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Newspaper’s Blagojevich ringtones are (bleeping) golden

In this Jan. 27, 2009 file photo, then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks on his cell phone before making an appearance in New York on a television program. In wiretap phone recordings played by prosecutors at his ongoing corruption trial in Chicago, the foul-mouthed former governor bashes everyone from politicians and reporters to Illinois voters [...]

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On crossing the finish line

Missoulian reporter Tristan Scott, former assistant news editor Jenn Sauer, news editor Justin Grigg

All sorts of incredible, and sometimes bizarre and sometimes hilarious, things motivated runners in Sunday’s Missoula Marathon and Half-Marathon.

My daughter loved the Chuck Norris jokes posted on signs along the route.

Neither she nor I realized those were the handiwork of Jenn [...]

Griz ‘Tunnel Run’ is tops nationally

Photograph by MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

If you’ve seen it on the Jumbotron at Griz football games, you know the University of Montana’s “Griz Tunnel Run” video is awesome.

Now, the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators has made it official, awarding the promotional video a silver award at its yearly meeting.

Here’s the news release from UM:

The University [...]

A-W-E-S-O-M-E afternoon at the state bee

Rose Tracy of Anaconda prepares to spell one of the final words in the 2010 Treasure State Spelling Bee, while runner-up Ania Chaney of Missoula looks on. BILLINGS GAZETTE PHOTO

“This is how I spell ’spelling bee,’ “ an assistant news editor proclaimed early Saturday afternoon. “B-O-R-I-N-G.”

But alas, he spoke too soon.

By the last round [...]

Score! Your sporty kids in the newspaper

Raise your hand if you want to brag about your kids or grandkids. Knew it!

The Missoulian has just the deal for all of you with the hands waving: our new youth sports page, coming each Tuesday to the Sports section beginning March 30.

This new feature is basically a full page of photos – from you! [...]

We're positively mad about March

The Grizzly basketball team was welcomed home late Thursday with a parade through Missoula. LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian

We’re a little mad here in the Missoulian newsroom, because – in case you haven’t noticed – it’s March. And that means high school basketball tournaments and the Griz and Lady Griz vying for a whirl around the floor [...]

Chelsi Moy and Kurt Wilson are national champs

Rocky Boy High School senior Eric Schildt looks over an information booklet from the University of Montana given out by UM recruiters. Photo by KURT WILSON of the Missoulian

I’m proud to announce that Missoulian reporter Chelsi Moy and photography editor Kurt Wilson have won first place in the 2009 National Awards for Education Reporting, [...]

Wanted: Photos of your sporting kids

Some of my favorite memories of my children’s growing-up years were made in the grandstands at hundreds of Little League, Y basketball, Y soccer, and sports camp games.

I’ll never forget the year my daughter’s first-grade soccer team scored only one goal – but what a goal! They were so far behind in the game, but [...]

We're in awe of Missoula County's top S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S

Lolo Middle School fifth-grader Sam Person won the 2010 Missoula County Spelling Bee last week. MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

I’m tardy in writing this note, but didn’t want February to end without congratulating the winners of the 2010 Missoula County Spelling Bee.

Lolo fifth-grader Sam Person won the county bee this year, no small feat for a first-time [...]

I've seen the future: Sentinel journalism

The next time someone says journalism or newspapers or writing/reporting/interviewing/editing are things of the past, send them down to the end of my street to the little outbuilding of Sentinel High School where the Konah is produced.

Better yet, send them online to this video produced by the Konah staff. It’s funny and smart and [...]