Missoula Montana

Tempers momentarily flared Monday at a Missoula rally against a proposal to open a refugee resettlement office in Missoula, Monday February 1, 2016.
Bree Zender

Tempers momentarily flared Monday at a Missoula rally against a proposal to open a refugee resettlement office in Missoula.

Business As Usual For Montana Gun Sellers After Obama's Executive Order

Jan 31, 2016
It was business as usual at a recent three-day gunshow in Kalispell, the first of its kind in the state following the president’s announcement of executive action on guns.
Mike Albans

President’s Obama’s announcement on January 5 that he would take unilateral action to bolster gun control reverberated around the country. Katie Riordan reports on how the president’s words echoed in Montana, and on efforts for tighter gun control laws in Missoula and statewide.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

Montana’s Public Service Commission is suing the private company that supplies Missoula’s drinking water. The Commission says utilities can’t be sold without the regulatory authority’s approval.

The group "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense" rallies in Missoula, MT for stronger gun laws, Dec. 14, 2015.
Josh Burnham

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally on the courthouse lawn in Missoula Sunday to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting and advocate for stronger gun laws. They were joined by about a dozen open-carry advocates – some with rifles slung over their shoulders – showing support for the second amendment, and self defense via firearms.

 Health Effects Category by Air Monitoring Station Based on Average Measured Concentrations of Particulate Matter 2.5 As Of Hour Ending 3:00 PM MST on 12/1/2015
Montana DEQ

Recent cold temperatures mean Missoula’s now teetering on the edge of violating federal air quality standards. Inversions have trapped cold, dirty air in the Missoula valley for almost a week.

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.
Courtesy University of Montana

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.