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Some business owners make the call to remain closed

Under Gov. Steve Bullock’s phased reopening guidelines, bars, restaurants, casinos and breweries are among the businesses that can reopen Monday. If they reopen, they must only allow customers in at half capacity and follow social distancing and sanitizing requirements. In Butte-Silver Bow, they must turn in a COVID-19 safety plan to the health department detailing their actions to keep… → Read More

Beyond the Superfund: Butte moves forward through creek restoration

An effort that started years ago to restore a creek is nearing a major milestone, and it’s expected to bring more than just the water feature to Butte -- there are a few beneficial land features as well, like an amphitheater and a fishing pond. Before any work can begin, however, a judge has to sign off on the consent decree, an official settlement between two or more parties without admitting… → Read More

Whitefish hunter recovering from bear attack

The Flathead County Sheriff says a 36-year-old Whitefish man is recovering from a bear attack. The 911 center received the report of a bear attack at 9:25 Sunday morning. It happened just off Trumble Canyon Road, northwest of Columbia Falls. Sheriff Chuck Curry said in a press release that two men were out hunting when of them was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search… → Read More

Missoula Food for Fines starts Thursday

Starting Thursday, anyone with outstanding parking tickets in Missoula can turn in food to pay off their fines. Throughout the month of November, donations of nonperishable food items can be used toward parking tickets at the Missoula Parking Commission. Each item will count for $2 off the balance on the vehicle, up to $10. The food goes to the Missoula Food Bank and this year the parking… → Read More

Missoula teachers learn classroom management, suicide prevention strategies

Missoula teachers are learning a classroom management strategy as part of a suicide prevention curriculum. The PAX Good Behavior Game is designed to help kids learn behavioral health strategies and think about themselves in a more positive way. Missoula County Public Schools says it’s part of a five-year strategic plan to reduce suicide rates. Missoula first grade teachers participated in the… → Read More

UM retests water after elevated levels found in hall

Test results show one building on the University of Montana campus has elevated levels of lead -- in fact, it’s twice the EPA’s action level. Federal health standards require the university test its water for copper and lead every three years and then post the results. Those tests were conducted on 30 buildings in August, and the results can be found here. “Our system passed, because the system… → Read More

International tech company growing Missoula presence

An international tech company is going to hire 70 more people in Missoula after it already more than doubled the original planned employment numbers in the Garden City. ClassPass is an aggregation company -- the middle man between people who want to work out and gyms or fitness studios. The company opened an office in Missoula in January. → Read More

UM focuses on missing, murdered indigenous women at American Indian Heritage event

The University of Montana has five days of events to recognize American Indian heritage. Wednesday’s focus was on missing and murdered indigenous women. Organizers encouraged all students to wear ribbon skirts or shirts in recognition of what some have called a crisis. In the Native American Center rotunda, brother and sister Ivan and Ivy MacDonald held an informational session. → Read More

Man caught on camera trespassing at Old Faithful

A man was caught on camera trespassing at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park Friday. Ashley Lemanski was visiting YNP with her family when they saw the whole thing and she started recording. In the video, park ranger can be heard yelling to the man that he needs to return to the boardwalk. Lemanski said a lot of visitors were speculating that the man had tried to urinate into the geyser.… → Read More

Missoula road construction projects on schedule

Crews are continuing to work on several massive road construction projects in Missoula County. The area has a record-setting price tag on road work this year, and transportation officials say the major projects are all on schedule.Ed Toavs, district admini → Read More

Crews respond to small fire in Mission Mountains

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Division of Fire is responding to a small fire east of Saint Ignatius Tuesday evening.Prevention specialist C.T. Camel says it’s burning in the lower third of the Mission Mountains. He says it was started by a lig → Read More

Popular river access sites open as waters drop to enjoyable levels

High waters delayed the float season, but rivers in western Montana are finally ready to enjoy. This week, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks finished a lot of repair work and reopened the Cyr boat launch near Alberton and the Sha-Ron Fishing Access Site in → Read More

Experts break down July 4th safety tips, local fireworks bans

The Fourth of July is getting closer, and in many areas you can already hear the fireworks going off. They’re a holiday tradition, but they come with rules.Starting Tuesday, Whitefish and Bozeman residents can set off fireworks. Those cities have ordinance → Read More

Montana transportation officials install new style of median on I-90

Montana transportation officials say a new highway median design is a cost effective attempt to save lives but could also increase damage to vehicles.So far this year, 61 people have died on Montana roads. By this time last year, Montana highways had claim → Read More

Missoula veteran pleads for service dog’s return

A Missoula veteran says someone stole his service dog, and police need your help to find her.Ed Lesofski works with veterans who struggle with PTSD at the Rural Institute for Veteran Education and Research. His five dogs help him with his mission, but one’ → Read More

Court documents provide new details on hit-and-run death, suspect’s past

New information about a man prosecutors say ran over a 22-year-old woman and left her for dead in a Missoula street shows he was behind bars in Butte just last year.The victim was 22-year-old Rebecca Romero. She was a UM graduate and had joined the Montana → Read More

Missoula Co. invites public to talk about cryptocurrency

Missoula County officials want the public’s input on how the county should move forward with the new industry of cryptocurrency mining.Cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, is electronic. It’s mined by computers solving complex mathematical problems. The more peop → Read More

Westbound I-90 Van Buren exit to close Wednesday

Starting Wednesday the exit from Interstate 90 to Van Buren Street in Missoula is going to be closed to traffic.A $10.5 million Van Buren Street interchange project is installing two roundabouts and a sound wall along the interstate.“Traffic will use the O → Read More

Strong showing turns out for first of Missoula summer series

Out to Lunch, a weekly summer event, kicked off in downtown Missoula Wednesday. Event organizers say it was a strong turnout considering kids are still in school.“Usually the first day is a little bit lower than usual. It’s a great start date for us, becau → Read More

More than 600 professionals talk wildfire in Missoula

More than 600 wildland fire professionals are in Missoula talking about fire prevention.Vicki Christiansen, interim chief for the Forest Service, explained in her keynote event the changing face of disastrous fire seasons. She said there are over a billion → Read More