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Last body recovered from fatal Montana boating accident

Aug. 18, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of the last victim of a Montana boating accident. Officials with the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area say the body of 35-year-old Christian Scoville of Billings was recovered Friday evening in Bighorn Lake. The Aug. 11 accident also killed...

Man pleads guilty to bat attack on Special Olympics athlete

Aug. 18, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 27-year-old Missoula man has pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon after police said he attacked a Special Olympics athlete with a baseball bat, causing a severe head injury. Paul Ekstedt entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence with eight...

Montana coal production increased over first half of 2018

Aug. 18, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal production in Montana over the first half of 2018 was up 20 percent compared to two years ago. The Billings Gazette reports coal production from January through June was 17.9 million tons. But a temporary partial shutdown of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant may affect...

Idaho woman gets probation in sex trafficking case

Aug. 18, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 38-year-old Idaho woman has been sentenced to five years on federal probation in a sex trafficking case. The Billings Gazette reports Christina Ann Jackson of Boise was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Two other counts of transportation of a person...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

The Latest: Evacuation warning issued for Polebridge area

Aug. 17, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana wildfires (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Glacier National Park and Flathead County officials have issued a fire evacuation warning in the Kintla Lake and Polebridge areas. Park fire information officer Diane Sime says people in the extreme northwestern part of...

Evacuated Glacier Park lodge won't re-open this season

Aug. 17, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A century-old lodge in Glacier National Park that was evacuated last weekend due to a wildfire will not re-open this season. It's the second straight year the Lake McDonald Lodge is closing early. Fire information officer Diane Sime said Friday that Xanterra officials decided to...

Woman charged with negligent homicide in son's hot car death

Aug. 17, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old eastern Montana woman is charged with negligent homicide after her 2-year-old son died from being left in a hot car. Prosecutors say Ashley Maria Howard of Glendive left the boy in her car on June 26 while she slept after getting drunk at a party the night before. She...

Montana's unemployment rate falls to 3.7 percent in July

Aug. 17, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 3.7 percent in July, the lowest rate in more than a decade. Officials say Montana has seen an additional 3,400 payroll jobs in the last three months, including 900 jobs in July. However, total employment remained about...

Woman drowns in western Montana lake

Aug. 17, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Officials in western Montana are investigating after a woman drowned in a Bitterroot Valley lake. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says the 28-year-old woman from Florence was swimming in Lake Como on Thursday afternoon when she slipped under the water and didn't re-surface....