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Memorial Day weekend events salute Montana's fallen heroes

May 23, 2015

This holiday weekend, we honor Montana's fallen military personnel with cemetery ceremonies, 21-gun salutes, parades and picnics.

Bridges in need of repair, solutions considered | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 23, 2015

AAA predicts this Memorial Day weekend will be one of the busiest in a decade because of cheaper gas prices.

High Court Denies Club Founder's Request to Get Out of Jail - Flathead Beacon

May 23, 2015

BILLINGS — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition from Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth to be released from a Montana jail after he was found in contempt of court.

Regents Approve UM Law School Name Change, Tuition Freeze - Flathead Beacon

May 23, 2015

The University of Montana School of Law will be renamed within the next month for a Great Falls attorney who donated $10 million, after the state Board of Regents approved the plan on Friday.

1 woman killed in rollover accident near Alberton

May 23, 2015

A woman has died in a rollover accident on Interstate 90 past Alberton.

Summer Season Begins in Glacier National Park

May 22, 2015

The Memorial Day holiday weekend represents the unofficial start to summer, and that is especially true in Glacier National Park.

$10 Million Gift to Transform UM School of Law

May 22, 2015

The University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana - if the Board of Regents approves -  as a result of a $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls.

Oliver pleads not guilty to attempted murder in violent attack a

May 22, 2015

Jim Randolph Oliver, 33, has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide for allegedly trying to kill a woman by stabbing and strangling her.

Weather Forecast: Chance of showers and thunderstorms continues

May 22, 2015

We have made it to Memorial Day weekend...the unofficial start to summer.

GE, NFL reps visit UM for update on concussion research | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 22, 2015

The University of Montana got a visit from representatives from General Electric and the NFL. The university is one of 16 receiving money to study reaction to traumatic brain injuries. It's part of an effort to improve safety for athletes.

Montanans react as Boy Scouts consider lifting ban on gay leaders | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 22, 2015

The Boy Scouts of America may soon be changing its policy on gay adult leaders.

Commissioner: Lawmakers Save 20 Percent College Tuition Hike - Flathead Beacon

May 22, 2015

Student tuition at Montana universities and colleges would have risen 20 percent over the next two years if state lawmakers had not allowed for another tuition freeze by increasing the university system’s funding, the state’s higher education commissioner said Thursday.

Lake County Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Wife - Flathead Beacon

May 22, 2015

POLSON — A Lake County man has pleaded guilty to shooting his wife and then trying to cover up the crime by saying she’d committed suicide.

Warm Montana Spring Enhances Drought by Depleting Snowmelt - Flathead Beacon

May 22, 2015

A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snowpack Montana saw this year, draining the state of water necessary to combat worsening drought conditions, officials said Thursday.

Regent Questions Plan to Rename UM Law School - Flathead Beacon

May 22, 2015

A Montana Board of Regents member questioned Thursday whether a proposal to rename the University of Montana School of Law for a $10 million donor received proper public vetting.

Missoula VA hosts 2K walk for homeless vets | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 21, 2015

The VA Montana Health Care System put on 2K walks at clinics around the state Wednesday. The events were organized to raise money for food and clothing for homeless veterans.

Resort founder petitions high court to spring him from jail | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 21, 2015

An attorney for the jailed founder of Montana's Yellowstone Club resort has filed a petition for his release with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Light Our Bridges: Workers install new lights on Madison Street footbridge

May 21, 2015

Workers from Liberty Electric have been busy installing LEDs on the Madison Street pedestrian bridge, the second phase of the Light Our Bridges Missoula project.

'Electric' atmosphere meets Special Olympians at Parade of Athletes

May 21, 2015

No fireworks went off during the 2015 Special Olympics State Summer Games opening ceremony in the Adams Center, but Robert Dawson of the Roundup Panthers said he felt like one.

Weather Forecast: Increased threat for thunderstorms Thursday &

May 21, 2015

The threat of thunderstorms will increase Thursday & Friday as the atmosphere destabilizes. Many of the potential storms that develop will be slow moving meaning they could produce heavy rainfall which would cause ponding of water, the potential for hydroplaning & possible rockslides (particularly roadways such as Highway 12, 95 and 93 through Idaho and Lemhi counties).

UPDATE: Police respond to three-vehicle crash on Reserve Street

May 21, 2015

Three vehicles were involved in a car accident on the Reserve Street Bridge late Wednesday morning.

