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Missoula Man’s Threat To “Exterminate” The City Council Prompts Police Involvement

BY MARTIN KIDSTON One man’s threat to “hunt down and eliminate” members of the Missoula City Council has gained the attention of local law enforcement, which for now has banned the man from city property and is working to connect him to resources. Brandon Bryant, who claims to be an Air Force veteran, posted the video to YouTube in mid-December,…

Montana Artist Living In China Navigates Coronavirus Between Home, Studio

BY RENATA BIRKENBUEL Ryan LaBar, a Montana native and ceramic artist commissioned to create an art installation in downtown Missoula, is a United States citizen and foreign national to China who lives in Jingdezhen, Jiangzi Province – the “porcelain capital of the world.” He is healthy, but reports he is taking precautions to avoid contracting the coronavirus. LaBar, 44, living…

Gianforte Rolling Up Big Montana Donors In Race For Governor

BY MIKE DENNISON While Greg Gianforte has plenty of personal wealth to finance his second run for Montana governor, so far he’s accumulated 2020’s biggest gubernatorial campaign bankroll the old-fashioned way: From hundreds of Montana donors. Gianforte listed nearly 3,000 donations from Montanans through the end of last year totaling $1.07 million, or 77 percent of his money from contributions.…

GOP Governor Candidate Fox Picks Knokey As Running Mate

BY MIKE DENNISON (KPAX) Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Fox on Wednesday introduced former state Rep. Jon Knokey of Bozeman as his running mate. Fox, Montana’s current attorney general, made the announcement in Belgrade, becoming the second of six governor candidates to name his lieutenant governor partner on the 2020 ballot. Knokey, 38, served one term in the state Legislature, from…

3 GOP Candidates For Montana Governor Take Stage For Debate

BY JAY KOHN (KPAX) BILLINGS – The three candidates vying for the Republican nomination for Montana governor squared off in a debate at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center Thursday night. A crowd of 300 people squeezed in to watch Congressman Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski on the stage. The Yellowstone County Republicans sponsored the…

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