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Special Report: Zinke’s record as U.S. Interior secretary: Fossil-fuel emphasis, public access, helping ag

HELENA - From farmers to environmentalists to oil-and-gas producers, there’s no shortage of opinions on the first-year report card for Montana’s first member of a presidential cabinet, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “I think they’re...

Special Report: Montana veterans struggle with lasting effects of Agent Orange

 BILLINGS - Hundreds of thousands of people, both soldiers and civilians, have been harmed by Agent Orange. The herbicide was used by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War, to kill the existing foliage making...

Special Report: Staying safe on social media

BILLINGS - A task force officer with the Billings Police Department is warning adults and parents of teenagers who use the popular app Snapchat to check their settings. One of the app’s features called Snap...

Special Report: Couple opens natural cemetery in Swan Valley

 MISSOULA - Just because you die, doesn’t mean you can’t still be environmentally conscious. Jill Valley went to the Swan Valley and met a family that’s turned its acres into a place where you can...

Special Report: Lifeline of the Hi-Line

HELENA - As the Milk River rushed around a bend, it’s hard to fathom that the river responsible for flooding much of the Hi-Line this spring naturally runs dry more than half the time. But this...

Special Report: Dead trees pose real threat to people

HELENA - There are many dangers that Montanans may face in the wilderness. Bringing enough water, supplies and bear spray all steps people can take to make sure they’re safe though. But what...

Special Report: Bozeman woman struggling with rare illness that leaves patients bedridden, doctors bewildered

BILLINGS - Before she was diagnosed with a rare, debilitating illness in 1995, a Bozeman woman painted large canvases and instructed art classes for children. Today, due to her constant fatigue, Susan Henderson's art is...

Special Report: Remembering Deputy Mason Moore

On May 16, 2017, Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore was gunned down along Highway 287 west of Three Forks. Since then, Deputy Moore's wife Jodi and children have been on a journey of grief,...

Special Report: Helena’s affordable housing shortage

 HELENA - Elizabeth Guevin is an active member of the Helena community. Someone you’ve surely seen around town volunteering at the Lewis and Clark Library or the Helena Food Share or at her local...

Special Report: Meet the first female president of iconic Billings firm KOA

BILLINGS- Kampgrounds of America established itself in Billings back in 1962 and continues to carry the tradition of enjoying the great outdoors to this day. Toby O’Rourke has worked at the KOA since 2011 and...

Special Report: Why Hollywood still wants to film in Montana after all these years

 BILLINGS - There is little secret what the most iconic film shot in Montana is. People still ask where to find that spot where a young Brad Pitt cast his line into the pristine...

Special Report: STARS preschool grants fuel new programs around Montana, but future uncertain

(HELENA) At Helena’s Hawthorne Elementary School, educators and students are eight months into an experiment. Heidi Tussing is leading a group of 16 four- and five-year-olds – the Helena School District’s first publicly-funded preschool...

Special Report: Lincoln in the spotlight 22 years after Unabomber capture

LINCOLN - Jerry Burns, one of the law enforcement officers who arrested the Unabomber in 1996, moved to Lincoln when he was seven years old. “We had more service stations at that time. We had...

Special Report: Mechanics in Yellowstone: Keeping park roads open in extreme conditions

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Robert Evanoff grunts as he heaves a four foot pry bar against the 3,000 pound track on one side of a snow cat abandoned in a parking area south...

Special Report: Historic Helena Pt. 1, Old Liquor Warehouse

HELENA - Several years ago, D & M Development of Helena acquired two historic buildings downtown in a land swap with the state of Montana. The plan was to rehab and renovate the two...

Special Report: Western MT parents seek answers to school violence issue

 MISSOULA - When it comes to school violence, there are more questions than answers. Should teachers carry guns in the classroom? Are America’s gun laws too lax? How are schools preparing for the possibility of...

Special Report: Montana budget cuts hitting case workers, clients

MISSOULA - Mental health case managers play a critical role in communities across the state, but because of state budget reductions, many have lost their jobs. The consequences of these targeted case management budget...

Special Reports: Montana tourism marketing stays flexible after big 2017 fire season

 MISSOULA - Given the unpredictability of Montana's wildfire seasons, the state's tourism industry can never be quite sure what to expect. And the question is whether that challenge will increase with experts predicting hotter...

Special Report: Semester of threats looms over efforts to prepare Western MT schools for...

 MISSOULA - It's a tough, terrible fact, but mass shootings, particularly at U.S. schools are becoming a fact of life. But that doesn't mean school communities are not fighting back. School safety has been the...

Special Report: Beautiful music at CS Porter Middle School

MISSOULA - We headed over to CS Porter Middle School for this Arts and Education report to find out what it takes to become a part of the honor choir. Beautiful music can be heard...

Lee Metcalf, Montana senator, national progressive leader

This is Part 2 of a two-day package of stories marking the 40th anniversary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. On Sunday, we looked at how the wilderness came into being. For Montanans, there’s not much question...

“Magnificent” Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness turns 40 this week

This is Part 1 of a two-day package of stories from Last Best News marking the 40th anniversary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Tomorrow we look at the larger legacy of the late Sen. Lee...

Special Reports: Scott Breen’s whirlwind Hollywood tour

MTN News' Scott Breen was in Los Angeles recently to put together a couple interesting stories with Montana and Wyoming ties. Check out this video to see how his trip went and get a preview...

Special Reports: From paw prints to paint

 GREAT FALLS - In room 207 of the Holiday Inn in Great Falls, artist Sherry Tuss has more than 100 pieces of artwork on display that reflect her love of nature and animals. She paints...

Special Reports: Great Falls artist Steve Seltzer is an art auction original

 GREAT FALLS - Steve Seltzer is a Russell Art Auction original. He’s the only artist to have his work featured in all 50 shows. “I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at...