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Montana bison harvest challenges wounded Marine veteran

Jan. 26, 2021 5:00 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Late in life, Brian Meyer found his people. They are hunters. “My parents were not those kinds of people,” he said. Yet as a child growing up in Arizona he loved to shoot his BB gun and would fashion a bow and arrows from the string and wood of the kite his father...

Former banker gets prison for bank fraud, money laundering

Jan. 24, 2021 6:21 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former banker from Billings has been sentenced to a year in prison for approving bank loans to a man without disclosing his own private loans to the same man. Stephen Phillip Casher, 47, was sentenced Friday after earlier pleading guilty to bank fraud and money laundering, The...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

Jan. 21, 2021 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. The suspension, part of a broad review of...

Montana man dead after vehicle falls through lake ice

Jan. 18, 2021 5:38 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is dead after falling through the ice on a lake. Four ice fishermen were crossing Fort Peck Lake in two small off-road vehicles Saturday night when one vehicle fell through and sank, according to Petroleum County Sheriff Bill Cassell. One man in the vehicle escaped and...

Family of man who died by suicide in jail awarded $156K

Jan. 15, 2021 3:40 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The family of a Montana man who died by suicide in jail on his third try in 2015 has received a $156,000 settlement from Yellowstone County. Michael Ostby had submitted six requests for mental health care during the nearly two-month period that he was jailed and saw a counselor once...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups 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)

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

Jan. 14, 2021 5:54 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to...

Montana man accused of killing mom held on $1 million bail

Jan. 13, 2021 8:35 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man accused of killing his mother with a kitchen knife pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide Wednesday and had his bail set at $1 million. Beau Daniel Papin, 20, is accused of killing his mother at her apartment in Billings on Monday. A police statement had said they...

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Trump administration has completed a review of plans to ease protections for a struggling bird species in seven western states, but there's little time to put the relaxed rules for industry into action before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The ground-dwelling, chicken-sized greater sage grouse has been at the center of a long-running dispute over how much of the region's expansive public lands should be developed. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Sage grouse review done, but scant time for Trump's changes

Jan. 12, 2021 7:01 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has completed a review of plans to ease protections for a struggling bird species in seven states in the U.S. West, but there's little time to put the relaxed rules for industry into action before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The ground-dwelling,...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, the San Francisco skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible due to smoke from wildfires burning across California. Researchers say smoke from wildfires accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Jan. 11, 2021 7:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources...

Montana avalanche sweeps 3 skiers down mountain, injuring 2

Jan. 11, 2021 6:02 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An avalanche swept three skiers down a Montana mountain, seriously injuring one who was evacuated by helicopter. Authorities said the avalanche Friday on Republic Mountain south of Cooke City left a second skier temporarily unconscious and not breathing, The Billings Gazette reports....