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Zinke discusses 'American Sniper,' U.S. war decisions

missoulian.com — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke knew Chris Kyle, the subject of "American Sniper," when Zinke was commander of special forces in the Fallujah area of Iraq in 2004. As the movie has topped box-office ticket sales and landed Oscar nominations, Zinke has also jumped into some of the controversy over its depiction of war, warriors and the impact prolonged conflict has had on American families.
Jan 24, 2015

Interesting Q&A from former SEAL: "Zinke discusses 'American Sniper,' U.S. war decisions" #mtpol #americansniper bit.ly/18dEGPX

Jan 24, 2015

RT @SherryDevlin: Fascinating read: Ryan Zinke discusses 'American Sniper,' U.S. war decisions missoulian.com/news/local/art…

Speltz: Taking the long road to the pros

missoulian.com — Shad Blair reached a new height with his hoops aspirations Saturday night. The 37-year-old family man from Stevensville played his first meaningful basketball game since, well, probably since his high school days in Eureka. The fleet-footed, 6-foot-10 power forward suited up for the American Basketball Association's Atlanta WildCats.

MRA unveils new plans for Reserve Street pedestrian bridge

missoulian.com — The Missoula Redevelopment Agency has unveiled a new design for a proposed pedestrian bridge that would span South Reserve Street and tie into a new regional park at Fort Missoula and the Missoula to Lolo Trail. Construction of the park is slated to begin this spring, and Missoula County commissioners will open bids for the $4.5 million trail next month.

‘F’ is for Fort Benton, hotbed of falconry

missoulian.com — FORT BENTON - The most famous falconer in the world lives in retirement here, retirement being a relative notion. Hal Webster, a Navy man, was the man responsible for giving the Air Force Academy its Falcons mascot, live and otherwise.
Jan 25, 2015

"I used to be quite a dapper bastard." In F is for Fort Benton, by storyteller extraordinaire @KimBriggeman. missoulian.com/news/local/art…

Hockey team to hold moment of silence Sunday for UM student struck, killed on I-90

missoulian.com — A University of Montana student was killed early Friday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 90. Jake Kallen, 19, was a member of UM's coed club hockey team. The Montana Highway Patrol and Missoula County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of the incident at 2:19 a.m.
Jan 24, 2015

Hockey team to hold moment of silence Sunday for UM student struck, killed on I-90 missoulian.com/news/local/art…

UM student ID'd as man struck, killed on I-90

missoulian.com — A University of Montana student was killed early Friday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 90. Jake Kallen, 19, was a member of UM's club hockey team. The Montana Highway Patrol and Missoula County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of the incident at 2:19 a.m.

Montana veterans: Choice Act can't overcome poor communication

missoulian.com — At a town hall meeting held by the Montana VA Health Care System two weeks ago, a man asked the state's acting VA director about a law passed in November that allows veterans to be treated at non-VA facilities. The Choice Act, co-authored by Sen.

UM economists: Tourism powers economy; gas prices a concern in Bakken

missoulian.com — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Missoula audience Friday. After years of recession, the economic forecast is solid and mostly positive, they said. The biggest question mark: falling oil prices, and the potential hit to eastern Montana's oil economy.
Jan 24, 2015

"Energy independence ... is now not a pipe dream of presidents ... It may actually be within our grasp." missoulian.com/news/local/art…

Montana House committee backs income tax cuts

missoulian.com — HELENA - The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide millions of dollars of one-time and permanent state income tax cuts. Advancing to the House floor for debate were House Bill 166, by House Majority Leader Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, and HB169, by Rep.

Lighting fix in works after stretch of Missoula's Riverfront Trail goes dark

missoulian.com — The lights are out on a stretch of Missoula's Riverfront Trail that's roughly half a mile long. Next Tuesday or Wednesday, workers will put a temporary fix in place on a portion of the trail south of the Clark Fork River, said the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department's Bob Worthen.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @jjgrigg: Lights out on Missoula's Riverfront Trail, but a fix is coming. ht.ly/HNqAf

Jan 22, 2015

Lights out on Missoula's Riverfront Trail, but a fix is coming. ht.ly/HNqAf

Missoula lawmaker wants to raise gas tax by 5 cents a gallon

missoulian.com — HELENA - A Missoula lawmaker has introduced a bill to raise the state's tax on gasoline by a nickel a gallon, dividing the proceeds between local streets and roads and public transportation. Rep. Nancy Wilson, D-Missoula, is the sponsor of House Bill 275. The bill, introduced Thursday, will be heard by the House Transportation Committee next Wednesday.
Jan 23, 2015

Morning, all. Time for The Daily Grind, from the MT Cap. 1st, lawmaker wants to up state gas tax: bit.ly/1wrTX46 #mtpol #mtleg

East Missoula pilot, passenger recount 'lucky' story of crash into Helena home

missoulian.com — Some guys have all the luck. Duane Felstet, 78, and Robert Brunson, 75, walked away as survivors this week, after Felstet's 1966 Cherokee lost power, bounced off a telephone pole, and crashed into a Helena home. Not only did they survive, but the two friends were relatively unscathed.
Jan 22, 2015

"Out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time" - East Missoula pilot on plane crash into Helena house. ht.ly/HNtIL

Missoula YouTube star Hank Green interviews Obama

missoulian.com — Missoula resident Hank Green sat down for a face-to-face interview with President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, and the whole thing was live-streamed on YouTube.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @SherryDevlin: Missoula YouTube star Hank Green interviews Obama, asks him to sign a prescription drug receipt: bit.ly/1L4lEL2 via @missoulian

Land trust closes deal for Placid, Gold Creek acres

missoulian.com — With the title now transferred on 117,000 acres of lower Blackfoot River timberland, the real work is about to begin managing a mosaic of ownerships as a single landscape. The $85 million "Great Western Checkerboards" project closed on Wednesday, moving large chunks of open space around Placid Lake and Gold Creek from Plum Creek Timber Co.

New 500-bed student housing project to be built in downtown Missoula

missoulian.com — A group of developers announced Thursday plans to build a 500-bed housing project specifically designed for University of Montana students in downtown Missoula. The project will be located on the corner of East Front Street and Clay Street, at the site of the former First Interstate Bank drive-thru, near the Clark Fork River and Kiwanis Park.

Bill would close loophole in Montana media shield law

missoulian.com — HELENA (AP) - A Billings Republican is sponsoring legislation that would bar Montana government agencies from obtaining a reporter's sources or other information such as emails stored by communications providers. Rep. Daniel Zolnikov introduced the measure Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @SherryDevlin: If you believe in the 1st Amendment, you need to support this bill: Bill would close loophole in MT media shield law: bit.ly/1L3Ha2s