2003: The Year in Pictures 

Each year the Indy sorts through the year’s events and compiles a collection of photographs to represent the changes our fair city has experienced over the course of the previous 365 days. In recent years, Missoula has survived the Y2K scare, two national Rainbow Gatherings, police riots, massive forest fires, the nation’s largest chlorine spill ever in our Clark Fork River and hundreds of other events too numerous to mention.

By historical standards, the local news cycle this year was a bit less, well, intense, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened.

This year we have a federal agency working hard to convince us that Hamilton is “well removed from major population centers” and therefore the best place to study biohazards like Ebola and smallpox. American soldiers are occupying foreign land based on now-discredited evidence. Investigations into the death of a transsexual and the victims of an arson fire have gone cold. Regulations guarding American’s health and environment have been rewritten by the very industries regulators were supposed to watchdog, and (surprise!) they were written behind closed doors.

And so, another trip around the sun, another year in pictures, another party in progress. Here’s a resolution for the coming year: work for a whole lot more peace, prosperity and pleasure for all—in Missoula, and beyond.

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