Missoula Area News

When it comes to headline news, you can get your Missoula Fix right here. Our staff hand-selects the top recent headlines from worthwhile local media outlets and publishes them via RSS.

Montana Rail Link - Coal Trains Daily - Oil Trains Rare

April 22, 2014

While coal trains are a daily occurrence rolling through Missoula, trains hauling crude oil are relatively rare.

Proposed Initiative Seeks to Ban All Marijuana | Flathead Beacon

April 22, 2014

A Billings car-dealership owner has proposed a ballot measure that would completely ban the use and possession of marijuana in Montana, even for medical uses.

Whitefish Mountain Resort Undergoing $2.4 Million in Improvements | Flathead Beacon

April 22, 2014

Following another record breaking season, Whitefish Mountain Resort is already preparing for the 2014/2015 season with more than $2.4 million in improvements this summer.

Faster Internet for Missoula businesses discussed | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 22, 2014

The infrastructure for Missoula's information superhighway may be needing a boost. But whether the city has a hand in pushing for faster Internet - and how it goes about making that happen - is what leaders want to figure out.

Weather Forecast: Big Weather Changes | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 22, 2014

A significant weather change is expected starting today and continuing into Wednesday. A cold front will move across the region today bringing increased wind, valley rain, and mountain snow.

First Round of Absentee Ballots in the Mail | Flathead Beacon

April 22, 2014

The first group of absentee ballots for Montana's 2014 primary election is in the mail.

Russians Inspect Montana Nuclear Launch Facilities | Flathead Beacon

April 22, 2014

HELENA – Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

Montana Uses Grant to Buy Grizzly Bear Habitat | Flathead Beacon

April 22, 2014

HELENA — The Montana Land Board on Monday approved a $345,000 purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat to add to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area in Teton County.

Griz Basketball Program Signs Prep Player from Austrailia | Make it Missoula

April 21, 2014

University of Montana men’s basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle has signed a high school standout from Australia to a National Letter of Intent.

Spruce Street Paving Project Means Traffic Delays

April 21, 2014

A City of Missoula project to refurbish Spruce Street starting Monday and continuing  through Thursday will mean a new, smooth surface for the high-traffic-volume street.

Proposed Initiative Seeks to Ban All Marijuana

April 21, 2014

A Billings car-dealership owner has proposed a ballot measure that would completely ban the use and possession of marijuana in Montana, even for medical uses.

Changes coming to Whitefish Mountain Resort rules | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 21, 2014

The uphill policy at Whitefish Mountain Resort will see some slight changes starting on Monday.

Locomotive catches fire in Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 21, 2014

Some Missoula resident had a scare on Sunday when an electrical grid fire broke out in a Montana Rail Link locomotive.

Weather Forecast: Warm Monday! | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 21, 2014

Temperatures will soar well into the 60s and 70s today as we remain under the influence of high pressure!

County Denies Beekeeper License to Sell Raw Honey at Farmers Market | Flathead Beacon

April 20, 2014

Arvon Fielding of Never Give Up Apiary in Kalispell has been told he can no longer sell his bees’ raw honey at local farmers markets because of a new interpretation of state code by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, which requires him to obtain a retail food license. In March, Fielding was denied a license after county health inspectors visited his facility and deemed it inadequate.

Study finds mercury in national park fish - Daily Inter Lake: Members

April 20, 2014

Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of Western national parks, including Glacier National Park, according to a study released Thursday.

Montana attorney general seeks to resolve standoff between Van Valkenburg and DOJ | Indy Blog | Missoula Independent

April 20, 2014

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said this week that it aims to broker a deal between embattled Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims that local prosecutors unlawfully failed to pursue sexual assault reports.

Former Missoula lawmaker admits to felony charge | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana

April 20, 2014

A former state lawmaker from Missoula has pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Montana Securities Act.

MSU’s Cruzado has both fans and critics - Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Montana State University

April 20, 2014

As president of Montana State University, Waded Cruzado holds the most powerful job in Bozeman, with responsibility for budgets that total $350 million, for more than 15,000 students and 3,500 employees.

