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LIVE COVERAGE: 114th Brawl of the Wild — Join the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic for live coverage, via Twitter, of Saturday's Big Sky Conference game between Montana and Montana State.

Standing tall through it all — No one has endured more to make his Montana football dream come true than Jordan Johnson. You could argue it's not even close. From a well-publicized jury trial to coaching changes, concussions, nagging ankle and back pain and a switch in offensive schemes, Johnson has endured.

Missoulian, 21 other media file suit over secret GOP caucus — HELENA - Twenty-two media groups have asked a District Court to find the Republican House caucus in contempt of court for holding an illegal party caucus on Nov. 13. The legal action asked District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena to enforce the 1998 decision by former District Judge Thomas Honzel that declared that legislative party caucuses are public bodies and subject to the right-to-know provision of the Montana Constitution.
Nov 21, 2014

Missoulian, other media, want GOP caucus to be found in contempt of court for secret meeting.…

Stakes high for 114th Brawl of the Wild — Though technically impossible, Montana coach Mick Delaney's point was well taken when he opined, "you could be dead and still have energy this week." He was talking about the electricity surrounding Saturday's 114th Brawl of the Wild, pitting the 12th-ranked Montana State football team against the 13th-ranked Grizzlies at jam-packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

State's arguments in gay marriage case due Feb. 27 — BILLINGS (AP) - 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. Attorney General Tim Fox says Wednesday's order from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ignored the will of Montana voters.
Nov 21, 2014

Montana AG to appeal same marriages: State's arguments in gay marriage case due Feb. 27…

Corvallis School investigates report of teacher hitting student — CORVALLIS - School Superintendent Tim Johnson said Friday that he has received a report about the possibility of a teacher hitting a child at Corvallis Primary School. "We've started investigating," said Johnson. "The investigation is being conducted by a team effort among administration at this time."

UM brings back copper and gold to celebrate championship anniversary — The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana. On Friday, UM released a limited-edition retail line featuring its official school colors of copper, gold and silver.
Nov 21, 2014

UM brings back copper and gold to celebrate championship anniversary…

Prolific, diverse Drummond artist Bill Ohrmann dies at 95 — DRUMMOND - Bill Ohrmann produced such an enormous and respected body of artwork that admirers and friends thought he might be with them forever. The Drummond painter, sculptor, carver and former rancher passed away at age 95 on Wednesday morning, surrounded by family.
Nov 21, 2014

"Something to offend everyone." - the late Bill Ohrmann. Great piece, @walshc.… #ff

Bullock to regents: Tuition freeze must continue — Calling his biennial budget both ambitious and affordable, Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday outlined his proposal to freeze college tuition and to invest more in the research and development taking place at Montana's universities.

Pay, equity continue to challenge Montana universities, regents told — Leaders of the state's colleges and universities told the state Board of Regents on Thursday that pay equity and pressure from external markets continue to challenge their recruiting efforts, and they urged the board to explore a systemwide approach to resolve the issue.

MUS must be more responsive to change, commissioner says — The Montana University System must respond to change more quickly and expand its dual enrollment program to more high school students, members of the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education said Thursday. Addressing the state Board of Regents, Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian said the system needs to be more responsive to state business and workforce needs, along with emerging technologies.

First Missoula couples wed in courthouse ceremonies — They waited 18 years to legally declare their commitment to one another, but on Thursday morning that wait ended. Amid cheers from well-wishers, family and friends, Leslie Burgess and Serena Early became the first same-sex Missoula couple to marry.

Mountain Line unveils new buses with flashy designs, neon red lights — With rock music blaring in the background, representatives from the Missoula Urban Transportation District took some time on Thursday to unveil several brand new buses that will be added to the existing Mountain Line fleet, beginning Jan. 5.

Griz, Bison to battle in FCS Kickoff on ESPN — ESPN will open the 2015 college football season with North Dakota State at Montana in an FCS Kickoff matchup on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1:30 p.m. Last year's inaugural FCS Kickoff - played the Saturday prior to the first Football Bowl Subdivision games - saw Eastern Washington defeat visiting Sam Houston State, 56-35.

LIVE COVERAGE: Gay marriage in Montana — Join the Missoulian for live coverage of wedding ceremonies statewide today, as Montana couples take advantage of a judge's ruling, lifting the state's ban on gay marriage.

GAY MARRIAGE IN MONTANA: First Missoula couple weds — Leslie Burgess and Serena Early have wed in the Missoula County Courthouse, the first gay couple to do so since a federal judge lifted Montana's ban on same-sex marraige. A staff member for Montana ACLU performed the ceremony for a lively crowd shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday. 8:00 A.M.

Judge orders shooting witness back from Ecuador for Kaarma trial — Missoula County District Judge Ed McLean has ordered an Ecuadorian witness to be physically present at the December trial of Markus Kaarma, who stands accused of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a 17-year-old foreign exchange student.

UW-Whitewater coach, ex-Griz Pease interested in UM football job — Another candidate has surfaced for head coach of the Montana Grizzlies, and he's the biggest name in Division III since John Gagliardi. Lance Leipold of Wisconsin-Whitewater has shown his interest in the job, according to a couple of sources with knowledge of the situation.
Nov 19, 2014

RT @missoulian: UW-Whitewater coach Leipold, ex-Griz Pease interested in University of Montana football job…

Hellgate district discusses challenges, benefits of own high school — The superintendent of Hellgate Elementary School detailed the district's goal of breaking away from Missoula County Public Schools and building its own high school, a plan that could cost around $30 million.
Nov 20, 2014

Hellgate district discusses challenges, benefits of high school. Law change necessary too:… via @missoulian #mtedu