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Woman, dog struck and killed by train in northern Montana

Nov. 16, 2020 5:08 PM EST

CHINOOK, Mont. (AP) — A 41-year-old Butte woman and her dog were struck and killed by a freight train in northern Montana over the weekend, Blaine County officials said. Sheriff John Colby said Irina Smith's husband reported she got out of their vehicle to photograph a pheasant Saturday afternoon just east...

US health team arrives to help as virus surges in Montana

Nov. 11, 2020 1:54 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases in Montana continue to surge, the state's chief epidemiologist said the spread of the coronavirus has stressed medical services in the state to the brink, and he predicted the situation will get worse as winter sets in. “We’re kind of preparing for the...

Montana nursing facility has 10 COVID-19 deaths in 2 weeks

Nov. 6, 2020 4:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A nursing facility in Butte has reported 10 COVID-19 related deaths in less than two weeks and Gallatin County on Friday enacted stricter measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Montana has hit a record for hospitalizations and the confirmed number of infection...

Butte man dies of injuries suffered in house fire

Nov. 4, 2020 2:06 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A man has died of injuries suffered in a house fire in Butte, Butte-Silver Bow Fire Chief Jeff Miller said. Crews responded to the fire shortly before noon on Tuesday and the man was taken to the hospital, where he died, Miller said. The owner of the house told The Montana Standard the...

Montana gubernatorial candidate and Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte raises his fist after the Montana gubernatorial race was called by The Associated Press in Bozeman, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino)

Republican Greg Gianforte elected Montana’s next governor

Nov. 4, 2020 3:24 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte won the race to become Montana’s next governor, defeating Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in Tuesday's election and expanding the GOP’s hold on the state following one of the most competitive gubernatorial races of the 2020 election. The seat was up for...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

Woman pleads guilty to driving drunk wrong way on highway

Oct. 16, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Butte woman has said she drove drunk the wrong way on a highway last November and almost struck a construction worker, authorities said. Sharma Marie Fode, 46, entered a guilty plea Thursday to a felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor DUI. She now faces up to 10 years in prison,...