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Missoula Inmate Attacks Cellmate Over a Missing Tablet

On May 20, 2022, Missoula County Detention Officers responded to a report of a disturbance inside one of the cells. When Detention Officers responded, they opened the cell door and observed 36-year-old Douglas Skoczek and another male standing a few feet away from each other. An officer placed handcuffs on the other male and escorted him to the Medical Unit. Officers noted that the male had a gash on his right hand, scratches on his neck and left ear, and an eye injury.
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Wow! Missoula’s El Cazador Will Close After Almost 30 Years

Too often we share stories about a Missoula business announcing its closure and leaving customers without their favorite establishment. And it's even worse when it's a restaurant! It's definitely no fun to have your favorite place here one day and gone the next. Those cravings never go away! So while news of El Cazador closing their downtown location might be shocking, it's a bit easier to swallow since we'll still be able to enjoy a meal at their other location on South Avenue.
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New approach to affordable housing in Missoula could be a model for the rest of the state

On the north side of Missoula, there are three buildings not far from the railyard on Wolf Avenue. They're rental properties on the radar of several organizations in town. “We call the folks who live here the Wolfies, and this is the Wolf Avenue property,” said Kaia Peterson, director of NeighborWorks Montana. NeighborWorks Montana is the state branch of a national nonprofit that helps people find creative ways to afford homes. Peterson has been working with the Wolf Avenue residents for more than a year now. She got involved after a friend of hers who lives in the neighborhood contacted her.

A Bison Range homecoming

MOIESE — The sound of drumming filled the rolling hills of the National Bison Range. Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes and neighbors gathered under a large tent to sing and dance in celebration of a historic event: the tribes’ reclamation of management of the Bison Range after more than a century of federal management and nearly two decades of negotiations.

'Lady in the Beer Glass' statue stolen from Lolo saloon

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the theft of a statue, "The Lady in the Beer Glass," from KT's Hayloft Saloon in Lolo. The Sheriff's Office said on social media the theft occurred on May 15. The suspects are believed to have been in a newer, dark gray Chevrolet pickup.

Arson suspect held on $1M bond for 2021 Flathead Lake area fires

LAKE COUNTY – Craig Allen McCrea of Ronan has been charged with felony arson and is being held on $1 million bond for starting fires with a torch that led to three blazes last summer, including one that destroyed more than a dozen homes near Flathead Lake, according to the Lake County Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office.

Clint May resigns as UM cross country and track and field coach, accepts job at Florence

MISSOULA — Montana head cross country and track and field coach Clint May has resigned from the school and is headed back to the high school coaching ranks. After three years as the head cross country coach at UM and two years of the track programs, May resigned from the Griz last week and has accepted the head coaching position for the inaugural cross country program at Florence-Carlton High School.

Frenchtown Eyeing More Softball Hardware

Since 2005 there have been 16 Class A state softball tournaments and the Frenchtown Broncs have played in 11 of the 16 championship games. They have 6 state titles, 5 runner-up finishes and finished third on four different occasions. They are 18-1-2 on the year this season and are hopeful to make it to Saturday once again.

Clint May, UM cross country and track & field coach, resigns

MISSOULA — Clint May is moving back to the high school level. May, who was an assistant and eventually the head coach at Bozeman High School for a decade in the mid-2000s, has resigned from his job as the head cross country and track and field coach for Montana, UM sources confirmed to the Missoulian and Monday.

Missoula Hellgate grad Elise Stearns breaks out for NAU women's track team

MISSOULA — For the first time in a long time, Elise Stearns has enjoyed a healthy and truly full year of racing. Stearns benefited off that newfound health to send her track and field career to new heights as a member of Big Sky Conference and national running powerhouse Northern Arizona. It all came together for the former Missoula Hellgate Class AA team champ and all-state runner just a few weeks ago at the Big Sky outdoor championships in Pocatello, Idaho, with a gold in the 1,500 and a bronze in the 5K.
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Tackling Montana’s EMS shortage, from the supply side

At any moment, the radio clutched in Quinlan Roe’s hand could squawk, his cue to jump in one of the ambulances just a few feet away and speed out onto Missoula’s streets. The call might take him a few dozen miles south up the Bitterroot Valley or 80 miles north to Condon, with who knows what medical emergency waiting for him on the other end. His laugh, his gestures, the cadence of his speech — everything about Roe telegraphs anticipation, his energy level fixed somewhere between a simmer and a rolling boil.

Hellgate track star Moses qualifies for multiple events at state

Hellgate junior Hannah Moses qualified for multiple track and field events at state at the close of divisionals last weekend. Moses will compete in pole vault, the 100-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay. During divisonals, the junior tied for first in pole vault with a clearance of 11-6, finished second...

We give fans get too much benefit of the doubt

When it comes to giving people the benefit of the doubt, nobody is better than my mom. “Oh,” she would say when my brothers or I would try to describe the horribleness of a particular person we encountered as we were growing up. “That’s just how he is.”