Alarming spike in fentanyl-related deaths in Montana

U.S. 06/29/21, 03:54

Montana state health officials are reporting a troubling increase in fentanyl-related mortality in 2020, with no signs of a decline in 2021. Since October, federal agents have recovered more fentanyl along the US-Mexico border in Arizona and California than they did for the whole fiscal year 2020. Fentanyl was involved in roughly ...

Montana governor bans registering to vote on Election Day

U.S. 04/22/21, 02:56

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed two voting bills into law on Monday, April 19, in advance of the 2022 race. One new bill will "prohibit registering to vote on Election Day—a practice more than 60,000 voters in the state have done between 2006 and 2018 alone—and ending a previous rule ...

Unborn life matters: Montana House passes bill against abortions

U.S. 03/22/21, 07:34

Montana House lawmakers on Thursday, March 18, proposed a pro-life amendment to the constitution that would recognize unborn babies as legal humans with fundamental civil rights. According to Montana Public Radio, House Bill 337, introduced by state Rep. Caleb Hinkle (R-Belgrade), is one of the other multiple anti-abortion bills passing through ...

Nearly 100 Montana lawmakers ask Biden to revive Keystone XL project

U.S. 03/12/21, 05:08

A coalition of more than 90 Montana lawmakers signed a letter to President Joe Biden stating why he should reconsider the decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project and how it proved to be a catastrophic choice for the state and its citizens and should be reversed. The letter signed ...

US astronaut sets record for longest spaceflight by a woman

U.S. 12/28/19, 07:16

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the ...

Snowstorm hits northern Rocky Mountains; Montana gets brunt

U.S. 09/29/19, 16:11

Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages. Winter storm warnings were posted for parts of western Montana, northern Idaho and northeast Washington. Snow also ...

Dems announce debate candidates: de Blasio in, Bullock out

2022 Campaign 06/13/19, 17:13

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that 20 candidates have qualified for the party's first presidential debates later this month. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates who failed to meet the polling or grassroots fundraising measures required to get a debate ...

Pence in Montana, addresses methamphetamine crisis

U.S. 06/13/19, 10:32

Vice President Mike Pence pushed the combination of tough law enforcement and treatment for addicts to combat Montana's methamphetamine crisis, during a Wednesday, June 12, visit to the state that was also aimed at raising campaign cash for fellow Republican Sen. Steve Daines. The vice president heard harrowing stories of violence ...

US Supreme Court will hear Montana arsenic cleanup case

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of two Montana communities can continue their decade-long effort to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a more thorough cleanup of arsenic left on properties after a century of copper smelting.The Montana Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 for the ...

Another plant sought to treat toxic water from former mine

Enviroment 05/29/19, 12:31

Atlantic Richfield wants to build a second treatment plant to lower the level of acidic, metal-laden water that has collected in a former mining pit in Butte that was closed more than 35 years ago, The Montana Standard reported Wednesday.Atlantic Richfield's parent company, BP, hopes to eliminate possible risk in ...

Update: World War II soldier buried in Montana

U.S. 05/25/19, 18:05

The Latest on funeral services for a WWII solider from Montana whose remains were identified last year. (all times local):5 p.m.A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were ...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

Home solar advocates push against proposed charge in Montana

Enviroment 05/23/19, 15:13

Renewable energy activists urged Montana regulators on Thursday to reject a utility's request to add a charge for homeowners who generate surplus electricity from their own solar panels.Over the past two decades, about 2,300 NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana installed their own solar panels. When those panels generate more electricity ...

Wife thanks doctors as trooper goes home after shooting

U.S. 05/22/19, 16:40

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot three times was released Wednesday from a Utah hospital after his wife gave emotional thanks to the medical team and supporters. Trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was wounded in the neck, face and head on March 15 while ...

Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race

Politics 05/14/19, 08:11

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced ...

Montana governor OKs bills investing $400M in infrastructure

U.S. 05/10/19, 14:19

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills Friday that allow for spending nearly $400 million on buildings, bridges and water systems across the state — an effort aimed at creating jobs, boosting the state's economy and clearing up a backlog of needed work.The bills include money to repair ...

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