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Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US

Sep. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have...

Correction: Bode Miller's Tragic Year story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Sept. 1 about Bode Miller moving to Montana, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Miller is a brand ambassador for Big Sky Resort. He is representing Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and Moonlight Basin, neighboring communities in Big Sky. A corrected version of the...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she...

Oregon wraps nonconference slate with 35-3 win over Montana

Sep. 15, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Herbert isn't satisfied yet but he's confident that the Ducks are on the right path. The senior quarterback threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns in No. 15 Oregon's 35-3 victory Saturday night over Montana, the Ducks' final tuneup before opening Pac-12 play at Stanford next...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked. Then mine...

Jones, Montana State run past Western Illinois 23-14

Sep. 14, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Logan Jones ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Montana State defeated Western Illinois 23-14 on Saturday. Jones, a senior who more than doubled his career rushing total of 152 yards, started in place of injured Isaiah Ifanse. Jones opened the scoring with a 14-yard run in the...

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

Sep. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive...

No. 15 Oregon hosts Montana to wrap up nonconference play

Sep. 13, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The No. 15 Ducks may have that high-profile loss in the opener to Auburn but the good news is that they haven't dropped a Pac-12 game — unlike a pair of their northern rivals. Oregon wraps up its nonconference slate Saturday against Montana, the last tuneup before visiting...

Sage grouse numbers stumble in Montana, across US West

Sep. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in 2015. State wildlife officials estimate there were about...

Oregon gets Pac-12 After Dark matchup with Montana

Sep. 12, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

Montana (2-0) at No. 15 Oregon (1-1), Saturday at 10:55 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Network). Line: No Line. Series: Ducks lead 7-0-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Oregon seeks to continue its upward trajectory after a season-opening loss to Auburn. The Ducks are coming off a 77-6 rout of Nevada last weekend. With both Washington and...