Missoula Area News

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Bitterroot Cat-Griz fans prepare for game, tailgate parties | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 22, 2014

Caravans of fans will be traveling north from the Bitterroot to the game this weekend.

Weather Forecast: Heavy mountain snow on tap this weekend | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 22, 2014

Looks like we're in for some significant mountain snow this weekend! Valleys look to see a rain/snow mix Friday night through Saturday, but we could see snow levels dropping to all valley floors as early as Saturday evening.

Fans happy to see retro Griz gear | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 22, 2014

Old school fashionistas were all grins on Friday as the University of Montana released its one-year comeback of the school's traditional classic copper, gold and silver colors.

Montana’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent - Flathead Beacon

November 22, 2014

While Montana’s unemployment rate in October dropped down to 4.5 percent, Flathead County’s moved up 0.3 percentage point, reaffirming that the busy summer season has come to a close.

State's Arguments in Gay Marriage Case Due Feb. 27 - Flathead Beacon

November 22, 2014

Opening arguments from Montana’s attorney general are due Feb. 27 in his appeal of a federal court order that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Warning issued after fake money found in Lolo | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 22, 2014

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for counterfeit money circulating around Lolo after getting a report of phony money being found at the McDonald's restaurant on U.S. Highway 93 South.

Extra security planned for Griz-Cat football game | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 22, 2014

A standing room only crowd is expected for Saturday's big game between the Grizzlies and the Bobcats, which has the University of Montana Police Department preparing for the cross state matchup.

Dual enrollment cited as key factor for increased numbers | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 21, 2014

The University of Montana saw a 3.9-percent decrease in enrollment this year, compared to the previous year, but officials are pleased to see an increase of about 7 percent in the freshman class.

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

Some same sex couples wasted no time applying for marriage licenses in Missoula on Thursday morning - hours after a federal judge struck down Montana's ban on same sex marriages.

Judge again denies Markus Kaarma Change of Venue request | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

A Missoula District judge has denied for a third time Markus Kaarma's request to move his upcoming murder trial out of Missoula County.

Missoula police investigating alleged rape | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

Missoula Police detectives say they are investigating a report of an alleged rape of woman that happened early Saturday morning.

Bullock discusses higher education priorities at UM | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

Governor Steve Bullock continued the push for his top education priorities early Thursday morning at the University of Montana.

Mountain Line rolls out new buses | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

For over a decade, the teal, yellow and dazzling hot-pink of Mountain Line buses have kept Missoulains riding in 90s nostalgia.

Weather Forecast: Heavy mountain snow tonight | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

Northwest Montana will continue to see light snow and freezing rain throughout the day. The good news is that inversions should finally break with highs for the first time reaching the 30s and even 40s.

Snowbowl gearing up for start of ski season | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

The snow has stopped falling in Missoula, but crews at Snowbowl are making sure there's still plenty of snow and everything is ready for ski season.

Authorities looking for Mullan Road burglar | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 21, 2014

Authorities are looking to the public for information about a burglary that happened earlier this week in Missoula.

Four Sex Sting Suspects Released on Bond - Flathead Beacon

November 21, 2014

Four of the six Flathead County men who were nabbed in a child sex sting operation earlier this year have been released on reduced bonds.

Bears Add Former Griz Mariani - Flathead Beacon

November 20, 2014

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with receiver and kick returner Marc Mariani and waived safety Ahmad Dixon.

Game #10: 11th-Ranked Griz at #5 Eastern Washington | Make it Missoula

November 20, 2014

The #13-ranked University of Montana Grizzlies (5-2 BSC/7-4) conclude their regular season, hosting the first place (tie) and the #12-Montana State Bobcats (6-1 BSC/8-3) in the “Brawl of the Wild” game. It is also “Senior Day” and the 114th meeting between the long-time rivals, in yet another must-win Big Sky Conference game for the Griz, Saturday, Nov. 22. Kickoff in Washington-Grizzly Stadium is 3:15 p.m. (Mtn.).

Charlo shooting victim identified, suspect charged | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 20, 2014

A suspect is now charged in the shooting death of a 29-year-old woman in Charlo on Tuesday.

Stevensville sex offender will spend life in prison | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 20, 2014

A Stevensville man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for sexual crimes against underage girls.

Hellgate District explains new high school proposal | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 20, 2014

Wednesday evening, the Hellgate Elementary school district took its first steps to find out if taxpayers want to add a new high school.

Missoula takes lead in Can the Cats food drive | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

Workers at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank weigh all of the donations of food as they come in, and on Wednesday morning a donation of turkeys from Black Bull came in.

Kaarma's defense team makes several requests in fatal shooting case | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

The defense team of Markus Kaarma has submitted a request that certain pieces of evidence, and terms, be excluded from the upcoming trial.

Kaarma defense team makes third request to move trial | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

Markus Kaarma's attorneys have filed a third request to move the upcoming murder trial out of Missoula county, saying the barrage of prejudicial press is tainting the potential jury pool.

Wedding bells may now ring for Missoula same sex couples | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

U.S. District Court judge Brian Morris in Great Falls ruled on Wednesday in favor of four Montana same-sex couples suing for the right to marry.

Residents weigh in on proposed CMC merger | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

Folks for and against the sale of Missoula's Community Medical Center to the Billings Clinic spoke out Wednesday evening during a public forum at Hellgate High School that was hosted by the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Weather Forecast: Freezing rain threat today | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2014

Watch out for patchy areas of freezing fog early Thursday morning.

Montana Becomes 34th State to Legalize Gay Marriage After Judge Overturns Constitutional Amendment

November 20, 2014

Gay marriage supporters are cheering after U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris overturned the state of Montana’s Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Montana gets C- for infrastructure report | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 19, 2014

Montana gets a C- in the infrastructure report released this morning. This is the first time Montana received a report.

Weather Forecast: Valley inversions continue | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 19, 2014

Valley inversions will keep temperatures in the 20s and 30s today under mostly cloudy skies, but the higher terrain will see highs near normal reaching the upper 30s and even low 40s.

Missoula inmate death appears to be case of suicide | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 19, 2014

The death at the Missoula County Jail is being ruled an intentional act that appears to be a suicide - and witnesses say it looked like the man was performing a stunt before it happened.

CMC head Steve Carlson to resign | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

November 19, 2014

Community Medical Center CEO Steve Carlson has announced that he will resign on the hospital's day of sale.

Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline - Flathead Beacon

November 19, 2014

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

Lady Griz Hang On for 55-44 Win in Opener | Make it Missoula

November 18, 2014

The Montana women’s basketball team opened its regular season Monday night with a 55-44 victory over Montana-Western at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula.

Early Tests Don't Find Tainted Water from Oil Boom - Flathead Beacon

November 18, 2014

Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that’s already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.

Carroll Gets No. 1 Ranking in Final NAIA Poll - Flathead Beacon

November 18, 2014

The Carroll College football team had a pretty good weekend.

Geologist: Recent Shakes Reminder that Montana is 'Earthquake Country' - Flathead Beacon

November 18, 2014

The two earthquakes that rattled Northwest Montana last week are a clear reminder that Montana is “earthquake country,” according to a scientist with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Suspect in German Student Death Has Criminal Past - Flathead Beacon

November 18, 2014

A man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula, and has been ordered to undergo a pretrial psychiatric evaluation.

Memorial set up at site of fatal crash to honor victim | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

November 18, 2014

One Missoula teen is still in critical condition after a deadly car crash Saturday but his friend, Dante James Martin, 17, died in the wreck. He and the driver were headed east Saturday on Spurgin Road in Missoula just west of Reserve Street.