Since being hired in 2010, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has had a tough go of it. The Department of Justice, National Collegiate Athletic Association and Department of Education are each investigating how the university has handled a series of sexual assault allegations.
Freeride mountain bikers spoke with the Indy at length this summer about their continued frustrations with state and federal agencies. Despite advances in bike technology that allow cyclists to ride steeper, more technical terrain, many trails frequented by local cyclists remain illegal. Mountain bikers continue their quest of creating an extreme—but legal—trail system.
The March 19 relocation of 63 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Reservation proved unpopular with neighboring ranchers. A district court judge soon ruled against any future wild bison transport in the state.
Sen. Max Baucus hoists a wall at a low-income homebuilding project in Missoula on Aug. 7. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the controversial Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” a sweeping reform of the country’s health insurance system authored chiefly by Baucus.
In overseeing the largest online permaculture forum in the world, Paul Wheaton promotes foregoing conventional gardening and green building techniques for ecological designs that take cues from Mother Nature.
Mamalode publisher and longtime Missoula resident Elke Govertson thrives in controlled chaos. Her publication was named “America’s Best Parenting Magazine in Print” this year by Lisa Stone, CEO and cofounder of the website BlogHer, which draws 40 million unique visitors a month.
Tom Maclay saw his 3,000-acre family ranch at the base of Lolo Peak auctioned off on the Missoula County Courthouse steps in February, all but killing his decade-long quest to build the controversial Bitterroot Resort.
A powerful March 28 storm brought 55 mph winds, toppling trees from Hamilton to Missoula and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses. This Ford Bronco, parked on the UM campus, received an unexpected garland.
Sue Holden pulls a cart full of garbage across the Missoula County Fairgrounds while cleaning up after Western Montana fairgoers. Holden found a truck tire, an unmatched shoe, an empty wallet, a bucket of pickles and Easter egg hunt remnants.
Missoula native Sam Schultz charges the “A line” on his way to a first-place finish at the second annual Missoula XC at Marshall Mountain on July 14. The nine-time World Championship team member later took 15th place in the mountain bike race at the London Summer Olympics.