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Friday's Scores

Sep. 18, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Bigfork 20, Jefferson (Boulder) 19 Billings Central 37, Havre 7 Billings West 42, Great Falls 0 Bozeman 31, Belgrade 0 Browning 40, East Helena 22 Butte...

With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea

Sep. 17, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in both Missoula and Bozeman are begging Montana residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated as hospitals face increasing strain and the state remains without any statewide health mandates. Officials in Bozeman and Missoula...

EXPLAINER: What are 'Crisis Standards of Care?'

Sep. 17, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As the spread of the delta variant continues unabated in much of the U.S., public health leaders have approved health care rationing in Idaho and parts of Alaska and Montana. At least five more states — Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and...

Interior Secretary signs Montana tribes water rights compact

Sep. 17, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights compact on Friday, settling a decades-long battle over thousands of individual water rights in Montana and on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The deal also created a $1.9...

Officials identify fitness center manager killed by gunman

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Flathead County have released the name of the Kalispell Fuel Fitness manager who was shot and killed during a confrontation with a man who had been living in his car in the facility's parking lot. Matthew David Hurley, 27, of...

Woman suffers thermal burns in Yellowstone National Park

Sep. 17, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old Rhode Island woman suffered “significant thermal burns” in Yellowstone National Park and is being treated at the Burn Center at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, park officials said. The...

Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

Sep. 16, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of...

Witness: Parking lot eviction leads to fatal shooting

Sep. 16, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A man who had been living in a car in the parking lot of a fitness center in Kalispell for several weeks shot and killed the center's manager after being told he could no longer stay there, the assistant manager said Thursday. Matt Underhill told...

Helena hospital critical care at capacity amid virus surge

Sep. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hospital in Helena was forced to implement crisis standards of care amid amid a surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital officials said Thursday. Critical care resources are at maximum capacity at St. Peter's Health hospital. Crisis standards of care...