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Huge infill project underway near downtown Missoula


MISSOULA — More than $100 million in construction is planned for the Old Sawmill District this summer, including a student housing facility, two additional condominiums, a high-end apartment building and a new restaurant, the developers said this week. A new commercial building may also break ground this year, along with the start of a 55-and-older active living center on the district’s west end. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Missoula groups push back against Nazi-inspired leaflets


It’s a Thursday morning at Har Shalom and the children are gathered for play. But the synagogue’s spiritual leader has taken to the library, where she’s thinking of ways to counter the emergence of Nazi-inspired literature in Missoula. Over the past few months, hate-filled leaflets with Nazi propaganda have appeared at area homes. While the drops have been sparse and seemingly random, they are nonetheless troubling in a community that prides itself on tolerance. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Missoula, downtown living scarce and in high demand


A well-appointed studio on the seventh floor of the Wilma Building in downtown Missoula went under contract three days after it was listed, never mind the asking price of $368,000. The quick contract punctuates what the unit’s agent described as a hot downtown real estate market, one where the demand for residential units is high but the supply is limited. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Court to hear Missoula woman’s deportation case


A Missoula woman facing deportation and separation from her American-born children will receive a public hearing before a U.S. District Court judge this month to determine, in part, if the government erred by denying her application to stay in the country under a number of immigration provisions. The federal government, however, has asked the court to dismiss the case, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the matter. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Missoula OKs background checks on gun sales


Missoula’s gun lobby and its supporters sought to defeat an ordinance requiring background checks on all firearm sales and transfers within the city limits on Monday night, long before the scheduled hearing on the issue began. But while opponents and the National Rifle Association mounted a strong opposition, arguing that the ordinance would be both unenforceable and unconstitutional, the Missoula City Council voted 8-4 to approve the new law. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Missoula refugee efforts draw international interest


When Matthew Danzico heard an interview on Public Radio International regarding the debate over refugees in Western Montana, he opted to take a closer look on behalf of the British Broadcasting Corp. Weeks later, he landed in Missoula and set out to interview several Montanans central to the debate, including Mary Poole of Soft Landing Missoula, Missoula Mayor John Engen and Ravalli County Commissioner Jeff Burrows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Sierra Club hails ‘green building’ pioneer


Steve Loken was standing on a hill looking down over the Kootenai River in the 1970s when he had an epiphany. A new Libby Dam had risen to block the river, and Loken watched as Lake Koocanusa grew deeper, wider and longer. “Everything in the reservoir was clear-cut up to the high-water mark,” said Loken. “I’ve never seen that much ecological destruction in my life. I saw this little silver-thread-of-a-river slowly disappear below and I knew we had to do things a different way.”

Loken made good on his word. Continue Reading →

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Worldwide support bails out Missoula no-kill shelter


The numbers haven’s been finalized and won’t be until the end of the month. But it’s safe to say that AniMeals has received the miracle it was looking for. Karyn Moltzen, founder and executive director of AniMeals, said Tuesday that volunteers from around the world came to the organization’s rescue, helping it raise the $60,000 needed to pay off debt and keep the no-kill shelter open. (more…) Continue Reading →

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