The Year in Photos 

A look back at the images that defined 2012

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


click to enlarge An elk hunter uses a bike and trailer to access more remote parts of the Lolo National Forest. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • An elk hunter uses a bike and trailer to access more remote parts of the Lolo National Forest.


click to enlarge A gaggle of Canadian geese cruise through downtown Missoula before landing on the Clark Fork River in late January. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • A gaggle of Canadian geese cruise through downtown Missoula before landing on the Clark Fork River in late January.


click to enlarge Andy Hartnett kicks up a rooster tail of beer and water during the Montana Snowbowl Pond Skim in late March. - PHOTO BY MICHELLE GUSTAFSON
  • Photo by Michelle Gustafson
  • Andy Hartnett kicks up a rooster tail of beer and water during the Montana Snowbowl Pond Skim in late March.


click to enlarge Pearl Jam rock a sold-out Adams Center on Sept. 30 with a 29-song performance benefiting U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection campaign. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Pearl Jam rock a sold-out Adams Center on Sept. 30 with a 29-song performance benefiting U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection campaign.


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

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