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Montana Repertory Theatre director Greg Johnson to retire after 29 years

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Bizarre circumstances surround death of Xavier University employee

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Longtime Trump associate floated this bizarre ulterior motive for Moscow Tower

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Updated - Two women reportedly admit damaging Art Park sculptures

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Two women damage sculptures at Missoula Art Park

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North Idaho couple charged with murder of woman’s former boyfriend

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Public invited to Missoula College grand opening celebration on Friday
The public is invited to the grand opening celebration of the new Missoula College on Friday, Sept. 22, with a tour of the new 115,000-square-foot building. Montana’s 63rd state Legislature appropriated $29 million of taxpayer dollars to help fund the new two-year college building in 2013. On Friday, the Payne family of Missoula, Blackfoot Communications and other key private donors also will be recognized   Read More ...
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UM candidate Feinstein uses humor to highlight accomplishments
Andy Feinstein made people laugh more than once at a forum Wednesday for the Faculty Senate. When a faculty member asked how the finalist for University of Montana president would compete with the aggressive recruitment by Montana State University-Bozeman, Feinstein shared his own experience. His son's "blue ribbon" high school held a college fair a couple of weeks ago, he said   Read More ...
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Zinke memo suggests monument status for Badger-Two Medicine
Back in March, nine days into his new post as Interior Department secretary, Ryan Zinke accepted a blessing ceremony from Blackfeet tribal leaders, and heard their request to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area next to their reservation by Glacier National Park. On Sunday, a leaked draft of Zinke’s report to President Donald Trump on revisions to national monument indicates he proposes to grant that wish   Read More ...
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Watch: 'Cashnip kitty' robs from the rich and gives to the poor
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — A cat in Tulsa, Oklahoma has taken up residency outside an advertising agency. His marketable skills? "Robbing" passerby of their cash so the agency can donate it to charity. Video of the so-called "Cashnip Kitty" shows him snagging dollar bills from pedestrians and piling them on the floor behind him. On Sunday alone, the feline collected $110 in cash -- all of which was donated to The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, according to a Facebook post on the company's website   Read More ...
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6 women invited to wedding arrive accidentally wearing the same Forever New dress
SYDNEY (WJLA) - Have you ever arrived at a function, only to discover that someone else is wearing your dress? The odds are you have, as it's happened to most of us at some point, but imagine showing up and discovering that not only one but five other women are wearing your dress. That's exactly what Debbie Speranza in Sydney said happened on Sunday   Read More ...
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Sunrise ceremony begins American Indian heritage week at UM
When the light was still dim Monday morning, coffee-holding people came together outside of the Payne Family Native American Center to greet the sun. Around a fire pit, the four attendees talked and laughed. Behind them the Native American Center’s glass and steel architecture stood sharp in the chilly morning. Eddie Cutfinger offered a prayer after smudging with sage. As the aromatic smoke curled and disappeared in the cool air, Cutfinger spoke in thanks and asked for the protection and healing of Native peoples, for protection of students and for the love of family and faith   Read More ...
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Montana Repertory Theatre director Greg Johnson to retire after 29 years
Greg Johnson will retire this spring after 29 years as artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre. "It's been an incredible run for me personally and professionally, to have been in this job for all these years," he said, calling it "a great gift" in his life. The Rep is a professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana that specializes in classic American stories   Read More ...
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Geneva toilets flush with cash
GENEVA (Reuters) - Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday. “We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money,” spokesman Vincent Derouand said, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime   Read More ...
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Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market
TOKYO (Reuters) - Swinging dumbbells and chewing gum, several elderly Japanese gathered at a shrine in downtown Tokyo on Monday in sweltering temperatures, belying their age and importance in one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies. The event to mark Respect for the Aged Day in Japan drew over 200 people in an exercise meant to increase their body strength and balance   Read More ...
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Stories and Stones brings history to life
Sarah Woody is talking to a crowd of 20-plus people and telling her life story. It’s full of color with pianos drying in the desert, wagon trains and trails and weddings covered extensively by the Missoulian. It’s also one of sadness — a husband dying, a daughter succumbing to spinal meningitis at 10 years old. Woody is dressed to the nines when she’s speaking   Read More ...
