Latest Montana News

Park superintendent shuffle shouldn't slow bison quarantine

Jun. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be...

Missoula police: Woman dead in street apparently hit by car

Jun. 17, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old woman was killed when she was apparently hit by a vehicle in western Montana. Police Sgt. Jerry Odlin says officers called to Missoula's Westside neighborhood early Sunday morning found the woman dead. Her name has not been released. The Montana Highway...

Montana river searched after person seen falling from bridge

Jun. 17, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

REED POINT, Mont. (AP) — Searchers are combing the Yellowstone River in southern Montana after someone was seen falling from a bridge. Stillwater County Search and Rescue says the person, identified only as a male, reportedly fell outside of Reed Point early Saturday morning. The search has been hampered...

Light injuries for man despite high Montana cliff fall

Jun. 16, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rescuers say they're surprised a man who fell down a cliff in Montana suffered relatively minor injuries. Billings firefighters rescued 22-year-old Kaden Ashton Loughnane from an area called the Rims on Friday. They found him 60 feet below the edge of the cliffs. Loughnane tells the...

First grizzly in recent memory seen at Montana refuge

Jun. 16, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The first grizzly bear in recent memory has been spotted at a Montana wildlife refuge. Grizzlies aren't uncommon in much of Montana but this one is the first spotted at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge since the refuge was created in 1929. The refuge north of Great Falls...

State health officials haven't taken action on judge's order

Jun. 15, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials are undecided on what to do two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates. Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Chuck Council said Friday that health department leaders are still analyzing District...

Fort Peck Tribes still looking for 6 who escaped jail

Jun. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — The Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes are offering reward money for information aiding in the apprehension of six inmates who escaped from the Fort Peck tribal jail in Poplar earlier this month. On June 7, the Fort Peck Tribal Court posted on Facebook that 13 people had...

Montana's unemployment rate down slightly to 3.9 percent

Jun. 15, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down slightly to 3.9 percent in May. The state's unemployment rate was 4 percent in April and in May 2017. The national unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May. The state Labor Department says payroll employment showed a gain of...

GOP, photographer prepare for trial over photo flap

Jun. 15, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Republican National Committee and a Montana photographer are preparing for trial over claims that the GOP group used her photo of 2017 U.S. House candidate Rob Quist in an attack mailer without permission. Attorneys representing the Republican committee and Missoula photographer...

Mortuary must pay widow $50K for 'coerced' cremation

Jun. 15, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mortuary business must pay a woman $50,000 after her husband was cremated against his wishes. The Great Falls Tribune reports a jury found a mortician at Miser Mortuaries in Conrad negligent in the decision to cremate 64-year-old Robert Yeager of Ulm after he died of...