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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Man survives grizzly bear attack in Montana wilderness

A 500-pound grizzly bear mauled a Hayden man, and he lived to tell the tale.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what …


Montana gets grant to fight invasive mussels

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced a $837,000 grant to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to combat invasive mussels, according to a news release. The funds will improve inspection and …


Going-to-the-Sun Road closed

The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park closed Sept. 29 because of a snowstorm and early-winter weather, according to a news release.


Independent women a key in outcome of Montana Senate race

A key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana’s high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 will stick with the president and …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

Trump to visit Missoula, rally for Sen. Tester challenger Matt Rosendale this month

President Trump is expected to visit Missoula on Oct. 18 to rally support for a Republican candidate in a U.S. Senate race, according to news outlets in the area.


Whitefish Energy gets U.S. contracts after Puerto Rico ouster

A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

One of oldest coal companies in U.S., Colstrip supplier files for bankruptcy

One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. – and supplier to the Colstrip power-generating station in Montana – filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Remains found in Lakeview identified as Mirissa Serrano; case ruled a homicide

The remains of a woman found last month near Lakeview, Idaho, have been identified as those of Mirissa Serrano, and the case has been labeled a homicide by the Bonner …


Montana will test for CWD

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be sampling deer and elk for bovine tuberculosis (TB) while conducting CWD surveillance during the coming general big game season, according to a news …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Human remains discovered in North Idaho near where Montana woman went missing last year

A hunter discovered human remains on Sunday in a remote area of North Idaho in the same general area that Bonner County Sheriff’s detectives had searched for a Montana woman …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Lawsuit: Montana high school trainer sexually abused student athletes

An athletic trainer at a Montana high school sexually abused at least 18 student athletes decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance, according to a lawsuit filed …


Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally …


Native American bones will be turned over to tribes

The University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest say they’ve identified human remains from Native Americans in their holdings that will be turned over to present-day tribes.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Missoula Independent ceases operations

Early Tuesday morning, Missoula Independent staffers came to their doors only to find them locked and a sign taped to the glass: The Independent has closed its office and ceased …


‘Plaid Shirt Guy’ believes he was asked to leave Trump rally because he wasn’t enthusiastic or cheering

While Trump railed against “deep state operatives” and praised Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing at a rally Thursday night in Montana, the focus began to shift to 17-year-old Tyler Linfesty. The …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Montana father, son invent one-handed reel for paralyzed friend

Frank Ewalt – a Billings City Council member, small businessman, 25-year teacher of hunter education and retired firefighter – has turned his inventive expertise to making a motorized fishing reel …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

Lawmakers seek answers for why Native American women vanish

Ashley’s disappearance is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. No one knows precisely how many there are because some cases …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

At Montana rally, Trump lauds Kavanaugh progress, decries ‘meanness’

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the “anger and the meanness on the other side,” blasting Democrats’ …


Montana Sen. Tester talks up Trump to defuse GOP challenge

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester unveiled a new television ad Wednesday promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat sought to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

U.S. agency gives initial OK to Hecla mine tied up in Montana court

U.S. officials on Tuesday announced approval of the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area, yet it’s uncertain when work could begin because …


Montana ‘hoot owl’ restrictions lifted

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will lift afternoon and evening fishing restrictions Friday on the Sun River west of Great Falls in the wake of recent cooler water temperatures.


Tobacco-funded group starts Montana anti-initiative ad blitz

A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana’s Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, considering 2020 White House bid, now says he supports assault weapons ban

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Sunday that he supports an assault weapons ban, in a signal that the moderate Democrat is seeking to appeal to progressives as he tests the …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Idaho woman gets probation in Montana sex trafficking case

A 38-year-old Idaho woman has been sentenced to five years on federal probation in a sex trafficking case.


Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Montana’s Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money’s corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

A Pearl Jam poster depicting a dead President Trump draws controversy in Montana Senate race

In their bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Republicans have seized on a new controversy: an apocalyptic poster depicting a dead President Trump that promoted a Pearl Jam concert …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 11:29 a.m.

Trial underway in case of Idaho woman charged with Montana homicide

A trial is underway in northwestern Montana in the case of an Idaho woman charged with killing her former boyfriend on a rural road near Yaak in January 2017.


Montana woman immigrated from Germany, tied world-famous trout flies for decades

An abusive father, daily bombings and three weeks of walking without food as a young World War II refugee tarnished the early years of Anna Patterson’s life, but you wouldn’t …