Latest Montana News

Firefighters rescue 'Cinder' the elk calf from fire's ashes

May. 25, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued an abandoned newborn elk calf found amid the ashes of the nation's largest wildfire as calving season approaches its peak in New Mexico and fires rage across the American West. Missoula, Montana-based firefighter Nate Sink said...

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery

May. 24, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration says transgender people can not change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery, in defiance of a court order that temporarily blocked the Republican state's bid to restrict transgender rights. ...

Courts stymie abortion bans in Iowa, other GOP-led states

May. 24, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a staunch anti-abortion Republican governor and large GOP legislative majorities, Iowa would seem poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. There's just one catch: a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that established the right...

Montana man killed after allegedly pointing gun at officers

May. 24, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was shot and killed by police after he allegedly assaulted a woman, led officers on a lengthy car chase through the state's most populous city and then pointed a pistol at them, authorities said Tuesday. Police responded to a hotel in Billings...

1 dead, 1 injured in Montana campground shooting

May. 23, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — A 63-year-old man has been arrested following a shooting that left one person dead and a second injured at a Montana campground. Authorities said Garry Douglas Seaman was arrested on Sunday near his Flathead County home, a day after the shooting north of Libby...

Billings hospital uses virtual reality to aid rehabilitation

May. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dr. Jose Ortiz counted the minutes he spent in the back of an ambulance transporting him from Red Lodge to Billings. Timely treatment is imperative to saving one’s life or quality of life during a stroke. And Ortiz had at least a 60 minute drive before he would be...

Montana not following transgender birth certificate ruling

May. 20, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It's been a month since a Montana judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a state law that required transgender people to undergo surgery before they could change their gender on their birth certificate, and the state still isn't in compliance with the court order, the ACLU...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Montana primary voters must be registered by noon on June 6

May. 18, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montanans who want to cast a vote in next month's primary election must be registered with their county elections office by noon on June 6, under an order by the Montana Supreme Court. The justices, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday, said changes to election laws passed...

Man killed after recycling bin he sheltered in was picked up

May. 15, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who apparently sought shelter in a cardboard recycling bin in Montana's capitol city was killed after the container was picked up by a garbage truck, the Helena Police Department said. The man's body was found in a collection of recycled cardboard by an...