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Fire potential in Montana predicted to be above average for summer 2018

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0600

A huge snowpack could counterbalance a hot and dry summer as forecasters calculate the odds of trouble in the 2018 fire season.


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Montana DNRC chooses new forestry chief

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0600

In sort of a move from the trees to the forest, Sonya Germann will take over the post of Forestry Division administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.


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Police investigating body found in Yellowstone River near Billings' Two Moon Park

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0600

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office is investigating a dead body that was found in the Yellowstone River near Two Moon Park Sunday afternoon.


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University of Montana creative writing program at tipping point as budget cuts loom

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0600

The minutes flew by as seven students critiqued personal essays in author and professor Judy Blunt's creative writing class at the University of Montana.


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Training aims to get new candidates ready to run

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Democratic candidates and activists from across the state came to Helena on Saturday to learn strategies for running a successful campaign.


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Great Falls-Billings Diocese bishop responds to Mayfair fundraiser controversy

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0600

Four days after a Great Falls priest called for a boycott of Mayfair, the Billings Catholic School’s annual fundraiser, Bishop Michael Warfel of the Great Falls-Billings Diocese weighed in on the controversy.


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Pollution risk grows as Missoula's air quality rank suffers

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:00:00 -0600

New research on the dangers of pollution exposure adds some disturbing context to Missoula’s prominent showing in the annual American Lung Association air quality report.


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Missoula's Community Medical Center eliminates 16 employees' jobs, citing Medicaid cuts

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0600

Community Medical Center has eliminated the jobs of 16 employees, effective immediately, which hospital CEO Dr. Dean French blamed on state budget cuts.


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Kyiyo Pow Wow celebrates 50 years: 'Part of my being'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:49:00 -0600

Behind the scenes of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most well-known and oldest pow wows is a group of students who spend the year planning.


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Man receives deferred sentence after plea in drunken Montana crash

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:57:00 -0600

BOZEMAN — A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide has been given a deferred sentence and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.


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Bozeman Health to lose $2.6M due to state budget cuts

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0600

BOZEMAN — Officials with Bozeman Health say they expect to see a $2.6 million drop in revenue this year due to state cuts in Medicaid reimbursement rates.


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E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce limited so far to western Montana; three hospitalized

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:30:00 -0600

An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, including Montana, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently.


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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament premieres new video directed by University of Montana professors

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0600

A video for Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's new solo album premiered on Rolling Stone's website on Thursday. He made it in about four days last week with two University of Montana professors.


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Herberger's stores to close in Montana

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:15:00 -0600

Montana's Herberger's stores, including in Missoula, are slated for closure, and a going-out-of-business sale will begin Friday, April 20, according to a news release from Bon-Ton Stores.


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After 23 years in prison for murder he denies, new Missoula resident says he's not angry

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:15:00 -0600

Freddie Joe Lawrence said he harbors no anger toward those who put him in prison for 23 years for a crime he's always maintained he didn't commit.


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$10,000 reward offered for info in Missoula murder investigation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:35:00 -0600

Missoula County is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect for the murder of Susan Wood in early March, the sheriff’s office announced Thursday.


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Prolific turkey populations spread hunting opportunities across Montana

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0600

Turkey hunters in Montana now have more opportunities than ever to try to bag a bird. From increased tags to new areas open on a general license, the proliferation of turkeys across the state has filled springtime with the sound…


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3 Billings police officers disciplined for having sex in City Hall basement, in a patrol car

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:15:00 -0600

Three Billings Police Department officers were ordered suspended without pay for having sex on city property, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said.


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Governor touts Medicaid expansion benefits with health care officials

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:15:00 -0600

Medicaid expansion in Montana provided beneficiaries more than $800 million worth of health care, comprising mostly federal funding, that would not otherwise have been spent here.


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2nd Montana inmate freed after 1994 homicide conviction overturned

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:45:00 -0600

A man whose conviction for a 1994 murder west of Helena was overturned last week has been released from the prison infirmary in Lewistown.


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Nearly 75 years after USS Helena was sunk, its wreckage has been found

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:50:00 -0600

HELENA — A Microsoft co-founder's mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off…


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