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Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a …

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are among the least-populated states in the U.S., and not surprisingly have the lowest numbers of residents who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. …

Tiny Montana school to be among first in U.S. to reopen

A tiny public school in Montana will be among the first in the U.S. to resume classroom teaching this week after being closed for nearly two months due to the …

In rural U.S., fears of virus seem far away as stores reopen

Traffic got a little busier along Main Street, but otherwise, it was hard to tell that coronavirus restrictions were ending in the tiny Montana town of Roundup.

UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Supreme Court says Montana landowners in Superfund fight must consult with EPA

The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for some Montana landowners to pursue additional cleanup at a Superfund contamination site beyond what the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to …

UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Justices rule against Montana homeowners near Superfund site

The Supreme Court delivered a setback Monday to Montana homeowners who are seeking additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting.

UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

Tribes press judge to halt US-Canada pipeline as work starts

American Indian tribes and environmental groups are pressuring a federal judge to shut down work on the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Nebraska less than two weeks after …

Number of large trout in Madison River declines, biologists unsure why

The number of large brown and rainbow trout in the upper Madison River has declined below 20-year averages, and fisheries biologists are unsure why.

UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline

A Canadian company said Monday that it’s started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay …

Lady Griz Head Coach Shannon Schweyen’s Contract Not Renewed for 2020-2021 Season

Shannon Schweyen will not be the head coach of the Lady Griz when the Montana women’s basketball program takes to Dahlberg Arena next season.

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Idaho felt in Spokane

Spokane shook Tuesday afternoon after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit southern Idaho.

Oregon man leaves $2 million for Montana forest museum

A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation …

Mayfly hatches are signs of healthy waters, good fly fishing

If you’ve ever wondered about the water quality in a stream, river or lake you are fishing, just ask a mayfly.

Invasive mussels caught clinging to boat at Montana check station

As the novel coronavirus marched its way across the state and country, another unwelcome invader reared its head, Monday.

MHSA Suspends All Spring Sports, Activities

Following in the footsteps of college and professional sports across the country, the Montana High School Association announced on Monday that they will be suspending all spring sports and activities …

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to run for Senate against Daines

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday he will run against first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, giving Democrats a boost in their effort to take control of the Senate in November.

Montana issues new rules for nonresident boaters, anglers

Nonresident boaters and anglers visiting Montana will see new aquatic invasive species rules in 2020.

Bitterroot bolting ban puts Spokane climbers on edge, spurs national backlash

A ban on the creation of new climbing routes in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest has put Spokane-area climbers on edge and spurred a nationwide backlash.

Isolated Wyoming common loons continue to surprise researchers

Wyoming’s small population of about 50 common loons is related to those found in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, according to recent genetic results – not closer populations that nest in …

Visiting the dinosaurs: Museum has a huge collection of fossils, plus exhibits on more recent Montana history

Museum of the Rockies rocks. This Bozeman institution displays literally tons of rocks that are millions of years old – the fossilized remains of plants and animals that no longer …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Oil from federal lands tops 1B barrels as Trump eases rules

Oil production from U.S.- managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday, as technological advances helped drive development in new areas and …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Montana lawmaker rejects resigning over socialism comments

A Montana lawmaker on Monday rejected legislative leaders’ call for his resignation over his assertion that the U.S. Constitution allows socialists to be jailed or shot.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on U.S. land

The Trump administration on Wednesday will approve a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, federal officials told the Associated Press, pushing the …

Montana makes changes to 2020 licenses system

Montana hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1.

Idaho miner helps rediscover lawless Bitterroot boomtown seemingly lost to history

High in the Bitterroot Mountains, 100 miles from Spokane, a long-forgotten Old West legacy “boot hill” is sparking new interest. The Taft Cemetery – the only remnant of one of …

Warm December means slow ski season start in western Montana

A relatively warm and dry December has made for a slow start to the season for many Montana ski areas MISSOULA, Mont. – A relatively warm and dry December has …

The scary science behind chronic wasting disease

There are a couple of the scary facts about chronic wasting disease worthy of a horror novel written by Stephen King.

Suspect in Montana casino shooting had long criminal history

A Montana man connected to a casino shooting that left three people dead had a long criminal history and was being sought by police before the attack.

Weyerhaeuser to sell Montana timberland for $145 million

Weyerhaeuser’s three manufacturing facilities in Montana won’t be affected by the sale, the company said Tuesday.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

3 dead in Montana casino shooting, suspect killed by police

An overnight shooting Tuesday at a Montana casino left three people dead and another person injured and the suspect was later tracked down and killed by police, officials said.