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Missoula: Ten Books I Could Write About Us

March 1, 2015

I think my visceral reaction to Jon Krakauer’s upcoming book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, was similar to that of a lot of Missoulians. When the image of the book’s cover hit the internet like a dog turd on a birthday cake a few weeks back, I was angry, disappointed, and defensive.

Mark Heyka's First Alert Video Forecast | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

March 1, 2015

A nice and sunny Sunday is expected across western Montana but accumulating snow will be possible late Monday.

Vals Capture Divisional Title, Defeat Plains - Flathead Beacon

March 1, 2015

Matti McAnally scored 17 points, Riley Coleman and Lana Berg each added seven apiece and the Bigfork Valkyries won the Western B Divisional basketball tournament, defeating Plains 43-34 on Friday night in Kalispell.

Loyola Outlasts Bigfork in Western B Divisional Championship - Flathead Beacon

March 1, 2015

Kevin Swanson scored 15 points, Danner Linhart added 11 points and Missoula Loyola held off Bigfork 67-55 to win the Western B boys basketball divisional championship at Flathead High School on Saturday night.

Montana Legislature Midpoint: What's Alive, What's Dead - Flathead Beacon

March 1, 2015

HELENA — A bill signed by Gov. Steve Bullock that increases basic entitlement funding for schools by $54 million highlights progress made by the Montana Legislature at the halfway mark of its 90-day session.

Griz Remain in Big Sky Title Hunt with 77-76 Win at EWU | Make it Missoula

March 1, 2015

The University of Montana Grizzlies had four of five starters score in double figures and kept their Big Sky Conference regular-season title hopes alive with a dramatic 77-76 win over the host Eastern Washington Eagles in a crucial league contest Saturday afternoon at EWU’s Reese Court.

Lady Griz Clinch Outright Title, Hosting Rights to BSC Tournament | Make it Missoula

March 1, 2015

Montana improved to 14-3 in the Big Sky with a 69-59 victory over Eastern Washington Saturday afternoon at Dahlberg Arena. The win gave the Lady Griz an insurmountable lead in the standings, the outright league championship and hosting rights to the postseason tournament.

$158M in bonds for construction, upgrades recommended to MCPS trustees

February 28, 2015

Nearly $88 million in upgrades and new construction in the elementary district and roughly $70 million in work to high school buildings is the recommendation Missoula County Public Schools trustees will receive next week, after nearly two years of planning for bond measures.

Mark Heyka's First Alert Video Forecast | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 28, 2015

Reinforcing arctic air will keep temperatures well below normal through early next week.

Fugitive in high speed chase on Highway 200 faces felony charge | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 28, 2015

The man who ran a Missoula sheriff's patrol car off the road after a high speed chase from East Missoula to the Potomac Valley faces multiple criminal charges. Robert Brown, 36, was charged with criminal endangerment and fleeing from authorities. Brown is wanted on warrants in Florida and Oklahoma.

One year after Missoula avalanche, neighborhood remembers | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 28, 2015

Tomorrow on Saturday, marks the one year anniversary of an avalanche in Missoula.

Former Griz Jordan Johnson Signs with CFL Team - Flathead Beacon

February 28, 2015

The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League have signed former Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson.

Native American Tribes Converge to Discuss Pot Legalization - Flathead Beacon

February 28, 2015

The Justice Department’s December announcement that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes.

Gregory's Career-High 36 Points Not Enough as Griz Lose to Idaho in 2 OT | Make it Missoula

February 27, 2015

The Montana Grizzlies men’s basketball team dropped a heart breaker Thursday night in Moscow, Idaho, falling 92-87 in double overtime to the host Vandals.

Lady Griz Cinch Share of Big Sky Title | Make it Missoula

February 27, 2015

Montana won its 20th game of the season and clinched at least a share of the Big Sky Conference championship Thursday night with an 81-68 victory over Idaho at Dahlberg Arena. The bigger prize — hosting the conference tournament — will require a little more work.

Darby man pleads not guilty to illegal bear killings | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 27, 2015

A Darby man has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts in the unlawful killing of nine black bears. James John Harrison answered to the charges in Ravalli County District Court.

Hellgate and MCPS react to Senate passing bill to build a high school district | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 27, 2015

State Senators have passed a bill allowing elementary school districts with at least one thousand students to create a high school district.

Net neutrality ruling: What it means for you

February 27, 2015

The Federal Communications Committee voted Thursday to regulate the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, which currently applies to telephone service.

