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Missoula County to Forest Service: More emphasis on home ignition zones

Missoula County to Forest Service: More emphasis on home ignition zones

In a letter to the Forest Service, Missoula County is asking the local agency to make greater emphasis of home ignition zones and the role they can play in preventing the devastating fires that have plagued other Western communities in recent years. Read More

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December 23, 2021

City of Missoula loses ‘bad faith’ claims in water case, may be on the hook for millions

City of Missoula loses ‘bad faith’ claims in water case, may be on the hook for millions

The panel also determined the city never had an enforceable promise of a sale, as it had argued. Rather, the panel found the city had a right to make an offer, and that Carlyle considered the offers presented, but they weren’t high enough by a long shot. Read More

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December 23, 2021

Missoula County extends AT&T lease agreement, caps excess tax increment

Missoula County extends AT&T lease agreement, caps excess tax increment

A lease agreement signed during a different economic era in Missoula underwent some modifications this week after AT&T/Direct TV extended their lease in the county's tech district for another five years. Read More

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December 23, 2021

Court hears challenge to Montana’s new birth certificate law

Court hears challenge to Montana’s new birth certificate law

Senate Bill 280 changed how sex could be changed on birth certificates in Montana. Previously, a person could attest to their gender and have it changed. However, the law now requires a person to undergo “surgery” and have a court order before changing it. Read More

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December 23, 2021

Viewpoint: Some New Year’s resolutions for NorthWestern Energy

Viewpoint: Some New Year’s resolutions for NorthWestern Energy

Anne Hedges writes, "NorthWestern’s leadership team needs to take this opportunity and clean up its act for the sake of its customers' pocketbooks and Montanans who want safe, affordable and reliable energy." Read More

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December 23, 2021

Viewpoint: Tester’s action on disaster readiness must also address climate

Viewpoint: Tester’s action on disaster readiness must also address climate

Mary Jones writes, "Senator Tester and others see a need to take action to prepare our military for these extreme weather risks, which are likely to only become more frequent and worse with our rapidly changing climate." Read More

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December 23, 2021

Wolf trapping begins in grizzly bear habitat near national parks; one pack nearly eliminated

Wolf trapping begins in grizzly bear habitat near national parks; one pack nearly eliminated

“Yellowstone wolves are being slaughtered, and no one is saying a thing about those that are gone. The Junction Butte pack, the most watched in the park, has lost at least seven members,” said Yellowstone photographer Deby Dixon on social media. Read More

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December 22, 2021

Advocate of growing airline service in Missoula appointed to airport authority

Advocate of growing airline service in Missoula appointed to airport authority

Missoula County this week appointed David Bell to fill a vacant seat on the board. Bell, president and CEO of the ALPS Corp., has a long history with the airport and, from the outside, has helped propel its growth. Read More

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December 22, 2021

Sustainable Missoula: Local climate action continues with new Carbon Offset Program

Sustainable Missoula: Local climate action continues with new Carbon Offset Program

Cornerstone Apartments provides a blueprint on how collaboration and persistence can help Missoula address both climate change and the immediate challenges of housing those most in need. Read More

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November 13, 2020

Voices: Montana PSC needs Tranel for a renewable, affordable energy future

Voices: Montana PSC needs Tranel for a renewable, affordable energy future

The current Commission has repeatedly stalled efforts to transition to renewable energy with biased and unsound regulations and continually engaged in childish behaviors, such as spying on one another’s emails. Read More

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March 5, 2020