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Penny Chenery, owner of Triple Crown champ Secretariat, dies
AP Photo/Dave Pickoff In this June 9, 1973, file photo, jockey Ron Turcotte, left, aboard Secretariat, turns for a look at the field behind, as they make the final turn on their way to winning the 1973 Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. SOURCE: AP Photo/Dave Pickoff Penny Chenery, owner of Triple Crown champ Secretariat, dies Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat as well as realizing her disabled father's dream to win the Kentucky Derby in 1972 with Riva Ridge, has died   Read More ...
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Coffee ceremony kicks off Soft Landing Missoula's 'Welcome Week'
A Saturday-morning coffee ceremony by Missoula's Eritrean refugees at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church kicked off "Welcome Week" activities by Soft Landing Missoula, a refugee aid nonprofit group. More than 100 refugees have arrived in Missoula over the last year, helped by the International Rescue Committee and Soft Landing. In addition to the traditional coffee ceremony, the week's activities include: Saturday, Sept   Read More ...
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Daines, Tester call out 'unfair' Canadian subsidized timber influx
Montana’s two U.S. senators tried this week to convince the International Trade Commission that an influx of cheap, Canadian government-subsidized lumber imports threatens Montana jobs and the state’s wood products industry. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Republic Steve Daines testified Tuesday that Montana lumber mill workers are facing unfair trade practices, and spoke of the importance of removing subsidized Canadian lumber from the American market   Read More ...
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The bizarre, doomed buddy-buddy relationship between Trump and Democrats, explained
Something weird has been happening in Washington — President Donald Trump has been palling around with Democrats. Last week, Trump struck a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling. This week, he met the pair again over Chinese food to discuss protecting DREAMers from deportation — and while there's no final deal yet, they all agreed on the overall structure of one   Read More ...
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Historical Museum celebrates autumn
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula celebrates the near-beginning of autumn with a Fall Harvest Festival and Apple Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Admission is free but a non-perishable food item donation for the Missoula Food Bank is appreciated. Old fashioned harvest activities include cider making with an old fashioned apple press; visit the Hayes Homestead Cabin to find out what kinds of things people did in the autumn to prepare for winter; tour some of the county’s historic buildings, including the Sliderock Lookout and the Grant Creek Schoolhouse; fall themed crafts, activities and fun for all   Read More ...
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When Lolo Peak fire threatened their home, couple says firefighters did nothing
As they desperately tried to save their home in Macintosh Manor last month from a backburn lit on the Lolo Peak fire, Michelle and Dan Shrug said nearby firefighters refused to lift a hand to help them. Michelle Shrug worked on wildland fires for 21 years for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, as well as five years on a Type 2 team for the U   Read More ...
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All Flathead County schools remain closed Friday after threat
KALISPELL — Residents of Flathead County were on edge Thursday after an anonymous threat closed down nearly every school, and false rumors flew on social media about a nonexistent shooting at the Kalispell Center Mall. School officials decided to keep their doors shut again on Friday after law enforcement officials said the threat — made only hours after a school shooting in Spokane killed one student and injured three others Wednesday — appeared to be credible, said Flathead County Superintendent of Schools Jack Eggensperger   Read More ...
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Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honor the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways   Read More ...
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Venezuela's new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government this week urged citizens to see rabbits as more than “cute pets” as it defended a plan to breed and eat them even as the opposition says this would do nothing to end chronic food shortages. The “Rabbit Plan” is an effort by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to boost food availability. Authorities have also taught citizens to plant food on roofs and balconies of their homes   Read More ...
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Sock horror! Terrifying lizard turns out to be dirty clothing
LONDON (Reuters) - It was seven inches long, two inches wide, pink, stripy and the English family who discovered it hiding under a bed thought it could be a dangerous lizard. But after the terrified family called an animal welfare charity to apprehend the “creature” at their home in Coventry, central England, it was revealed that it was something far less sinister - a dirty sock   Read More ...
