The Year in Photos 

A look back at the images that defined 2012

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The year in photos

A look back at the images that defined 2012

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click to enlarge On the cover: A crowd at Forward Montana’s election results party at the Elk’s Club reacts during President Barack Obama’s reelection victory speech. - PHOTO BY ERIC ORAVSKY
  • Photo by Eric Oravsky
  • On the cover: A crowd at Forward Montana’s election results party at the Elk’s Club reacts during President Barack Obama’s reelection victory speech.


click to enlarge With no sheep in sight, a border collie at Bangtail Dog Rescue works a Frisbee. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • With no sheep in sight, a border collie at Bangtail Dog Rescue works a Frisbee.


click to enlarge 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. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • 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.


click to enlarge 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. - PHOTO BY STEELE WILLIAMS
  • Photo by Steele Williams
  • 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.


click to enlarge 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. - PHOTO BY ALEX SAKARIASSEN
  • Photo by Alex Sakariassen
  • 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.


click to enlarge Eric Samsoe takes the express lane down the Bitterroot Range’s Saint Joseph Peak. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Eric Samsoe takes the express lane down the Bitterroot Range’s Saint Joseph Peak.


click to enlarge Two dozen bear rugs line the shelves at Darby’s Big Bear Taxidermy before being shipped in late January to customers across the country. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Two dozen bear rugs line the shelves at Darby’s Big Bear Taxidermy before being shipped in late January to customers across the country.


click to enlarge Colton Wilson, 22, is incarcerated at the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby for felony assault with a weapon. Wilson is one of a growing number of mentally ill people behind bars. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Colton Wilson, 22, is incarcerated at the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby for felony assault with a weapon. Wilson is one of a growing number of mentally ill people behind bars.

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