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Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Missoula prepares for President Trump’s arrival

Less than 24 hours before President Trump lands at the Missoula International Airport, the people in Montana’s second-largest city appeared unaware of the high-profile political rally aimed at maintaining Republican …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Trump to visit Missoula, rally for Sen. Tester challenger Matt Rosendale this month

President Trump is expected to visit Missoula on Oct. 18 to rally support for a Republican candidate in a U.S. Senate race, according to news outlets in the area.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

Ex-Boise priest pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former Boise Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges as part of a plea deal.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

50 years of the Boeing 747: How the ‘queen of the skies’ reigned over air travel

On Sept. 30, 1968, the first Boeing 747 rolled out of its custom-built assembly plant in Everett, Washington. From the beginning, everything about the plane once known as the “queen …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 3:20 p.m.

Judge halts Saturday’s grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the …

As smoke blankets Northwest, National Weather Service says Washington air quality worst in the country

The air quality in Spokane and across the Northwest teetered between unhealthy and moderate most of Wednesday as smoke from local and Canadian wildfires blanketed the region.

VIDEO: Frightening video captures teenage girl shoved off bridge, plunging 60 feet into river below

The bridge at Moulton Falls, a forested park in Washington state, looms 60 feet above the water. A sign says that diving from the bridge is prohibited. But that doesn’t …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed and reportedly causing some injuries against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Some arrested as right-wing rally, counter-protesters clash

Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.

Portland braces for dueling right-wing, anti-fascist rallies

Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated …

Treaty negotiator: Canada could revisit salmon restoration to British Columbia spawning grounds

Salmon and steelhead migrated into Canada each year before the construction of Grand Coulee Dam blocked fish passage to the upper Columbia River basin. Getting salmon back to British Columbia …

Some Pacific Northwest CEOs earn 200 or 400 times what the average employee is paid

Public companies, under new federal rules, are now disclosing their workers’ median annual pay and showing how that number stacks up against what the CEO makes. The data shed some …

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species.

Roads icy, schools closed after Pacific Northwest snowstorm

Major highways in the Portland metro area are passable after a storm that dropped 3 inches of snow on Oregon’s largest city.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 12:25 a.m.

Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest’s ‘bomb cyclones’ tamer than East Coast’s

The Pacific Northwest was blissfully insulated from the recent “bomb cyclone” that clobbered the East Coast on Jan. 4, along with the stunning cold spell that followed.

Gov. Inslee wants Washington removed from drilling plan

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove Washington, along with the entire Pacific coastline, from a list of proposed sites for potential offshore oil and …

Montana revises feared revenue hit from tax bill

Federal tax cuts passed into law will deliver less of a blow to Montana revenue than first expected, state officials say.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 7:58 p.m.

Hotel owner hoping former den of sin will get new life

Being a former brothel isn’t usually a selling point. But in the case of Pendleton’s Oak Hotel, its owner is hoping its reputation precedes it.

Then and now: Consolidated Freight Lines

Leland James, a Portland, Oregon, truck driver, built a trucking empire. He started by buying Portland-Spokane Auto Freight and a handful of other firms in 1929. He called his new …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Two-thirds of Northwest shoppers will stay clear of stores on Black Friday, WSU survey finds

Black Friday shopping appears to be losing its luster as a post-Thanksgiving ritual, with nearly 65 percent of Pacific Northwest residents saying they’ll avoid stores that day.

Celebrated Oregon winemaker dies in Roseburg

A celebrated Oregon winemaker who helped found several well-known wineries died in her isolated cabin in southern Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Case of suspected American ISIS fighter captured in Syria vexes U.S.

Justice Department officials don’t believe they have enough evidence to bring charges against an American citizen and suspected member of the Islamic State who was captured in Syria last month, …

Gardening: Guest speaker at annual Master Gardener Foundation dinner will talk about the plight of native bees

Last summer I was lucky. I seemed to have more than a few bumblebees buzzing around my garden.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

GSI sees value in Amazon headquarters bid despite exec’s comments about Pacific Northwest’s chances

Hours after a top executive said Amazon isn’t likely to build its second headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, the company issued a statement backing away from his statement.

Wildfire smoke clearing in U.S. West as storms move through

Storms brought cooler and wetter weather into the Western and Northwestern U.S. this weekend, breaking up a temperature inversion that had blanketed much of the region with acrid smoke from …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.

Nearly all of Montana is in or trending toward drought

Nearly all of Montana is experiencing drought or trending toward drought, fueling wildfires and costing farmers millions of dollars.