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Man who sold drugs from Montana pre-release center sentenced

Aug. 3, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said distributed drugs from a Montana pre-release center has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Judge Brian Morris sentenced Anthony Joseph Beltran on Monday and ordered him to forfeit four vehicles, an RV and almost $48,000 in currency. The...

Billings shuts city hall, library after employees infected

Aug. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Billings shut down city hall and the public library for cleaning after three public employees in Montana’s largest city tested positive for the coronavirus. City hall was scheduled to re-open to the public Thursday following cleaning work and then operate two days...

Judge halts Montana logging project pending lawsuit

Aug. 3, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a western Montana logging project pending the resolution of a lawsuit over its potential environmental harm. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters halted the Bureau of Land Management project in the Elkhorn Mountains near Townsend in a ruling last week. The...

Montana firefighters wary of winds as evacuations lifted

Aug. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire that prompted evacuations in southern Montana has been brought largely under control but officials are wary that forecast heavy winds could fan the blaze. Stillwater County Disaster and Emergency Services said Monday that the human-caused fire burning in grass and timber...

Bill Childrey, 75, poses at his home near the Big Hole River by Glen, Montana on July 28, 2020. Childrey was fishing along the river last weekend when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. (Meagan Thompson/The Montana Standard via AP)

Montana man's fish story includes snake bite, hospital stay

Aug. 2, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GLEN, Mont. (AP) — When Bill Childrey woke up last Saturday morning, he saw that skies were overcast over his place on the Big Hole near Notch Bottom — perfect for summer dry-fly fishing. He was right — the fishing was great. He just didn’t know yet about the rest of his day: The...

From left, Mike Banderob, 38, Rose Banderob, 11, and Scott Banderob, 58, host a garage sale in order to raise money to pay for rent and other expenses on Friday, July 31, 2020, in Bozeman, Mont. Their landlord is planning to evict them in September, refusing to accept money from the CARES Act Housing Assistance Program or other local non-profits attempting to intercede on the Bandrob's behalf.  . (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

State says Montana rental assistance program largely unused

Aug. 1, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana set aside $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help people make their rent or mortgage payments during the economic upheaval caused by coronavirus. But through the end of July the program has paid out just over $1.2 million, about 2.4% of the available funds,...

Big Horn County reports confirmed coronavirus cases in jail

Aug. 1, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in southern Montana have reported about 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, including several inmates at the Big Horn County jail. County Public Information Officer Rhonda Johnson said all of the inmates who tested positive are asymptomatic, and were moved into...

Teen parents plead not guilty in infant's death

Aug. 1, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two teenage parents are facing homicide charges in the death of their infant. Samantha May Hance, 19, and a 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday, The Billings Gazette reported. In both cases, Judge Ashley Harada...

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...

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US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...