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MIA in Glacier National Park: Actual Glaciers

Receding ice sheets could have big ramifications in the West

(Newser) - "National Park" doesn't have much of a ring to it, but that soon might be a more fitting name for Glacier National Park if its eponymous glaciers keep going the way of the dinosaurs: The New York Times takes a look today at glacier melt in the Montana... More »

Man Starts KKK Group ... That's Open to All Races

John Abarr says the new Rocky Mountain Knights in Montana is inclusive

(Newser) - John Abarr, a well-known white supremacist in Montana, says he's a reformed man now forming a KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights—and anyone 18 and over in the Pacific Northwest can join. In 2011, he made headlines when he ran for (but lost) a congressional seat as... More »

35K Pounds of Raw Chicken Found Rotting in Truck

Driver allegedly demanded ransom

(Newser) - Getting rid of a little rotting raw chicken: not a big deal. Getting rid of a 53-foot trailer filled with more than 35,000 pounds of rotting raw chicken: a pretty big deal. Missoula County officials are finding that out after a stolen truck was discovered Tuesday at a Wye... More »

Farmers Have Bad News for Beer Drinkers

Malt-barley shortage will send prices up

(Newser) - There's been way too much water falling on America's chief malt-barley-producing states, which is bad news for people who like to drink something a little stronger. Wet weather in Idaho, North Dakota, and Montana has caused a lot of barley to germinate early, meaning it won't be... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Lamar Alexander Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Also: Montana's Walsh steps down amid plagiarism scandal

(Newser) - Another boost for the GOP's Senate hopes: Lamar Alexander has defeated a Tea Party challenger in Tennessee and is now strongly favored to win re-election this fall, reports Politico . State Rep. Joe Carr had sought to portray Alexander as an out-of-touch Washington insider, but that approach has failed to... More »

Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

Boeing Fuselages Get Stuck in Montana River

Derailment tosses fuselages in water

(Newser) - Rafters on Montana's Lower Clark Fork River are encountering an unusual sight as they round a bend: The fuselages of three Boeing 737 aircraft. The huge aircraft bodies and the train cars carrying them got stuck in the river last week when 19 freight cars derailed, the Missoulian reports.... More »

Ancient Mystery Solved, Toddler's Remains Are Reburied

Boy's DNA helped point out origins of Native Americans

(Newser) - The 12,600-year-old remains of a toddler were reburied Saturday in a Native American ceremony after the boy's DNA pinpointed the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native people of the Americas. The boy's remains were put back as close as possible to the original... More »

Dino Grew 'Wings'— on Its Head

Mercuriceratops gemini used protrusions to attract mates

(Newser) - If you thought the " Pinocchio Rex " looked a bit odd, get a load of this dinosaur: Scientists have discovered a Triceratops relative, the smaller Mercuriceratops gemini, which sported bony "wings" on either side of its head. The fact that fossil fragments showing butterfly-like protrusions from the skull... More »

Wife's DUI Leads to Husband's DUI

He tried to bail her out of jail, unsuccessfully

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of those accused of drinking too much trying to bail out loved ones accused of the same: A Montana man got charged with DUI after trying to post bond for his wife, who had been jailed on DUI charges of her own three hours earlier, reports... More »

Judge Suspended Longer Than 30-Day Rape Sentence

Baugh gets 31 days, will be publicly censured

(Newser) - The Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control" as the teacher who had sex with her has received a suspension a day longer than the 30 days he handed down in the case. The Montana... More »

Man's Defense for Killing Teen: 'Castle Doctrine'

Markus Kaarma pleads not guilty to deliberate homicide

(Newser) - Markus Kaarma, the man accused of laying a trap and then shooting a teen in his garage last month, feels badly about killing German exchange student, Diren Dede, 17, his lawyer says—but that doesn't change the fact that it was justified. "It was so dark in there... More »

Man's 30-Day Sentence in Girl's Rape Is Bogus: Court

Initial judge, who blamed victim, cited as Montana Supreme Court overturns

(Newser) - Montana's Supreme Court today dumped the jaw-dropping decision of a lower court to sentence a high school teacher to 30 days in the rape of a 14-year-old student. The high court cited Judge Todd Baugh —who suggested that the victim, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame... More »

Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17

(Newser) - A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

DOJ: Prosecutor Said 'Boys Will Be Boys' About Rape Case

Feds say it's part of a 'disturbing pattern' in Montana's Missoula County

(Newser) - The Justice Department thinks prosecutors in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana take reports of sexual assaults so lightly that it "places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," reports Mother Jones . It's not the first time DOJ has gotten involved , but the... More »

Catholic School Fires Pregnant, Unwed Teacher

She 'failed to follow Catholic lifestyle'

(Newser) - An unmarried Montana schoolteacher who became pregnant is now unemployed because she failed to "follow a lifestyle in line with Catholic teachings," the diocese says. Shaela Evenson, who has taught literature and physical education to sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders for nine years, was sacked from a private school... More »

Snowboarder Fined for Moose Harassment

Viral video shows guy chasing animal

(Newser) - A pair of Montana snowboarders made a name for themselves after chasing a moose down a mountain and filming the whole thing. After they posted the video to Facebook , it earned them national media coverage—and, for 21-year-old snowboarder Charlie Rush, a $225 fine, Fox News reports. The fine is... More »

Man's Sentence: Write 'Boys Do Not Hit Girls' 5K Times

Pacer Anthony Ferguson also gets 6 months in jail ... and 8 years for 2nd crime

(Newser) - It's a tale of two men out of Montana: One an infamous felon, one a rather infamous judge. Pacer Anthony Ferguson showed up twice in Yellowstone County District Court this week. One appearance was about an attempted robbery that took place at knife-point in a Walmart parking lot in... More »

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