The Helena Independent Record’s 10 most popular online stories from 2022

Helena Independent Record

The Independent Record’s most-read story of 2022, according to traffic data analyzed by Lee Enterprises, was about a grizzly bear that was caught on camera in the Elkhorn mountains. In response to the event, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest officials encouraged people to “follow food storage orders in effect while on the forest.” Or to put it another way, “a fed bear is a dead bear.”

Ted Kaczynski, otherwise known as the Unabomber, is one of Montana’s most noteworthy figures. As is the tiny Lincoln-based cabin he stayed in for 25 years before he was discovered and apprehended. The shack, which is still on display in DC, had no running water, was a mere 10 by 12 feet in size. It was where he built 16 bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others. 

In June, the Independent Record reported on a 10-year-old girl who was tragically struck and killed along Canyon Ferry Road. The Montana Highway Patrol later announced that speed, alcohol and/or drugs were not involved in the accident. The event prompted an outpouring

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