In Vienna, my adopted city, there is a Soviet War Memorial. It occupies 3,000 square feet in central Vienna. It features a white marble colonnade and a 650-foot column capped by a 40-foot figure of a Red Army soldier. He is wearing a golden helmet and bears a Soviet flag and a golden Soviet coat of arms. A plaque at the base of the column reads: “Monument to honor the … [Read more...] about Montana Voices: A tale of two monuments and 5,000 miles
After a firestorm threw a fright into residents of the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys overnight Friday, the Lolo Peak fire was calmer Saturday, although it continued to burn fiercely in the Carlton Creek and Tie Chute drainages. Operations section chief Frank Olson said firefighters ignited a number of burnouts on Saturday, both on the mountainsides above Highway 93 South … [Read more...] about Lolo Peak fire: Firefighters burn ‘good black edge’ to protect homes, prevent spread
The Montana Grizzlies are exactly two weeks away from the home opener against Valparaiso on Sept. 2, and following the team's second scrimmage, the pieces are starting to fall into place for the offense. The Griz put up 20 points over the course of 83 plays, with just under 400 yards of total offense, accomplishing the two things head coach Bob Stitt wanted to heading into … [Read more...] about Montana football: Offense rolls in 2nd Griz scrimmage
Events of the past week have brought back haunting memories of our country's – and our state's – past racism, hatred and prejudice. Each week, this column revisits newspaper stories of Montana life over the past century and a half, pointing out how much we've changed – how much progress we've made. But at times like these, it's natural to wonder if we will ever be … [Read more...] about Harmon’s Histories: Can Montana overcome its history of hatred, bigotry, racism?
Seeley Lake waters were opened to boating and other recreation on Friday, after incident commanders at the Rice Ridge fire said they no longer needed the water for aerial firefighting. The lake has been under a temporary emergency closure since Aug. 1 while specially designed planes scooped water from the lake to fight the fire. The 12,861-acre fire remains active, and … [Read more...] about Rice Ridge fire: Seeley Lake reopened to recreation