Lawyers of man charged in double killing seek venue change
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a western Montana man charged with killing and dismembering two people have requested a change of venue for his trial, citing the extensive media coverage of the case.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance was arrested Thursday after investigators found child pornography in his room in a Miles City retirement home, authorities ...
Federal officials find contamination in Crow water system
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Tests results on a public water system serving 1,300 residents on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation found evidence of fecal material contamination that exceeded safety standards, government investigators disclosed Thursday.
The contamination was found in tests ...
Man illegally lives in deployed service member’s home
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced to 15 years in the state prison for squatting in the home of a military service member deployed to Iraq, stealing and selling his belongings, and then going on a crime spree while awaiting trial on the initial charges.
The Montana Standard
BLM oil and gas lease sale lands over $538,800 in bids
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An online auction of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management has landed more than $538,800 in bids this week.
The auction held Tuesday offered 23 parcels covering some 12,500 acres (5,058 hectares) in Montana for oil and gas leasing through the ...
Yellowstone wolf’s killing in Montana raises concern
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The recent killing of a Yellowstone National Park wolf outside the park has generated hundreds of emails and phone calls to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials suggesting that the hunt wasn’t lawful.
But FWP officials have determined that the wolf was legally ...
Man killed while fleeing attempted traffic stop in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who died after his vehicle crashed while fleeing from an attempted traffic stop.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg says 46-year-old Tracey Johnston, of Great Falls, died at the scene of the crash early Wednesday ...
Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances
The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one’s disappearance, telling U.S. senators that numerous Native American families are troubled by inadequate investigations into their missing persons ...
Montana court strikes down scholarship tax-credit program
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a state-run program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships, saying the program violates a constitutional ban against giving state aid to religious organizations.
The justices ruled ...
States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands.
Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by three taxi and limousine companies that sought to strike down a law allowing ride-sharing companies like Uber to operate in the state.
The court ruled 5-0 on Tuesday to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit ...
Audit finds minor issues with public defender division
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An audit of Montana’s newly reorganized Office of the State Public Defender has found a couple of issues, but the agency head says steps have been taken to remedy the problems.
The Great Falls Tribune
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Winter weather continues to plague many parts of western Montana.
The National Weather Service has posted blizzard and winter storm warnings as well as winter weather advisories for parts of the region.
The blizzard warning is for a small portion of the Northern ...
Police shoot Montana man after he fires more than 50 shots
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a man barricaded inside a western Montana home fired between 50 and 60 shots before police shot him.
The Montana Standard
Retired priest in Montana denies child porn charge
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest in northern Montana has pleaded not guilty to receiving child pornography.
The Great Falls Tribune
Montana court overrules attorney general on easements
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled Attorney General Tim Fox’s legal opinion that the governor can’t unilaterally approve large conservation easements and they must instead be authorized by the state Land Board.
Six of the seven justices on the state’s high ...
Blizzard forecast for parts of northwestern Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the northern Rocky Mountain Front and a winter storm warning for other parts of northwestern and southwestern Montana.
The blizzard warning takes effect Tuesday afternoon with up to a foot of snow (30 ...
Family searches for grinch who stole Grinch costume
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana family is looking for a grinch who stole a custom-made Grinch holiday costume.
The Daily Inter Lake reports the Kalispell Christmas ...
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating a poached bull moose found south of Bozeman this month.
The agency says Christmas tree hunters found the moose carcass on Dec. 1, about a mile up Moser Creek Road and reported it to FWP on Dec. 3.
The Bozeman ...
Man pleads guilty to Missoula casino robbery last April
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 56-year-old Montana man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Missoula casino and shooting at someone who followed him after the robbery last April.
Stephen Antill, of Missoula, last week signed a plea agreement with Missoula County prosecutors and entered guilty pleas ...
AG Fox appeals Missoula gun lawsuit to state Supreme Court
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is taking his challenge of the city of Missoula’s gun regulations to the state Supreme Court.
Plan would keep about 1,000 bears in northwest Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners adopted a grizzly bear conservation plan Monday that would maintain the largest population of the bruins in the Lower 48 at roughly current numbers even if the species loses its federal protections.
The plan sets
Body found in burned vehicle in northwestern Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a body was found in a vehicle that burned near Hungry Horse in northwestern Montana.
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a statement Monday that human remains were found in a car engulfed by flames in the woods near Lion Lake on ...
Judge dismisses lawsuit to block Montana forest project
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a tree-thinning project in the Elkhorn Mountains near Helena.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Monday rejected arguments by Native Ecosystems Council and Montana Ecosystem Defense Council that the project ...
