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State offers “Hay Hotline” for buyers and sellers

HELENA - Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. The Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind people its "Hay Hotline" is...

Warrant issued in Helena vandalism case

HELENA- The Helena Police have announced a warrant for a suspect they believe is responsible for the "Aspect" taggings in downtown Helena. Spenser Koley Love, 25, is wanted for Felony Criminal Mischief. The bond on...

HMS vandalized; juveniles cited

HELENA - Four juveniles were apprehended by Helena Police Thursday after allegedly breaking into Helena Middle School grounds and vandalizing property. Police were dispatched to the area around 10:30 P.M. They found four minors at the...

City Commission votes to combat climate change

HELENA – The Helena City Commission voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that aims to combat climate change at Monday night’s commission meeting. Dozens of people packed city commission chambers to voice support for the measure. The resolution,...

Boulder works to expand economy ahead of MDC transition

BOULDER - For decades, the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder has provided treatment for people with serious intellectual disabilities. MDC and its predecessors have been central to the community’s economy for more than a...

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said Wednesday, the same day his ex-teammates on the New...

Groups challenge US plan to lift grizzly bear protections

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At least three different legal challenges were launched Friday against the U.S. government's decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area that have been in...

Bernie Sanders and other top Dems to visit 9 states including Montana

MONTANA - Top Democratic Party leaders announced on Monday a series of rallies to try and energize the party, which include a stop in Montana. Starting next Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders and other party leaders will travel...

Tree planted for 2017 Paris Gibson Awardee

GREAT FALLS - Sheila Rice, the 2017 recipient of the Paris Gibson Award, had a tree planted in her honor on Friday afternoon at the Elk's Riverside Park. Rice is the eighth winner of the award. The tree planted was a bur oak...

MT Made: Wooden fly boxes; art with a purpose

HELENA – Fly fishing on Montana’s rivers is a past time native Montanan’s cherish and tourists who come from every corner of the country alike. Casting lines into the Yellowstone, Missouri, Blackfoot or Smith River...

Bozeman woman wanted to be arrested to escape from ex

BOZEMAN - It’s not common for a person to commit a crime, with the intention of being caught and going to jail. But around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, that’s exactly why one woman said she burglarized Kagy...

July Fire expands over the weekend

GREAT FALLS - The Bureau of Land Management has updated the status of the July Fire.   Fire crews are battling the fire along Alder Gulch. The fire is 50 percent contained and no injuries have...

Charges filed against father of infant who died in crash

BOZEMAN - Charges have been filed against the father of the infant who died in a crash west of Bozeman on Friday. Florin Dumitru, 18 years old, has been charged with careless driving, driving with a...

OPI announces updated plan for ESSA

HELENA - The Office of Public Instruction has introduced the updated plan to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen, said the goal of the plan is to...

Spots are going fast for Symphony under the stars

HELENA - If you haven't put your blanket down yet for Saturday’s Symphony Under the Stars, you might want to hurry. A sea of blankets has already overtaken the lawn at Carroll College for this...

Woman allegedly tries to swallow bag of meth to hide it from cops

GREAT FALLS - Earlla Nelson has been charged in Great Falls after she reportedly tried to swallow a bag of meth in order to hide it from a police officer. Court document stated that Nelson, 59...

New fire reported Northwest of Lincoln

LINCOLN - Fire Managers on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln are responding to another fire in the area. The Arrastra Fire is already estimated at between 150 and 200 acres. According to a release...

Park Creek, Arrastra Creek fires grow by hundreds of acres

UPDATE: MTN's Lindsey Ford went to Lincoln Friday to talk with residents about the extreme growth of both the Arrastra Creek and Park Creek Fires overnight. Lincoln residents said they know living with fire is...

$53M to go to US national park maintenance, infrastructure

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks. Zinke made the announcement Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado....

Bookkeeper’s forgery spree included Ferrari, Final Four tickets

GREAT FALLS - A Great Falls bookkeeper who spent the nearly half a million dollars she embezzled on lavish purchases was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Her purchases included NCAA Final Four tickets, Victoria’s Secret and...

Red Ants Pants Music Festival kicks off bringing music and economic boom to town

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – The street dance is the official beginning of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival and Thursday, the whole town of White Sulphur Springs was pitching in to prepare. The different vendor...

Yassin charged with stabbing a man outside downtown bar

(BOZEMAN) A night celebrating graduation ended with a man being stabbed early Saturday morning in downtown Bozeman. Rocky Yassin, 35 years old, is charged with felony assault with a weapon, and made a Monday morning appearance...

Former UM football player sanctioned for drinking alcohol

BOZEMAN (AP) — A former University of Montana football player who served prison time for raping a friend while she slept on his couch spent the weekend in jail in Bozeman for alcohol-related parole...

Lewis & Clark County updating plan to reduce disaster risk

(HELENA) Lewis and Clark County has unveiled the first draft of its latest plan to prepare for disasters. Over the last year, leaders have worked with the consulting firm Tetra Tech on an update to...

Evacuation notices remain in place, water bodies closed near Rice Ridge fire

SEELEY LAKE - The evacuation warnings issued on Tuesday for residents living near the Rice Ridge fire burning three miles northeast of Seeley Lake remain in effect. Missoula County Sheriff authorities issued the evacuation warning...