Weather Forecast: Very cold night ahead

February 27, 2015

Get ready for a chilly weekend! It looks like we're still on track for two pushes of very cold, Arctic air for western Montana. There will be a snow will be a potential with each, but more so with the latter. One will move in for the weekend and an even colder push arriving Monday night.

Governor's Veto Likely for Bill Lowering Income Taxes - Assocaited Press

February 27, 2015

HELENA — Montana’s Democratic governor is likely to veto a Republican plan to cut income taxes that is advancing through the Legislature.

Bill Easing Penalty for Guns at School Dies in House - Flathead Beacon

February 27, 2015

HELENA — Montana representatives have twice voted down a proposal to give school boards more discretion on the expulsion of students found with guns at school.

Ginnity Named Director of VA Montana Health Care - Flathead Beacon

February 27, 2015

HELENA — John Ginnity, who served as acting director of VA Montana Health Care for eight months, has been named the permanent director.

Employers Can Reserve Space Now for Missoula Career Fair

February 26, 2015

Employer registration is under way now for the Missoula Job Service Career Fair, April 21, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Wagenmann: NFL Combine 'surreal' : Griz Football

February 26, 2015

Zack Wagenmann has made his name on football fields across the nation. He's played games in front of nearly 100,000 rabid – and opposing – fans and in venues that've drawn hardly more than a Grizzly spring scrimmage.

House Endorses Bill That Would Ban Bullying in Schools - Associated Press

February 26, 2015

HELENA — Montana has moved one step closer to joining every other state in the country in making anti-bullying policy law under a bill endorsed by the House on Wednesday.

Ski Resorts Clinging Onto Winter - Flathead Beacon

February 26, 2015

The past month has more often resembled spring than winter with persistent rainfall and a scarcity of new snow throughout the region. The total snowfall atop Big Mountain — 188 inches to date — is well behind the annual average of 300 inches, and the settled base — 73 inches — is half of what it was when last season ended.

Weather Forecast: Single digit lows this weekend

February 26, 2015

Light snow showers will continue this morning before we dry out this afternoon.

Missoula police chase ends in crash, arrest in Lolo

February 26, 2015

A suspect was taken to the hospital after a chase through Missoula County ended in a crash late Wednesday night.

Griz at Idaho Thursday, Feb 26th | Make it Missoula

February 26, 2015

First place in the Big Sky Conference will be on the line as the University of Montana Grizzlies (16-10/12-3 BSC) begin a three-game road trip against the Idaho Vandals (11-14/6-8) in a league game on Thursday, Feb. 26, in UI’s Memorial Gym, with tip-off at 8:05 p.m. (Mtn.).

Lady Griz Host Final Regular-Season Home Games | Make It Missoula

February 26, 2015

The Montana women’s basketball team will play its final regular-season home games this week when it hosts Idaho and Eastern Washington at Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz will face the Vandals Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Eagles Saturday at 2 p.m.

Fuel thieves reportedly take more than 1300 gallons of diesel | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

Missoula deputies are investigating reports of fuel theft that are costing one business thousands. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office tells us a group of truckers are responsible for the thefts. Detectives tell us investigators are still piecing together the details.  

Woman faces charges for threatening authorities with a knife | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

A woman faces charges for threatening a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper with a knife. Iola Johnston, 45, allegedly swung a knife at an officer and attempted to run from from authorities on Sunday.

Man accused of killing grandma changes plea | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

A Missoula man accused of killing his grandmother changed his plea to guilty Tuesday in Missoula District Court.

Ways to stay healthy against Missoula virus | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

A virus going around Missoula has local health care professionals asking residents to take the necessary precautions. There's no name for the virus but some of the symptoms include coughing, runny nose, and clogged ears.

Bitterroot College CDL program sees expansion | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

The commercial driver's license program at Bitterroot College, University of Montana, in Hamilton, is seeing expansion.

Nationally house sales decrease in January, Missoula sees increase | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

February 25, 2015

U.S. home sales dropped 4.9 percent in January, which is down to its lowest level since April of 2014.

Western MT residents marvel at re-entry of Chinese booster rocke

February 25, 2015

The skies are mostly cloudy here in Northwest Montana on Tuesday, but on Monday evening they were crystal clear all across the Western part of the state. 

Weather Forecast - Unsettled weather through Friday

February 25, 2015

Most of the unsettled weather will remain along the Divide throughout the day on Wednesday.

Bill Would Allow Cities to Ban Public Drunkenness - Flathead Beacon

February 25, 2015

Montana cities could adopt ordinances banning public drunkenness and allowing police to take intoxicated people to jail under a bill that passed through a Senate committee Tuesday.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Oil Pipeline - Flathead Beacon

February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.