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Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife. Chief...

Suspects in Billings homicide die near West Yellowstone

Apr. 16, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two people being sought for questioning in a homicide in Billings died of gunshot wounds while being pursued by law enforcement officers near West Yellowstone, officials in Billings and Gallatin County said. Roxann Renee Watson was found in her...

Member of Montana Freemen from 1996 standoff dies in prison

Apr. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A member of the anti-government Montana Freemen who took part in the extremist group's 81-day armed standoff with FBI agents 25 years ago has died in prison. Russell Dean Landers, 69, died April 10 while in custody at the Federal Correctional...

Montana lawmakers oppose more death penalty drug options

Apr. 16, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Montana Senate to kill a bill that would have given the state more latitude in selecting drugs to carry out lethal injections, as companies restrict access to drugs used in executions. “I was blown...

Montana man severely injured by bear near West Yellowstone

Apr. 16, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A bear mauled a Montana man causing him severe injuries near a campground just west of Yellowstone National Park. The violent encounter happened Thursday afternoon in an area of timber near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin...

Montana lawmakers delay in-person meetings after virus case

Apr. 15, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will postpone floor sessions and not meet in person after a “member of the government affairs community” tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday evening press release. The individual who tested positive was...

Governor signs bills defending campus free speech in Montana

Apr. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed Thursday two bills that supporters say aim to protect freedom of expression and association on public university campuses in the state. The new law prohibits universities from denying resources to religious,...

Former Malmstrom airman pleads guilty to negligent homicide

Apr. 15, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former airman at Malmstrom Air Force Base has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the accidental shooting death of a fellow airman in February 2020, Cascade County prosecutors said. Christopher Domonic Contardo, 26, pleaded guilty...

Glacier National Park clarifies ticket entry system

Apr. 15, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Park officials in Montana have clarified an upcoming ticketed entry system for Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Officials first proposed that visitors validate their seven-day tickets on the first day in an effort to manage congestion and avoid...

Montana high court cancels condition on stolen valor case

Apr. 14, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former judge improperly punished two men who lied about their military service in court, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Former Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski had forced Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson in...