The Helena City Commission passed a resolution Monday evening to change the name of Columbus Day, a federal holiday in October commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, to Indigenous Peoples Day. A half-dozen people made public comment at the meeting in favor of the commission’s decision. Roberta Duckhead Kittson...

An Italian Jesuit’s murals and frescoes have wowed visitors to this town’s mission for over a century. It will take plenty of work to keep it that way. “You can see where bits of plaster have actually fallen off,” said the mission’s pastoral delegate, the Rev. C. Hightower, gesturing around the church’s 58 paintings. “You can see all the cracks, an...

A proposal for Montana to observe Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday instead of Columbus Day failed Monday in a state Senate committee. House Bill 219, carried by Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, cleared the House by a 27-vote margin in February but fell 5-3 in the Senate State Administration Committee. If passed, the bill would have replac...

The Montana House of Representatives gave initial approval to remove Columbus Day from the list of state legal holidays and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The House voted 62-38 to approve the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day, on the second Monday in October. Missoula Democrat Shane Morigeau is carrying House Bill 219. He says Christopher...

It started with suet. Some say camp administrators decided that Italian internees should cook with suet instead of olive oil to cut costs. Others say lower ranking internees, who had been crew members on the ships they were taken from, suspected that former officers were getting olive oil while they were stuck with beef fat. Either way, tensions hi...

The community of Anaconda scored big when Heather and Keith Collins moved to the area. This innovative and energetic couple opened O'bella! in July 2017 in what was originally the KFC building on the east end of town. Their made-from-scratch Italian fare and pizza is in a word — scrumptious! Keith Collins was raised in Montana. His path in life wou...

The Montana A Cappella Society is hosting “Tastes of Tuscany” a festive Italian gala evening of food, song and celebration on Nov. 17. Reservations are needed by Monday, Nov. 12. The evening features a sumptuous gourmet four-course Italian meal catered by Caffe Firenze and performances by the Montana A Cappella Society and the Bitterroot Baroque. T...

The Montana A Cappella Society was pleasantly surprised to get an invitation to an Italian choral festival next year. The trip to the Tuscany International Choral Festival in Montecatini Terme will include performances June 20-24 in the Tuscany region, in the vicinity of Florence and Pisa. The Bitterroot-based group was invited to Italy on the reco...

Team Italy slugger and Cincinnati Reds prospect Leonardo Seminati ascended from the dusty Goodyear spring training complex fields of the Arizona League to the rocky mountain advanced rookie Pioneer League’s finest facility at Dehler Park as a member of the Billings Mustangs on August 20, 2018. In his first at-bat against Idaho Falls, Leonardo Semin...

In the early 1970s, Montessori education was largely unheard of in Montana and completely nonexistent in institutional form. But a group of parents in the Flathead Valley had come across the educational method elsewhere and wondered whether they could bring it to Northwest Montana. Not much pointed to Kalispell as an obvious launching point for thi...