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Caring for 9 children amid coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Apr. 4, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — As schools and businesses close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Cal Walks Over Ice, a member of the Crow Tribe, knew the pandemic would compound stress on Indigenous families. Native Americans suffer from disproportionately high rates of diabetes, heart disease and...

Wyoming extends shutdown of schools, businesses amid virus

Apr. 3, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon expressed frustration Friday about growing public focus on his reluctance to issue a statewide stay-at-home order rather than on his call for personal action to control the spread of the coronavirus. Gordon also announced an extension of his order shutting...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo an election worker is seen inserting a ballot into a locked ballot box at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on election day in Billings, Mont. All 56 of Montana's counties plan to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail due to coronavirus concerns. Ballots will be mailed on May 8. Same-day registration and voting will still be allowed while new laws could mean election results will be available earlier than usual. (AP Photo/Matthew Brow,File)

Montana counties to conduct primary election by mail

Apr. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's June 2 primary will be conducted by mail in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Same-day registration and voting will still be allowed while a new law could mean election results will be available earlier than usual, officials said. Counties asked to be able to...

Yellowstone settles $1M arsenic lawsuit with Park County

Apr. 3, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to pay $1 million to a Montana water district to settle a lawsuit over the amount of arsenic coming into its system from Yellowstone National Park. The settlement brings an end to the lawsuit filed by Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District in 2018...

Montana father sentenced for continuing son's drug operation

Apr. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison for taking up his son's methamphetamine and heroin distribution operation. Allan Roy Goodman, 43, was sentenced Thursday on eight charges including drug distribution, retaliating against a witness and firearm...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic are raising fears workers could spread the sickness within nearby communities. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

With US border work on track, rural towns fear virus spread

Apr. 2, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears the coronavirus could race through temporary work camps and spread to rural communities unable to handle an outbreak. Despite a clampdown on people’s movements in much of...

National Guard to screen Montana visitors starting Friday

Apr. 2, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

The National Guard will start screening people who arrive in Montana by airplane or train beginning Friday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, while nearly 20,000 residents filed new unemployment claims last week. The 73 Guardsmen will be deployed to 17 locations in 11 cities, said Maj. Gen. Matthew...

Glacier National Park awards shuttle transportation contract

Apr. 2, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park awarded a new labor services contract to provide drivers, dispatchers and supervisors for the park’s shuttle service. LC Staffing of Kalispell received the contract for up to two years to staff the park’s 35-bus fleet transporting visitors along...

Shannon Schweyen won't return as Lady Griz hoops coach

Apr. 2, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is not renewing the contract of women's basketball coach Shannon Schweyen, who has been affiliated with the team for more than three decades. Schweyen was an All-American basketball player at Montana and was an assistant to coach Robin Selvig for 24 years...

Stevensville man pleads not guilty to double homicide

Apr. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man charged with killing his mother and the mother of his two children pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of deliberate homicide. Logan Dallas Christopher, 25, made his initial appearance before District Judge Howard Recht via video from the Ravalli County...