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A trip down one of Montana's great rivers -- the Mighty Mo'

Jun. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

COAL BANKS LANDING, Mont. (AP) — “Ju-dith Lan-ding,” followed by a rhythmic five-beat clap, rung through miles of cliffs as 14 people set out from Coal Banks Landing on Memorial Day weekend. The phrase, a popular one among this group of friends and fellow travelers,...

More help sought for Montana fires ahead of weather shift

Jun. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s firefighting aircraft returned to duty Friday as officials sought even more personnel and aircraft ahead of a shift in the weather that could stir up a large blaze on the Wyoming border. A red flag warning — indicating critical fire...

More visitors arriving at Glacier when tickets not required

Jun. 18, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park says it's seeing more visitors showing up early in the morning and evening when the park's new ticketed entry system is not in effect. Glacier administrators say people who arrive at the park's West entrance after 5 p.m....

Montana fire aircraft temporarily sidelined after crash

Jun. 17, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighting agency temporarily grounded its aircraft for a safety review after a helicopter crash landed and burned in heavy winds. The sidelining of the state Department of Natural Resources Conservation's remaining fleet of six...

Montana wildlife officials consider rules to protect trout

Jun. 17, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Montana are seeking feedback on a proposal to expand fishing restrictions to protect declining brown trout populations. Biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Geological Survey have tracked declining...

Montana considers wolf hunting rules amid population decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission governing wolf hunting in Montana is considering new wolf management rules that would make it easier to hunt wolves in the state after the Legislature passed several laws earlier this year to encourage additional wolf hunting. The...

Fires stoked by heat, wind force evacuations in Montana

Jun. 16, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in Montana have exploded in size, triggering evacuations and destroying an unknown number of homes as furious winds stoked the blazes and caused a firefighting helicopter to crash-land, officials said Wednesday. The sudden ramping up of...

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. Phoenix, which is seeing...

Gianforte donates salary to facility treating drug addiction

Jun. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he will contribute his salary from the first quarter of 2021 to a Hardin facility treating substance abuse in southeast Montana. Gianforte, a multimillionaire, said last year he would donate his...

Montana woman pleads guilty to man's strangulation death

Jun. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her older boyfriend and said she strangled him with a rope after a heated argument. Sandy Rose Moore faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to mitigated deliberate homicide in the...