Montana News

Markus Kaarma Trial
3:23 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Judge Denies Change Of Venue In Kaarma Trial

Markus Kaarma (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R) before a June, 2014 court appearance.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A Missoula District Court Judge denied a motion to move the trial of a man charged with shooting a German exchange student out of Missoula County.

Eighteen-year-old Diren Dede was shot and killed in Markus Kaarma’s garage in April.

KECI-TV reports District Judge Ed McLean ruled Kaarma and his attorney failed to show that news reports about Dede’s death were inflammatory or that they served to create a public reaction that would prevent Kaarma from receiving a fair trial.

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Living wage
2:23 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

'The Equality Of Opportunity'

(Left to Right): Emily Likins, Sean McQuillan, Sue Malek, Gail Gutsche.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A new report asserts Montana's minimum wage of $7.80 an hour isn't nearly enough to cover day-to-day needs, much less student loans, credit card and medical debt.

In fact, the "Families Out of Balance" report maintains a minimum wage is barely over half of what a single adult needs to make ends meet.

The report, released today by the Montana Organizing Project in conjunction with the Alliance for a Just Society says a "living wage" would help working families transition from debt to stability.

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MTPR Hires News Director
2:19 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Montana Public Radio Hires Health Reporter As News Director

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney.

Eric Whitney, a radio reporter covering health issues for NPR and Kaiser Health News, will join Montana Public Radio as News Director on September 1st. Whitney replaces Sally Mauk who retired in May.

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Missing person
11:08 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Incoming UM Student Never Arrived. Parents/Friends Frantic

Tanya Chapple

Lucius Robbi has been missing since Wednesday 8/20/14.  He planned to travel from Banks, ID to Missoula to start school at the University of Montana.

Law enforcement, family and friends are looking for him. 

Robbi's blue green Subaru station wagon with two orange kayaks on top was spotted on route 75 on Tuesday. Family members say he most likely headed north on route 93 and may have taken a dirt road detour to Panther Creek. His license plate is CA 6CC P540.

Robbi was supposed to arrive in Missoula this past Wednesday, but did not arrive as planned.

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Missoula College Groundbreaking
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montana Dignitaries Break Ground On Missoula College Site

Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site on Friday, August 22, 2014.
Credit Christopher Allen

On a blustery, rainy afternoon, several Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River today to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site.

Officials expect construction of the $32 million project to last about two years, after nearly eight years of planning and some controversy. College officials considered several other sites, including the 90-year-old university golf course, before funding complications and public protest forced them to look elsewhere.

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Politics Week In Review
5:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

This Week In Montana Politics

U.S. Senate Race

Saturday, Montana Democrats nominated Amanda Curtis to replace John Walsh in the U.S. Senate race.

Following the nomination, the question on many people's minds was 'who is Amanda Curtis?' Curtis, a 34 year-old Math teacher and one-term state representative from Butte, was not widely known before winning the Senate nomination.

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University of Montana
3:48 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The State Of The University of Montana

Credit Edward O'Brien

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom presented the annual "State of the University" address today.

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Wild Horse Island State Park
10:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Sweet Kid Learns A Tough Lesson About Feeding Wild Animals


The 7-year-old girl who was injured this weekend at Wild Horse Island State Park was hand-feeding fruit to one of the wild horses.

The young lady should be fine. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Brian Schwartz says she was treated at Polson's St. Joseph Medical Center and has been released.

According to FWP Investigator Brian Sommers,  it appears that one of the horses struck the girl in the back with a hoof, knocking her to the ground.  She sustained a bruise to her back and abrasions on her face as a result of the incident.  The investigation continues. 

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Bomb squad
8:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Police destroy a suspected pipebomb at residence

Credit Edward O'Brien

A report of an explosive device drew the Missoula police and fire departments as well as the local bomb squad this afternoon to a home near Playfair park .

Police Detective Sergeant Jim Klawitter says the incident at 919 Spartan Drive started at about 3:00:

 "Officers arrived and saw what they thought could be a pipe-bomb (and) called for the bomb-disposal team. We obtained a search warrant and they used the robot to move a suspected pipe bomb and destroy it.

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Yellowstone Fatality
3:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Fatal Fall In Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Credit flickr user terkel110 (CC-BY-2.0)

A family is mourning the loss of their little girl after a terrible accident this weekend in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesman, Al Nash says the accident occurred yesterday morning in Yellowstone's Grand Canyon area:

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