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Grizzly offense kicks into overdrive — A little tweaking has Montana's offense on a tear heading into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Grizzlies made Montana State's defense look confused on several zone read option runs early in last Saturday's game.

UM professor helps Kuwait revegetate arid landscapes — Seated in her office at the University of Montana, professor Cara Nelson talked of Kuwait, an arid nation once home to nearly 400 native plants and 300 species of birds. But after a war, the spread of oil production and poor land practices, that rich ecosystem has vanished in parts of the country, allowing desertification to creep in at the expense of ecological diversity.

Tester to ESPN: Expand coverage of FCS football playoffs — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Wednesday called on ESPN to expand its coverage of Football Championship Series playoff games, in particular those that include the University of Montana and Montana State University. Both teams enter the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs this weekend when the Grizzlies host the University of San Diego and the Bobcats host South Dakota State University.

Washington Foundation donates over $200k to Montana food banks, shelters — No time of year is a good time to be hungry, but especially not the holidays. Unfortunately, more than 163,630 Montanans, including 46,806 children, live at or below the federal poverty level, which is a household income of $23,850 for a family of four.
Nov 26, 2014

Washington Foundation donates over $200k to Montana food banks, shelters…

Wagenmann named Defensive Player of the Year — The three Big Sky Conference playoff teams combined to place 15 players on the 2014 All-Conference Football Team, which was released on Tuesday. Four Montana players were selected to the first team. Grizzly senior defensive end Zack Wagenmannof Missoula earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the All-Conference First Team for the third straight season.

Loyola Sacred Heart dismisses girls' basketball coach — With the start of the season just a couple weeks away, Loyola Sacred Heart on Tuesday fired girls' basketball coach Carrie Heaphy. The news broke via Twitter, ahead of a meeting by the Missoula Catholic school's advisory council Tuesday evening.

Report: Montana women, minorities earn less than living wage — HELENA - A disproportionate share of Montana women and Native Americans and other people of color are earning less than a living wage, a new report released Tuesday said. "Women and people of color are struggling to make ends meet," said former state Rep.
Nov 25, 2014

How long will this continue? Report: Montana women, minorities earn less than living wage: via @missoulian

Number of Montanans served by food banks declines, study says — HELENA - Nearly one of seven Montanans received food through Montana Food Bank Network agencies in 2013, a new study said. The Montana Food Bank Network's "Hungry in Montana" 2014 study said network agencies served nearly 140,000 different clients over a total of 1.15 million visits in 2013.
Nov 25, 2014

Study contradicts Missoula Food Bank Statement that #s are up: Number of MTns served by banks declines, study says…

C.S. Porter assistant principal placed on administrative leave — The superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools placed the assistant principal at C.S. Porter Middle School on administrative leave this week, though the reasons why haven't been disclosed. MCPS spokesperson Hatton Littman on Tuesday confirmed that Bob Gearhart, assistant principal at the middle school, was placed on leave pending further investigation.
Nov 25, 2014

C.S. Porter assistant principal placed on administrative leave; reason not disclosed…

Missoula Food Bank volunteers distribute turkeys in the rain — Volunteers and staffers for the Missoula Food Bank braved mud and a steady drizzle on Tuesday to distribute free turkeys to those in need. Traffic eased at a constant pace through the distribution point at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, and those who came didn't leave empty handed.

UM geosciences professor named fellow by science association — University of Montana geosciences professor George Stanley, who directs the UM Paleontology Center, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stanley was awarded the distinction for his work in paleobiology of invertebrates, especially the evolution of reef forms. His research has clarified the evolution of reefs and of modern coral lineages.

Transient accused of July murder denies killing Missoula man — The transient accused of torturing and murdering a Missoula man in a transient camp in July and subsequently fleeing to Louisiana, pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in Missoula County District Court on Tuesday morning. Kevin Joseph Lino, 27, is currently residing in the Missoula County jail pending a $250,0000 bail.

Editor wants charges from Lake County crash scene brouhaha dismissed — POLSON - A motion to dismiss three misdemeanor charges against the editor of a local newspaper who was arrested while photographing a crash scene says Vince Lovato was taken into custody "for the sole purpose of preventing him from exercising (a) well-settled constitutional right."
Nov 25, 2014

Editor wants charges from Lake County crash scene brouhaha dismissed… via @missoulian

Paul Austin named chief ranger at Glacier National Park — WEST GLACIER - Paul Austin is trading giant cacti for large forests. Austin, chief ranger at Saguaro National Park in Arizona, has been named to the same post at Glacier National Park, officials said Monday. He replaces Mark Foust, who was earlier appointed superintendent at Dinosaur National Monument, which is located in Utah and Colorado.
Nov 25, 2014

New @GlacierNPS chief ranger is trading desert for high country!