Waded Cruzado: Working to realize dreams of a bigger, better MSU - Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Montana State University

April 20, 2014

As Waded Cruzado came to Bozeman four years ago to become Montana State University’s president, she sent out copies of a business management book she found inspiring.Entitled “Good to Great,” the book could describe what Cruzado is trying to achieve at MSU.

Weather Forecast: Nice weather continues | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 20, 2014

MISSOULA - Our sunny start to our Saturday is giving way to a mostly cloudy evening.

Missoula area Easter egg hunts provide fun...and candy | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 20, 2014

Good Friday has come and gone, which means families across the nation will gather soon for Easter Sunday. But first, thousands of kids were on the hunt in Western Montana.

Montana Leaders Condemn Keystone Delay | Flathead Beacon

April 19, 2014

HELENA — Montana officials are condemning a new delay in the decision whether to approve construction of an oil pipeline from Canada.

Anonymous Alumnus Donates $5 Million for Scholarships at UM

April 19, 2014

The University of Montana received $5 million this week to endow a scholarship fund for Montana students with financial need.

Homeless Woman Reports Being Sexually Assaulted in Local Motel

April 19, 2014

A homeless woman from Missoula has reported being sexually assaulted in a local motel room by a known male acquaintance. 

Passenger assaults Amtrak conductor near Whitefish | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 19, 2014

WHITEFISH - An Amtrak train was halted unexpectedly near Whitefish after a passenger was forcibly removed for allegedly hitting the train’s conductor.

Friday evening Montana News headlines | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 19, 2014

Here are the headlines from around the state for Friday, 4/18/14

Baucus Casts Wide Shadow Over Montana Senate Race | Flathead Beacon

April 19, 2014

HELENA — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to China may have bolstered Democratic prospects of retaining the seat they've held for a century, thanks to the value of incumbency.

Butte man denies homicide charge in assisted living stabbing death

April 18, 2014

BUTTE, Montana — A 72-year-old resident of a Butte assisted living facility has denied charges that he stabbed another resident to death last month.

Hall Adds to Heptthlon Record

April 18, 2014

Montana senior Lindsey Hall tied for 11th at the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon Thursday at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., and in the process added 126 points to her school record.

JC Standout to Join Griz Basketball Program

April 18, 2014

University of Montana men’s basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle has signed a top-notch junior college player who will join the Grizzly basketball program for the 2014-15 season, the mentor announced today (Thursday, April 17).

County Attorney Agrees to 30 Day Extension in Suit With DOJ

April 18, 2014

U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter has requested, and received, a 30 day extension in responding to a lawsuit filed by the Missoula County Attorney.

Weather Forecast: Strong Wind Friday | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 18, 2014

Rain showers will remain in the forecast for the first half of Friday with relatively dry conditions by this evening. The highs will only reach the upper 40s and low to mid 50s today.

Obama: 8 Million Signed Up for Health Care | Flathead Beacon

April 18, 2014

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Abundant Winter Leads to Flood Concerns | Flathead Beacon

April 18, 2014

The abundant winter that caused near-record snowpack across Montana is making a troublesome transition to spring. Rapid snowmelt is leading to widespread flooding and ice jams in rivers and streams, prompting the governor to seek a presidential disaster declaration.

Missoula Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Near Lolo

April 17, 2014

The victim of Monday night’s fatal motorcycle crash has been identified as Samuel Forest Fitch, 22, of Missoula

Former Missoula lawmaker admits to securities fraud | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 17, 2014

HELENA - A former state lawmaker from Missoula has pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Montana Securities Act. William Nooney - a former state representative who won election in 2006 and 2008 from Missoula - admitted to Failing to Register as a Securities Salesperson.

Weather Forecast - Strong storm tonight | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 17, 2014

Look for mostly cloudy skies today with highs in the 50s and 60s.

Police Chief: Hand Movements Justified Fatal Shooting | Flathead Beacon

April 17, 2014

BILLINGS — A Montana police chief says an unarmed robbery suspect moved his hands six times in defiance of an officer's orders before the officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop.

Hung Jury in Over-Serving Drinks Case | Flathead Beacon

April 17, 2014

HELENA — A Helena jury was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the case of a bartender charged with serving alcohol to an intoxicated woman who later killed two people in a drunken-driving crash.