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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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Special Reports: Details released in Gardiner bison poaching case

 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Andrea Jones joins MTN News to discuss a recent case where three men pleaded guilty to poaching three bison near Gardiner. Reporting by Chet Layman for MTN News

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...