Missoula Area News

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Former Vann's employees settle suit over lost pensions | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 20, 2014

The former employees of a bankrupt electronics chain have finally settled their lawsuit over lost pensions.

Missoula gun rights advocate weighs in on Kaarma verdict | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 20, 2014

The April shooting death of 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede has prompted some lawmakers to say that Montana's so-called "Castle Doctrine" should be changed.

Missoula Safeway stores being replaced by local grocery chain | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 20, 2014

The "Safeway" brand will be no more after decades in Missoula.

Weather Forecast: Significant mountain snow & valley rain coming | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 20, 2014

Expect scattered rain & snow showers to continue for western Montana into the early morning hours on Saturday.

3 Montana hospitals penalized with Medicare payment cut | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 20, 2014

Three Montana hospitals are among hundreds nation-wide facing cuts in their Medicare reimbursements because of poor scores in a program designed to reduce the rate of illnesses and injuries that patients acquire in hospitals.

Montana Advances to Championship Game of Lady Griz Classic | Make it Missoula

December 20, 2014

Montana and Austin Peay will meet in the championship game Saturday of the 34th Lady Griz Classic presented by Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown after both teams posted victories Friday night at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula.

Montana Unemployment Rate at 4.3 Percent - Flathead Beacon

December 20, 2014

Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent in November.

Kaarma trial puts 'gun culture' in hot seat

December 19, 2014

Minutes after a Missoula jury found Markus Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide for shooting a 17-year-old German exchange student, Rep. Ellie Hill took to Twitter.

Dede's parents testify at special post-conviction hearing | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 19, 2014

The parents of a German exchange student who was shot and killed by a Missoula man testified in court Thursday.

Dede's host family creates bond with German family | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 19, 2014

Inside the Missoula County Courthouse, Big Sky High School students and supporters of the Dede family waited to greet them.

FWP Investigating Illegal Killing of Elk Near Holland Lake - Flathead Beacon

December 19, 2014

State wildlife officers are investigating the illegal killing of an elk near Holland Lake south of Condon.

Judge Orders Ex-Billionaire Jailed for Contempt - Flathead Beacon

December 19, 2014

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Tim Blixseth jailed after the onetime billionaire and embattled real estate mogul failed to comply with an order to pay nearly $14 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort.

Former billionaire Blixseth behind bars in Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 19, 2014

From one of the world's richest men - to prison.

Weather Forecast: Widespread valley rain today | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 19, 2014

Widespread mountain snow with valley rain is expected for Friday.

Dede family prepares to leave Missoula with memories of their son | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 19, 2014

As the Dede family prepares to make their journey home, they are leaving with the memory of their son Diren.

Wagenmann & Hermanson Named to All America Teams

December 18, 2014

The University of Montana’s Zack Wagenmann has been named to two more All-America teams this week, as he was named to the Walter Camp All-America first team squad, and he was also a first team selection by the Associated Press.  Earlier this week it was announced that he had been selected to the AFCA’s FCS All-America Team.

Kaarma Attorney Paul Ryan Plans Appeal of Deliberate Homicide Sentence

December 18, 2014

Less than an hour after his client heard the clerk of District Court read the verdict of the jury that Markus Kaarma was guilty of deliberate homicide, a determined Paul Ryan said he has been planning all along to appeal a guilty verdict, should one occur. 

Weather Forecast - Light rain | snow mix today | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 18, 2014

Light rain and snow will continue today across the Northern Rockies, especially for portions of northwest Montana.

CMC to donate $10 million from hospital sale | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 18, 2014

Community Medical Center directors are outlining what they'll do with the millions of dollars from selling the hospital, with $10 million going as a gift to the University of Montana Foundation.

Semi hauling explosives catches fire near Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 18, 2014

Interstate 90 west of Missoula was shut down early this morning after semi-trailer hauling explosives caught fire.

Grant Creek neighborhood honors Diren Dede | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 18, 2014

Diren Dede's murder galvanized many people in Missoula.

Kaarma found guilty of deliberate homicide | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 17, 2014

A jury of eight women and four men has convicted a Missoula man of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German exchange student.

Markus Kaarma Found Guilty of Deliberate Homicide in the Shooting of Diren Dede

December 17, 2014

Markus Kaarma has been found guilty of the deliberate homicide of German exchange student Diren Dede in Missoula today.

Kaarma jury to return Wednesday morning | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 17, 2014

A jury of eight women and four men has not yet reached a verdict in the trial of the Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student.  The jury started its deliberations shortly after noon Tuesday, and will return Wednesday morning to continue deliberating.

One dead after plane crash northwest of Ronan | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 17, 2014

One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a small plane crashed in a hillside northwest of Ronan.

Stolen Gift Cards Detected at Missoula T.J. Maxx, Authorities Seeking Info on Suspect

December 17, 2014

A T.J. Maxx gift card may be the link between justice and a string of robberies that occurred over the summer near the Equestrian Park in Missoula. Missoula county Sheriff’s Office Public information officer Paige Pavalone says a victim of one of the thefts in November reported the gift cards stolen from their vehicle.

Small Plane Crashes in Lake County - Flathead Beacon

December 17, 2014

A small private plane crashed northwest of Ronan on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Weather Forecast - Near normal temperatures | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 17, 2014

The forecast continues to look rather quiet mid-week with a series of small storms approaching from the Pacific Northwest.

Bob Stitt Named Head Football Coach at Montana | Make it Missoula

December 17, 2014

Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as the University of Montana’s 36th head football coach, announced UM’s Director of Athletics Kent Haslam today (Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014).

MCPS announces new Sentinel High School principal | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 17, 2014

Sentinel High School has a new principal.

Closing Arguments in the Markus Kaarma Trial

December 16, 2014

Closing arguments began on the eighth day of the Markus Kaarma trial in Missoula. Prosecution focused on proving that Kaarma had intent to kill any potential burglars in his house based on his actions in the days leading up to the fatal shooting of Diren Dede. Defense emphasized that jurors must have absolutely no doubt in order to find Kaarma guilty.

Kaarma jury told not to be "distracted." | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 16, 2014

Missoula County prosecutors warn jurors against being "distracted" by issues like self defense and gun laws when deciding whether a Missoula man is guilty of murdering a teen who broke into his garage.

Deliberations to start in Kaarma murder trial | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 16, 2014

An image of a crying Markus Kaarma was the final statement made by his defense team.

Weather Forecast - Light snow across SW Montana | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

December 16, 2014

A weak weather disturbance will continue to bring light snow to portions of southwest Montana this morning.

House to modify dress code that drew criticism | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 16, 2014

Montana's new House speaker says he's talking with Democratic leaders about modifying a dress code that has drawn criticism from some lawmakers.

Providence Montana Health Foundation hires new executive director | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 16, 2014

Officials with Providence Montana Health Foundation have announced their selection of Fran Albrecht as the new executive director.

30 cars derail in Missoula rail yard, no injuries reported | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 16, 2014

Montana Rail Link officials say no one was injured and no hazardous materials spilled after 30 cars derailed Tuesday morning in a Missoula rail yard.

Prosecution and Defense to give closing statements in Kaarma trial | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

December 16, 2014

The Defense has rested its case in the trial of a Missoula man who shot a German exchange student in his garage.

Man Gets 80 Years in Teacher's Oil-Patch Killing - Flathead Beacon

December 16, 2014

A Colorado man was sentenced Monday to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in a case that emerged as a chilling example of the social changes brought by the Northern Plains’ oil boom.

Defense Rests in German Exchange Student Shooting - Flathead Beacon

December 16, 2014

The defense rested its case Monday in the murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student inside the man’s garage.