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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court awards damages in Montana-Wyoming water dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the state of Wyoming to pay Montana over $38,000 in damages and interest and $67,000 in court costs in a long-running dispute over water …


Billings drug evidence missing, felony cases affected

A Billings Police Department evidence technician has been fired after drug evidence went missing from the department’s evidence storage, affecting numerous criminal cases, Police Chief Rich St. John said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Agency managing vast U.S. lands experiences year of upheaval

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Citing risks, Montana says no to 2018 grizzly hunting season

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday to skip a 2018 grizzly bear hunting season, citing pending lawsuits and a wish to move cautiously as the species nears recovery.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Remains of damaged Glacier chalet hold up under record snows

A conservation group says the stone walls of a historic chalet at Glacier National Park that were severely damaged in a wildlfire last summer are holding up despite record snowfalls.


Explore three great small resorts in Western Montana

One snowy day long ago, the explorers Lewis and Clark got lost as they trekked through the mountains of Montana.


Montana won’t allow Yellowstone grizzly bear hunts in 2018

Montana won’t hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal’s legal status.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Push for inclusive art after Confederate fountain’s removal

When Helena’s controversial Confederate fountain was removed from Hill Park last summer, there were no plans to install a new monument in its place. A Helena resident is hoping to …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

New Montana panel looks into child deaths

A new panel has begun looking into recent deaths of children in Montana’s child protective services system.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Record bighorn ram lived in Montana state park

A bighorn ram that spent its life on Montana’s Wild Horse Island State Park looks to be a world record bighorn sheep.


Indian Health Service picks new provider for Billings

A new heath care provider has been selected to serve the Native American population in Billings after the previous clinic shut down without explanation last year.


Neo-Nazi publisher has deadline to disclose whereabouts

The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website has until next week to notify a federal magistrate of his whereabouts as part of a lawsuit accusing him of using the website …


Montana man takes up legendary relative’s gun making

Approximately 230 years ago, a master gunsmith in Pennsylvania left his mark during America’s Golden Age of rifle making. Now one of his distant relatives is taking up the family …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

Republican spends heavily seeking Montana senate nomination

A Montana businessman whose U.S. senate campaign is chaired by the wife of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke has outspent and outraised his Republican opponents by pumping $650,000 of his own …


Montana man dies in ice climbing accident at Cataract Falls

A Montana man has died while ice climbing in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.


Montana pain doc gets 10 years in prison for patient overdose deaths

A western Montana pain doctor was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison with 10 suspended for overprescribing pain medication, leading to death and addiction among his patients.


Coalition seeks new water management for Montana’s Bighorn River

Calling one of Montana’s most famous trout fishing streams “at risk,” a coalition have joining together in a concerted push for new water management.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Montana music teacher charged with felony sexual assault

A music teacher in western Montana has been charged with felony sexual assault after prosecutors say he inappropriately touched a female student on a near daily basis.


Montana school district cancels classes during search for armed student

The Hardin School District canceled classes on Friday while law enforcement officers searched for a teen who reportedly threatened a fellow student with a gun to steal his lunch money.


Survey shows Yellowstone elk herd at highest level since ‘05

Government biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park are at their highest level in more than a decade.


Montana man, 23, pleads guilty to negligence in baby’s death

A man accused of deliberate homicide in the death of a 5-month-old baby has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, acknowledging he delayed calling for help when the baby was …


Montana lawmaker who attacked reporter to advise GOP aides

Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte will advise a group of Republican aides on how to hire good personnel nine months after he assaulted a reporter and his campaign spokesman made false …


Advocacy groups want nurse practitioner to perform abortions

Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights are challenging the constitutionality of a Montana law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions.


Social workers being added to public defenders’ offices

A social worker has been added to the public defender’s office in Missoula with the goal of directing clients charged with low-level theft to available community services.


Man in sex trafficking case says it was escort service

A Missoula man with a state prostitution conviction is on trial in federal court in Billings for sex trafficking by force.


Attorneys: Great Falls-Billings diocese has more assets for sex abuse settlements

Attorneys representing victims of sex abuse by priests and other employees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings argue parish money being held by the diocese should be available …


Federal audit finds Crow Tribe’s court mismanages funds

A recent federal audit of the Crow Tribe’s court system alleges mismanagement of federal funds, nepotism and the creation of a hostile work environment for a recently elected associate judge.


Eastern Montana man arrested on suspicion of homicide

A 21-year-old eastern Montana man has been arrested in an apparent murder-attempted suicide in the death of a 21-year-old woman at a residence near Miles City.


Montana requires internet neutrality for state contracts

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an order prohibiting telecommunications companies receiving state contracts from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

CDC identified 2 small Montana counties as being at risk for HIV

Of all the counties between Puget Sound and the Great Lakes, just two pop up on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map as among the nation’s most …