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National Guard to screen Montana visitors starting Friday

Apr. 2, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

The National Guard will start screening people who arrive in Montana by airplane or train beginning Friday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, while nearly 20,000 residents filed new unemployment claims last week. The 73 Guardsmen will be deployed to 17 locations in 11 cities, said Maj. Gen. Matthew...

Authorities discover starving cow herd in central Montana

Apr. 1, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man is facing animal cruelty charges in central Montana after 230 cows were found starving in the middle of calving season, including 65 that were found dead. Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter and his staff learned of the starving black Angus herd after people who drove by...

FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 file photo Blackfeet Nation chairman Willie Sharp talks during his State of the Tribal Nations Address at the Montana capitol in Helena, Mont. Sharp was sentenced Monday, March 30, 2020, to 10 months in prison for a scheme that stole money from a tribal early education program. (Eliza Wiley/Independent Record via AP)

Ex-Blackfeet chairman gets 10 months prison in fraud case

Mar. 30, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who defrauded a tribal Head Start early education program through an overtime pay scheme was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and his plea to be spared prison time because of the coronavirus was denied. Willie Sharp's attorney had argued the...

Great Falls family adopts boy in Star Wars themed hearing

Mar. 29, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

Great Falls Tribune (AP) — A pair of Darth Vaders strode up the aisle of the Cascade County District Courthouse in Great Falls Friday to the opening drumbeats of the Imperial March. Where the prosecuting attorneys normally sit, twin lightsabers stood on the desk, ready for battle. On a television screen...

For Native American athletes, basketball is more than a game

Mar. 14, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — In his first game of the season, Rocky Boy High School basketball player Ben "Benji" Crebs was unstoppable. The 5-foot-11-inch sophomore shot the ball nearly every chance he got against Box Elder High School, a rival team sharing the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. Located in the...

Western art museum in Montana postpones exhibition, auction

Mar. 9, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Western art museum in Montana has postponed its annual exhibition and fundraising auction due to coronavirus concerns while other events during Western Art Week in Great Falls will take place. C.M. Russell Museum executive director Tim Figarelle said Monday the event brings art...

Body found in Missouri River was man missing since October

Mar. 6, 2020 11:42 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Cascade County have released the name of a man whose body was found in the Missouri River near Great Falls last weekend. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Thursday the body of Victor Struss, 64, was found on Sunday morning. He had been reported missing in October. Foul...

Authorities try to identify body found in Missouri River

Mar. 2, 2020 6:11 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are working to identify a body that was found in the Missouri River near Great Falls. The body of an unidentified male was found near Rainbow Dam on Sunday, Cascade County sheriff's officials said in a statement on Monday. The body will be taken to the State Crime...

Montana man gets 110 years for killing disabled veteran

Feb. 28, 2020 6:15 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who was convicted of killing a disabled veteran in February 2016, burying his body in the dirt floor of a barn and stealing his disability benefits was sentenced on Friday to 110 years in prison. Brandon Craft, 25, of Great Falls, will not be eligible for parole...

Election clerks say absentee ballot rule suppresses votes

Feb. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Election administrators from three Montana counties told lawmakers Thursday that a voter-passed referendum that limits who can drop off a person's absentee ballot is frustrating electors, suppressing votes and it easily bypassed. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act requires election...