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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 …


Missoula officials approve ban on indoor vaping

Missoula officials have approved an ordinance to ban vaping indoors and to give businesses the option to prohibit smoking outside their entrances.


Minnesota company to build wind farm in central Montana

A Minnesota company plans to build an 80-megawatt wind farm in central Montana that would provide power to NorthWestern Energy customers.


Lawmakers to investigate Montana’s confidential settlements

Republican legislative leaders created a panel Friday to investigate the legitimacy of millions of dollars paid to state employees in confidential settlements since Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock took office.


Former tribal officer guilty of stealing drugs from evidence

A former Fort Peck tribal police officer has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs and money from the tribe’s drug investigations office, compromising more than two dozen criminal cases.


Former UM student charged with attempted deliberate homicide

A former University of Montana student is charged with two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in a Missoula convenience store shooting.


Montana mining companies work to avoid another geese die-off

Mining companies hope to prevent another massive die-off of geese in the polluted waters of an old open-pit copper mine in Montana.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Whitefish soccer company finds global success

Legend Soccer Co., based in Whitefish, manufactures and sells specialty shin guards for soccer players. They made their debut several years back but have recently seen their business increase sizably.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Agency reports snowpack to be above normal in Montana

A federal agency says Montana’s mountain snowpack is above normal following heavy snowfall last month in several locations across the state.


DNA evidence links Montana killing to convicted murderer

Motions filed in court to overturn the homicide convictions of two men in a 1994 killing reveal that a man serving a life sentence for a double murder told family …


Montana judge: Insurer liable in $43M asbestos settlement

A Montana judge says a Nebraska-based insurance company is liable for a $43 million settlement between the state and people sickened by exposure to asbestos from a Libby vermiculite mine.


DNA evidence links Montana killing to convicted murderer

Motions filed to overturn the homicide convictions of two men in a 1994 Montana killing reveal that another man serving a life sentence for a double murder told family members …


Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

Carl Borgquist wants to spend more than $1 billion to transform a remote butte fringed by pine trees into a giant water battery. Borgquist is betting this technology — called …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Montana reservation braces for fuel shortage, flooding

Authorities are shifting their attention to securing access to heat and bracing for possible flooding as residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation recover from last month’s relentless snowstorms.


Montana man who embezzled from construction firm sentenced

A Montana man who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from a construction firm has received a four-year suspended sentence and must complete 100 hours of community service.


Simulation aims to show what it’s like to live in poverty

Pretend money, families and events all played a role in a United Way of Yellowstone County simulation designed to offer insights into the lives of Americans struggling to get by.


Missoula company aims to dominate backcountry navigation

How did a small mapping technology company in Missoula with roughly 70 employees manage to attract a Montana record-breaking $20.3 million in venture capital from a host of well-known investment …


Relentless winter conditions pose risks for Montana cattle

Ranchers in parts of Montana hit by a relentless winter are struggling to keep to their cattle alive as snow is hindering access to feed.


Relentless winter brings state of emergency to Montana reservations

Montana’s governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday on three Indian reservations due to extreme cold, heavy snow and blizzard conditions this winter.


Feds provide $7.5 million to Montana through coal program

The federal government is providing up to $7.5 million to help reclaim abandoned coal mines in Montana.