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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.


Montana teen pleads not guilty to bringing gun to school

A Montana teen has pleaded not guilty to bringing a gun to school while a former teacher denied charges she hid it in his classroom.


Group sues Montana judge for asking for immigrant’s arrest

An immigrant rights group alleged Monday that a Montana judge acted illegally when he asked a deputy to take away from his court a Mexican-born man who was later detained …


Montana counties banning indoor vaping

Montana counties are starting to ban indoor vaping under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.


Montana teacher denies rape charge, trial set for June

A Montana teacher has denied a charge she had sex with a male student under the age of 16.


Montana state crime lab chemist charged with stealing meth

A former chemist at Montana’s state crime lab in Missoula is charged with taking meth left over after testing for suspected drugs in criminal cases.


Search effort increases for Montana skier missing for a week

A search effort for missing Montana skier will intensify this weekend with additional crews joining the effort in the backcountry near Whitefish Mountain Resort.


Yellowstone County criminal charges dismissed after evidence theft

Yellowstone County is dropping criminal charges in about 40 cases and is no longer pursuing about a dozen others due to the theft of drug evidence from the Billings police …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

U.S. lands agency makeover would diminish D.C.’s power

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries …


Montana seeks marketing injunction against OxyContin maker

The state of Montana is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin from marketing opioids to Montana prescribers, seeking to put the force of …


Yellowstone begins capturing bison to reduce population

At least 96 bison attempting to migrate from Yellowstone National Park into Montana have been captured for potential slaughter under a program meant to shield livestock from disease.


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.