Judge bars Trump from taking energy panel’s advice
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels...
Man sentenced to 10 years for watching child porn on bus
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who previously was the first child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to watching...
Judge won’t block energy panel’s work, but lets case proceed
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit from conservationists can proceed against the Trump administration over its creation of a committee to review federal policies governing the extraction of fossil fuels from public lands.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula denied a requested injunction that would have stopped the committee's work.
Judge hears dispute over make-up of Trump energy panel
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys have asked a federal judge in Montana to dismiss allegations that a Trump administration panel reviewing royalties paid by fossil fuel companies is stacked with industry supporters.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula presided over a Wednesday hearing in the case. He did not issue an immediate decision.
Judge allows Montana logging project, groups plan appeal
LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a logging project to go ahead in Montana.
Two environmental groups sued to block logging over three square miles (seven square kilometers) of woodland in the Crazy Mountains. The Livingston Enterprise reports the logging would be scattered over an area covering 30 square miles (80 square kilometers)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting high-caliber handguns to customers in Australia, Norway and other countries with strict weapons laws.
Judge gives reprieve to Montana coal mine, averting layoffs
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A large Montana coal mine averted dozens of layoffs on Tuesday after a judge allowed work to proceed on an expansion, even as the government reconsiders the mine's contribution to climate change.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy allows Signal Peak Energy to remove up to 170,000 tons of coal from federal leases adjacent to its Bull Mountain Mine north of Billings.
Owners of big Montana coal mine due in court as layoffs loom
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a large Montana coal mine are due in court this week to press a judge to reverse an order that could prompt dozens of layoffs by blocking the mine's plans to expand.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy has scheduled a Tuesday hearing in Missoula to hear arguments on whether Signal Peak Energy can do preliminary work in the expansion area in order to avoid layoffs.
Montana coal mine appeals ruling that could trigger layoffs
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The "clock is running" on layoffs at one of the largest underground coal mines in the United States, its owners said Friday, as they asked a federal appeals court to reverse a judge's order that could bring some work at the mine to a halt later this month.
Signal Peak Energy says as many as 30 workers from the Bull Mountain Mine could run out of work by the end of October and 50 more workers by March under an August ruling from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy.
Montana mine warns of layoffs after judge blocks expansion
More than 80 miners could be laid off from a central Montana coal mine in coming months after environmentalists successfully sued to halt its expansion, according to mine owner Signal Peak Energy.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last month blocked the company's plans to mine a 176-million-ton federal coal reserve adjacent to the mine. Molloy criticized government officials for downplaying the mine's potential climate change impacts and inflating its economic benefits.
Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated laws meant to protect threatened species and their habitat in approving the development of a copper and silver mine under a wilderness area in Montana, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Tuesday ruled the agencies would have to reconsider their findings related to the Montanore Mine in the Kootenai National Forest about 18 miles south of Libby.
MISSOULA — A 22-year-old Bozeman man was sentenced to a decade in federal prison on Monday after pleading guilty earlier this year to prostituting two teenage girls in Missoula.
But U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy made it clear he had reservations about the sentence he imposed upon Roam Savage Chandler.
“I don’t know that you can punish a personality disorder out of a person. It seems like a Middle Ages idea,” Molloy said.
25 new citizens take oath of allegiance to US
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Twenty-five people originally from 19 different countries have become new U.S. citizens in western Montana.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/2nMJDHe ) that the 25 took their oaths of allegiance on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.