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4-part series: Montana launching ambitious reforms to slow growth in prison, probation populations

This four-part series examines the extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. PART 1: Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms, to slow prison populations Montana has 15,000 criminal offenders...

Private contractors a key part of correctional reforms

This story is the final installment of a four-part series examining extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. BILLINGS – As Montana launches an ambitious push...

Ex-cons: Sentencing reforms could offer better pathway to freedom

This story is the third of a four-part series examining extenstive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. HELENA – Ex-con Anthony Valderrama has his own business,...

New professional parole board aims to ensure inmates succeed after prison

This story is the second part of a four-part series examining broad criminal justice and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison population. HELENA - For the first time in...

Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms, to slow prison populations

This story is the first of a four-part series examining extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. HELENA – From prisons to pre-release centers to probationary...

People & Pets: Exotic animals in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - Charlene Winkle adores her sugar gliders that live with her in Cascade County. These adorable creatures are native to Indonesia and Australia, but have been bred in the U.S. for about 15 years....

Glasgow man pardoned for rape conviction against woman who is now his wife

GLASGOW - Delano Foster of Glasgow spent years of his life behind bars for a crime that even his “victim” said he didn't commit. Foster met his now wife, Amber, back in 1995 when he...

Helena chef tells Montana Club’s history one ingredient at a time

HELENA - More than 130 years ago, Helena’s Montana Club was founded as a men’s only establishment. Much has changed since then. Today it’s a fine-dining member’s club that also hosts weddings and other events. The...

Digitizing the history of Helena

_informq.push(); Last year we brought you the story of how Helena's former fire chief is leading an effort to get the city's historic documents - dating back to Helena's very beginnings - digitized and preserved. That effort...

Meth in Montana – a statewide problem impacting many

HELENA - Methamphetamine use in Montana is on the rise. In a multi-part special report, KTVH looks at where the problem came from, where it has been, where it's going and who is impacted...

Meth in Montana’s communities

HELENA - Montana is known for its natural beauty and close-knit communities, but in the Treasure State's sparse population and expansive landscapes hides a growing problems with drugs, including methamphetamine. When people think of drug...

Meth’s impact on Montana’s foster care system

HELENA - Brenda and Jason Crawford are one of Montana’s many adoptive and foster parents; in 2014 baby Kailer entered their life.   Kailer was born with significant amounts of heroin in his body. "When Kailer...

Resurgence of meth in Montana

HELENA  - Two decades ago, Montanans were making methamphetamine in their homes, using items they could buy at any store. “It’s not a war; we will always be battling this. It’s just a matter of...

Living life after meth

HELENA – Methamphetamine has the ability to grab a hold of users both physically and emotionally. The cycle of addiction and use can tear families apart and possibly, lead to a life of crime. Shane...

Number of DUIs and officers to make arrests both down last year

HELENA - The total number of Driving Under the Influence citations given out by Helena police in 2016 was down significantly from the year before.  That number could be related to an officer shortage...

Montana’s DUI Culture Preview

HELENA - Drinking and driving in Montana has been an issue for many years. "Unfortunately, I think many people either don't see anything wrong with drinking and driving, or they've just become so used to...

White Crosses: Markers and Memorials

HELENA - White crosses scatter Montana roads signifying motor vehicle deaths at the locations where the fatalities occurred.  Many people view these markers as memorials for those who have passed; however, the American Legion...

Preview- White Crosses: Markers and Memorials

HELENA - White crosses scatter Montana roads signifying motor vehicle deaths at the locations where the fatalities occurred.  Many people view these markers as memorials for those who have passed; however, the American Legion...

Montana’s Missing – Nyleen Marshall

MONTANA - When you walk in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, you walk past a three decade old mystery. “My gut tells me she is deceased,” said a somber Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle. Rewind to...

Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse

HELENA - Nyleen Marshall is just one of hundreds of missing people from Montana listed on the Missing Persons Clearing House. The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department...

Exclusive online interview with Ken Gardiner

MONTANA- This online exclusive interview with Ken Gardiner describes a piece of information he found during the search for Nyleen Marshall. Read more about KTVH’s Mikenzie Frost's special report that uncovers the latest information in the case of one of...

Preview of Montana’s Missing: Nyleen Marshall

We continue to preview a story on the 1983 disappearance of four-year-old Nyleen Marshall. Derek VanLuchene, a former Division of Criminal Investigations agent, worked with the case in the late 1990’s and talks about...

Charitable Giving: Beware Of Scams

(HELENA) The holiday season is full of family, friends, cheer and charitable giving. From dropping change in Salvation Army Red Kettles while out shopping, to writing a check your favorite charity, the options are endless....

Brucellosis concerns worry some Montana ranchers (Part 1)

(HELENA) For years the battle to keep Montana’s brucellosis-free status has centered on bison migrating in and out of Yellowstone National Park, but new science shows elk can also carry the disease, which has forced state...

Fire Ops 101: Day in a Life as a Firefighter

(MTN News-HELENA) MTN's Sara Stinson was invited to attend Fire Ops 101 in Washington State with a Helena Firefighter to see firsthand the physical demands these men and woman deal with. The chaos comes with much...