Volunteers Help Restore Land Along Flathead River - Flathead Beacon

May 21, 2015

Volunteers with the Flathead River to Lake Initiative have stayed busy this spring as they work to protect and restore critical land along the valley’s namesake river.

Great Falls Attorney Makes $10M Donation to UM Law School - Flathead Beacon

May 21, 2015

The University of Montana is proposing naming its law school in honor of Alexander Blewett III after the Great Falls personal injury attorney donated $10 million to the school.

Grizzlies Announce That All 11 Football Games to be Televised

May 21, 2015

University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced on Wednesday that all 11 games of the 2015 football season will be televised, continuing the tradition of all Griz gridiron contests being on television.

Biologists Blame Fungus for Low Fish Numbers in Clark Fork - Flathead Beacon

May 20, 2015

BUTTE — Fish biologists are blaming the saprolegnia fungus for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.

Missoula still waiting on Mountain Water verdict

May 20, 2015

It's been six weeks since attorneys gave their final arguments in the Mountain Water condemnation case, and both sides in the expensive dispute are still awaiting a verdict.

Weather Forecast: Increased thunderstorm threat late week

May 20, 2015

Breezy conditions will persist into Tuesday evening, but finally quiet down by Wednesday. We'll see mainly sunny skies north of I-90 with partly cloudy skies elsewhere with highs in the mid 60s to low 70s.

Special Olympics torch arrives in Missoula

May 20, 2015

After two weeks of working their way through wind, rain, sun and maybe even a few snow showers, the Law Enforcement Torch runners have arrived in Missoula.

MCPS bond supporters launch committee to reach out to voters

May 20, 2015

Supporters of the Missoula County Public School bond have launched a new committee to spread the word about the bond's goals.

Special Olympics athletes celebrate at BBQ, prepare for competition | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

May 20, 2015

Tuesday evening was filled with fun and excitement in Missoula for the Special Olympics. Hundreds of athletes, families and volunteers turned out for a barbecue. Law enforcement officials carried the Flame of Hope as people on the sidelines cheered them on.

Coalition: UM budget cuts are 'a devastating assault' on curriculum, academics

May 19, 2015

A coalition of students, faculty and community members are denouncing budget cuts at the University of Montana and condemning them as "a devastating assault" on curriculum and staffing.

Hellgate Canyon osprey being monitored for mercury exposure

May 19, 2015

University of Montana Wildlife Biology Professor Erick Greene leads the long term study of the Hellgate Canyon osprey. Greene says the female osprey, Iris, has called this site home since 2007. 

Work starts up on major Missoula road project

May 19, 2015

Construction on a major Missoula road project started un Sunday evening and will continue through the summer. The area of South 3rd Street West between Schilling and Reserve Streets will be closed as part of the big makeover on 3rd Street.

BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: Adam Smith

May 19, 2015

The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) Alert for Adam Royarvid Smith. 

Weather Forecast: Pleasant next few days

May 19, 2015

Breezy conditions will persist into Tuesday, but more so for the southwest part of the state. There a chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm is possible, too. Otherwise, we'll see pleasant conditions over the next few days areawide.

Rocky Mountain Laboratory still at forefront of tick disease res

May 19, 2015

HAMILTON -We know a lot more know about ticks, and the diseases they may carry, then when Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was first identified in the Bitterroot Valley.

Hellgate Knights win fourth straight state lacrosse title | Missoula Sports - NBCMontana.com

May 19, 2015

Sunday in Bozeman the high school lacrosse season came to a close with the Hellgate Knights winning the state title for yet another year and the knights added more hardware to their already historic program.

Tourist Taking Picture Tumbles into Yellowstone Park Canyon - Flathead Beacon

May 19, 2015

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — Rangers in Yellowstone National Park have rescued a New York tourist who stumbled backward into a canyon while trying to take a picture.

Former Grizzlies Takai, Van earn NFL rookie camp tryouts : Griz Football

May 18, 2015

No Montana football players were drafted this year, but former Griz great Zack Wagenmann is no longer the only UM player making his way to an NFL camp this summer.

Monday's Montanan: Hometown educator takes helm of Missoula County Public Schools

May 18, 2015

In 1989, Target Range School students predicted that Mark Thane would be a superintendent of a large school district in California, and that he would be a top-notch competitive surfer.