The Indy received some staggering news this week when longtime staff photographer Chad Harder suffered a severe injury outside Butte. During a routine scramble heading toward Spire Rock, Chad grabbed for a boulder that quickly came loose from the ground. The rock tumbled down, crushed Chad’s right arm and nearly severed his hand completely at the wrist. Emergency personnel transported Chad to St. James Hospital in Butte before determining that he needed to be medevaced to Salt Lake City for immediate surgery.
The Montana Third Judicial District Court Friday upheld Granite County's denial of a 242-lot subdivision at Ryan Creek, hampering again a proposal that would establish a community "larger than Drummond" roughly 30 miles east of Missoula.
This week's print edition highlights two promising First Friday shows: Student work at The Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne St. #A) and Her Picture in a Frame at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery (210 N. Higgins Ave.), an exhibit by celebrated National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard. But that's just the tip of this week's offerings.
This week's Indy cover story focuses on recreation on and regulation of the Blackfoot River, Missoula's go-to spot for fishing, rafting or just getting a buzz on. The article follows Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) ranger Chris McGrath over the course of a single patrol. However, there's much more to the story of river management locally.
President Barack Obama's planned visit to Bozeman next Friday, where he's expected to hold a "town hall" meeting on health care reform, may be a calculated move to pressure Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus in his home state.
That's liberal political columnist David Sirota's interpretation, at least. Sirota prophetically told the Indy more than two weeks ago, during an interview for a profile of Baucus, that Obama coming to Montana, while unlikely, might force the senator to drop a plan to tax health care benefits, which if passed would break one of Obama's main campaign promises.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks now has a sixth electrification proposal available online.
The Indy’s profile of Sen. Max Baucus has received attention from bloggers around the country since it was published last Thursday.
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