Missoulian week in review: Local news recap for Aug. 18-25

50 structures reported lost in Paradise blaze

The fast-moving River Road East fire in Paradise burned at least 50 structures last weekend, including 13 homes, according to the Sanders County Sheriff. 

According to the Sanders County Ledger, Sheriff Shawn Fielders shared the structure loss figure Tuesday. The Thompson Falls-based newspaper reported that one of the non-residential structures burned was the “iconic barn along Highway 200 at Kennedy Creek just east of Paradise.” A Ledger photo showed a singed silo alongside smoldering rubble where the historic white barn once stood. The Ledger reported that at least some of the structures burned were homes up McLaughlin Creek. The area is 52 miles northwest of Missoula. 

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UM’s Native Child Advocacy Resource Center gets $800K grant from DOJ

There are only four fully accredited tribal child advocacy centers in the nation — one of which is located on the Fort Peck Reservation.

These centers are critical, as they provide a physical space to coordinate services for those who have experienced child victimization or maltreatment. Because these centers allow for inter-agency communication, they often spare victims from having to tell their story over and over to

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