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Conservation elders aim to share their Montana knowledge

Jan. 19, 2019 2:05 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Believing that the future of Montana's conservation movement is founded in its history, a new organization has formed to offer its wealth of knowledge while also pushing to get more young people outside. Montana Conservation Elders formed after a "mutual agreement" a little more than a...

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

Jan. 18, 2019 8:49 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll storm" on a Montana woman. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah...

Montana agency monitoring wolf activity in Cooke City

Jan. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife managers are monitoring a pack of wolves that's been seen around Cooke City in recent weeks. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks received reports of wolves roaming at night in the mountain town's streets. FWP said in a news...

Montana debates future sources for power generation

Jan. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Renewable energy and fossil fuel advocates made their case to Montana regulators Friday for how to boost the state's electricity generation to make up for an expected drop in the region's power supply as coal-fired plants are shut down in the coming years. The Montana Public Service...

Bill would change how Montana liquor licenses are awarded

Jan. 18, 2019 2:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana would switch permanently to an auction system to award liquor licenses under a bill proposed Thursday. The state used to hold lotteries for liquor licenses but during a special session in November 2017 called to fix a revenue shortage, lawmakers changed to a competitive bidding...

Montana lawmakers open debate on education funding

Jan. 18, 2019 1:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans gathered Thursday in support of a bill they said would bring opportunities to Montana by revising school funding and making inflationary adjustments. Democrats said the bill provided the "bare minimum" and ignored students with special needs and said they have a much more...

Montana jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent in December

Jan. 18, 2019 12:25 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in December with the state adding about 1,100 jobs over the month. Montana's jobless rate is lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. Gov. Steve Bullock says in a statement that while Montana's economy remains strong heading into...

In 6 years, 16 Montana State Prison officers disciplined

Jan. 18, 2019 10:45 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Nine Montana State Prison correctional officers were decertified in 2018 because of various conduct violations. The Montana Standard reports that at the state prison, 16 correctional officers have been decertified and fired since 2013 by the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and...

Former Montana undersheriff pleads not guilty to rape

Jan. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana sheriff's deputy accused of sexually abusing a child is facing an additional charge of rape. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that Luke Strommen, a former Valley County undersheriff, has pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and is free on...

Northern California police ID shooting suspect from Montana

Jan. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EST

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California investigators have identified the gunman who killed a 93-year-old woman during a shooting rampage as a Montana resident with no known ties to the region or victims. The Placer County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified him as 48-year old Stanley Stepanski...