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Heart-wrending photo of baby in baby garners world-wide attention

Baby found in woods near Lolo Hot Springs released from hospital

Man accused of leaving baby in woods has criminal record in Oregon

Officers search for suspect who shot at law officers on Bozeman Pass

Butte's Montana Folk Festival kicks off Friday

Stapleton to appeal judge's order removing Greens from fall ballot

Rosendale rakes in over $700,000 after primary election victory

Trump's visit to Great Falls cost city almost $40,000

Diocese apologizes for priests at Trump rally

Man who killed his uncle will be resentenced by judge

Supreme Court vote could set up a dilemma for Tester

Man who fired handgun into Billings home gets 20 years

Northeastern Montana whacked by 2nd round of severe weather

Man tells officers he abandoned baby in woods because he was heavy

Officers describe how they discovered infant buried under wood debris

Powerful thunderstorm wreaks havoc in northeastern Montana

Ballot blunders keep outcome of Missoula Co race undecided for weeks

Reports: Whitefish man who fatally stabbed father was mentally ill

GTF woman who allegedly wielded machete sent to state hospital

Hardin woman pleads guilty to role in death of daughter, 2

Bozeman boy denies making high school bomb threat

Judge orders that Green Party be removed from Montana ballots

MT inmates being released sooner by new parole board, records show

US delegates rip Canadian counterparts over Kootenai contaminants

Battle over wilderness study areas ramps up as election nears

July 4 holiday week was deadly one on Montana roads

Special legislative session looks less likely as votes are counted

Regents doing job reviews this week for top 3 executives

A look at Zinke's Whitefish 'peace park' Dems want investigated

BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Report claims immigrants contribute $220M to Missoula's economy

Lincoln County residents frustrated with state's efforts to thwart mines

Judge delays decision on mine exploration project north of Yellowstone

Yellowstone Park lodges jack up room rates

Developers of residential project near Big Sky table plans

Advocates see promise for more sales of renewable energy outside MT

Former corporate officer revives Swan Lakes Laughing Horse Lodge

Forest Service investigates release of workers' personal info


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

MSU quarterback Chris Murray will miss season to focus on academics

UM's Sophia Stiles well along the comeback trail

Bobcat commit Blake Schmidt has deep Montana ties

Floaters ready to hit MT rivers, but they're chilly and filled with residue

Grizzlies land former Alabama walk-on quarterback

Angler catches rare hybrid tiger trout in Rock Creek

Montanans Lonergan, Sampson say they'll play for Bobcats

Incoming Griz Manuel to play for Mozambique in World Cup games


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Fake, partisan 'watchdogs' abuse law to gin up fake scandals

State badly needs more child protection workers

Trump trade war could damage Montana's ag interests

Crisis deepens in state's foster care system and needs fixing

Don't spend time on a wasteful special session

Few last words from Last Best News

Bullock wrong to block Land Board review of conservation easement

Actions of Land Board members worrisome


FEATURES


Copper King's art collection comes to Missoula for long run

Montana Folk Festival, which opens Friday in Butte, previewed

121st running of Arlee powwow lures hundreds of visitors

Acclaimed photographer focuses his lens on Glacier's mountain goats

Former journalist turned cop helps Missoula residents combat crime

Kalispell man makes one-of-a-kind violins

Mushroom-hunting mania spreads across western Montana

Columbia Falls priest one of the inspirations for the movie 'Tag'

In 'Cloudbursts,' Tom McGuane gathers short stories from long career


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A round-up of this year's Montana concerts

Imagine Dragons set for MSU stadium show July 26

Dwight Yoakam to headline Red Ants Pants Festival in late July

Chris Stapleton to play in Billings Aug. 2, Missoula on Aug. 3

Magic City Blues Fest to includes ZZ Top and Phillip Phillips

Jeff Foxworthy joins State Fair lineup Aug. 3 in Great Falls

Lineup set for Decemberists' Travelers' Rest Festival Aug. 4-5

Rockin' the Rivers festival runs Aug. 10-12

Kelly Clarkson performing at Billings' MontanaFair Aug. 12

Pearl Jam plans concert at Missoula's UM stadium Aug. 13

Big Sky music festival to feature Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby

