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Olga Kreimer

Reporter

Olga is a Missoula-based journalist, columnist and grad student on the MTPR news team. You can find her freelance work online at kreimero.com. She once won a fight with a rooster using only her words.

Half a year after a memorable fire season shrouded Montana in thick gray skies, burned more than a million acres and caused tens of millions of dollars in budget shortfalls, scientists at the University of Montana are saying Montanans should get used to it.

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Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards will be asked to surrender his peace officer and coroner certifications, a law enforcement oversight group determined Tuesday. Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault last June after an argument with his girlfriend; he returned to work in August.

A high school PE teacher in Shepherd whose extensive history of sexual misconduct recently came to the attention of district administrators will not resume his teaching position this school year.

Shepherd School District Superintendent Scott Carter placed teacher Chris Mattingly on leave after a Google search turned up news reports that detailed more than a decade of inquiries, warnings and suspensions from Mattingly's previous employers.

The Flathead National Forest is hosting an open house on a proposed timber sale near Bigfork.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is hosting an open house on a proposed timber sale near Bigfork.

The open house for the Bug Creek Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project happens February 6 at the Swan Lake Ranger Station in Bigfork. The agency will have specialists on hand to answer questions, it’s taking public comment on the proposal until February 16.

Today was the first day Montana’s political candidates could begin filing for state and national legislative primaries in June. 

In all, 145 candidates filed; that’s a record number of candidates to file on the first day of a non-presidential election year, according to the Secretary of State’s office, beating the number in 2014 by seven.

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