Missoula Montana

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane says he’s “extremely grateful” for Tuesday’s 11th-hour victory of a $70 million high school bond issue. Local voters passed it as well as an $88 million dollar elementary bond. The levies will pay for local school maintenance, renovations, remodeling and technology and security updates.

UM Journalism School professor Jule Banville is calling all "public radio nerds" and fans of audio storytelling to come together at the Last Best Podcast Festival to enjoy stories from students and independent producers.
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There's no shortage of live music, arts, or film festivals in Missoula. Now a UM journalism professor wants to add another festival to the mix. This one for podcasts and the people who love them.

For 75 years, arsenic-laced waste from some of the world’s largest copper-mining operations accumulated behind Milltown Dam, located a few miles east of Missoula. Then in 1983, the dam, along with 120 miles of the Clark Fork River, was designated as a Superfund site. The 30-year saga of dam removal and clean-up is the focus of a book by David Brooks:  Restoring the Shining Waters: Superfund Success at Milltown, Montana.

Hundreds of people turned out for Missoula city council’s hearing on a proposed gun control ordinance Monday night. Most who spoke were in favor of the measure, which would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales in the city.

A hearing on requiring background checks for gun purchases happens tonight before Missoula’s city council.

The advocacy group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America is backing the proposed city ordinance that would require criminal background checks for gun sales between private parties. Right now, those checks are only required for federally licensed firearms dealers.

On Monday night Missoula’s city council takes up a proposed ordinance that would require criminal background checks on nearly all gun sales in the city, including those between private parties.

Today, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said he believe such an ordinance, “is prohibited by state law and likely violates our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

1 Killed In Missoula Plane Crash

Oct 14, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula County authorities say one person died when a small plane crashed soon after taking off from the Missoula International Airport.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett confirmed the fatality to KECI-TV. The station reports only one person was aboard the plane.

The single-engine plane crashed Wednesday afternoon near the airport's car rental lot.

The Missoulian reports the plane was airborne for about 10 seconds before it crashed and exploded.

No other details were immediately available.

West Fork Fish Creek Fire Causing Smokey Skies

Oct 6, 2015
Smoke in the sky west of Missoula is coming from the West Fork Fish Creek Fire, officials say.
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Wondering where the smoke west of Missoula is coming from today? The Frenchtown Rural Fire Chief says it's from islands of un-burned fuel from the West Fork Fish Creek fire which was discovered August 14, 2015.

The Montana Film Festival runs from Oct. 1 - 4 at the Roxy Theater in Missoula.
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Mike Steinberg, executive director the the Roxy Theater joins Michael Marsolek to preview the upcoming Montana Film Festival in Missoula. The festival, in its first year, runs October 1 - 4 at the Roxy Theater, and it has a Montana focus:

Missoula city and county leaders want to know what the public thinks about their ideas reduce the county’s jail population.
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Missoula city and county leaders want to know what the public thinks about their ideas reduce the county’s jail population.