Tag Archives: Missoulian

It's Flag Day. Here are photos of Montana legislators wearing flag ties.

Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, dons an American flag tie on the House floor. THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Majority Leader Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, sports an American flag tie during a hearing.  THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, laughs before a press conference while wearing an American flag tie. THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record × Continue Read More…

Never mind the supervolcano — here are Yellowstone's biggest geologic hazards, ranked

Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles is a weekly column written by scientists and collaborators of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. This week’s contribution is from Wendy Stovall, volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and deputy scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Here at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory we receive a lot of questions related to Yellowstone supereruption “what ifs” and Read More…

Glacier fatal crash victim, 40, identified

Glacier National Park officials on Thursday identified the man killed in a rollover accident Wednesday as Paul Cadotte, of Starr School. He was 40.  Cadotte was killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Two Medicine Road in Glacier National Park shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The driver, 19-year-old Leo Hagan, was arrested for DUI, while additional Read More…

Superintendent broke election laws in Charlo school board election

Charlo School Superintendent Steve Love violated election laws during the school district’s recent election, Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices found this week. On April 18, amid a bitter school district election, Love emailed school district staff, calling critics of the school district “dysfunctional” and saying that the two incumbents, Tracy Olsen and Adrian Roylance, were “doing Read More…

Passenger dies in Glacier National Park

One Montana man has died and another has been charged in a car accident in Glacier National Park, according to a pair of press releases. Around midnight Wednesday, Glacier County dispatchers received a 911 call about a single-vehicle rollover on Two Medicine Road, according to Glacier National Park. Two Medicine Road enters the park from the Read More…

Motorist dies in Glacier National Park

A Montana man has died in a car accident in Glacier National Park. Around midnight Wednesday, Glacier County dispatchers received a 911 call about a single-vehicle rollover on Two Medicine Road, according to Glacier National Park. Two Medicine Road enters the park from the east and leads to its Two Medicine Ranger Station.  First responders Read More…

Judge upholds Flathead bottling plant ballot initiative

A Flathead County ballot initiative meant to block a controversial water-bottling plant has survived a legal challenge. Almost exactly a year ago, Flathead County voters overwhelmingly approved Ballot Initiative 17-01. It expanded the Egan Slough Zoning District, whose regulations favor agriculture, to cover the site of Montana Artesian Water Co. That firm’s plans to bottle Read More…

Bullock talks climate change in Iowa

OUTSIDE PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa — As the crow flies, or — perhaps more relevant — as the water rises, the Missouri River is 3 miles from Fran Parr’s century-old farmhouse. That distance hasn’t stopped the Mighty Mo from twice so far this year finding its way into Parr’s home, which now sits vacant, stripped down to the studs Read More…

Colstrip Units 1 and 2 will close in 2019

Colstrip Units 1 and 2 will close at year’s end, Talen Energy announced Tuesday in a press release. Talen says the units, previously scheduled to run as late as 2022, aren’t economically viable. The Pennsylvania-base company splits ownership of the units with Puget Sound Energy, of Washington state. Puget must stop using coal power by Read More…

Few state job creation grants go to rural Montana. Here’s why.

There aren’t too many businesses adding jobs amid the rural fields of north-central Montana these days, but Big Sandy Organics is doing just that. Headquartered in the 600-person town between Great Falls and Havre, the 4-year-old business manufactures the Kracklin’ Kamut-brand wheat snack, transforming locally grown large-kernel kamut wheat into a Montana-made product that’s beginning Read More…