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  • The BoxCutters are Abe Jindrich and William Birkenbuel.
  • Root of evil
  • The BoxCutters are Abe Jindrich and William Birkenbuel.
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • May 10, 2012
  • Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech estimates she’s seen 1,800 DUI cases in her courtroom during her 12-year career.
  • Under the influence
  • Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 2, 2011
  • Senate Bill 209 would make it illegal for governing bodies to reshape subdivision proposals in the name of farmland preservation, as the Missoula Board of County Commissioners did last year with Blue Heron Estates in the Grass Valley, pictured.
  • Plowed under
  • Senate Bill 209 would make it illegal for...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Feb 3, 2011
  • Crystal Video closed its doors for good in May after struggling to compete with Netflix and other on-demand movie options. Owner Jace Laakso, above, sold off DVDs and other items from the store’s 23-year-old library on S. Higgins Avenue.
  • Ten for '10
  • Crystal Video closed its doors for good in...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Kevin Keeter checks the brewing tanks inside Big Sky Brewing Company. Big Sky is currently the largest producer of craft beer in Montana, cranking out 36,500 barrels of beer in 2009 alone. The industry continues to thrive in Missoula, in general, as the number of taprooms is expected to double by early 2011. In addition to the city’s three stalwarts—Big Sky, Kettlehouse and Bayern—Flathead Lake Brewing Company opened a downtown taproom in November, Tamarack Brewing Company is slated to open one in February, and the new Hellgate Brewing Company hopes to unveil its Spruce Street facility by March.
  • 2010
  • Kevin Keeter checks the brewing tanks inside Big...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Volunteers pedal, pull and push a towering wagonload of bicycle parts to Missoula’s annual Festival of Cycles at Bonner Park. The April 24 event attracted hundreds of cyclists and bike fanatics looking to build new bikes from recycled materials or take advantage of free repairs from volunteer mechanics.
  • 2010
  • Volunteers pedal, pull and push a towering wagonload...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • St. Francis  Xavier School building, originally built in 1927, was demolished in February to make way for a parking lot. Although parishioners grabbed bricks as mementos and salvagers scored more than 35,000 board feet of lumber from the project, some believed more of the building could have been salvaged.
  • 2010
  • St. Francis Xavier School building, originally built in...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • A packed house at the Wilma Theatre watches a Feb. 17 screening of Sweetgrass 
during the seventh annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film, which 
follows Montana cowboys on their final trip leading sheep to pasture in the Absaroka and Beartooth mountains, drew the largest turnout of the festival and earned an award for artistic vision.
  • 2010
  • A packed house at the Wilma Theatre watches...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Local artists Nathan McTague and Natalie Christensen 
covered the wall of downtown coffee shop Butterfly Herbs with almost 2,000 customer food tickets for an exhibit 
during January’s First Friday Artwalk. The installation, titled Butterfly Herbus Regularis, celebrated the venerable 
coffee shop’s eclectic regulars.
  • 2010
  • Local artists Nathan McTague and Natalie Christensen covered...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • More than 50 protesters, including 14-year-old hunter-hopeful Amanda Andres, march outside the federal courthouse in Missoula June 15 to voice support for removing gray wolves from the endangered species list. U.S District Judge Donald Molloy, however, ruled Aug. 5 to reinstate protections.
  • 2010
  • More than 50 protesters, including 14-year-old hunter-hopeful Amanda...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Smurfit-Stone Container closed its Frenchtown linerboard plant in January, leaving more than 400 people out of work and otherwise devastating the local economy. After their last shift, workers hung their hard hats on the fence outside the facility. Nearly a year later, the mill site has a prospective buyer, but company officials remain mum on who it might be.
  • 2010
  • Smurfit-Stone Container closed its Frenchtown linerboard plant in...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Harris Himes, pastor at Big Sky Christian Center and an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, was among those who spoke against the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance before it went up for a vote in April. The historic law still passed by a 10–2 vote after an emotional meeting that lasted nearly seven hours.
  • Headliners
  • Harris Himes, pastor at Big Sky Christian Center...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Dec 30, 2010
  • Pat Williams, who for 18 years represented Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives, says the election results will do nothing to solve the bitter partisanship in Washington. “Unfortunately, I think the election results now assure at least as much gridlock as we found when the Republicans were in the minority,” he says.
  • Red Tide
  • Pat Williams, who for 18 years represented Montana...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Nov 11, 2010
  • Myra Fromm, far left, spent two months living in her car with her three teenage children while she waited to receive emergency housing assistance. Fromm’s family reflects an increasing trend, as roughly 30 percent more families are homeless in the Missoula area this year than in 2009.
  • Shelter shortage
  • Myra Fromm, far left, spent two months living...
  • Photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Jul 15, 2010

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