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Montana earns 1,000th home court win, holds off Idaho 67-63

Jan. 18, 2020 11:15 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jared Samuelson scored 23 points and Kyle Owens and Kendal Manuel each added two clutch free throws in the final seconds as Montana won its 1,000th game on its home court, holding off Idaho for a 67-63 Big Sky Conference victory on Saturday night. Fittingly, it was the 200th meeting...

Davison scores 26, Eastern Washington tops Montana St 71-58

Jan. 18, 2020 8:43 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Jacob Davison scored 26 points, Mason Peatling had a double-double and Eastern Washington defeated Montana State 71-58 on Saturday. The Eagles made 8 of 14 shots, taking a 59-46 lead on Tanner Groves' jumper with 5:11 left. From that point on they didn't attempt another field goal...

Man rescued, cited after rappelling into Yellowstone canyon

Jan. 18, 2020 4:14 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 55-year-old Indiana man had to be rescued in Yellowstone National Park after he rappelled down a deep canyon, then was unable to climb back out after he left his rope to retrieve a backpack he dropped, park officials said. Dave Christensen of Winamac was uninjured in the Jan. 6...

Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

Jan. 18, 2020 2:12 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man told authorities that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws as a memento after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him, according to court records. Bryan Berg, 35, appeared in court on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

Four bodies recovered from small-plane crash in Montana ID'd

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that four men from Billings died in a small-plane crash over the weekend in southern Montana. The coroner identified the pilot as David Healow, 69, and his passengers as Rusty Jungels, 36, Mikel Peterson, 35 and Raymond Rumbold, 32, Yellowstone County Sheriff...

Manuel's 27 points lead Montana past Portland State, 85-70

Jan. 13, 2020 11:46 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Kendal Manuel scored 27 points and Montana pulled away from Portland State in the second half to take an 85-70 victory on Monday night. The Grizzlies shot 32 of 53 from the floor (60.4%) and knocked down 9 of 20 from long range while outscoring the Vikings 39-28 in the second half....

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, then U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center, is surrounded by residents, business people and family members as he signs a 20-year mining moratorium on lands in Paradise Valley at Sage Resort in Pray, Mont. Zinke has closed his congressional campaign account and given nearly all of the fundraising cash that was left to a charitable foundation he started and his wife now runs.  (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP, File)

Zinke gives $11K in campaign cash to foundation he started

Jan. 13, 2020 8:01 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closed his congressional campaign account and given nearly all of the fundraising cash that was left to a charitable foundation he started and his wife now runs. Federal Election Commission reports show that Zinke, a former Republican U.S....

'No signs of life' in crash of small airplane in Montana

Jan. 12, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small airplane crashed near Billings, and there were “no signs of life” in the wreckage, Yellowstone County officials said Sunday. The Cessna 182 crashed around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The wreckage was found Sunday morning...

Woods' game winner sends Portland St. past Montana St.

Jan. 11, 2020 10:35 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Holland Woods' scored a career-high 30 points and his layup with two seconds left sent Portland State past Montana State 77-76 on Saturday. Harald Frey put the Bobcats ahead with 12 seconds remaining. Portland State (8-9, 2-3 Big Sky) called timeout to set a play leading to Woods'...