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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,...

The Legacy of Yellowstone National Park continues to inspire millions

(YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK) Spanning 2.1 million acres of natural beauty, Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. “It’s just absolutely gorgeous here, it’s a privilege to be here,” says Betsy Desroche as...

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...

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...

How Beer is Made Part 1

https://youtu.be/6FF66BfExdo (MTN News-HELENA) Beer is as old as mankind itself and part of the reason the drink has stood the test of time is because of the simple ingredients. The process of making beer is really...

Special Report: Montana Hantavirus survivor shares her story

CLANCY - Debbie Zipperian went about her day like any other day on a sunny morning in the spring of 2011 on her ranch near Clancy. She grabbed her cat's food dishes out of the...

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...

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: 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...

Behind The Badge – Women Who Serve

(HELENA) The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office is looking for more full-time female deputies. "There are no pre-requisites to become a Peace Officer or Detention Officer. What we do require though is that you are...

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,...

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....

Special Report: How Beer is Made Part 2

https://youtu.be/Gf_z2OmjFkU (MTN News-HELENA) Crafts beers are becoming more and more popular across the country and Montana is no different with Helena alone boasting three breweries. To the beginner looking to enter the world of IPA's and...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

Inside the Montana State Capitol (Part 1)

HELENA -Montana's State Capitol in Helena is 115 years old. Over the course of more than a century some things have changed.  But as it stands now, it is...

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...

“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...

Explore Glacier National Park & celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary

(GLACIER NATIONAL PARK) Hearing the powerful sound of rushing water melting from glaciers on mountains could soon be a thing of the past. “It very well could be that you come to Glacier National Park...

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: Checking in on mountain goat population

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Andrea Jones joins MTN to talk about the recent mountain goat study the agency conducted to check up on the animals. Reporting by Chet Layman for MTN News

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...