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Missoula Middle School Gets a Scare, Student Gets Counseling

A Meadow Hill Middle School student has been suspended after voicing threats to classmates, and school officials have mailed an explanatory letter to parents. The student did not bring a weapon to school, and nothing was written to identify targets. The incident is under investigation, says a press release from Missoula County Public Schools.

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Regular Voter Registration Ends Oct. 6

If you haven't registered to vote -- and you want to avoid lines on election day -- you have until October 6. That's the day -- 30 days before the general election -- that marks the end of the regular voter registration period. Afterwards, eligible voters will need to use the late registration process, which involves a trip to the county election office, says an announcement from Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson. Late registration is different from regular registration. To begin with, eligible Montanans can't simply fill out and mail a voter registration card but instead must go to the county election office. It won't work for late registration applicants to go to a polling place,. Montanans who wait for late registration will likely also face longer lines.

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Seed Pods

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Tatum Danielle Eames

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America’s Next Top Model

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Obama in Butte for the 4th of July

Sen. Barack Obama chose to celebrate the Fourth of July in Butte with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha. The Obama family attended the Independence Day Parade and hosted a "family picnic" at Montana Tech where Obama gave a brief speech, cooked hamburgers and chatted casually to fans. Photos by Alexia Beckerling

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Politics + Spring + Butte = Montana Democrats’ Prom

On Saturday I attended that time-honored American spring ritual: the prom. Granted, I'm ten years too old for the real thing. But the beauty of this particular prom is that the older you are, the cooler you are—because this was the Montana Democrats’ version of prom, the annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner in Butte. This prom featured coiffed mullets, shiny curls, and stiff Stetsons. Diamonds set off battered-looking bolo ties. Ballgowns swished next to Wranglers, and minks sat next to Carhartt coats—usually on different people, too. My take on the night's theme: “sequins and denim.” As Hillary Clinton said in her speech at the dinner on Saturday night, the only party to rival Butte’s infamous Saint Paddy’s Day is the Democratic Party. And, boy, was she ever right.

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What the Heck is a Missoula-tarian?

When I first came to Missoula, I heard the phrase “Missoula-tarian” often, generally used in serious tones of voice without giggling. Apparently Missoula-tarianism was an institution recognized far and wide (from Bonner to Frenchtown). Missoula-tarians are people (they live in Missoula, obviously; this phenomenon probably wouldn’t happen anywhere else in the West, except maybe Durango) who refuse to eat any meat unless it’s local, they know where it came from, or it’s wild game—shot by anyone, no acquaintance necessary. This is definitely a good way of trying to eat within your foodshed, but probably difficult to stick to if you’ve eaten meat all your life. I’m sure that sometimes you just crave that Old Post burger that came from a cow in an undisclosed location that most likely decimated the entire Brazilian rainforest through its very existence. No wonder you’re a Missoula-tarian.

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