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click to enlarge Two excavators barricade a car parked in a no-parking zone near Flipper’s Bar and Casino Oct. 8 after the car obstructed a crew’s work on a water main. - PHOTO BY STEELE WILLIAMS
  • Photo by Steele Williams
  • Two excavators barricade a car parked in a no-parking zone near Flipper’s Bar and Casino Oct. 8 after the car obstructed a crew’s work on a water main.


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


click to enlarge Six hundred runners got down and dirty at Marshall Mountain for the inaugural “Mad Mudder” on Sept. 17. The event raised nearly $20,000 for CASA of Missoula, a child advocacy organization. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Six hundred runners got down and dirty at Marshall Mountain for the inaugural “Mad Mudder” on Sept. 17. The event raised nearly $20,000 for CASA of Missoula, a child advocacy organization.


click to enlarge After dominating a local weekly race series, Missoula racer Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) won the men’s Pro XCT race at Marshall Mountain Resort. With the win, Schultz finished third in the nation. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • After dominating a local weekly race series, Missoula racer Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) won the men’s Pro XCT race at Marshall Mountain Resort. With the win, Schultz finished third in the nation.


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


click to enlarge With gold prices surging above $1,600 per ounce, RX Exploration reopened the Drumlummon Mine near Marysville, where it’s extracting millions of dollars in gold. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • With gold prices surging above $1,600 per ounce, RX Exploration reopened the Drumlummon Mine near Marysville, where it’s extracting millions of dollars in gold.


click to enlarge With a La Niña weather pattern bringing skiers one of the deepest winters on record, even the lower runs at Montana Snowbowl let skiers find themselves in the white room. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • With a La Niña weather pattern bringing skiers one of the deepest winters on record, even the lower runs at Montana Snowbowl let skiers find themselves in the white room.


click to enlarge The state sold 1.4 billion tons of Otter Creek coal to Arch Coal for about $160 million, a move that could bring as many as 30 China-bound coal trains through Missoula every day. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • The state sold 1.4 billion tons of Otter Creek coal to Arch Coal for about $160 million, a move that could bring as many as 30 China-bound coal trains through Missoula every day.


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