Missoula Montana

Dr. Phil Kinsey, director of the Montana State Crime Lab, explains rape kit testing protocols to the task force on Friday.
Mara Silvers

The Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force set up by the attorney general last November met for the third time in Missoula last Friday. Dr. Phil Kinsey gave fellow task force members an idea of how labor-intensive and time-consuming it is to test so-called rape kits during a tour of the state crime lab.

Onward and upward: Faun and a Pan Flute
Faun and a Pan Flute

Faun and a Pan Flute is a collectively-led experimental nonet from Atlanta, GA. Their restless soundscapes are both demented and uplifting; restrained yet chaotic; complex, but still accessible.

Though abstract, these avant-warriors provide a create-your-own-ending sort of narrative with their compositions, all based around primal rhythms and controlled chaos.

Mikeladze Central Music School Choir in Missoula for the International Choral Festival.
Mike Albans

Pictures from the International Choral Festival of Missoula, going on through the weekend.

If you can't make it to the festival, tune in to MTPR Friday at 2:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of choirs from Hong Kong and Costa Rica.

A disabled veteran cyclist rides in a race near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on April 26, 2016.
DoD News, CC 160424-D-DB155-001

Summertime in Montana beckons bicyclists in hordes. They hit the trails to enjoy nature, exercise, and to spend time with each other. But for Montanans with disabilities, the sport can be inaccessible.

The Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys’ Choir sings during Out to Lunch in Missoula, July 13, 2016.
Mike Albans

"One of the choir members we [hosted] had said that they would never, ever allow anyone to say anything against the United States of America after coming to this."

That’s Karen Somerset, talking about the International Choral Festival, a four-day celebration of singing and culture that happens in Missoula every three years. This is Festival week and Karen and her husband, Ray, are hosting people from Poland.

Vet centers help combat veterans readjust to civilian life after what can be intense deployments overseas.
Courtesy Montana Vet Centers

Missoula-area veterans now have a new and improved Vet Center at their disposal. These centers help combat veterans readjust to civilian life after what can be intense deployments overseas.

Missoula County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents of Horseback Ridge near Missoula to prepare for evacuation in case the fire burning in the area grows.

Missoula County Sheriff deputies today warned residents of Horseback Ridge near Missoula to prepare for evacuation, after a new wildfire was discovered Thursday afternoon. It’s located at Blue Mountain on the southwest side of Missoula.

Montana Responds to Orlando Shooting With Pride

Jun 17, 2016
The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.


Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.


In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

Free Cycles needs to raise an additional $135,000 to buy their shop.
Mara Silvers

A Missoula nonprofit that gives away bicycles and helps people learn to fix them is under the gun to raise enough money to buy a permanent home in Missoula.

Zinke And Juneau Debate Over Debates
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Candidates for Montana’s House seat are calling for debates to challenge each other on key issues. But the campaigns don’t agree on when and where those debates should take place. Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke and Democrat Denise Juneau have both proposed dates and venues for debates.