Articles written by Nicholas K. Geranios

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20 years after Ruby Ridge, there's forgiveness

KALISPEL When Sara Weaver saw her father Randy struck in the shoulder by a government sniper's bullet in the Idaho wilderness in August 1992, she began to sprint back to the family's cabin on a mountaintop called Ruby Ridge. As...

 

Fire evacuees in Wash., California return home

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Washington and California who fled encroaching flames from wildfires were allowed to return to their homes Friday, and in Washington many were to find out whether their property was...

 

Western governors turn focus to wildfires

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday that one of her biggest fears when she became chief executive of the state two years ago was a devastating wildfire. That concern came to life this year as nearly...

 

Superior provides glimpse of 9/11 patriotism

SUPERIOR — Longtime guidance counselor Dan Lucier studies hallway-mounted photos of past graduating classes at Superior High School, pointing to the teenagers who joined the military. There are usually one or two in each class...

 

Extremists finding fertile ground in Northwest US

KALISPELL — With its jagged peaks, glistening lakes and lush valleys, the Inland Northwest — stretching from eastern Washington to Montana's Glacier National Park — is a stunningly beautiful and remote part of the country. It...

 

Trail goes cold in manhunt for Montana fugitive

MISSOULA — A Montana fugitive and ex-militia leader has been on the run since a Sunday shootout with deputies, but the trail has gone cold. Missoula County Sheriff Carl Ibsen said Thursday that deputies were trying to develop...

 

Montana fugitive part of new anti-government strain

MISSOULA — Fugitive and former Montana militia leader David Burgert is one of a new breed of anti-government activists who display particular hatred of law enforcement, police and militia experts say. Burgert apparently...

 

Paranoid survivalist sought in Montana manhunt

LOLO — Former militia leader David Burgert has found a perfect location to carry on his private battle with law enforcement officers: a remote corner of the Rocky Mountains on the Montana-Idaho border that is heavily forested...

 

FBI: 3-year-old witnessed triple slaying in Crow Reservation

BILLINGS — A 3-year-old child witnessed the killing of three people in a remote area of Montana's Crow Indian Reservation and named a family member as the shooter, according to an FBI affidavit. Sheldon Bernard Chase, 22, was...

 

Montana Milestone: Millionth resident coming soon

MISSOULA — Montanans like to call their state "Big Sky Country," or "The last, best place." Nowhere in these descriptions are there hints of crowds. AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios This photo shows downtown Kalispell,. Montana is...

 

Giant fire set pace for Forest Service in West

Each year major wildfires in the West are fought like military battles, with firefighters deploying by ground and air, bombers dropping retardant on flames and incident commanders plotting strategy behind the lines. These often...

 

Group sues to force decision on pygmy rabbits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly failed to make a decision about protecting the rare pygmy rabbit in eight Western states, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by an environmental group. We s t e r n Wa t e r...

 

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