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click to enlarge STUMP SPEECH: State legislators greeted U.S. Sen. Jon Tester with a standing ovation during a special joint session Jan. 9 after he claimed to be the only Senate Democrat to vote against both the Wall Street and automaker bailouts. Tester received a decidedly more mixed reaction from Montana residents when he announced his controversial and potentially precedent-setting Forest Jobs and Recreation Act later in the year. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • STUMP SPEECH: State legislators greeted U.S. Sen. Jon Tester with a standing ovation during a special joint session Jan. 9 after he claimed to be the only Senate Democrat to vote against both the Wall Street and automaker bailouts. Tester received a decidedly more mixed reaction from Montana residents when he announced his controversial and potentially precedent-setting Forest Jobs and Recreation Act later in the year.

click to enlarge LOOK OUT BELOW: The 2009 Montana Snowbowl Gelande Championship drew dozens of jumpers from across the nation to compete for an $8,000 purse. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • LOOK OUT BELOW: The 2009 Montana Snowbowl Gelande Championship drew dozens of jumpers from across the nation to compete for an $8,000 purse.

click to enlarge MEDIA CIRCUS: Billed as the largest environmental crimes trial in U.S. history (for the potential fines and jail time involved), the W.R. Grace case attracted media from across the country. At different times, reporters from Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times rubbed elbows in the courtroom with local journalists. Here, W.R. Grace lead attorney and courtroom showman David Bernick takes questions from the press corps after the jury exonerated his clients. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • MEDIA CIRCUS: Billed as the largest environmental crimes trial in U.S. history (for the potential fines and jail time involved), the W.R. Grace case attracted media from across the country. At different times, reporters from Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times rubbed elbows in the courtroom with local journalists. Here, W.R. Grace lead attorney and courtroom showman David Bernick takes questions from the press corps after the jury exonerated his clients.

click to enlarge BODY BLOW: Twenty-two fighters from throughout the Northwest went toe-to-toe at Missoula Mayhem on March 21, the first Mixed Martial Arts competition ever held at the University of Montana’s Adams Center. Scott Brown, inverted, turned things around to defeat Nike Emry in the event’s fourth bout. - PHOTO BY ASHLEY SEARS
  • Photo by Ashley Sears
  • BODY BLOW: Twenty-two fighters from throughout the Northwest went toe-to-toe at Missoula Mayhem on March 21, the first Mixed Martial Arts competition ever held at the University of Montana’s Adams Center. Scott Brown, inverted, turned things around to defeat Nike Emry in the event’s fourth bout.

click to enlarge NAKED RUN: Neither cold, nor wind, nor snow, nor darkness could diminish the Missoula Telemark Challenge race series at Snowbowl on March 7. Racers arrived in various costumes, including camouflage, a giant fish suit and no costume whatsoever. After celebrating its 25th year, the series became the second-longest running telemark race in the country. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • NAKED RUN: Neither cold, nor wind, nor snow, nor darkness could diminish the Missoula Telemark Challenge race series at Snowbowl on March 7. Racers arrived in various costumes, including camouflage, a giant fish suit and no costume whatsoever. After celebrating its 25th year, the series became the second-longest running telemark race in the country.
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