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Melissa Buescher gives a kiss to her chow Leo after being reunited with him on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Mont. Buescher flew from Minneapolis to reunite with her dog after he got lost during an early October hike near Mystic Lake in the Beartooth Mountains. (Ryan Berry/The Billings Gazette via AP)

Minneapolis woman reunited with dog that was lost in Montana

Nov. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Melissa Buescher, a 35-year-old from Minneapolis, missed a phone call from Billings on Nov. 17 following one of her late-night shifts at the intensive care unit of a children’s hospital. After listening to the voicemail, she learned she’d be reunited with Leo, her...

FBI, BIA searching for 8-year-old girl last seen in 2019

Nov. 25, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Missing and Endangered Person Advisory was issued Wednesday for an 8-year-old girl who was last seen on the Crow Indian Reservation in March 2019, the Montana Department of Justice said. The search for Mildred Alexis Old Crow began on Nov. 19 when her non-custodial family members...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton report most ever October visitors

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park reported their highest number of visitors for October. Yellowstone hosted more than 360,000 paying guests, up 110% from the same month in 2019, The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday. Its previous October record for tourists was...

Virus playing part in booming ranch sales in US West

Nov. 22, 2020 5:59 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus is one of the likely factors fueling a boom in large ranch sales in the U.S. West, real estate industry professionals said. Real estate brokers are experiencing high demand for ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Washington, The Billings Gazette reports....

Montana's economic recovery slows in October

Nov. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The growth of Montana's economy slowed in October after signs of recovery in months prior. Federal job figures released Friday showed that the growth in non-farm payroll employment was 1,200 jobs, the lowest month of recovery since May, the Billings Gazette reported. There were...

FILE - In this July 30, 2014, photo is Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. U.S. officials on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, released details on proposed land conservation purchases for the coming year amid bipartisan objection to restrictions on how the government's money can be spent. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson, File)

Land conservation plan stirs fight over Trump restrictions

Nov. 20, 2020 6:34 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Proposed land conservation purchases in dozens of states would preserve more natural areas within tourist destinations, U.S. officials announced Friday, as lawmakers from both parties pushed back on Trump administration restrictions on how the money can be spent. The $125 million in...

Montana Lottery won't appeal rejection of sport betting rule

Nov. 19, 2020 3:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Lottery has decided not to appeal a judge's ruling that allows businesses without alcoholic beverage licenses to offer sports betting, lottery spokesperson Jennifer McKee said. “Removing one section of just one part of our licensing requirements doesn’t...

FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is a vital tool for protecting more than 1,000 species of birds including hawks and other birds of prey. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 18, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

Montana Highway Patrol trooper shoots, kills man on I-90

Nov. 16, 2020 5:57 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a Wyoming man on Interstate 90 near Columbus after a pursuit in which the man was throwing flaming objects out of a car window, starting fires along the highway. Several law enforcement agencies were pursuing his vehicle Friday evening...