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$500K bond set for man charged in mother's stabbing death

Dec. 07, 2021 21:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Bond was set at $500,000 for a Billings man who was charged with stabbing his mother to death over the weekend and wanted to know why he couldn’t plead guilty at his initial court appearance Tuesday. Jonah Dean Bergman, 29, pleaded not guilty to deliberate...

Freight train hits car, kills 2 people in northeast Montana

Dec. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EST

GLASGOW, Mont. (AP) — A Valley County couple died when the car they were in was struck by a freight train at an unmarked crossing in northeastern Montana, the Montana Highway Patrol said. The crash happened just after noon on Monday west of Glasgow, Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer...

Montana seeks to end protections for Glacier-area grizzlies

Dec. 06, 2021 18:33 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift threatened species protections for grizzly bears in the northern portion of the state, including areas in and around Glacier National Park, officials said Monday. The request, if granted, would...

Montana man arrested after woman fatally stabbed

Dec. 05, 2021 13:15 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide in connection to the weekend stabbing death of a 67-year-old female relative, police said. Police responding to a complaint about a man trespassing Saturday morning at a hotel in...

Helium prospecting picking up in north-central Montana

Dec. 04, 2021 08:18 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Helium prospecting is picking up in north-central Montana with Canadian companies expanding south after years of development in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Montana oil and gas records show at least two companies drilling wells in an area spanning...

10 to life for Reno woman guilty of teen prostitution crime

Dec. 02, 2021 20:13 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 28-year-old Nevada woman faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Montana to transporting a minor to engage in prostitution. Federal prosecutors say Ashley Stella of Reno admitted she brought a 16-year-old girl from...

Montana river level rising after gate on dam repaired

Dec. 02, 2021 12:56 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Workers have repaired a failed gate that releases water from a southern Montana dam, restoring water flow to a river known for its high-quality trout fishing, said dam operator NorthWestern Energy. The gate that lets water out of Hebgen Dam just...

Fish stranded from dam malfunction on Montana river

Dec. 01, 2021 20:01 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife workers and volunteers scrambled Wednesday to save thousands of fish stranded by an abrupt drop in water levels along a Montana river that's renowned among anglers for its high-quality trout fishing. A gate that lets water out of Hebgen...

Value of livestock killed by predators to exceed funding

Nov. 26, 2021 17:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The value of livestock killed by predators such as grizzly bears and wolves is expected to exceed the budget for compensating ranchers for such losses this year, the Montana Livestock Loss Board said. George Edwards, the board's executive...

Over $4 million to be invested in reducing crime in Billings

Nov. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana, Yellowstone County and Billings are investing more than $4 million over the next three years to fight and prosecute crimes in the Billings area, the governor's office announced. The state is using $2.3 million in pandemic...