 481 to force counties to do anything, or to interfere with any existing firefighting partnerships.

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  • HB 406: Bar political practices chief from office after term

    HB 406: Bar political practices chief from office after term

    Montana Republicans furthered their efforts to dismantle the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices by introducing a bill Friday that would prohibit past, present and future commissioners from doing any work for the office. Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, is the sponsor of House Bill 406, which would also prevent serving commissioners from calling past commissioners for clarification on issues.

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Community Voices

  • Harmon's Histories: Missoula's long fight to own its water system

    Harmon's Histories: Missoula's long fight to own its water system

    Missoula's history is replete with campaigns by the city - heretofore unsuccessful - to take ownership of its water system. Along the way, the cast of characters included socialists, prostitutes, moonshiners and a fellow named Jack B. Nimble.

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  • Montana Voices: Nurse fears budget cuts' impact on nursing homes

    Montana Voices: Nurse fears budget cuts' impact on nursing homes

    I have been a certified nursing assistant for 20 years at Lake View Healthcare in Big Fork. I am terrified of the proposed budget cuts to Montana’s skilled nursing facilities.

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  • Montana Voices: Daines shows weakness in Warren debacle

    Montana Voices: Daines shows weakness in Warren debacle

    Steve Daines, the freshman U.S. senator from Montana who sits on the back-benchers’ back bench, got a rare taste of notoriety last week. He posted a video of his 15 seconds of fame on his Facebook page, so he must have been proud of it, but the episode showed Daines’ political weakness, not his strength.

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  • Montana Voices: Before repealing ACA, consider the lives saved

    Montana Voices: Before repealing ACA, consider the lives saved

    Sens. Daines and Tester, as you and the rest of Congress discuss repeal-and-replace options for the current health care law, I urge you to think about cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease, all of whom are counting on you for access to affordable, meaningful health coverage to survive.

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  • Montana Voices: A little poetic relief from Mr. Riley

    Montana Voices: A little poetic relief from Mr. Riley

    For nearly a century, the Elliott family has kept a poem framed and on the wall of their home. This Valentine's Day, they're sharing it with you.

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Arts

  • Big Sky film fest features 16 made-in-Montana documentaries

    Big Sky film fest features 16 made-in-Montana documentaries

    Montana’s premiere non-fiction film event, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, kicks off today in Missoula, and will feature 16 made-in-Montana documentaries.

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  • Montana friends ready to impress Hollywood with latest film

    Montana friends ready to impress Hollywood with latest film

    Montana friends Isaac Marble and Bryan Ferriter are hooked on Hollywood, and the success of their third and latest collaboration has encouraged their dreams.

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  • Film fest announces new locations after theater collapse

    Film fest announces new locations after theater collapse

    The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has released its revised schedule, turning to The Wilma, the Missoula Children's Theater, The Roxy and the Public House as alternate venues.

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  • UM to screen education film

    UM to screen education film

    The University of Montana and Phi Delta Kappa will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the University Center Theater.

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  • Cahoon to read Coyote stories at the MAM

    Cahoon to read Coyote stories at the MAM

    Cahoon's reading at the Missoula Art Museum runs in conjunction with the interactive exhibition “Resistance” by Seattle-based artist RYAN! Feddersen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

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UM Sports

  • Griz hold on for the win against Portland State

    Griz hold on for the win against Portland State

    The Grizzlies put the disappointment of a last-minute loss on Thursday behind them and regrouped on Saturday, earning an 85-82 payback win over Portland State on senior night at Dahlberg Arena.

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  • Once more: Lady Griz stymied by Vikings, 68-45

    Once more: Lady Griz stymied by Vikings, 68-45

    In a game that nearly mirrored their matchup last month in Missoula, Portland State put the defensive clamps on Montana and came away with a 68-45 victory over the Lady Griz on Saturday afternoon at the Stott Center in Portland. Montana (5-21, 2-13 BSC) shot 27.4 percent in its first meeting against the Vikings, a 64-44 loss. On Saturday, the Lady Griz shot 28.6 percent, trailed 33-13 at the half and got outrebounded 47-34 against a taller, more athletic team.

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  • Griz men's tennis team in Salt Lake City for Sunday matches

    Griz men's tennis team in Salt Lake City for Sunday matches

    With lessons learned from an up and down opening weekend of Big Sky Conference play, the Montana men's tennis team heads to Salt Lake City on Sunday to see if they can put those lessons to work against the Pac-12's Utah Utes.

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  • Griz show championship form at Bobcat Open

    Griz show championship form at Bobcat Open

    Six days out from the start of the Big Sky Conference indoor track and field championships at Pocatello, Idaho, Montana showed its readiness. Sammy Evans broke her school record in the triple jump and Samantha Hodgson took over the conference lead in the shot put at the Bobcat Open.

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  • Hornets overwhelm Lady Griz, 99-69

    Hornets overwhelm Lady Griz, 99-69

    Sacramento State hit 12 3-pointers, forced 25 turnovers and hustled its way to 26 offensive rebounds as the Hornets defeated the Lady Griz for the second time this season and for the fourth consecutive time at The Nest, 99-69.

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    Montana World Trade Center to lead Israeli trade mission

    A statewide team of business leaders will set off for Israel this spring with the Montana World Trade Center to nurture new commercial ties in a number of fields, including biomedical and agriculture.

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  • City of Missoula on verge of Mountain Water purchase

    City of Missoula on verge of Mountain Water purchase

    Missoula will no longer be the only city in the state not to own its drinking water system if the City Council approves the purchase of Mountain Water Co. later this month and issues the notes to cover the $105.7 million cost; Committee of the Whole unanimously approved both measures on Wednesday.

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    Bullock tours Missoula County infrastructure needs

    Missoula County is hoping to secure transportation funds that would likely come from a proposed infrastructure bill up for consideration by the Montana Legislature to fix several area bridges.

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    UM president highlights Health and Medicine initiative

    An effort to establish a Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana could win the approval of the Montana Board of Regents this spring, serving as a boon to Missoula's research sector and providing the school revenue from newly licensed technology.

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    Historic: wild bison reintroduced to Banff after 130 years

    Parks Canada has reintroduced a herd of plains bison to the country's oldest national park in Banff, Alberta, more than 130 years after the iconic North American animal last grazed the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies.

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