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Rosie Costain


Rosie Costain is a former MTPR reporter.

Stevensville High School.
Stevensville Public Schools

The Stevensville School Board has voted to run two construction bonds in both the elementary and high school districts before voters in May. The bonds total over $20 million.

The superintendent for the Stevensville Public School District, Robert Moore, says they will address significant needs for both the kindergarten through 3rd-grade elementary building and for the high school -- especially for the high school.

Missoula Firefighter Andy Drobeck in one of Aber Hall's stairwells getting ready to do an hour-long workout of stair running.
Rosie Costain / MTPR

Every year firefighters from across the country compete to see who, while wearing their firefighting gear, can climb the stairs to the top of the tallest building in Seattle the fastest. And every year for the last seven, Missoula’s city fire department has won.

It’s all a part of a competition to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A map showing the proposed project management areas outside of Stevensville.
Forest Service USDA

  The Bitterroot National Forest is taking comments on a proposed timber sale and vegetation management project in the Sapphire Mountains northeast of Stevensville.

The Forest is proposing to manage vegetation and reduce fuels on 238 acres in and next to the Threemile Wildlife Management Area. It says is entirely within the Wildland-Urban Interface -- the area of forest that mixes with human development and is at risk for wildfire.

A snow bike sits on a cornice near the crest of Spring Slide Mountain in the Swan Range where bikers triggered an avalanche Jan. 5, 2019.

The Flathead National Forest is investigating an avalanche involving motorized snow bikes that happened on Jan. 5. The bikers may have been in an area closed to over-snow vehicles.

Keith Hammer is the chair of the Swan View Coalition in the Flathead Valley. Hammer heard about the avalanche on Spring Slide Mountain and recognized the area.

Tourists at the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS (PD)

Montana saw a small decline in out-of-state visitors in 2018, but an increase in overall tourism spending.

Jeremy Sage is the assistant director of the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana, which released the report.

A group of birders try to identify a group of birds perched in a tree at Council Grove State Park during the Christmas Bird Count.
Rosie Costain

Lou Bruno likes to watch birds, but he calls himself a lazy birder. Especially when he’s at his home in East Glacier during the summers, looking out over a beaver pond.

Sign saying "Welcome to Blackfeet Indian Country."
Will Marlow (CC-BY-NC-2)

Federal agents say human remains have been found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Northwestern Montana where a woman was reported missing last year.

Jensen was a former high school athletic trainer at Custer County District High School in Miles City, where the original abuse allegedly took place.
David Schott/ Flickr

  A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance was arrested Thursday after investigators found child pornography in his room in a Miles City retirement home, authorities said.

Seventy-eight-year-old James Jensen was put in jail with a $100,000 bond and charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing the pornography.

The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Two University of Montana faculty members won a $1 million grant last week to help conservation groups improve water quality in the Atlantic Coast’s largest watershed.

St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius Montana.
Loren T. Vine (CC-BY-SA-2.5)

Thirty one members of the Jesuit Order who served in Montana are on a list of those with “credible claims” of sexual abuse against them released on Friday.

The list from the Jesuits West Province includes 111 members from 10 western states that the Order says possibly or did abuse minors or vulnerable adults.