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In this July 2020, photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, wildland firefighters attend a socially distanced briefing at the Smokejumper Depot in Missoula, Mont., before the wildfire season begins. To protect crews from COVID-19 exposure, incident commanders are taking precautions to keep infection risk at a minimum. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)

COVID-19 leads to changes in fire camps, community briefings

Aug. 1, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Wildland firefighters already follow a lengthy list of safety and wardrobe rules: the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has just made it a little longer. New sleeping arrangements, meal deliveries and personal gear have all become part of the summer routine, according to Mike Goicoechea, a...

Heather Roan Robbins, left, and Wren Walker Robbins look for invasive plants during a walk around their property near Ronan, Mont., on July 11, 2020. The two have been attempting the walks to search for weeds since their recovery from COVID-19, but say they still find themselves out of breath on their walks four months after having the sickness. (Sara Diggins/The Missoulian via AP)

Ronan couple struggles to recover from COVID infection

Jul. 26, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — She still coughs, but now mostly at night. Heather Roan Robbins can smell things again, just not as sharply as before. “Our idea of a wild time is getting takeout and sitting by the lake,” she said. Four months later, life is still not the same for Roan Robbins and her...

Multiple fires destroy historic Glacier Park patrol cabin

Jul. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Multiple fires in Glacier National Park's North Fork region in Montana have destroyed a historic patrol cabin near Polebridge, authorities said. Firefighters from the U.S. National Park Service, Flathead County and the state have fought at least seven fires reported Thursday, park...

Montana prison warden resigns, Corrections department says

Jul. 22, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The warden of the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge submitted a letter of resignation last week, the Department of Corrections confirmed after a query by the Missoulian. Corrections spokesperson Carolynn Bright said Wednesday that Lynn Guyer submitted his resignation on July 16,...

GOP candidate for Montana auditor could face campaign fines

Jul. 21, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A primary election contest that spilled over into the campaign finance arena has led to potential fines for the Republican state auditor candidate who won and another GOP candidate. The state's Commissioner of Political Practice Jeff Mangan determined last week that the winning...

Retiring Montana state trooper awarded Medal of Valor

Jul. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana highway patrol officer retired Monday, more than a year after being shot on the job, according to a news release from the state's Department of Justice. On March 15, 2019, State Trooper Wade Palmer was shot in the neck, face and head after engaging a suspect involved in an...

Funeral home identifies 2 of 3 victims of Montana arson fire

Jul. 16, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A funeral home in western Montana has released the names of two of the three victims of a July 6 arson fire in Corvallis. David Dewey, 32, and his wife, Shandell Dewey, 26, died in the fire, Daley Leach Memorial Chapel reported. The name of the third victim, a man, has not been...

Montana man sentenced to life in prison in double homicide

Jul. 16, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a western Montana man to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother and the mother of his two children. Logan Dallas Christopher, 25, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide after...

Montana Supreme Court denies bar exam exemption request

Jul. 15, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Law school graduates will not be granted an exemption from the Montana Bar Exam amid the coronavirus pandemic, court officials said. The Montana Supreme Court denied the petition filed last week asking the court to grant graduates diploma privilege, an option that would exempt them...

Montana prep football coach resigns after post on protesters

Jul. 10, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A high school football coach in Montana resigned after suggesting in a social media post that Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City should be hanged, the Darby School District announced Friday. School officials said football coach Jeff Snavely resigned 10 days after the...