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Montana’s wolf population remains strong

The 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program’s annual report found that there are about 900 wolves in the state. According to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks news release, the most …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Washington state blamed for holding up fossil fuel exports

Republican lawmakers from Western states and industry executives on Thursday accused Washington state officials of unfairly blocking fossil fuel projects and dictating winners and losers among U.S. companies seeking to …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Money flows as Republicans jockey for Montana U.S. senate slot

Outside money is pouring into Montana’s U.S. Senate race even before Republicans settle on a nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who has become a leading target of the …


UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Mysterious wolf-like animal found in Montana igniting online speculation

A mysterious creature was shot and killed in Montana earlier this month.


Backcountry skiers, snowboarders displace wolverines, bighorn sheep in Montana’s backcountry

Wolverines and bighorn sheep have given humans an insight into winter backcountry use in Wyoming’s Teton Mountains – namely that the prime powder stashes that backcountry skiers and snowboarders like …


Lawsuit contends energy lease sales will affect environment

Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government’s leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the ‘Superman’ franchise, dies

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.


Montana Fishing Film Festival comes to Garland Theater

For the first time the


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Montana floodwaters near highest level in 100 years

Montana rescuers pulled a man from raging floodwaters and authorities warned of dangerous debris being swept downstream as water levels continued rising Friday in rivers and streams across the western …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Montana floodwaters spill into neighborhood, more homes threatened

Montana authorities ordered the evacuation of 60 homes Tuesday as the rising Clark Fork River submerged a neighborhood west of Missoula and potentially threatened hundreds of additional residences.


Ice patch research shows wherever bighorns went, ancient humans followed

Although ancient bighorn DNA analysis was a great way to link MSU professor Craig Lee’s research with fellow academics, he was more interested in what the dates of the skulls …


GOP groups take out ads to stoke Trump-Tester feud

Republican groups are taking out attack ads against Sen. Jon Tester in an attempt to make good on President Donald Trump’s pledge that the Montana Democrat will pay for scuttling …


Former Washington deputy sentenced in Montana for felony

A former Washington deputy has been given a three-year deferred sentence after he drove through a crash scene and led police on a chase in western Montana while inebriated.


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Trump’s threats on trade unsettle farming, ranching backers

Montana rancher Fred Wacker had thousands of head of cattle fattening up along the Yellowstone River for export to China when President Donald Trump picked a trade fight with the …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Trump says Democrat should quit over VA nomination brouhaha

A furious President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the resignation of the Democratic senator who assembled and released what he called “false” allegations that scuttled the nomination of the …


Montana Diocese reaches $20M settlement with abuse victims

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reached a $20 million agreement to settle claims by 86 people who said they were sexually abused as children by clergy employed by …


It’s Trump vs. Tester in Big Sky Country

With a flat-top haircut, three missing fingers and an impressive girth, Sen. Jon Tester has somehow kept a low profile in Congress. That’s until he caught the attention of Americans …


Montana’s plan to fight spread of fatal wildlife disease gets stricter

Montana’s wildlife agency will be even more aggressive in fighting chronic wasting disease, according to a


Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Heavy, wet snow causes flooding in Montana

A fast-moving snowstorm flooded farm fields and washed out roads in Montana.


Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher of Montana dies at 93

Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, a Montana Democrat who narrowly lost a bid for a third term in 1988 just days after a wilderness bill he championed was vetoed, has …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

Montana snowplowing costs rise as winter weather continues

Officials say the cost of plowing Montana roads has been higher than average and is continuing to rise as winter weather persists.


Nordic Paralympians train in Bozeman to great success

In early March, some Bozeman residents took additional pride in the performance of athletes competing in the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Montana officer kills man at casino who had pellet gun

A police officer shot and killed a man authorities said was waving a black pellet gun and threatening patrons inside a casino early Tuesday – the second fatal shooting by …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 1:34 p.m.

Nevada governor joins in opposition to Trump border plan

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the latest governor to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposal to send thousands of National Guard members to the Mexico border to help fight illegal immigration …


Mining exec: ‘bad actor’ label is bid to delay Montana mines

The head of an Idaho mining company said Friday that Montana officials appeared to be seeking to delay two mines proposed for a remote wilderness area by designating him a …


Jill Barta ready for next step after memorable Gonzaga women’s basketball career

Jill Barta has a message for Gonzaga women’s basketball fans: Please try to understand.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

U.S. government sues Montana county over drinking water system

The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community’s drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Hecla Mining sues Montana over ‘bad actor’ decision

Hecla Mining Co. subidiaries sued Montana environmental regulators on Friday for deeming the company and its president as “bad actors” who should pay for cleanups at several polluted sites before …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Montana says Hecla, CEO violated ‘bad actor’ law

Hecla Mining Co. could be forced to pay the state of Montana more than $30 million in cleanup costs from pollution at several former mining sites before it can pursue …