Judge Who Called Rape Victim 'Older Than Her Chronological Age' Censured

You probably remember (and wish you could forget) the judge who sent a 47-year-old teacher to jail for a mere 30 days, even after he pled guilty to "sex without consent" with a 14-year-old student who later killed herself. Judge Todd Baugh said the victim was "older than her chronological age" and explained this… » 6/04/14 11:00pm 6/04/14 11:00pm

Missoula County Attorney Pushes Back Against Justice Department Demands

Despite intervention from the Department of Justice (or perhaps because of), the debate over the handling of sexual assault cases in Missoula County, Montana is still highly contentious. The Missoula County Attorney's office, led by Fred Van Valkenburg, said last week that they'd fight demands that the office make… » 1/17/14 11:10am 1/17/14 11:10am

After 30 Days in Prison, Rapist Teacher Is Free to Go

30 days ago, convicted rapist Stacey Rambold went to prison, as convicted rapists should. Today, he's out, because a judge decided that repeatedly raping your troubled 14-year-old student — she later killed herself — isn't that big a deal if she seemed "older than her chronological age" and thus was totally in… » 9/26/13 1:50pm 9/26/13 1:50pm

Missoula Cops Are Actually Getting Their Shit Together

Some news from Missoula: awful Police Chief (of denial) Mark Muir is handing over his daily responsibilities so he can focus on the city’s response to the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the department's gender bias. Although Muir still refuses to admit that the department was ever shitty at handling… » 8/01/13 6:20pm 8/01/13 6:20pm

University of Montana Pinky Swears To Properly Handle Sexual Assault

A year ago, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights launched an investigation into the handling of sexual assault allegations at the University of Montana, then under fire for a spate of highly-publicized alleged rapes. Today, the feds and the college reached a positive… » 5/09/13 6:45pm 5/09/13 6:45pm

Clever Birthers Erect an 'Obama Presidential Library' Outhouse Complete…

If you thought Mitt Romney had a terrible sense of humor, just wait until you hear what truly unfunny shit his Republican compatriots in Montana did this weekend. During the Montana GOP convention—which, by the way, featured Newt Gingrich as its keynote speaker—some "clever" tricksters erected an outhouse outside of… » 6/17/12 11:00pm 6/17/12 11:00pm

My Weekend In America's So-Called 'Rape Capital'

"It's the altitude," the sweaty, red-cheeked fraternity brother explains. It is my first night in Missoula, Montana, and I am sitting on a stool at Stockman's Bar, watching girls in rhinestoned crop tops and boys in baggy jeans grind up on each other, pound tequila shots, and prowl around before pairing off and… » 5/10/12 2:20pm 5/10/12 2:20pm

Entire Montana Town Under Investigation for 80 Alleged Rapes

What the hell is going on in Missoula, Montana? The U.S. Justice Department reports over 80 alleged rapes in Missoula over the last three years. Even more troubling, at least 11 in an 18 month period involved University of Montana students. It's pretty crazy that it took nearly one hundred allegations of sexual… » 5/02/12 12:10pm 5/02/12 12:10pm

Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy Your Own Tiny Town

Is your house or apartment feeling a bit cramped, but you can't afford to buy a bigger one in a neighborhood you like? Well, why not consider buying yourself an entire town. There happen to be a few for sale that offer plenty of space to spread out, if not a lot of neighbors to hang out with. For instance, Buford,… » 4/03/12 11:55pm 4/03/12 11:55pm

Federal Judge Sends Insanely Racist Email Implying Obama's Mom Fucked a…

Judges are primarily known for one thing: their good judgment. But that is the opposite of what Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull used when he decided to send an email to six of his "'old buddies' and acquaintances" containing an exceedingly racist joke about President Obama. Oh, and he sent it from his… » 3/01/12 9:30am 3/01/12 9:30am

Woman Gets Her Engagement Ring Back 36 Years After It Fell Into A Toilet


It's not often you hear a romantic story that involves a toilet, but here goes! A couple in Montana, Donna and Terry Claver, recently got the surprise of a lifetime when their engagement ring came back to them — almost by magic — 36 years after it went missing and was presumed dead. The drama began when Donna took… » 12/30/11 4:30pm 12/30/11 4:30pm

If All You Have Is A Nucleus, Can You Really Be a Citizen?

As we're all well aware, one of the many prongs in the fundie battle for control of our uteri is to call the contents often found within a person. Well, in a slight glimmer of hope for those of us who don't think that this one cell can be called a person or a life, they've failed in Montana. State Representative Rick… » 6/25/08 12:20pm 6/25/08 12:20pm