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Montana regulator: Not publicizing rate hike was error

Nov. 15, 2019 3:12 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of Montana’s Public Service Commission says he didn’t intentionally hide from the public the panel’s approval of a $6.5 million rate hike for NorthWestern Energy customers. The Billings Gazette reports Friday that chairman Brad Johnson said it was an...

Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Fireman rescues black Labrador dog from icy Montana lake

Nov. 14, 2019 6:01 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighter rescued a black Labrador dog from an icy lake in Billings. The Billings Gazette reports a man was walking his dog around Lake Elmo on Thursday morning when he heard and then saw the distressed dog in the water and called 911. Christian Giardot of Billings says...

Advocates seek more voter access on Montana reservations

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Activists in Montana say satellite election offices have increased voter access on Indian reservations across the state but should be expanded. The Billings Gazette reports that the temporary offices operate during the month leading up to the primary and general elections providing...

Former women’s prison guard charged with sex with inmate

Nov. 14, 2019 12:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former correctional officer at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings has been arrested in Texas on charges that he had sex with an inmate. The Billings Gazette reports an investigation began after video footage showed 38-year-old Allen Hagstrom and an inmate leave together...

Education officials revoke license of teacher who hid gun

Nov. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana education officials have revoked the teaching license of a former Hardin art teacher who hid a gun that a student brought to school and then lied to investigators by saying she found it while cleaning her classroom. Nora Block was arrested in January 2018, was later fired and...

Billings school district needs to cut about $4M in spending

Nov. 12, 2019 11:12 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Billings school district needs to cut about $4 million in planned spending to avoid a deficit. Superintendent Greg Upham said Monday his proposals won't compromise safety, will impact academic achievement as little as possible and lean toward reducing rather than eliminating...

Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, Yellowstone National Park wildlife managers have found no evidence wolves killing each other. The Billings Gazette reports that the park's annual report on wolves says seven wolf deaths were recorded 2018, but none were wolf-on-wolf deaths and none...

Montana teenager charged in accidental shooting death

Nov. 8, 2019 9:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 15-year-old Montana boy who investigators say accidentally shot a teenage girl to death has been charged with negligent homicide. The Billings Gazette reported Friday the boy was charged in juvenile court for the May 11 death of 15-year-old Tionna Rowland. According to charging...

Park study cites increased visitation numbers, crowding

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A newly released survey has found that first-time visitors at Yellowstone National Park became more frustrated by perceived crowding problems the longer they stayed. The Billings Gazette reports that the 2018 Visitor Use Study helps the National Park Service understand the tourist...