An expansion here on Monday’s post noting that I’ve given up for the time being on the Montana headline listing I’d been putting together weekly since February. After putting a fairly focused effort into sorting a state’s worth of news media content into its most noteworthy chunks for a third of a year, I’m hoping I… Read More

No Montana headline roundup post this week — but, in its place, a somewhat geeky explanation why:   In a single chart, interest in the feature (as measured by page view numbers) has declined over time:     Which is somewhat contradictory to anecdotal feedback I’ve gotten from several people who’ve said they really enjoy… Read More

In capital-N News this week: Montana has its same-sex marriage ban challenged in court… Gay marriage ban challenged: 4 Montana couples sue Montana – Great Falls Tribune / John S. Adams …bird-loyalty appears to be equally newsworthy, per the national media… Pigeon causes chaos at Central-Linc – Helena Independent Record / Derek Brouwer Helena pigeon story goes… Read More

In news this week: Logistical challenges delay a massive settlement owned to Indian landowners Native Americans: Frustration grows over $3.4B Cobell settlement delay – Associated Press …and participation in many girls sports falls in north-central Montana. Are girls opting out? – Great Falls Tribune / Scott Mansch In crime and justice: A Box Elder woman charged with… Read More

In news this week A community finds itself  ‘short of breath’ amidst the Bakken boom… Culbertson, other towns, rush to keep pace with Bakken spillover – Billings Gazette / Tom Lutey …some Bozeman folks want to market Montana-made sugar-beet rum globally… New research center aims to level the playing field for local distillers, brewers – Bozeman Daily… Read More

1. In news about questionable shootings: An apparently trespassing exchange student is killed by a Missoula man… Teenager shot, killed in Grant Creek garage – Missoulian / Dillon Kato Missoula man charged with homicide in exchange student’s shooting death – Great Falls Tribune / David Murray …triggering international debate over Montana’s ‘Castle doctrine’ laws… In the wake… Read More

1. In subjectively most-interesting news: Beef prices are ‘Moo’ving up,… Beef prices hit home: Montana ranchers look forward to record profits – Great Falls Tribune / David Murray Rising beef prices have retailers and consumers feeling the squeeze – Great Falls Tribune / Marc Stergionis …anti-authority activists explore questionably valid legal justice… Citizen grand jury movement concerns Gallatin… Read More

1. In news this week: A Butte statue gets a cellophane treatment — and a reporter gets a “seeing red” pun… Lady in Red: Pranksters give Our Lady of the Rockies a brief makeover – Angela Brandt / Montana Standard …a conference explores sex trafficking under the Big Sky… Sex trafficking easy to find in Montana,… Read More

1. In news this week: A long shot Republican senate candidate finds $12K outside his church, initially thinks it’s a campaign donation… Senate hopeful Edmunds finds a bag of cash – Lee Newspapers State Bureau / Mike Dennison …a different Montana fossil is headed to the Washington, D.C. spotlight… Montana’s T. rex gets star treatment before trip… Read More