Missoula Area News

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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.

Man Charged with Aiding Escape Arrested | Flathead Beacon

April 17, 2014

BOZEMAN — A Montana man charged with driving the suspect in an assault and attempted rape to Missoula after he escaped police custody in Bozeman has been arrested.

Groups Criticize Governor Over Forest Priorities | Flathead Beacon

April 17, 2014

HELENA — Some conservationists are miffed that they weren't consulted before Gov. Steve Bullock nominated 5.1 million acres of national forest land in western and south-central Montana as top restoration priorities for the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Critics decry lack of public input on forest proposal | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com

April 16, 2014

Critics of Gov. Steve Bullock’s recent nomination of 5.1 million acres of U.S. Forest Service land as priority for “restoration” say the public was left out of the process.

Montana Gas Prices Currently 30 Cents Cheaper Than National Average – Small Spike to Follow This Week

April 16, 2014

A slow increase in gas prices hit the state this past week.Patrick Dehaan with GasBuddy.com said motorists should be prepared for a gas spike across the state in the next week:

Residents warned of flooding dangers in wake of Lolo wildfire | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 16, 2014

The Lolo Creek Complex fire is still fresh on the minds of many, and Missoula County is trying to mitigate the next possible disaster in that area - flash flooding.

Weather Forecast: Showers with 40s and 50s | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 16, 2014

With temperatures cooling to the 20s and 30s overnight look for icy spots on roadways Wednesday morning.

Montanan T. Rex Gets New Home At Smithsonian | Flathead Beacon

April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana.

Dinosaur on the move: Nearly complete T. rex arriving in DC for its new home at Smithsonian

April 15, 2014

A Tyrannosaurus rex is joining the dinosaur fossil collection on the National Mall after a 3,000-mile journey from Montana.

Jury hangs on murder charge, convicts on another | KTOO

April 15, 2014

A Juneau jury has convicted Robert Kowalski of second degree murder for conduct with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Bozeman fugitive, Matthew Brandemihl, arrested in Butte | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 15, 2014

BUTTE - A Three Forks man convicted of a day-long crime spree is once again behind bars.

Residents voice concern over Snowbowl explansion | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 15, 2014

A proposal to expand the Snowbowl ski area has been approved at the federal level, but some Grant Creek residents are unhappy with current road conditions there - and are also concerned about the future.

St. Patrick Hospital to Offer Obstetrics and Newborn Care

April 15, 2014

On Monday. April 14, St. Patrick Hospital issued a news release that the Providence medical facility will soon be offering obstetrics and newborn care.

No Charges to be Filed in Fatal Mt. Jumbo Avalanche

April 15, 2014

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg announced on Monday, April 14, that no charges would be filed in relation to the fatal Mount Jumbo avalanche on February 28.

Weather Forecast: Cooler Weather | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

April 15, 2014

Cooler temperatures with a mix of rain and snow showers are expected today and Wednesday across western Montana.