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Assistance program launches to help Montana’s veterans

    (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Veterans and Guardsmen in Montana will now be able to access more mental health resources. Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday announced the new "Veterans Assistance Program." The program includes four free counseling sessions, a 24-hour...

USDA official reviews school breakfast program in Great Falls

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Valley View Elementary School in Great Falls on Thursday to see how students are taking to the "Breakfast After...

Prescribed Burn on Belt Creek White Sulphur Springs Ranger District

Press Release-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, MONT.,-Weather and air quality conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to conduct a 432-acre prescribed burn on Friday in the Mass and Geis drainages of the Little Belt Mountains on...

Warm Springs Tailings Removal Project projected to finish moving mine waste in October

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA)  The Warm Springs Tailings Removal Project plans to finish moving mine waste in the Lewis & Clark National Forest by the end of October. There are four tailing...

Hemen pled guilty to felony possession of meth following arrest in August

 var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) A lengthy conviction record gets longer in District Court Thursday. Troy Duane Hemen pled guilty to felony possession of meth, following his arrest in August. In exchange for the plea,...

Helena man’s bond set at $100,000 after allegedly attacking his wife

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) A violent encounter results in a felony charge. Christopher D. Banda was arrested for partner family member assault last Wednesday night after several individuals said they saw Band...

Montana receives grant money to track and test rape kits

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced the state received $2 million  in federal grant money to track and test rape kits. According to the Montana Department of Justice, there...

Astrophotography; behind the photos of Aurora Borealis

    (HELENA) Montanans had the opportunity to see what many cannot in bright city lights on Tuesday and into early Wednesday.  The Nothern Lights aka Aurora Borealis put on quite a show over Montana and...

State surplus property auction nets $1M

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push();     (HELENA) The annual state of Montana surplus property auction took place over the weekend in Helena and netted $1,053,000 to go back into state government. Program Manager Tama Lutsko says...

Crimestoppers Most Wanted – September 2016 (updated)

(MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers has released the September 2016 "Most Wanted" list. If you have information about the location of any of the people on the list, you're asked to call the 24-hour Crimestoppers...

Montana center receives $1.2M to help Native American women victims of abuse

Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. (MTN News photo)   (MTN News-LAME DEER) U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Wednesday $1.2 million in funding for the National Indigenous Women's...

2 new lifts added and named at Big Sky for 2016

  (MTN News-BIG SKY) 2 new lifts are almost done at Big Sky Resort, and one of them finally has a name. Workers are still laying the steel on the upper terminal of the new "powder seeker"...

Judge rejects lawsuit filed by widow of former Montana inmate

(HELENA) A U.S. magistrate judge has sided with the operator of a private prison near Shelby, rejecting a lawsuit by the widow of former inmate Richard Flor. The suit claimed Corrections Corporation of America didn’t give...

Cellphones spill into Yellowstone’s wilds despite park plan

  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Howling wolves. Deadly grizzly bears. Steam-spewing geysers as seen nowhere else on earth. A refuge from ringing...

Defense asks for Bozeman animal abuse case to be moved

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Bozeman horse arena owner accused of animal cruelty have asked that his trial is moved due to media and social network attention. Defense attorneys for Dayle Kountz filed...

Toxic algal bloom found on Hebgen Lake

The Gallatin City-County Health Department said the bloom is occurring along the north shore of the lake. It may appear as green or turquoise-colored scum on the surface of the lake. (MTN News photo)     (MTN...

Federal court shuts down abusive tax scheme involving improper deductions for donating timeshares

Press Release-WASHINGTON — A federal court in Helena, Montana has permanently barred Montana-based attorney James Tarpey, as well as two companies he founded, including Project Philanthropy Inc., a District of Columbia corporation which does...

PSC votes to bring $100 million for rural broadband investment to Montana

Press Release- HELENA, Mont. –September 29, 2016– The Montana Public Service Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to certify 26 companies and affiliates as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) for 2017, opening the doors for approximately $100 million in...

Montana’s Minimum Wage Increasing to $8.15 for 2017

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); Press Release-HELENA, Mont.-Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.15 per hour beginning January 1, 2017. An estimated 3,323 workers, or approximately 1.2 percent of...

Wildfire continuing to burn outside of Butte concerns property owners

  (MTN News-BUTTE) The Nez Perce fire has been burning since early August is starting to slow down. But for some living in the area, it’s still too close for comfort. “It’s still scary. It’s within a...

Anti-fraud documentary comes to Great Falls on Thursday

Lindeen to Host Anti-Fraud Documentary Screenings   (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Montana Commissioner of Securities & Insurance Monica Lindeen has been traveling around the state over the past week to educate Montanans on the dangers of financial scams. Lindeen will be making...

Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association hears from Bullock and Gianforte

(MTN News-GREAT FALLS) This week the Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association met in Great Falls to talk about the future of the industry. Governor Steve Bullock and gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte joined the co-ops on Wednesday to tell...

Projected state budget surplus down to $100m

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) A new report from legislative budget analysts said Montana's projected state surplus will be down to nearly $100 million  by the middle of next year. That's a big...

Montana names 2017 “Teacher of the Year”

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation named Kelly Elder the state's top educator. He is a social studies teacher at C.R. Anderson Middle School. Elder was one of three...

Helena HS in violation of the maximum number of students per classroom

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) The State Board of Public Education says Helena High School is in violation of the maximum number of students per classroom. OPI's student to classroom ratio data shows...