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Missoula County fire officials announced Monday they will move fire danger signs to "High" effective immediately.
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Missoula County fire officials announced Monday they will move fire danger signs to "high" effective immediately.

The U.S. Forest Service's Wildland Fire Assessment System shows at least two other regions with "High" fire danger — north-central and southeast Montana.

Some of the weapons confiscated over the past year by Project Safe Neighborhoods Missoula County, shown during a press conference, May 29, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

The City of Missoula’s violent crime rate increased 50 percent between 2011 and 2017. Authorities blame methamphetamine for that unprecedented spike in murders, robberies and aggravated assault.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst Wednesday shared an ugly, real world example of the kind of havoc that meth wreaks.

(L-R) Missoula Mayor John Engen, County Commissioner Cola Rowley, County Commissioner Josh Slotnick and County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier during a press conference on affordable housing in Missoula, May 28, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

More than 200 units of affordable housing are coming to Missoula, local officials announced Tuesday. It’s part of a big public-private collaboration involving several entities.

"This is a big deal, Missoula. This is a real big deal," says County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier.

Voters at the Missoula County ballot drop-off center, May 23, 2017.
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Missoula County will be one of the first in Montana to test out a new statewide election law in its upcoming school and special district elections on May 7.

“It’s not really a change for the voters. It’s a change for the people who collect the ballots," says Missoula County Election Administrator Dayna Causby.

Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
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Montana’s health department was dealt a major blow in late 2017, when the agency was forced to cut almost $50 million to help balance the state budget.

Mary Windecker of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing about 30 addiction and mental health care providers, says that was, “A huge shock to both the mental health and substance use systems in the state of Montana.”

Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.
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The ongoing partial government shutdown has scuttled an upcoming meeting between Missoula County and the Environmental Protection Agency.

That meeting was meant to discuss ongoing concerns about the closed and contaminated Smurfit-Stone Container pulp and paper mill site in Frenchtown.

Flu shot. File photo.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials say a Missoula County child has become the first person to die of an influenza-related illness in the state this season.

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials said in a statement Monday there aren't many flu cases in Montana right now, but the number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Sample Montana ballot.
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Hoping to get meaningful Montana election results by the time you go to bed tonight? If so, prepare to be disappointed.

Missoula County Elections Administrator Dayna Causby wants to set realistic expectations for voters seeking election returns tonight.

A screen capture of the Missoula County Draft Land Use Map, October 23, 2018.
Missoula County

Missoula County is updating its future growth map.

Why? Maybe think about it like this: you go to a restaurant, open the menu and have to choose from 64 different entrées. Not only would it be a chore to simply decide what to order, your selection probably wouldn’t even taste very good.

Montana absentee ballot application.
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Up to 90,000 Montanans have been getting mail this week from a political group backing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, encouraging voters to register for absentee ballots. 

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