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Lake County officers investigating possible homicide-suicide

Jan. 19, 2022 17:29 PM EST

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in northwestern Montana are investigating an apparent homicide-suicide near the town of Big Arm, Lake County Sheriff Donald R. Bell said Wednesday. Officers responding to a 911 call just before 4:30 a.m. found a woman who had been shot...

Brothers shot and killed in Three Forks, suspect charged

Jan. 16, 2022 16:09 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Gallatin County officials continue to investigate after two brothers were shot to death in the small town of Three Forks, northwest of Bozeman, over the weekend. Sheriff Dan Springer identified the victims of the early Saturday shooting as Chase Estabrook, 32,...

Black ice, crashes block eastbound Interstate 90 in Montana

Jan. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Treacherous driving conditions due to freezing rain in western Montana caused crashes that blocked lanes on Interstate 90 both east and west of Missoula and led Missoula Public Schools to cancel classes because buses were unable to run safely. The eastbound...

BNSF Railway taking over Montana Rail Link route

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — BNSF Railway has announced plans to resume operation of its mainline rail corridor through southern Montana, ending a lease with Montana Rail Link. Under the lease that began in 1987, MRL operated the tracks owned by BNSF Railway between Huntley, Montana, and...

Avalanche blocks I-90 on Montana side of Lookout Pass

Jan. 07, 2022 18:43 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Three small snowslides on Friday, and concerns there might be more, led the Montana Department of Transportation to close the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Lookout Pass overnight, while avalanche warnings were in place in western Montana and for the Cooke City area...

Missoula man says owl led him through blizzard to campsite

Jan. 02, 2022 08:11 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Mike Stevenson dropped to his knees in the dark. He searched beneath the deepening, drifting snow for the trough of snowshoe tracks marking his passage from camp earlier that day. He detected nary a trace. The storm blocked every glint of...

Bannan lifts Montana past Weber St. 74-72

Jan. 02, 2022 00:41 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Josh Bannan had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lift Montana to a 74-72 win over Weber State on Saturday night, the Grizzlies' ninth straight home victory. Robby Beasley III had 19 points for Montana (10-5, 3-1 Big Sky Conference). Cameron Parker added 12 points...

Ëfforts to clear marijuana convictions have mixed results

Jan. 01, 2022 08:23 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When voters approved recreational cannabis in the fall of 2020, they also created a path for people previously convicted of now-legal actions to have their records cleared. While some say the process has worked well and quickly, the pace of requests hasn’t...

Bannan, Anderson lift Montana over Idaho St. 78-54

Dec. 30, 2021 23:51 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Josh Bannan had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Montana players in double figures as the Grizzlies stretched their home winning streak to eight games, easily beating Idaho State 78-54 on Thursday night. Mack Anderson added 12 points for the Grizzlies...

Montana producers prepare for recreational marijuana Jan. 1

Dec. 27, 2021 19:03 PM EST

FOUR CORNERS, Mont. (AP) — Anticipation for Jan. 1 hangs in the air of a parking lot here where four cannabis dispensaries sit shoulder-to-shoulder. Next month could mean a budding business plan blossoming into its full potential, or it could bring possible failure in an industry...