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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...

Wind-pushed fires force evacuations, burn homes in Montana

Dec. 01, 2021 19:18 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of people in the town of Denton were forced to flee flames pushed by strong winds in central Montana on Wednesday, while a fire south of the city of Great Falls burned 11 homes as well as sheds and other small buildings, officials said. ...

Judge blocks law that would allow more guns on campuses

Dec. 01, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses, a state judge has ruled. District Court Judge Michael McMahon on Tuesday granted the state Board of Regents'...

Montana man dies of gunshot wound in hunting accident

Dec. 01, 2021 13:24 PM EST

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man has died of a gunshot wound in an apparent hunting accident, Ravalli County officials said. The 21-year-old man from Conner was found dead near a trailhead southwest of Conner on Sunday, the final day of the state's general...

US House candidate Zinke files financial disclosure report

Nov. 30, 2021 19:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke filed a financial disclosure that reports he has received nearly $800,000 in consulting fees so far this year and collected between $25,000 and $80,000 in rent from three properties in Whitefish. ...

Woman sentenced to psychiatric hospital for killing mother

Nov. 30, 2021 13:02 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls woman who pleaded guilty to killing her mother in May 2017 has been sentenced to 40 years in the state psychiatric hospital. Pamela Jean Courtnage was sentenced Monday to the custody of the Department of...

Richardson scores 18, sparks Oregon in 87-47 rout of Montana

Nov. 30, 2021 00:40 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Will Richardson hit 4 of 6 shots from long range and scored 18 points as Oregon shot 66% from the field in an 87-47 rout of Montana on Monday night. Montana got two free throws from Robby Beasley III with 15:27 left in the first half to trail 11-10,...

Minivan driver dies after colliding head-on with school bus

Nov. 29, 2021 17:14 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A minivan collided head-on with a school bus in southeastern Montana on Monday morning, killing the driver of the minivan, the Montana Highway Patrol said. The van was westbound on U.S. Highway 2 near Whitehall and crossed the center line on a sharp...

Great Falls man gets 65 years in prison for hatchet homicide

Nov. 29, 2021 16:01 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man was sentenced Monday to 65 years in prison for killing another man with a hatchet during a March 2018 street fight. A Cascade County jury in September convicted James Michael Parker, 35, of deliberate homicide, assault with a...

Montana sees strong winds, record high temps

Nov. 28, 2021 18:14 PM EST

Strong winds, with occasional gusts of up to 100 mph (161 kph), made travel difficult along the Rocky Mountain Front in northern Montana, while record high temperatures were seen in some areas, the National Weather Service said Sunday. Southwest winds of 40 to 70 mph (64...