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Missoulian’s parent company announces offering of $1B in notes

I thought Missoulian readers would like to know about the latest financing announcement from Lee Enterprises, parent company of not only the Missoulian but also the Montana Standard in Butte, the Ravalli Republic in Hamilton, the Helena Independent Record and the Billings Gazette.

Here’s the information that went nationwide via the Associated Press.

Associated Press
Lee Enterprises, the [...]

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Welcome to Missoulian.com's newest blog: Tennis Talk

A great new blog debuted this afternoon on Missoulian.com – “Tennis Talk” – presided over by the Missoulian’s own Bill Speltz.

Bill is a fan, a player, a father of stellar tennis players and – of course – a sportswriter for the Missoulian.

His new blog will provide regular installments on all things tennis, from youth, high [...]

OMG!!!! It's in the dictionary!!!!

I saw the story, datelined London, in this morning’s Missoulian and screamed out to my little dog: “OMG!! Noooooooo!!!!”

He did not respond.

Thus this blogpost.

The Oxford English Dictionary on Friday announced the addition of OMG, LOL, BFF and IMHO to its venerable pages. Nine-hundred new words were added to the publication this week, including the Internet [...]

Live coverage of Treasure State Spelling Bee, today on Missoulian.com

Eighth-grader Claire Hinther reacts to winning the Missoula County Spelling Bee at Hellgate Elementary. Hinther competes in the state spelling bee in Billings Saturday. Photo by TOM BAUER/Missoulian

One of the many pleasures of being editor of the Missoulian is taking part, in a small way, in the Missoula County Spelling Bee each year. Several [...]

Live chat tonight on Missoulian.com: Grizzlies vs. Bears

Be sure to tune in to Missoulian.com tonight at 7 for our live chat from the University of Montana-University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball game.

This is the game of the season – so far – for the Griz. Win tonight and you’ve got the lead in the Big Sky.

So you’ll want to hear the play-by-play [...]

Huff Post, AOL merger comes with significant challenge

So what do you make of AOL’s purchase of The Huffington Post for $315 million? (Aside from marveling at the $1 million invested in the Huff Post when it was launched in 2005, and its value when the sale was completed late Sunday.)

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says the deal will push his company squarely into [...]

Live from Bozeman: Join us today for live chats from the Griz-Bobcat games!

The Missoulian’s Griz and Lady Griz basketball beat writers – Bob Meseroll and Bill Speltz – are on the road this morning with photographer Michael Gallacher, en route to Bozeman for Round 2 of this year’s Griz-Cat games.

In addition to the stories, columns and photographs they’ll have for Sunday’s Missoulian and for Missoulian.com later today, [...]

Potholes! We’re fighting back!

Photograph by KURT WILSON/Missoulian

Recognize that pothole in the shot Missoulian photography editor Kurt Wilson took this morning?

Have a favorite pothole of your own?

Turns out, it’s a TERRIBLE year for potholes in Missoula. Keila Szpaller has the explanation in tomorrow’s Missoulian.

In the meantime, just for fun – and to brighten our overly gray days of [...]

Lee Enterprises shows 38 percent growth in digital ad revenue

There’s strong financial news this morning from Lee Enterprises, parent company to the Missoulian and our sister newspapers here in Montana: the Ravalli Republic, Helena Independent Record, Montana Standard and Billings Gazette.

Here’s the news release from the folks at Lee’s HQ in Davenport, Iowa:

DAVENPORT, Iowa (January 18, 2011) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE) reported [...]

Uncover Missoula 2011: We need your help!

One of our biggest community service projects of the year – our Uncover Missoula publication – is under way.

That’s the Missoulian’s booklet that provides local residents with a variety of information about Missoula, including nonprofits, clubs, health resources, schools and more.

I know lots of folks who keep it with their essential references all year through [...]