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Andrew Feinstein listens well, raises morale
Andrew "Andy" Feinstein brings the skills he learned in the hospitality industry in higher education. "It certainly comes naturally to me as a hospitality professional. It's amazing how far that will take you," Feinstein said. He's used his passion for numbers and operations to identify student demand for courses on campus in order to direct resources to those classes. Lately, he used his service skills in a more direct way   Read More ...
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Portable Czech brewery brings home-made beer garden dreams a step closer
PRAGUE (Reuters) - For beer lovers who dream of brewing their own pint, a portable brewery from the Czech Republic may be just the thing - if they have $124,000 to spare. Fitting into a standard shipment container, the “Smart Brewery” made in Prague by the Well Service company can produce up to 525 hectolitres of beer, or 2,000 pints a week   Read More ...
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It's forecast for week's end, along with cold
Rain probably (fingers tightly crossed) is on the way to Missoula. While it's difficult to exactly pinpoint how much precipitation the Missoula area will get later this week, it’s likely between “a quarter of an inch to three- quarters of an inch, but in the half-inch range," according to National Weather Service meteorologist Luke Robinson. “The forecast models have been very consistent” showing showers on Thursday for the Missoula area, bringing cooler temperatures with them, Robinson said Monday   Read More ...
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San Antonio woman uses coupons to help Hurricane Harvey victims
(KABB/WOAI) — One San Antonio, Texas, woman is going above and beyond to help those in need. "I definitely have a screw loose," said Kimberly Gager. Her home’s garage, looks more like a small Walmart or Target. Boxes and shelves are filled with items, to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Gager even admits it herself, she's addicted to shopping. "It's no secret, I have a problem,” said Gager jokingly   Read More ...
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Willard eager for right-sized school to match out-sized personality
Willard Alternative High School has long embraced that second word as an asset, with students and staff emphasizing personal relationships and independent thinking to foster student goals. But the school’s mission of “meeting students where they are then taking them where they need to go” literally has not fit its building. The nearly century-old structure was built as an elementary school   Read More ...
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Jim Carrey Goes On Bizarre Rant As Interviewer Stares At Camera In Panic
went on a bizarre rant as he was interviewed by News reporter Catt Sadler this past weekend in New York City. “There’s no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am,” said Carrey. After being asked if he believed in icons, the actor said: “Boy, that is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we could come up with   Read More ...
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Nebraska woman lends her wedding dress to brides on a budget
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman is lending her wedding dress to brides on tight budgets instead of letting it gather dust in her closet. Dawnetta Heinz started sharing her dress a month ago with brides who can’t afford to buy one, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The strapless dress with a beaded bodice has already been borrowed by two other brides, and at least eight others have expressed interest   Read More ...
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Bizarre circumstances surround death of Xavier University employee
Bizarre circumstances surround death of Xavier University employee WEBVTT SEE ONLY HERE HERErt INKAREN: ALSO TONIGHT, WE LEARNEDJAMES RIORDAN'S CAR IS LrtISTED ASSTOLEN.THE CORONER HAS NOT RULED ON ACAUSE OF DEATH.THE OFFICE SAYS IT IS STILLPENDING.rtRIORDAN WAS AN EMPLOYEE HERE ATXAVIER UNIVERSITY SINCE 2010.THE PRESIDENT WROTE IN A LETTERTO STAFF AND STUDENTS THAT THEIRHEARTS BREAK WITH JIM'Srt FAMILYAND TOGETHER, THEY LIFT THEM UPIN PRAYER   Read More ...
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Missoula police arrest teen in connection with baseball bat assault
The Missoula Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old in connection with an alleged baseball bat attack, video of which spread on social media in the days after the incident. Sgt. Travis Welsh said on Thursday, police established a connection between the video, which has circulated on Facebook, and an incident on Tuesday on the 600 block of Cregg Lane where a man reported being beaten by a group of other people   Read More ...
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Longtime Trump associate floated this bizarre ulterior motive for Moscow Tower
Felix Sater, a longtime Trump associate with documented ties to the Russian mob, sent a strange email to Trump attorney Michael Cohen in October 2015 in which he argued building a Trump Tower in Moscow would help the cause of world peace. Sater — who had also emailed Cohen that building Trump Tower Moscow would help “our boy… become president of the USA” — sent Cohen an email on October 13, 2015, in which he stressed the potential geopolitical implications of building a massive Trump-branded property at the heart of Russia’s capital   Read More ...
