This Week’s Missoula News Highlights – Week of Feb. 18th

By TOM DIDDEL

Double Big Sky Conference Tournament Could Happen In Missoula

While the University of Montana men’s basketball team only play one game this week, and the Lady Griz do not have another game until the 28th of February, both teams sit on top of their leagues and could double host the Big Sky Conference Tournament. If both the men and Lady Griz host their respective tournaments, Missoula would see twelve games in just four days. (read more)

MCPS School Superintendent Breaks His Silence on Unpopular Raise

The Superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools, Alex Apostle, broke his silence on his raise which will have him making $200,000 a year by 2014. Apostle argued that his raised was performance based and he met or exceeded the criteria needed in order to receive the salary increase. (read more)

Missoula Downtown Landmark, the Mercantile Still Seen As a Viable Commercial Option

Work continues on the historical Missoula Mercantile building several years after Macy’s decided to close its Missoula store located in the downtown location. The building, which is on the corner of Front and Higgins, is being restored by Zillastate Realty. Jed Dennison, a broker for the real estate company, sees the property as a host for a multitude of businesses. (read more)

Friends of Alleged Rape Victim Testify in Jordan Johnson’sTrial

The Jordan Johnson rape trial continued this week with friends of the victim and her former roommate testifying about her behavior following the alleged attack. Witnesses described the notable changes in the alleged victim. (read more)

Washington’s Legalization of Marijuana Could Have a Large Impact on Missoula

As voter approved legalization of marijuana becomes available in Washington, Missoulians and Montanans alike wonder how the changes in the legal status of the plant will affect surrounding states. Montana law enforcement agents aren’t expecting immediate problems, but realize the close proximity and availability of the now legal drug will inevitably change the landscape of marijuana use in surrounding areas. (read more)

Lolo Guest Ranch Owner Takes Concerns to Helena

Sterling and SuZanne Miller have been in a regulatory battle over their guest ranch in Lolo with Missoula County. Now the couple is taking their concerns about the subdivision laws which have mired their business to the Helena to give testimony concerning Senate Bill 324, legislation aimed at revising current subdivision laws. (read more)

Each week, Tom Diddel recaps the week’s most talked-about stories in Missoula. Visit the Make it Missoula News & Opinion section for more talk of the town.

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Tom Diddel has lived in Missoula on and off for nearly thirty-eight years. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana and is currently working as a Freelance Writer and a Para-Educator.