Country music star Suzy Bogguss headlines Lewistown fest Aug. 18

Alice Cooper to play KettleHouse Amphitheater Aug. 18

Another round of guitar greats slated for Bigfork's Crown festival

Jason Isbell appearing at Bonner Sept. 8

Montana International Film Festival slated Sept. 13-17 in Billings

Avett Brothers to headline Sept. 16 Missoula concert

Rod Stewart moves his Billings concert to Oct. 24

Bob Seger reschedules Billings concert for January

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July 16, 2018

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This photo taken Sunday at a Missoula hospital shows the dirty fingernails of the 5-month-old boy rescued from underneath a pile of sticks and debris in the woods near Lolo Hot Springs. The infant has since been released from the hospital, and the photo has captured world-wide attention.

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YOU wouldn't think 5-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady would be awestruck too often, but he was when he spotted a bear in Montana recently.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video on Instagram last week of himself outdoors grinning widely and whispering: "It's a bear!" He then panned his camera to a nearby bear sauntering off into the woods.

Brady didn't specify exactly where he saw the bear, but most likely he took the shot at his place at the Yellowstone Club at Big Sky, which he frequently visits in the off-season


WHILE newspapers have struggled financially and laid off many journalists in recent years, some analysts have hoped that more nimble, independent online news sites would fill the void.

That was the goal for Ed Kemmick, a seasoned Billings Gazette reporter and sure-footed writer when he launched Last Best News four and a half years ago. During that time, Kemmick continued to make his mark with hard-hitting accountability journalism that shined a light on those misusing power.  And when he wasn’t doing that, he was often poking fun at himself and others.

Unfortunately, Kemmick eventually found the rigors of running the site, where he was writing breaking news, features, and commentaries, as well as doing the grunt work of accounting, ad sales, web-site development, budgeting and so on, pretty confining.  “It occurred to me that in all my life there had been only a few relatively short periods when I lived as a full-time human being, free and untethered,” he said Sunday in announcing the site will suspend operations July 1.“Once the idea of reclaiming that kind of freedom took hold of me, it was hard to think of anything else.”

Kemmick hopes someone will step forward and revive his site or start a new one like it. If that doesn't happen, the good news for his many fans is that he expects to continue writing as a freelancer.


HAVE trouble spelling a word? Most folks do.

In South Dakota, a lot of people struggle with "chaos," and in Idaho they aren't sure about "businesses." So they ask Google "how to spell" those words, and Google, in turn, has produced a map of the most common "how to spell" words of each state.

In Montana, that word is "tomorrow."

" 'Or is it "tomarrow," or "tomorow," or "twomorrow"? (It's not, lol)' " quips Kristen Inbody in the Great Great Falls Tribune.


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A GREAT horned owl is keeping a close eye on proceedings in the courtroom of District Judge Mike Menahan from its nest just a few feet away from the Lewis and Clark courthouse.

And Menahan, an avid bird watcher, and a court clerk have been closely watching the owl, which they dubbed Ollie. They've set up a watching station in the courtroom, complete with binoculars and a camcorder that can record Ollie's activities.

Ollie took over a crow's nest, and Menahan believes she's a young mother. If so, that wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. "There's not a lot of food around here," he noted.

Moreover, the nest is near busy Broadway Avenue, which would be dangerous territory for any young owls that flutter out of the nest toward the street.

Sometimes even a judge can't keep the streets safe for younger ones.


AS AN INCUMBENT, Sen. Jon Tester will enjoy a number of advantages as he runs for re-election: Name recognition, the ability to raise campaign funds, the backing of Democratic allied groups, no significant primary challenge, and so on.

Tester has won statewide elections twice before, but he will now have to run in a state that President Donald Trump won by 20 points. That helps explain why Tester just came out with a campaign ad that touts how he sponsored or co-sponsored 13 bills that passed, and then were signed by Trump.

Despite some advantages, Tester will be no shoo-in. A recent national poll showed that Tester is the most vulnerable Democratic senator seeking another term. The survey done by SurveyMonkey for Axios showed Tester would lose by a 55-42 margin to a Republican opponent if the election were held now.

Of course, a lot could change between now and November. The Republicans haven't even picked their nominee yet from among the four men who have filed for the job.


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