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BYU students compete in Willy Wonka-style chocolate milk contest
(KUTV) — A unique contest is resulting in some sweet rewards at Brigham Young University. The Mormon-owned school is celebrating its 20th year as the number one “Stone-Cold Sober” school in America, as ranked by the Princeton Review. To mark this occasion, school officials came up with a non-alcoholic celebration. In the spirit of Willy Wonka, five lucky people who find golden tickets will receive a year’s supply of BYU chocolate milk and a tour of the chocolate milk factory   Read More ...
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Couple doesn’t let Irma stop them from getting married in Florida
As Hurricane Irma barrels toward South Florida, thousands of people are heading north, including newlyweds from Rhode Island. Tim and Elizabeth Pelleccione of Narragansett wed in Key West, but their nuptials were far from what they imagined. They were planning on getting married Saturday in front of their family and friends, but decided to tie the knot Tuesday before being forced to evacuate the Florida Keys   Read More ...
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Accelerator? Brake?: Elderly driver trashes German petrol station
(Reuters) - A German pensioner had a lucky escape after losing control of his car and repeatedly crashing into a petrol station, causing nearly 50,000 euros ($60,000) of damage. Police said the 77-year-old driver, who smashed into the station shop four times and hit a van before coming to a stop by two refrigerators in store, probably confused the accelerator with the brake pedal and the forward and reverse gear   Read More ...
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Woman pleads guilty in fatal Missoula crash that killed boyfriend
A 19-year-old woman who crashed her SUV near Missoula while high on marijuana in February, killing her 20-year-old boyfriend, will be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to a felony for vehicular homicide. Trai Ann Dewey entered her plea Tuesday before Missoula County District Court Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps after signing a plea agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 30-year Department of Corrections commitment with 25 of those years suspended   Read More ...
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Air quality forces cancellation of Flathead Lake’s Montana Dragon Boat Festival
LAKESIDE — The seemingly never-ending pall of smoke that’s settled over Montana has claimed another victim. The sixth annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside on Flathead Lake was canceled Thursday due to air quality concerns. “We’re extremely disappointed to have to cancel the event," said Dian Medler, Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau director. “Unfortunately, we have fallen victim to the ravages of Mother Nature and the air quality in the area has been too compromised to hold the event   Read More ...
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Montana Wilderness Association to host family-friendly celebration at Fort Missoula
Every year since the Montana Wilderness Association was founded in 1958, the nonprofit has held a yearly gathering to celebrate its work in protecting the state’s wild places and public lands for present and future generations. And since it knows what Missoulians love, they've got beer, free live music and games for kids. This Friday and Saturday, the MWA will be hosting WildFest 2017 at the newly redesigned Fort Missoula Regional Park   Read More ...
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‘There Are So Many Crazy Rumors About This Place’: Jared Leto Opens Up about His Bizarre Government Bunker House
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'There Are So Many Crazy Rumors About This Place': Jared Leto Opens Up about His Bizarre Government Bunker House
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From Missoula's smoke to Beijing's smog
BEIJING — Breathing Montana's smoky 2017 summer air was good training for the everyday conditions in China. It took 12 hours of clean airplane air between Seattle and Beijing to finally relieve that heart-racing, tongue-scrapping nastiness of forest fire residue that covered the Rocky Mountains through August. The feeling started all over again in the hallways of Beijing Capital Airport. In a city packed with architectural marvels and 23 million people, the CCTV building claims a Top 5 wow factor   Read More ...
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Blackfoot River still runs through displaced Maclean festival
There’s the movie, of course. And Norman Maclean’s novella, “A River Runs Through It,” that spawned the movie. But the second festival in Maclean’s name branches into other things on which Maclean and a remarkable circle of family and Montana friends left their marks, before and since the English professor, author and fly fisherman died in 1990. “That’s why we decided to call it ‘In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean,’” director Jenny Rohrer said Wednesday   Read More ...
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