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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the Beartooth Mountains glow in the morning light just after dawn southeast of Billings, Mont.   Democrats have sought to make public land protections a central issue in Montana and Colorado U.S. Senate races despite a GOP legislative win on the issue.(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Dems keep focus on public lands despite GOP legislative win

Oct. 31, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats seeking to pick up U.S. Senate seats in Montana and Colorado are falling back on a party playbook now familiar for the U.S. West: Paint their opponents as a threat to the public lands the two sprawling Rocky Mountain states are known for. The Republican incumbents appeared...

A timber harvest operation is seen southeast of Martin City, Mont. near the Hungry Horse Reservoir on Oct. 17, 2019. Prices for logs used in timber are reaching record levels amid the pandemic. (Hunter D'Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)

High demand, high prices for forest products amid pandemic

Oct. 31, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — As the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect every industry differently, sawlog prices in Montana are reaching record levels, said F.H. Stoltze Land and Resource Manager Paul McKenzie. “The product demand has increased dramatically in general...

Montana reports daily record of 1,063 new COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana reported a daily record of 1,063 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 more deaths on Friday as it kept pace with the national surge of infections. Since the pandemic began, the state has confirmed nearly 32,000 cases of the respiratory virus and at least 364 deaths. Nearly 360 people...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

Puget Sound Energy's Colstrip coal plant sale falls through

Oct. 29, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A deal to sell Puget Sound Energy’s stake in one of the four generating units in Montana’s Colstrip coal plan has fallen through. In announcing the deal in December, PSE said the sale of generating capacity in Colstrip Unit 4 to NorthWestern Energy and Talen Montana would help...

FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Oct. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just...

Death of Montana man found in state park ruled accidental

Oct. 29, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Police said Thursday a 20-year-old man died of hypothermia after he went missing last weekend in Sluice Boxes State Park in central Montana. The death of Brendan Rollins was accidental, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter told the Great Falls Tribune after an autopsy was done....

Butte resident Gilbert Herrera, right, tells the story of his battle with COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, during a press call hosted by Gov. Steve Bullock at the state Capitol in Helena, Mont.. Also pictured is Herrera's wife, Gina Sandon, who was also hospitalized for Covid-19.(Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Former anti-masker urges caution after contracting COVID-19

Oct. 29, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana resident who called the COVID-19 pandemic a “sham-demic” and mocked mask wearers said he is now taking the pandemic seriously after contracting the virus. Gilbert Herrera of Butte and his partner Gina Sandon spoke about their experience fighting the respiratory...

Montana U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte speaks after touring a high tech manufacturing facility in Bozeman, Mont., Sept. 2, 2020. Gianforte, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, both pledge to rely on the advice of public health professionals, but their approach to the virus has differed at every turn of the campaign. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Montana's virus response could be decided at the polls

Oct. 29, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The open race to become Montana's next governor will not only settle a bitter and tightly contested race, it will determine which course the sprawling state takes after the election to combat the coronavirus that has run rampant in recent weeks. Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat...