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88-year-old Montana man who was getaway driver in bank robberies sentenced to 2 years in prison

Jun. 21, 2024 19:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An 88-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to two years in a federal prison medical facility for being the getaway driver in two bank robberies in Billings last summer, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana said. The man was sentenced Thursday after...

New state program aims to put 500,000 acres of Montana prairie under conservation leases

Jun. 21, 2024 15:51 PM EDT

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has received tentative approval to enroll 10 eastern Montana properties in a newly launched state program to conserve prairie habitat. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to authorize the Prairie Habitat...

Biden administration old-growth forest proposal doesn't ban logging, but still angers industry

Jun. 20, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration is advancing its plan to restrict logging within old-growth forests that are increasingly threatened by climate change, with exceptions that include cutting trees to make forests less susceptible to wildfires, according to a U.S. government analysis...

Tale of a changing West

Jun. 20, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

Doug Rand is a lucky man. The 84-year-old Gallatin Gateway resident is a former assistant professor at Montana State University and lives in a home he designed and built himself over more than 50 years. Rand’s home, a storybook creation with twisting metalwork,...

Canal pipe breaks, threatening a northern Montana irrigation project and drinking water

Jun. 18, 2024 22:53 PM EDT

Two century-old steel pipes that help convey water from a river on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to a river that helps irrigate northern Montana cropland have failed, causing local flooding and raising concerns about the availability of drinking water for at least 14,000 residents this summer,...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Jun. 16, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

Deadlines are coming up between now and July 5 in five states where advocates are trying to gather enough voters' signatures to put abortion-related questions on ballots in November's elections. Measures that would enshrine the right to abortion in state constitutions are already on...

Much of US braces for extreme weather, from southern heat wave to possible snow in the Rockies

Jun. 15, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

After days of intense flooding in Florida, that state and many others are bracing for an intense heat wave, while the Pacific Northwest will experience unseasonably cold weather and there is a potential for late-season snow in the Rocky Mountains early next week. The chaotic weather...

Many Senate Republicans were done with Trump after Jan. 6. Now they want him back in the White House

Jun. 15, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Donald Trump had few friends left in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared in a speech that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the violent Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by spreading “wild...

Move over grizzlies and wolves: Yellowstone visitors hope to catch a glimpse of rare white buffalo

Jun. 14, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Standing at the edge of a bluff overlooking the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park, TJ Ammond stared through binoculars at hundreds of buffalo dotting the verdant valley below. Tan-colored calves frolicked near their mothers while...

New initiative tests nonpartisan observation in Missoula primary

Jun. 14, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

ARLEE, Mont. (AP) — More than a dozen trained volunteers fanned out across 19 of Missoula County’s 22 polling stations on June 4, fixing their eyes not on the results of inter-party primary battles but on the election process itself. Their presence constituted the trial run of the Montana...