New Montana psychiatry program aims to raise $3.3M
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Billings Clinic Foundation is seeking to raise $3.3 million to keep Montana’s brand-new psychiatry residency program going once a grant covering its first three years of operations ends.
Billings Clinic officials said Monday that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of ...
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest is scheduled to appear in federal court in Great Falls to be formally charged with receipt of child pornography.
Lothar Konrad Krauth is to appear before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted the ...
More than $70 million spent in Montana US Senate race
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Final numbers show more than $70 million was spent in the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and his Trump-backed challenger.
Tester secured a third term in the Nov. 6 election, defeating Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale to cap the ...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Faculty at the University of Montana is bucking a recommendation to end the university’s minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies.
The Montana Standard
Frey, Hall help Montana St. beat Washington St. 95-90
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Ernie Kent had warned everyone to not be fooled by Montana State’s 2-6 record.
“They’re a good team,” said Kent. “They’ve just had a tough schedule.”
The Bobcats held off Washington State for a 95-90 win Sunday at the Toyota ...
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning to spend between $150 million and $200 million to overhaul the 65-year-old Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana.
The bureau will focus on two of the facility’s four generating units simultaneously for one year and ...
Carroll College’s enrollment drop creates budget deficit
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A decline in enrollment has led to a budget deficit at Helena’s Carroll College.
The Independent Record
More deer test positive for wasting disease in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Nine more deer killed by hunters in Montana have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
The latest findings bring to 22 the number of deer that have tested positive this season for the deadly brain wasting disease. Also known as CWD, it can affect the nervous ...
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard made 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points and three steals to help UC Irvine beat Montana 60-51 on Saturday night.
Jamar Akoh’s tipin of Michael Oguine’s missed 3-point shot gave the Grizzlies a three-point lead with four minutes to go ...
Prosecutors want life sentence in fatal Montana carjacking
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to killing an 81-year-old former sheriff.
The Billings Gazette
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Idaho mining company that’s fighting to overturn its designation by Montana regulators as an industry bad actor because of pollution tied to its CEO
District Judge Mike Menahan in Helena said in his ruling that the ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new list of 111 western Jesuits accused of sexually abusing children includes 30 who had assignments in Montana dating back to the late 1800s.
The names of 20 of those with Montana connections were previously published by the state’s two Roman Catholic dioceses as ...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors in northeastern Montana have dismissed a deliberate homicide charge filed against a North Dakota man in the death of his brother this fall.
The Billings Gazette
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys presented arguments Wednesday before the Montana Supreme Court over whether the Democratic governor has the authority to unilaterally approve conservation easements.
The Independent Record
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s top education official is setting out her legislative priorities, including a proposal to make it illegal for teachers and other school staff to have sex with students, even if the student has reached the legal age of consent.
Superintendent of Public ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hearing is underway to determine if a man charged in the May 2017 shooting death of a Montana sheriff’s deputy should be forcibly medicated in an effort to make him competent to stand trial.
Lloyd Barrus has been found unable to aid in his defense against charges for ...
Meagher County officials decline opposing land purchase
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Meagher County commissioners say they won’t oppose a proposal to purchase central Montana land and place it under public ownership despite their concerns about the deal.
The Independent Record
Tester’s staff walks back comments on Bullock plan
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s staff on Wednesday walked back comments made by the Montana Democrat that appeared to confirm Gov. Steve Bullock plans to run for U.S. Senate.
Tester chief of staff Aaron Murphy said Tester thought the question that prompted his comments was ...
Island mansion sells in priciest Flathead Lake deal
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An opulent mansion on a private island in a northwest Montana lake has sold to an unknown buyer after sitting vacant for years.
Montana woman guilty of embezzling $630K from employer
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 54-year-old Montana woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $630,000 from customers of her employer over a seven-year period, ending in April 2016.
The U.S. attorney’s office says Ann Bennett Hermanson of West Yellowstone pleaded guilty to wire fraud ...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A forum on the future of populism scheduled for next week in Missoula has been canceled because speaker Steve Bannon is not available.
The former White House strategist was initially scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the 2018 ACE Advances in Computer ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature’s rules committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation and set a confidential process to report and investigate complaints. The full Legislature must approve the policy in January.
“Not only would ...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president.
The 76-year-old Democrat made his comments Monday to an audience at the University of Montana in Missoula, as he considers a 2020 challenge to ...