Latest Montana News

Glacier National Park clarifies ticket entry system

Apr. 15, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Park officials in Montana have clarified an upcoming ticketed entry system for Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Officials first proposed that visitors validate their seven-day tickets on the first day in an effort to manage congestion and avoid...

Montana high court cancels condition on stolen valor case

Apr. 14, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former judge improperly punished two men who lied about their military service in court, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Former Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski had forced Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson in...

2 sentenced for child endangerment after girl's body found

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two women have been sentenced to 18 months in Crow Tribal jail after being convicted of child endangerment and custodial interference in the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. ...

Judge strikes down initial approval for stalled Montana mine

Apr. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down the government’s approval of the first phase of a long-stalled copper and silver mine that would be constructed beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness. The decision against the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden on Wednesday...

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...

Montana bills would limit governor's powers in emergencies

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A slate of bills limiting the governor’s powers during states of emergency are nearing passage in Montana. The GOP-controlled state House voted Wednesday in favor of three bills brought in response to what some Republicans say was an overstepping...

Montana Highway Patrol headquarters to move under agreement

Apr. 14, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The governor of Montana has signed an executive order this week, taking a step toward moving the Montana Highway Patrol headquarters from Helena to Boulder. Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said the Department of Justice will now be responsible for...

Montana hires Oregon State assistant to coach women's hoops

Apr. 14, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Oregon State assistant Brian Holsinger has been hired as the next women’s basketball coach at Montana, athletic director Kent Haslam said. Holsinger has spent 13 years as an assistant in the Pac-12 and has more than two decades of college...

Man who pleaded guilty in Crow killing dies in custody

Apr. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in front of her child on the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana has died in custody, authorities said Tuesday. Taylor Leigh Plainbull, 28, died in custody in Big Horn County, Wyoming,...