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Firetrucks vandalized in Poplar

GREAT FALLS - The Poplar Volunteer Fire Department was hit by vandals recently. In a Facebook post, the PVFD said: Some delinquents decided to break into our backlot and damage three of our ready reserve trucks. All three...

Watch Solar Eclipse Live as it travels across the country

(NBC)- NBC News chases the total solar eclipse of 2017 across the United States with coverage from Oregon to South Carolina. For more, go to nbcnews.com/eclipse

Train officials say vandalism caused train blockage

HELENA - Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway said vandalism was behind an incident that left residents of a North Helena Valley neighborhood stranded on Thursday. Loose train cars blocked the only way in or out of the Silver Creek Estates all day Thursday affecting...

FWP: Duck hunters should expect low waters at Canyon Ferry Pond 3

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working to improve habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds at Canyon Ferry Lake. Beginning this month water levels in Canyon Ferry Pond 3, a popular hunting access near...

Governor Bullock declares drought disaster in counties, reservations

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock Friday issued an Executive Order declaring the following 31 counties and six Indian Reservations in drought disaster: Blaine, Big Horn, Carter, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley,...

Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to...

Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early eclipse weather forecast looks best in the West and least in the East with patchy clouds muddling up the picture in between. As of Friday, the forecast for Monday's total...

Stage II fire restrictions in effect for all of western Montana.

HELENA  – Governor Bullock announced Friday that all of western Montana is now in Stage II fire restrictions. Bullock says this is a reminder of the importance of fire prevention. Several fires are burning across...

Heavy eclipse traffic could cause cell phone blackouts

(NBC) As throngs of people travel to the cities that will be in totality during the eclipse they may face a challenge other than overcrowding: cellphone network blackouts. "Cell networks are basically like highways but...

MHP: Eclipse will cause traffic delays; safety a priority

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol says increased traffic could cause delays throughout the state in the days leading up to and during Monday’s solar eclipse. Additional troopers have been dispatched to help with traffic...

Carroll Grad joins the fight against the spread invasive mussels

HELENA – The Montana  Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Thursday, that a Carroll College graduate has joined the team to fight the spread of invasive species in Montana Waters. Kate Wilson will serve...

Confederate memorial fountain removed from Helena’s Hill Park

  UPDATE (7:00 p.m.) - In just a few hours Friday, a fountain designed as a memorial to Confederate soldiers was taken out of the Helena park where it had stood for decades. Now, all that...

AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private...

Structures lost in Lolo Peak Fire

LOLO - Authorities have confirmed that structures have been lost due to the now 19,000 acre Lolo Peak Fire. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that the structures that have burned are in the...

Billings woman vacationing in Barcelona reacts to terror attack

BILLINGS - A Billings woman said she was in the area of Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in Spain just minutes before it happened. Janiel Olson, a graduate of West High and MSU-B, was vacationing in Barcelona this week. She said she...

Montana’s unemployment rate holds at 3.9 percent in July

HELENA (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent in July. Gov. Steve Bullock says more Montanans are at work, wages are increasing and manufacturing is growing. The state has seen an...

Murder investigated in Missoula

MISSOULA - Authorities are investigating what's being called a homicide case in Missoula. The incident happened on Thursday evening in the 1900 block of Strand Avenue. Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said a search warrant...

Lolo Peak Fire forecast unfavorable going into the weekend

LOLO - There isn't a lot of good news coming from Lolo Peak Fire Information going into the weekend. The flames could be easily seen from the roadside as the Lolo Peak Fire crossed the...

Rustless in Montana: A drive through time

CUT BANK - Nestled just miles from Glacier National Park is a field full of vehicles. The metal, wheels, and parts are much more than just a salvage yard. It’s Rustless in Montana. “A lot of time,...

DPHHS hosts annual event focused on bettering lives of MT children

HELENA - The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services hosted their annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference this week. The conference focuses on bettering the lives of Montana children and families. Just under a...

Wildfires Grow Fiercely, Ash Falls in Parts of Montana

Wildfires across western Montana grew again on Thursday, as afternoon wind increased and humidity dropped.  Smoke will become more visible again tonight with the worst air quality through the overnight hours into the morning....

Bone marrow drive held at ExplorationWorks

HELENA - ExplorationWorks is hosting the Be The Match bone marrow donor drive this week at the Great Northern Town Center. The drive is intended to support those in need of bone marrow or blood...

Helena man charged with a felony for allegedly trying to hit another person with...

HELENA - A Helena suspect is accused of trying to run over another individual with a pickup truck. Michael James Cooper was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with...

Fire breaks out at Helena business

UPDATE (7:13 p.m.) - Helena Fire Chief Mark Emert reports that the cause of a structure fire that broke out on E. Lyndale on Thursday morning was accidental. Emert also says the fire caused approximately $300,000 in...