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Special Report: Eddie the Eagle comes to Whitefish

WHITEFISH - The town of Whitefish has spent a lot of time this winter cheering on Maggie Voisin in her preparation leading up to the 2018 winter games. But the town also hosted a...

Special Report: Klepps and the Pursuit of Four

BILLINGS - In more than 60 years of Billings Senior High School wrestling, there has been only one four-time state champion. Charlie Klepps came into his senior year hoping to become the second. "He’s worked so...

Special Report: For police, deadly force not an easy decision

BILLINGS - In recent years, debate has emerged about whether law enforcement across the county and at home is too quick to shoot at suspects. Since 2012, 37 officer-involved shootings have been reported in Montana,...

Curling: Sweeping through Montana and the 2018 Winter Games

BOZEMAN – Curling is a sport that dates back to the 16th century and with some modernization along the way, has become an Olympic sport that Canada has dominated for the last 20 years. A unique...

Special Report: Budget cuts impacting Montana’s non-profits

It's still not clear just how much many non-profits and service providers throughout the state will be affected by state budget cuts. But for one Missoula non-profit, they have already been drastic and they...

Special Report: Sexual assault at Montana Women’s Prison

BILLINGS - When she was sentenced to the Montana Women’s Prison for forgery and drug possession two decades ago, Chanda Kline knew she would pay for her crimes with her freedom. She did not expect...

Nontraditional Carroll nursing student juggles school and homelife

HELENA - The Carroll College campus is quiet, now that the Thanksgiving Holiday is underway, as students get a well-earned break from class. That includes nursing student Kim Johnson. Johnson is in her junior year,...

At least 81 percent of Sen. Tester’s campaign money from outside MT

This story is the second of a two-part series on the 2018 elections in Montana. HELENA - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, bracing for another tough election battle in 2018, has received at least 81 percent...

VIDEO: Face the State – Rural Education in Montana

In this special edition Face the State we’ll go to three Class C schools; Augusta, tucked alongside the Rocky Mountain Front, Hot Springs, in a remote part of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Dutton/Brady,...

Full Story: Rural Education in Montana; charm, challenges and uncertainties

HELENA – Education in rural Montana has charm, but also challenges that educators and students face every day. We traveled around western Montana this fall to sit in classrooms, visit with students and listen...

Meyers fire may be out, but work continues near Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - Hundreds of people who were living in the woods dealt with Montana's worst fire season in decades, but now that the fires are out what happens in those forests? MTN's Chet Layman went...

CSKT working to keep Salish language alive

SAINT IGNATIUS - The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe is working hard to keep its traditional Salish language alive through college classes and immersion schools that teach the ancient words. Students at one Mission Valley High School are...

After Montana wildfires, elected leaders, environmental groups spar over forest management

HELENA - Off Cabin Gulch Road, in the Big Belt Mountains east of Townsend, you can see signs of change in parts of the forest: tree stumps, brush piles and orange blazes on the...

Proposed fee hikes could hit Glacier, Yellowstone national parks

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - It could soon cost a lot more to visit your favorite national park as the National Park Service considers raising entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks including Glacier and Yellowstone. MTN's...

Picking up the pieces: Wife of slain deputy heals through giving back

HELENA - How one deals with hardship says a great deal about who they are as a person. What does it say about someone who endures a catastrophic loss and then works to give back...

Restoring an icon: Yellowstone historic map shines again

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - When you enter Yellowstone, rangers give you a map of the park. However, there is another map in Yellowstone - a map of the United States that's been a feature of...

Restoring the Mammoth Hotel: Keeping history alive

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - The iconic Mammoth Hotel was built in the 1930s - a time before modern seismic requirements. This summer, Yellowstone National Park began a restoration project at the hotel. Phase One was...

An office with a view? This Yellowstone fire watcher lives the high life

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - For many people, walking to work is a great part of their days. However, MTN recently met a man who has to walk to his job, but only once each year....

School resource officers: Building a community among students, staff and law enforcement

HELENA - The Helena Police Department has had officers working in local schools for almost 20 years. The current school resource officers are now eight weeks into the new school year. One is returning for his...

Special Report: an in-depth look at solo patrolling in Gallatin Co.

THREE FORKS- Gallatin County; 2,600 square miles, an area twice the size of Rhode Island, and just 36 Sheriff’s deputies to patrol it-- each one riding alone. It was just last May when Broadwater County...

Special Report: Stories from the Old Montana State Prison

DEER LODGE - Deer Lodge, Mont. has been home to some of the state's most dangerous criminals for the last 100 years. Many were housed in the old Montana State Prison, built in the...

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...