Following a La Niña winter, the Clark Fork River crested at nearly 13 feet in Missoula. Floodwaters devastated homes north of Third Street in the Orchard Homes neighborhood. Residents used any means necessary—waders, ATVs, even canoes—to access their property.
Sections of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin damaged by a century of mining received a boost in funding Dec. 19, when Gov. Brian Schweitzer authorized $116.5 million to repair the most polluted parts of the damaged landscape, like this “slicken.”
Mike Long and Rich Parker, along with the ACLU and five other gay couples, sued the state of Montana in July to obtain same-sex partner benefits. After a district judge dismissed the suit, the couples appealed to the Montana Supreme Court.
Raptor rehabilitator Brooke Tanner holds a red-tailed hawk recently shot by a BB gun. Raptors in Montana fall prey to multiple man-made hazards, including vehicle collisions, power line electrocutions and lead poisoning.
Indy writer Alex Sakariassen attempted to prove how easy it is to hitchhike out of Missoula. Turned out it isn’t. After three hours of failed thumbing on the Interstate 90 ramp on North Orange Street, Sakariassen yielded to reality and declared his trip to Frenchtown a failure.
University of Montana student Daniel Thew, 19, drew rowdy cheers as well as police attention and UM disciplinary action for streaking naked before more than 25,000 football fans at Washington-Grizzly Stadium Sept. 10.
After Sen. Jon Tester successfully attached a wolf-delisting rider to a must-pass budget bill this spring, the hunt was back on in Montana, with an overall quota of 220 wolves. Some districts filled their quotas before the Dec. 31 deadline. Others, like the Bitterroot Valley, didn’t, prompting Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to extend the season into late January.