Who'll pay, and how much, for Montana's coming budget cuts

Who'll pay, and how much, for Montana's coming budget cuts

Back in late January, Gov. Steve Bullock used his State of the State address to send a message to the Republican majorities in the 2017 Montana Legislature: When tackling the painful and oft-controversial task of cutting the budget, be fair.

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Darby schools dream big with $3 million donation

Build a performing arts center.

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Activists employ 'necessity' strategy in pipeline trials

Ken Ward has no interest in going to jail.

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Zinke pressed by opponents of bison refuge transfer

It's been less than a month since Ryan Zinke rode a horse named Tonto to his new gig as Secretary of the Interior, and already one D.C.-based nonprofit has heaped quite a bit of pressure on him.

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City closing in on Mountain Water acquisition

Missoula could take possession of its water utility within a few weeks, according to new estimates from city administrators.

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Housing plan coming up short of affordable

As downtown Missoula becomes more vibrant, housing complexes seem to be springing up all around it: Snowbird apartments on Hickory Street, complete with rooftop terrace.

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A cut too far: UM offloads annual Easter egg hunt

The University of Montana's annual Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt has been a major production since it began in 2000.

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No good answers

The truth behind the headlines of child sexual abuse

One weekend morning last May, I ordered a cup of coffee and sat down at a table to wait for my interviewees to arrive at the coffee shop.

Mar 16, 2017

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No special protections for Montana’s LGBT crime victims

The weekend of Feb. 11, a gay couple called police and said they'd been attacked outside a bar on Ryman Street by two strangers who shouted homophobic epithets.

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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Board of Missoula returns to its roots

Board of Missoula opened in 1989 in a space on Main Street where owners Zack Spannagel and Dan Gavere peddled skateboard and snowboard equipment to the town's small alternative sports scene.

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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Outside groups target Tester

Over the past month, three conservative organizations have dropped big money on ads aimed at Sen. Jon Tester.

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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Playing God with time

Those opposing daylight saving time kept a sunny mood during a recent legislative committee hearing as they sought to advance a bill that would make summer nights darker.

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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Symphony gets buzzed

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Festival Overture" had just concluded, and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale would next perform the concert's main attraction: Mozart's "Great Mass in C Minor."

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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Etc.

During an interview last May, Donald Trump called Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold a "nasty guy."

(News)   Mar 16, 2017

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How Bob Giordano and Free Cycles made their dream home a reality.

Transition hangs in the air, that unmistakable feeling that something has just moved out and whatever is moving in isn't quite there yet.

Mar 9, 2017

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The University of Montana faces "breathtaking" challenges in attempts to right the ship

As it began its search for a new University of Montana president in December, a panel of paid consultants and state regents asked the university's top administrators what qualities to look for in Royce Engstrom's replacement.

(News)   Mar 9, 2017

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What's a living wage, really?

A Feb. 23 Independent cover story about the latest skirmish over the city's affordability problem ("On the Riverfront") reported a so-called living wage as $10.30/hour for a single adult who works full time.

(News)   Mar 9, 2017

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County to get zoning overhaul

In December 2016, KettleHouse Brewing and Logjam Presents announced a grand new 4,000-capacity amphitheater to open in May at the Bonner Property Development site on the old Stimson Mill.

(News)   Mar 9, 2017

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Brewing bill gets traction

For Rep. Adam Hertz, R-Missoula, encouraging growth in Montana's already-booming craft beer industry just makes sense.

(News)   Mar 9, 2017

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Etc.

Rob Quist logged a good couple hours as the Montana Democratic Party's pick to replace Ryan Zinke before conservatives fired their first major salvo.

(News)   Mar 9, 2017

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A step ahead: Can wildlife managers lead elk to the hunt?

Craig Jourdonnais spots the elk herd within minutes of driving onto the MPG Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula.

Mar 2, 2017

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Reality bytes: Mercantile gets a virtual resurrection through digital scanning.

A deconstruction crew recently began tearing down the Missoula Mercantile to make way for a new Marriott hotel, a process that amounts to what "Save the Merc" campaigners lament as the slow-motion erasure of a cornerstone of the city's history.

(News)   Mar 2, 2017

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Former intelligence officer calls on Tester and Daines to investigate Russian election interference

When U.S. intelligence officials released on Jan. 6 a declassified report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Julie Sirrs was already familiar with the threads of the story.

(News)   Mar 2, 2017

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With its first convention in 10 years, Montana's Green Party gets set to take another swing

More than 10 years after the Montana Green Party last held a convention, the party meets in Missoula this month with renewed enthusiasm.

(News)   Mar 2, 2017

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Homes or hotels? Legislature looks for clarity on vacation rentals.

During the past year or so, Montana communities have increasingly tried to gain some semblance of control over the booming vacation rental market.

(News)   Mar 2, 2017

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Parents fume at cigar club that's smoking out Children's Museum Missoula

"Palpably uncomfortable" is how Raurie Birch describes the smoke-filled air during her recent visits to the Children's Museum Missoula, where she regularly takes her 22-month-old daughter.

(News)   Mar 2, 2017

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