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The U.S. Geological Survey reports a preliminary 4.1 magnitude earthquake in western Montana. The quake occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday in a sparsely populated area about 15 miles east of the small community of Lincoln or 28 miles northwest of Helena. Magnitude mb 4.1 Region WESTERN MONTANA Date time 2016-01-30 19:31:42.8 UTC Location 46.93 N […]
Montana governor says state economy strong HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state’s economy is strong, as the Democrat makes his case for re-election. The economy is expected to play a central role in this year’s governor’s race. Republican challenger Greg Gianforte has made Montana’s low wages his campaign’s central […]
PSC chairman drops out of governor’s race HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Public Service Commission chairman Brad Johnson says he’s dropping out of the governor’s race. Johnson said Wednesday that he would need to be a full-time candidate to win the Republican nomination over Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte. Johnson says he is not willing to […]
Yellowstone sued over bison slaughter restrictions BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wildlife advocate and a freelance journalist are suing the National Park Service to gain access to a program that ships Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wyoming. It comes as Yellowstone administrators plan […]
More Montana schools identifying homeless students HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State education officials say Montana schools are doing a better job of identifying homeless students and getting them the support and services they need. The Montana Office of Public Instruction says the number of school districts identifying homeless students has increased from 40 to 105 […]
Wolf management reaching new levels of success in region MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Research in Montana finds that aggressively dealing with wolves that kill livestock works better than a gradual approach. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Liz Bradley says her research found that since killing livestock is a learned behavior for wolves it’s […]
Felony drug charge against Glendive officer dropped BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Glendive police officer facing a drunken driving charge has had a drug charge against him dropped after he was able to produce a valid prescription. The Billings Gazette reports that 48-year-old Michael Louis Briggs was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs […]
School receives bomb threat following threats to courthouses HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating after several courthouses and a high school in Montana received phoned-in bomb threats. Butte High School was evacuated shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Principal John Metz told The Montana Standard the voice […]
Montana rail safety regulator to discuss how to fix problems HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Public Service Commission will hold a public meeting with railway officials and lawmakers on how to address rail safety problems found in a recent audit. The Legislative Audit Division in October faulted the PSC for not having a […]
Montana town cuts hours, considers bankruptcy BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana town has cut back its hours of operation and is considering filing for bankruptcy after running short on funds. Browning is a town of about 1,000 people on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that town officials blame […]
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