Most talked about Missoulian stories

Washingtons give UM $7M for Champions Center — Athletes at the University of Montana got a big boost on Friday when the Washington family announced a $7 million gift to the Department of Athletics to build a new Champions Center outside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Kyle and Kevin Washington, sons of Dennis and Phyllis Washington, announced the gift on behalf of the Washington Foundation.

City officials: Missoula can run water utility for millions less

Oct 31, 2014

Mind boggling amounts of money are at play in this condemnation ordeal. Here's the latest.

Bats: Smart as well as scary, with plenty to fear from us

Griz coach addresses offensive issues — Inconsistency has been a bugaboo for Montana's offense this season. On occasion the 12th-ranked Grizzly football team has gotten away with sputtering, winning close calls against South Dakota and North Dakota. Other times inconsistency has taken a serious toll, such as last week in a 41-21 loss at Cal Poly.

Missoula County must pay $565K for jail inmate's death — Missoula County must pay $565,500 in damages to the family of a woman who died of a seizure in the county detention center in 2009. A Missoula District Court jury ruled that county officials were mostly responsible for the death of Heather Holly Wasson, 31.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @bykenarmstrong: $565K verdict in MT: Inmate, in withdrawal, suffers seizure. No one responds for 1 hr, 19 minutes. Via @RobChaney1…

Oct 30, 2014

$565K verdict in MT: Inmate, in withdrawal, suffers seizure. No one responds for 1 hr, 19 minutes. Via @RobChaney1…

Little lake trout wins angler $10K prize at Flathead Mack Days

Oct 30, 2014

Angler's 10-inch fish worth $10,000 at Fall Mack Days on Flathead Lake.

Hornets' explosive offense to test Grizzlies — Garrett Safron and his pals put up 48 points on Montana's defense a year ago, so you know they're not going to be intimidated coming to Missoula. Safron, Sacramento State's 6-foot-1 senior quarterback, remembers vividly last November's home overtime loss to the Grizzlies.

In a man's world, women made their mark in Glacier Park

Oct 30, 2014

Many @GlacierNPS landmarks named for men, but past also includes adventursome women.

Report ranks Montana 6th in nation for business tax climate — Montana has the sixth-best business tax climate in the U.S., according to a report from the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit think tank. The Tax Foundation's 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index takes into account over 100 variables, including corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes and property taxes.

UPDATED: Missoula Mercantile under contract, broker says — A team of Nevada-based developers will return to Missoula next week as the new owners of the Missoula Mercantile, a sprawling building that has sat empty in the downtown core for more than four years. The new owners, Stephen Glenn and Dario Passalalpi of Reno, announced the purchase of the building on Wednesday.

MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Montana elections are no experiment — Election campaigns in Montana are heated enough. We really didn't need more gasoline on the fire. But that's exactly what 100,000 Montana voters got last week when they received a "2014 Montana General Election Voter Information Guide" mailer that is supposedly part of a "political science study" but which actually introduces partisan influences to a nonpartisan race.
Oct 29, 2014

"Democracy is worth fighting for," says @stanford. Interesting. @missoulian calls your mailer "fraud." You apologize.

UM students rally around wildlands in voter pledge drive — With elections less than a week away, the voter-pledge drive at the University of Montana is in full swing. The air is crisp and the leaves have fallen, but the midterm elections have students less than enthused. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project hopes to change that, and it believes Montana's wildlands may be a subject students will rally behind.

Author O'Brien talks of war, truth and writing at UM — Tim O'Brien was stuck writing another book when he took a break in the late 1980s and penned "The Things They Carried," a story that explores meaning in three simple words: "This is true." That opening line in a mid-story chapter questions everything the famed author learned in the Vietnam War about guilt, fear and loss.