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Candlelight tours cast new light on Lewis and Clark Caverns — EAST LAHOOD - A snow squall followed you over Homestake Pass and caught up in full-fledged fury at ground zero. It blotted out the Big Sky from the lip of a natural marvel that made you want to fall in love with Montana all over again.
Dec 21, 2014

See Lewis and Clark Caverns by candlelight on holiday tours.

Missoula police officer recovers, retires after being shot working undercover — Geoff Curtis was in so much pain from the bullet that ripped through his left leg, at one point the undercover cop told his doctor he wanted an amputation. "I wasn't sleeping. I wasn't doing anything. I literally sat in the doctor's office and asked him to cut the leg off," Curtis said.

What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places — You've talked your friend/spouse/child into shouldering a heavy pack, enduring a painful blister, incurring dozens of mosquito bites, foregoing a soft bed and questioning his/her self respect and your good/evil intentions. All for a turn in the trail that explains everything. An "ah-ha" moment of revelation. An encounter with God, some would say.
Dec 21, 2014

"The more wild the place, the closer I am to the humility of one who's not in control of everything" -Rev. Grotzinger…

President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front — Montana wilderness legislation historic both for its bipartisan support and the longstanding campaigns it completed was signed into law Friday night by President Barack Obama. Included with other public lands measures as riders to the National Defense Authorization Act, the Montana provisions preserve broad swaths of land in the North Fork Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.
Dec 19, 2014

President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front: via @missoulian

Dec 19, 2014

.@BarackObama signs bill with protections for North Fork of Flathead, Rocky Mountain Front!

Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting — SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek says the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, in the arm on Monday. The injury is not life-threatening but Fipps is being treated in a hospital in Billings.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @jjgrigg: Dog shoots Wyoming man - really, but accidentally.

Dec 19, 2014

Dog shoots Wyoming man - really, but accidentally.

South Hills resident continues Grinch tradition, hands out candy — In Whoville, the Grinch stole Christmas, but in the South Hills, he purchased 120 pounds of M&Ms - green ones straight from the factory - to share with children. This year, Kirk Easter continues his tradition of dressing up as the green holiday curmudgeon and handing out candy to the littlest little munchkins, anyone who stands "no taller than the Grinch's belt."

Missoula Safeway stores sold to local buyers, will rebrand — Safeway has had a presence in Missoula for at least 72 years, but come February it's likely to vanish from the local market. The owners of the Orange Street Food Farm announced Friday they had purchased the city's two Safeway stores and plan to operate them as Missoula Fresh Market, pending approval of the Federal Trade Commission.

Missoula Safeway stores sold to local buyers — The new owners of the Orange Street Food Farm have purchased Missoula's two Safeway stores and plan to operate them as Missoula Fresh Market, pending approval by the Federal Trade Commission.

Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated' — Janelle Pflager, the partner of the Missoula man who was convicted of murdering a teenage exchange student this week, will not face charges. "I have no evidence that she colluded or facilitated (Markus) Kaarma in murdering Diren," lead prosecutor Andrew Paul said during an impromptu news conference following a hearing Thursday.

Awards piling up as Arlee teacher now finalist for national honor — ARLEE - When Arlee High School teacher Anna Baldwin was named Montana's Teacher of the Year for 2014, the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation called it the highest honor a teacher in the state can achieve. Not true, it turns out.

Collaboration, not party affiliation, key to legislative success, Bullock says — Gov. Steve Bullock touched on his budgeting priorities for the 2015 Legislature during a stop in Missoula on Thursday, saying the outcome of the session will depend less on party affiliation and more on collaboration, ideas and achievement. Still in his first term as governor, Bullock is facing his second legislative session.
Dec 18, 2014

Collaboration, not party affiliation, key to legislative success, Bullock says…

Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate — Owners of cabins on national forest lands throughout Montana celebrated on Thursday after passage of the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act. "I think this has restored my belief and confidence in government for the average citizen," Donald Gillespie told Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., during a gathering at the Missoula Parks and Recreation office.

Group petitions for grizzly bear reintroduction in Selway-Bitterroot — The Center for Biological Diversity wants to restart efforts to transplant grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness along the Montana-Idaho border. The national environmental group formally petitioned Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe on Thursday to craft a new rule reintroducing the bears.
Dec 18, 2014

Group urges reintroduction of grizzly bears in Selway-Bitterroot are of Montana and Idaho.