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The Canyon Creek Memory Care Community is seen in Billings, Mont. on Friday, July 10, 2020. The facility that cares for people with dementia and other cognitive issues has seen at least seven deaths since a coronavirus outbreak sickened almost all its residents and many staff members. The Montana memory care facility that didn't carry out no-cost COVID-19 testing on its residents is reeling from an outbreak that has sickened more than 50 residents and 36 staff. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Care home refused free tests. Now, nearly everyone has virus

Jul. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — It was meant to be a last line of defense to protect the most vulnerable as the coronavirus spread across the United States: Montana officials offered free testing in May for staff and residents at assisted living and long-term care facilities. But not all of them followed through,...

Yellowstone visits down 32% in June, but climbing

Jul. 13, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Visitation to Yellowstone National Park was down 32% in June compared to the same month last year amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, the last 10 days of the month saw visitation rates that ranged between 90-116% of 2019 numbers, the Billings Gazette reported...

Montana oil executive given 18-month sentence for explosion

Jul. 13, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The president of an oil processing company whose Eastern Montana plant exploded in 2012 was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Peter Margiotta was also sentenced to three years of supervised release for his part in the explosion that injured two workers and started a fired...

Montana sees 3 new virus deaths as confirmed cases rise

Jul. 13, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported three additional deaths related to the coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the state's total number to 32. It comes as the state confirmed 252 new COVID-19 cases from Saturday through Monday, marking one of the state’s highest three-day...

Montana reports 2 new virus deaths in assisted care facility

Jul. 10, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials confirmed the deaths of three Montana residents on Friday as a result of the coronavirus, including two residents of a memory care facility in Billings, bringing the number of deaths associated with the facility to five. The new deaths were announced Friday, as the...

Montana records 3 additional deaths as virus cases soar

Jul. 9, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three people have died following a coronavirus outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings, Yellowstone County health officials said Thursday, as the state reported a single-day record of 96 confirmed cases of the virus. A woman in her 70s died Monday, a woman in her 80s died...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, ordered the pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Wyoming and U.S. officials are urging an appeals court to reverse much of a judge's ruling that blocked state-sponsored hunting of the animals. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Appeals court: Judge was right to revive grizzly protections

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that a federal judge was right to restore protections for about 700 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, after federal officials sought to turn over management of the animals to states that would have allowed them to be...

Local restrictions in place as COVID-19 cases increase

Jul. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Local governments and agencies are placing restrictions on gatherings and are urging residents to wear masks as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Montana continues to increase. Another eight people associated with Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings have tested positive for...

Judge blocks Montana from enforcing absentee ballot law

Jul. 7, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge issued a ruling Tuesday that blocks the state from enforcing a voter-approved law that restricts the collection of absentee ballots during elections. Tuesday's ruling from District Judge Jessica Fehr came after the Billings-based judge temporarily halted the Ballot...