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John Engen

Montana’s lone U.S. congressman has joined other conservative lawmakers in signing a pledge to not request earmark spending projects. This comes after Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives ended a decade-long ban on earmarks, or congressionally directed spending.

Missoula County Tuesday announced a health order that reduces the number of people allowed to gather for events and in some businesses in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting Thursday at 8 am, events and gatherings in Missoula will be limited to 25 people. That includes parties and receptions, meetings, farmers markets, concerts, sporting events, organized youth activities.

(L-R) Shaley Hall, London Marq and  Ja'Ton Simpson spoke during a Black Lives Matter rally in Missoula, June 14, 2020.
Sofia Stuar-Rasi / Montana Public Radio

A rally in Missoula Sunday drew hundreds to decry the presence of armed vigilantes at racial justice demonstrations. The gathering was spurred after one person was allegedly harassed and attacked by a group of armed individuals during a protest held at the county courthouse over a week ago.

People protest at the Missoula Courthouse, June 2, 2020. The death of George Floyd, a black man while being arrested in Minnesota spurred protests across the country.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

There is no evidence to substantiate widespread rumors that outside agitators are planning to stir up trouble in Missoula, according to the city’s police chief and its mayor.

The city of Missoula will get $1.1 million in federal grants to support environmental cleanup and property rehabilitation in and around a contaminated Montana Rail Link Park site.

Brandon Bryant was arrested Feb. 11 for allegedly threatening Missoula city officials.
Missoula County

A man accused of threatening and intimidating Missoula public officials was arrested this week and made his initial court appearance Thursday.

It's a case of alleged harassment that’s forcing public officials to reexamine the delicate balance of freedom of speech and public safety.

Mayor Engen On The Vibe Fueling Missoula's Growth

Jan 26, 2020
Missoula Mayor John Engen.
City of Missoula

What makes a city ripe for entrepreneurship? Is it the fruit of well-conceived planning, a combination of luck and circumstances, or all of the above?

Missoula, Montana’s tech scene has boomed in the last decade, bringing a steady population increase, immense opportunities, and growing pains. Perhaps no one has a better perspective on this growth than Missoula’s current Mayor John Engen, who joins us on this episode of Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs.

Sen. Jon Tester takes questions from the audience at a town hall meeting in Missoula June 21, 2019.
Kevin Trevellyan / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with constituents at a town hall event Friday in Missoula. About 150 people packed into one of the meeting rooms in Missoula’s Holiday Inn Parkside Friday to interact with Tester.

The town hall was an open door event with no invite needed. It was his second in person town hall of the year and his ninth since President Trump took office.

The Crowd at Missoula's Playfair Park Thursday
Nick Mott

The ‘Love Trumps Hate’ rally, progressive Missoula’s answer to President Donald Trump’s appearance Thursday, drew roughly 1,500 people to Playfair Park.

The rally served as an emotional release for some participants.


The dialogue around substance abuse and mental health disorders, when it happens at all, is often shrouded in shame, blame and guilt. An event in Missoula this weekend is aiming to change that, and also to celebrate people in recovery. 

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