Ill treatment

Ill treatment

Patients—and a watchdog group’s lawsuit—say inmates in Montana’s mental health facilities are subject to inhumane treatment

The fire sprinkler burst, showering rust-colored water all over the cell.

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Engstrom resigns, Stearns named interim UM president

After six years of falling enrollment and cutbacks, with further budgetary and academic uncertainty roiling campus this fall, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will resign effective Dec. 31, the state's Commissioner of Higher Education said Thursday.

(Indy Blog)  

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Poaching by the numbers

How often do hunting violations actually get prosecuted?

On Nov. 1, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks finally closed the book on yet another major poaching investigation in western Montana.

(News)  

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Westside project barrels ahead

Bitterroot Forest supervisor says the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project is moving forward despite objections

Nearly five months have passed since the twin forces of wildfire and litigation began to converge on a controversial timber project on the Bitterroot National Forest.

(News)  

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Marsy’s Law means money

Adding up the unintended costs of Montana's newest constitutional amendment

A new voter-approved constitutional amendment means that businesses—say, Walmart—can now be considered crime victims, and so must be notified of each and every court proceeding involving, say, a misdemeanor shoplifting case.

(News)  

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Engen's return

The mayor comes back from rehab to a warm welcome — and some awkward questions

The old adage holds that Americans prefer to vote for the candidate they’d most like to have a beer with.

(Etc.)  

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Panic attack at UM

Loose words from Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian send campus into a tizzy

Just before Thanksgiving break at the University of Montana, comments by state officials published in the Missoulian sent faculty into a frenzy.

(News)  

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Who’s calling the shots on Missoula’s gun ordinance?

Emails appear to show AG's office carrying gun lobby's water

A little more than a year ago, with the Missoula City Council about to hold its first public hearing on a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases, the state’s top cop delivered a clear message to local officials: Back off.

(News)  

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One job, one vote?

Former legislator/area crank Ed Butcher wants to limit the franchise to the employed. Dan Brooks has a problem with that

Late last month, in keeping with its policy of publishing only those opinions submitted in writing, the Missoulian ran a guest column by former Montana legislator Ed Butcher.

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Faking Left

Dan Brooks, I mistook you for a progressive.

(Letters to the Editor)  

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Speaking up about assault

Please bear with me and read to the end.

(Letters to the Editor)  

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Homeland hysteria

The lessons we learned from 'alien' detention at Fort Missoula

Donald Trump said during his presidential campaign that he wants both surveillance of Muslims residing in the United States and a registry to track who and where they are.

(Opinion)  

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Pretty hate machine

Whitefish's Richard Spencer takes neo-Nazism nationwide

Spencer coined the term "alt-right" that now describes the president-elect's most virulent supporters, and as the Trump train rolls toward to the White House, Spencer is looking to punch his own ticket to D.C. as well.

(News)   Nov 23, 2016

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How Google Surveys works

After a questionnaire about Muslim internment camps confronted Missoulian readers, we decided to find out how it happened

On Nov. 17, a startling survey question appeared on the Missoulian's website: "Would you support or oppose placing Muslims living in America in temporary internment camps?"

(News)   Nov 23, 2016

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An embryonic idea

Missoula's parental leave plan breeds controversy

"If you want the City of Missoula to do something, whether it's implementing paid parental leave or buying the water works, you need to forge ahead with a single-sentence plan and let the numbers take care of themselves. Bentley's parental leave plan hasn't reached that level of dynamic brevity quite yet, but it's on its way."

(Opinion)   Nov 23, 2016

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Gift Guide

So you didn't get what you wanted. Doesn't mean you can't give better than you got.

You know that feeling where you really, really, really wanted one thing, and then you ended up getting pretty much the exact opposite of that thing?

Nov 23, 2016

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Slow your roll

Missoula streets are getting big renovations. Here's our guide to projects to watch for

With major traffic projects like Hillview Way and the downtown street light improvement wrapped up, it might seem like smooth sailing ahead for Missoula motorists—but not so fast.

(News)   Nov 23, 2016

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Big wins for Blackfeet

Cancellation of 15 gas and oil leases on the Badger-Two Medicine was just the start to the tribe's big day

Good news just kept rolling in for Montana's Blackfeet Tribe on Nov. 16.

(News)   Nov 23, 2016

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Medical marijuana 2.0

A clerical error in I-182 delays rollback of the three-patient limit until next summer. Medical marijuana advocates are hoping for a quicker fix

Not long after Election Day, Missoula medical marijuana provider Bobby Long took on his newest patient.

(News)   Nov 23, 2016

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Behind the scenery

Public land needs a celebration, too

America has spent the last year celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.

(Opinion)   Nov 23, 2016

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Etc.

On Monday evening, Nov. 21, approximately 50 people gathered inside the Missoula Senior Citizens Center to talk about cultural appropriation and Missoula's Festival of the Dead celebration.

Nov 23, 2016

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Standing against hate

Certain people may be vulnerable in the wake of our presidential election.

(Letters to the Editor)   Nov 22, 2016

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A mandate to engage

Clinton won the popular vote even though Trump took the presidency.

(Letters to the Editor)   Nov 22, 2016

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The bitter ends

Regarding "Don't spread the love" (Nov. 17), I found it a little odd that the perspectives from both authors seemed pretty positive and unbiased, but both chose to end their commentary with what they portray as negatives.

(Letters to the Editor)   Nov 22, 2016

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Your future, a little early

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every week, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

(Indy Blog)   Nov 22, 2016

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The flip-flop clad Wyoming woman who drove a forklift drunk (and more News of the Weird)

Democracy in Action While “democracy” in most of America means electing representatives to run government, on Nov. 8 in San Francisco it also expected voters to decide 43 often vague, densely worded “issues” that, according to critics, could better be handled by the professionals who are, after all, elected by those very same voters.

(Indy Blog)   Nov 22, 2016

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