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No invasive mussels found in Montana waterways this year

Nov. 13, 2019 4:39 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s wildlife agency says no instances of invasive mussels were found in testing of Montana waterways this year. Under state policy, Fish, Wildlife and Parks will move to lift restrictions placed on Canyon Ferry Reservoir east of Helena after one suspicious water sample in...

Victim of Columbia Falls-area logging truck crash identified

Nov. 13, 2019 2:11 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Flathead County officials have released the name of a man who died in a collision between an all-terrain vehicle and a logging truck near Columbia Falls. The sheriff’s office tells the Daily Inter Lake that 64-year-old Jeffrey Louis Welle of Columbia Falls died on Nov. 8 in...

Montana adopts new rules for private treatment programs

Nov. 13, 2019 1:36 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s health department has adopted rules to regulate private alternative residential treatment programs for troubled teens. The 2019 Legislature put the treatment programs under the supervision of the Department of Public Health and Human Services starting July 1 after a...

Montana man convicted in fatal 2013 car crash jailed again

Nov. 13, 2019 12:29 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A probation officer says a Montana man has repeatedly violated his sentencing terms for negligent homicide in a fatal 2013 crash after recently being jailed on assault charges. The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that 24-year-old Cody John Richards violated terms of two deferred...

Northwest Montana grizzly deaths spur pushback

Nov. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The mortality rate of grizzly bears in northwestern Montana has prompted a group of bear researchers to challenge whether the grizzly should be removed from federal protection. This month a grizzly bear was shot by a hunter east of Eureka and state wildlife managers killed another...

Child exiting school bus hit by vehicle in Montana

Nov. 13, 2019 10:23 AM EST

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — A 6-year-old exiting a school bus in northwest Montana has been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle that failed to stop. KECI-TV in Missoula reports that Montana Highway Patrol Trooper John Raymond says the school bus had stopped to let children off on U.S. 93 just...

Navajo leader: Tribe won't back energy company's new mines

Nov. 12, 2019 11:05 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation will not financially back bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation, the tribal president said Tuesday, explaining that it's too risky and his administration wants the company to move away from coal. The Navajo...

Officials to seek input ways to regulate Madison River use

Nov. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials on Tuesday decided to seek public input on several suggestions for easing crowding on the scenic Madison River. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected petitions to limit guiding, bar boats from wade-only sections and limit overall angling use, saying none...

Grizzly bear killed after becoming habituated to human food

Nov. 12, 2019 5:07 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have euthanized a male grizzly bear after it broke into a garage and fed on a harvested elk. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured the bear Nov. 10 on private property near Libby and consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Republican gubernatorial debate in Helena postponed

Nov. 12, 2019 1:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Lewis and Clark County Republican Central Committee has decided to postpone a gubernatorial candidate debate it had planned to sponsor in Helena later this month until all three candidates can attend. The committee announced Monday it would hold a debate at Carroll College on Nov....