Missoula County

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss (R) with Nick Checota of Logjam Presents during a Curtiss campaign stop at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT, March 12, 2018. The amphitheater is built on the site of a closed timber mill.
Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss is highlighting her economic development chops as she seeks re-election. With reporters in tow today, Curtiss met with a handful of business owners at the revitalized Bonner mill site just east of Missoula.

Plastic bottles for recycling.

Starting next month, Flathead County will no longer accept plastics or steel can recycling. The change stems from market forces in China. 

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox with Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, August 17, 2016.
Mike Albans

Missoula County initiated 195 local child protection cases last year. According to Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, that’s a new record.

“We’re seeing a real direct link, at least here, in this community between the rise in methamphetamine use and the need for children to be placed in foster care," Pabst says.

Perimeter of the Lolo Peak Fire (in red) as of the afternoon of August 17, 2017.

The 15,000 acre Lolo Peak Fire is quickly outgrowing law enforcement’s ability to secure the estimated 600 homes now evacuated along the Highway 93 and Highway 12 corridors.

Fire officials have now turned to the Montana National Guard for help.

Left to Right: Clinical social worker Andy Laue; First Step social worker MC Jenni; Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst; Missoula Deputy County Attorney Brittany Williams; Missoula Deputy County Attorney Jordan Kilby
Edward O'Brien

Missoula’s County Attorney says helping victims of violent crime is deeply rewarding work.

But Kirsten Pabst adds there’s also a dark side to the job that’s not talked about enough.

“Prosecutors have a really high incidence of turnover, burnout and a really high incidence of suicide," Pabst says. "What we’re learning now, finally, is that doing this kind of work, which is good work and helping real people, isn’t sustainable unless you take care of it and process the trauma that we’re exposed to every day.”