Missoula library wins international award, first in U.S. to earn recognition

BY: - July 26, 2022

The Missoula Public Library won an international design award as “a library built for the future,” and it’s the first library in North American to bring home the honor, according to a news release Tuesday from Missoula County. In a statement, Missoula library director Slaven Lee said the award “belongs to our entire community and […]

Tuff love: The unnoticed, unappreciated geology of Yellowstone National Park

BY: - July 26, 2022

During the past 2.1 million years, there have been three very large explosive eruptions from the Yellowstone volcanic system that formed calderas—the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago, the Henrys Fork eruption 1.3 million years ago, and the Yellowstone eruption 631,000 years ago. These eruptions each left a thick deposit of ash called an […]

‘Preserve Montana’ director retiring after decades of saving Treasure State History

BY: - July 25, 2022

Chere Jiusto couldn’t have imagined back when she was a high school student that a part of history and archaeological project aimed at investigating a Dutch colony in the late 1600s would lead her across the country to help preserve Montana’s past. But for the past two decades, Jiusto has been the leader of Preserve […]

Glacier National Park: Bodies of two climbers found on Dusty Star Mountain 

BY: - July 25, 2022

The bodies of two local men were located Monday on Dusty Star Mountain after being reported overdue from a climb in Glacier National Park, the park reported Monday in a news release. The climbers were a 67-year-old male from Columbia Falls and 67-year-old male from Kalispell, Glacier said. The names of the climbers are being […]

After mass shootings, some states mull body armor bans

BY: - July 23, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Calls for new gun restrictions inevitably follow most American mass shootings, including the one that killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket six weeks ago. But in the wake of the Tops supermarket massacre, legislators in New York and in several other states also have turned their attention to a new target, civilian body […]

‘We are here, we will continue to be here:’ Drag Queen Story Hour in Helena moving forward

BY: - July 21, 2022

Montana Pride is gearing up for a weekend filled with LGBTQ+ events including a Drag Queen Story Hour at the Montana Book Co. in Helena despite an online threat that’s under investigation. The threat was made on the social media platform Gab by one individual who identified themselves as an Oath Keeper, a far-right anti-government […]

Two events, one purpose: Showcasing Montana’s diversity

BY: - July 19, 2022

Two events during the weekend in different parts of the state were held to showcase Montana’s diversity and emphasize a state culture that is more diverse than many may suspect. Big Sky IndigiFest, held in Billings, showcased Indigenous artists, production companies, business consultants, and fashion designers to demonstrate the diversity of successful Native Americans across […]

The underappreciated fossil riches of Yellowstone National Park

BY: and - July 19, 2022

The thermal features and “charismatic megafauna” of Yellowstone are more than enough to draw crowds from all over the world, with the park seeing more than 4 million visitors in 2021. But Yellowstone has a secret that very few visitors are even aware of: Yellowstone has fossils! Enough to rival other national parks that are […]

Four fires spark in Montana in 24 hours, but fewer burns than last summer

BY: - July 18, 2022

As many as 15 wildfires were burning in Montana on Monday, with four starting in the last 24 hours, according to the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services dashboard. So far, 672 fires have sparked to date this year, a drop from last year’s fire season that saw 1,463 wildland fires that had burned 337,863 acres […]

Montana AG: Six dead following multi-vehicle crash in Hardin

BY: - July 18, 2022

Six Montanans have died following a crash involving 10 vehicles in Hardin on Friday. According to a news release sent out by the  Montana Attorney General’s office on Monday, the investigation into the pile-up will continue “for days to come,” but so far, it “continues to support that a sudden dust storm caused the incident.” […]

Tippet Rise installing Ai Weiwei sculpture

BY: - July 18, 2022

A crew at Tippet Rise Art Center was installing last week a piece of art, “Iron Tree,” by internationally renowned artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei on a landscape celebrating the link among art, music, architecture and nature. “The founders, Peter and Cathy (Halstead), the trustees of Tippet Rise, became aware that this particular […]

Marijuana dispensary

Recreational marijuana county and city opt-out votes have no end in sight

BY: - July 17, 2022

Kendrick Richmond moved from South Carolina to Philipsburg to start work at his friend’s dispensary when it opened in June 2021 and had no interest in getting involved in local politics. As a long-time medical marijuana user himself, Richmond came to help people find products that fit their needs and was delighted when recreational sales […]