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 By Matt Volz    Regional    January 9, 2020

Search off for 'command vehicle' in mystery drone case

A Colorado sheriff on Wednesday rescinded his call for people to be on the lookout for a "command vehicle" that may be operating mysterious groups of drones spotted in recent weeks over northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. That request for...

 

Woman estimates "troll storm" losses at over $1.3M

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman estimated she will have lost at least $1.3 million as the result of a neo-Nazi website publisher unleashing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against her family, adding to the millions of dollars that targets of...

 

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll...

 

Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday. Ear Spring on Yellowstone's Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday...

 

Judge blocks Saturday's grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the government was wrong to lift federal protections on...

 

Officers describe faint whimper, finding abandoned infant

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A faint whimper in the darkness was all it took. Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Ross Jessop and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Nick Scholz rushed toward the sound after hours spent searching the Montana woods...

 

Interior watchdog reviews Zinke's ties to Halliburton boss

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department's inspector general is looking into a complaint about a land deal that links Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the head of energy services giant Halliburton in Zinke's hometown of Whitefish,...

 

Land deal ties Interior secretary's family, Halliburton boss

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's family is involved in a land deal in his Montana hometown with the head of an energy services giant that does business with the Interior Department, according to records and interviews...

 

Yellowstone launches program to establish new bison herds

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday. The program aims to help the...

 

Lawsuit contends energy lease sales will affect environment

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government's leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding how all that...

 

Trump's threats on trade unsettle farming, ranching backers

SHEFFIELD, Mont. (AP) — Montana rancher Fred Wacker had thousands of head of cattle fattening up along the Yellowstone River for export to China when President Donald Trump picked a trade fight with the Asian nation. The dispute threatens a $200...

 

It's Trump vs. Tester in Big Sky Country

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a flat-top haircut, three missing fingers and an impressive girth, Sen. Jon Tester has somehow kept a low profile in Congress. That's until he caught the attention of Americans — and President Donald Trump — by airing...

 

Author Krakauer wins order for release of rape case records

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the conditional release of records about a University of Montana rape case to author Jon Krakauer after a four-year dispute that pitted student privacy against the public's right to know the decisions their...

 

Student protests, counter-protest held in Montana, Wyoming

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Students and gun-control advocates in Montana and Wyoming joined protesters who rallied across the nation Saturday, galvanized by the students-turned-advocates who survived last month's Florida school shooting. At least nine Ma...

 
 By Matt Volz    Regional    August 4, 2017

Drought spreads and intensifies across US Northern Plains

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The drought plaguing eastern Montana and much of North and South Dakota came on quickly and is intensifying, leading ranchers to sell their cattle and farmers to harvest early whatever crops that have grown so far this summer....

 
 By Matt Volz    Regional    June 25, 2017

Bombs found in Montana home linked to bank robberies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal agents found homemade bombs in the Montana home of a man they suspect is the "AK-47 Bandit," who is wanted for a string of bank robberies and is accused of shooting at a Kansas state trooper, according to authorities...

 
 By Matt Volz    Regional    April 21, 2017

Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than just Montana's Republican voters on Friday and Saturday when he helps Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat. A prairie dog hunt is also on the agenda for the four-city...

 

Hunter's find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A fossil found by an elk hunter in Montana nearly seven years ago has led to the discovery of a new species of prehistoric sea creature that lived about 70 million years ago in the inland sea that flowed east of the Rocky...

 

Montana lawmakers seek to change fracking disclosure rules

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Energy companies would have to justify claims that the chemicals they use in the hydraulic fracturing process to drill for oil and gas are trade secrets that must be kept from the public, under a bill that advanced Monday in...

 

Montana joins others in effort to bolster internet privacy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — States have started writing their own legislation to protect broadband privacy after Congress voted to repeal regulations that would have required internet providers to obtain their customers' consent before collecting their...

 

Montana House rejects bill to allow guns in schools

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House on Monday voted down a proposal to allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons in classrooms and on school property. Fifteen Republicans joined 41 Democrats to reject the bill in a 56-44...

 

Montana ski town roiled by white supremacist 'troll army'

The email to a group that promotes diversity in northwestern Montana warned that white supremacists would encircle the advocacy organization's office and end with someone "swinging by a rope from the nearest lamp post." "Those days are not far off...

 

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