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Past articles by Ted:

Doctors, advocates raise concerns about end-of-life care at Montana State Hospital

Editor's note: This is the first story in a two-part series. → Read More

Through multiple owners, managers, facility has consistently found trouble

Second in a three-day series. Read Part I here. → Read More

High-security unit on lockdown at Montana State Prison due to security concerns

The high-security unit of the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has been put on lockdown and visitation has been canceled this weekend due to unnamed security issues. → Read More

Book explores Berkeley Pit's history, legacy

Growing up in Bozeman in the 1980s, Brian James Leech knew little about the Mining City except its stigma. → Read More

One skier dies in Tobacco Root Mountains avalanche, another injured

One man died and another was seriously injured Friday around 1 p.m. while they were backcountry skiing in the Tobacco Root Mountains. → Read More

Shot fired in Uptown Butte, officials say

At least one shot was fired at Alaska and Granite Streets at about 4:45 p.m. Friday, said an officer with Montana Highway Patrol. → Read More

Proposed Town Pump expansion would require removal of Uptown homes

On Tuesday evening, the members of the Butte-Silver Bow Historic Preservation Commission, the county’s Historic Preservation officer and a few other interested onlookers gathered on the east side of the → Read More

I-186 rejected, denying effort to bolster environmental regulation of mining

Opponents of Initiative 186 declared victory Tuesday night, even as votes continued to be counted. And by Wednesday morning, with nearly all of the vote tallied, the initiative had been → Read More

Ballot opponents feeling confident as I-186 trails in early election results

Opponents of Initiative 186 were feeling good Tuesday night, as 59 percent of voters had rejected the proposal with about half of precincts partially reporting their results at 11 p.m. → Read More

Locked-out Imerys employees to return to work after company, union come to an agreement

The more than 30 locked-out union workers at Imerys Talc America's talc-milling plant in Three Forks have come to an agreement with the company and will head back to work → Read More

Montana Tech receives $2.75 million in Army Research Lab funding

On a recent morning, Jack Skinner, head of Montana Tech’s department of mechanical engineering, led a visitor through an airlock and into the university’s state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratory, before entering a → Read More

Enrollment drops again at Tech, Highlands

Fall headcount enrollment at Montana Tech and Highlands College combined has dropped 3.5 percent, from 2,678 students on campus last fall to 2,583 as of the 15th day of the → Read More

Man hopes to share his private art collection with Butte by starting modern art museum

On Wednesday morning, Richard Nelson backed his pickup into the garage of a house he owns on the corner of Main and Copper streets and unloaded a large rope made → Read More

Montana Tech chancellor announces retirement; search for a new leader begins

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced his retirement Monday afternoon, signaling the end of an eventful eight-year run at the university’s helm and the start of a search for his → Read More

Butte will be without a homeless shelter until at least mid-December

On Sept. 17, Action Inc. CEO Margie Seccomb received word from Rocky Lyons, Butte Rescue Mission’s executive director, that the mission would not be able to open its new shelter → Read More

Project aims to prevent further wildlife deaths on Mount Moriah Cemetery fence

“The moose died right there in that corner,” Shane Yaskus said, pointing to the southwest fence line of Mount Moriah Cemetery Thursday morning. → Read More

Butte man pleads guilty to sexual assault of 6-year-old girl

Matthew Joseph Rodriguez pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl on Wednesday. → Read More

Sun Mountain Lumber wins bid for state’s first timber sale on National Forest lands

Deer Lodge’s Sun Mountain Lumber won a bid Thursday to purchase approximately 2.25 million board feet of dead and dying lodgepole pine from 375 acres within the Boulder Lowlands II → Read More

Montana correctional facility to shift focus from women in recovery to sick male inmates

The Montana Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it will close by Oct. 9 the Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program, where a trauma-informed rehabilitation program is currently available to incarcerated women, → Read More

Parrot project discovers more extensive contamination than many expected

Overlooking the massive, tiered hole in the earth near where the Parrot smelter once stood and where a fleet of heavy equipment was rapidly moving dirt, clay, slag and tailings → Read More