One of Whitefish’s own is gearing up and counting down to Sochi Russia, and the 2014 Paralympic Games. Montana native Lucas Grossi started coordinating and competing in snowboard events in 1999, but they aren’t the typical competitions you’ve probably seen before.

“I’m actually an amputee from about five inches below the knee.” To read the full story, click here.

Whitefish Snowboarder Aims for 2014 Paralympic Games from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

When we hit the slopes at a ski area, getting caught in an avalanche isn’t always a big worry – but maybe it should be. I went on Special Assignment with the Big Mountain Ski Patrol to learn how they stay one step ahead of Mother Nature. To read the full story, click here.

Patrolling the slopes of Big Mountain to keep skiers safe from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

The nickname “bath salts” is deceptively innocent for a drug. It’s not as if a person can simply get high off Epsom salts: It’s a sinister, relatively new designer drug called MDPV. Bath salts hit the Kalispell community hard in August of 2011 when a deputy was nearly shot by 19-year-old Bryson Connolly who has no recollection of the incident. To read the full story, click here.

Dangerous “bath salts” hitting the Flathead from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

Thanks to a very generous donation by a local man, the DREAM Adaptive Recreation Program is giving three young men the chance to get active again. I headed up to Whitefish Mountain Resort to meet these men who used sit skis for the very first time. To read the full story, click here.

Grant helps DREAM bring sit-skiers to the slopes from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

There are more than one million firefighters in the United States, and 70 percent are volunteers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Some of those volunteers include 15 firefighters with the East Missoula Rural Fire Department who are dedicated to the service they provide to the community. “You never know what you’re going to get and you never know what time it’s going to happen,” said firefighter Mike Birnbaum. To read the full story, click here.

East Missoula volunteer firefighters train for emergencies from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

Montana native David Thatcher is one of the last surviving members of the Doolittle Raider Force that bombed Japan on April 18, 1942. It was the first attack on Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is often credited with boosting American morale. It’s been more than 70 years since the Doolittle Raid, but people still want to hear the story. To read the full story, click here.

Speed and accuracy are the names of the game at the GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation competition. One Seattle woman has attended the competition in East Missoula for the last 6 years. Fifteen years ago her husband and friends kept trying to convince her to try shooting.
“I didn’t want to,” said competitor Jean Rockingham-Smith. “I was like, ‘Oh no I’m not going to pick it up.’ But once I picked it up, I was like, ‘oh now this is cool.'”
To read the full story, click here.

Twenty-six years seems like a long time to study anything. But some dedicated researchers based in Charlo have spent those years studying owls. Field research for this project requires working in very dense thickets nestled among the hill near the Missoula International Airport. To read the full story, click here.

Charlo-based group keeping track of owls from Tara Oster on Vimeo.

Animals flew out the door of the Humane Society of Western Montana during the ASPA-sponsored Mega Match-A-Thon. Large grants were given to shelters across the U.S. to help these animals get adopted. The Humane Society of Western Montana went into the weekend event with the goal of adopting out 125 animals. They exceeded their goal and adopted out 129. To read the full preview story, click here.

Well-known and successful individuals from across the country meet once a year during a summit called Adventures of the Mind to impart their knowledge on select high school students. In 2011, the summit came to the University of Montana. To read the story, click here.

The African Children’s Choir travels all over the world to help give vulnerable children a chance to change their circumstances. One group stopped at several places in Montana to share their voices. The children described their dreams of attending college and becoming doctors and teachers so they can help Africa. To read the story, click here.


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