The Year in Photos 

A look back at the images that defined 2012

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


click to enlarge An autumn view of Flathead Lake from the parking lot of Polson’s Subway. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER


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


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


click to enlarge A late afternoon thunderstorm builds over Swan Peak, the namesake of the range. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • A late afternoon thunderstorm builds over Swan Peak, the namesake of the range.


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


click to enlarge Despite a brutal headwind, riders in the 2012 RATPOD raised nearly $500,000 for Camp Mak-a-Dream by biking 130 miles around the Pioneer Mountains on June 22. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Despite a brutal headwind, riders in the 2012 RATPOD raised nearly $500,000 for Camp Mak-a-Dream by biking 130 miles around the Pioneer Mountains on June 22.


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


click to enlarge Arrowleaf balsamroot reach toward the sun in Missoula’s North Hills in early May. A blanket of the native flowers covers Missoula’s hills with a brilliant yellow every spring. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Arrowleaf balsamroot reach toward the sun in Missoula’s North Hills in early May. A blanket of the native flowers covers Missoula’s hills with a brilliant yellow every spring.

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