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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...