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Florida man charged after 78 pounds of meth found in van

Feb. 18, 2020 6:46 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Florida man who was pulled over after authorities say he was speeding on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana faces a federal drug charge in a bust the Montana Department of Justice says was the largest meth seizure ever made in a traffic stop in the state. Nicholas James...

Wolf hunting season extension rejected in northwest Montana

Feb. 18, 2020 4:59 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A proposal by wildlife managers to extend the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in northwestern Montana was rejected, a wildlife commission said. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks voted Thursday to maintain the hunting and trapping seasons from Sept. 15 to March 15,...

Man's body found in garbage truck at Billings landfill

Feb. 18, 2020 4:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man's body was found in a garbage truck at the Billings city landfill, police said Tuesday. The Solid Waste Division notified police at about 9 a.m. that a body was found among trash in a city garbage truck, Lt. Brandon Wooley said. Officers later said the victim was a man....

Bozeman man joins Democratic primary for U.S. Senate seat

Feb. 18, 2020 3:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman fly fishing guide Josh Seckinger on Tuesday announced he is joining the crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination in Montana's U.S. Senate race. Seckinger said he's running to provide a voice for working-class Montanans. He supports paid family leave, legalizing and...

Montana Fish, Wildlife, Parks change invasive mussels rules

Feb. 18, 2020 2:57 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana reservoir that had a suspicious result in testing for invasive mussels in 2016 has been cleared and the state has lifted a requirement for mandatory decontamination stations at the reservoir east of Helena. Mussels were detected east of the Continental Divide in Tiber...

Vigil planned for West Yellowstone boy who was killed

Feb. 18, 2020 1:12 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Residents of West Yellowstone plan a candlelight vigil this weekend for a 12-year-old boy who was beaten to death earlier this month. Organizers say the vigil for James Alex Hurley will start at 5 p.m. Sunday at the West Yellowstone City Park, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports....

Third Republican enters race for Montana state auditor

Feb. 17, 2020 4:23 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A third Republican said Monday that he will run for the party's nomination for Montana state auditor. Scott Tuxbury is an insurance underwriter who has worked to bring new insurance companies to Montana and design new insurance programs, he said in a news release announcing his...

Dog reunited with owner 9 days after running away from crash

Feb. 17, 2020 2:13 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A dog that was missing for nine days after a vehicle crash in Montana has been reunited with his Washington owner. Liz Smith, who lives outside Seattle, told the Daily Inter Lake that her chihuahua-pug mix named Hank jumped out of an open door after Smith and her mother crashed...

'Mystery' fire destroys golf clubhouse in Bigfork

Feb. 17, 2020 12:45 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Authorities were investigating a fire that destroyed the clubhouse at a country club in Bigfork. Eagle Bend membership chairman Jim Fagan II said it's a mystery to him how the fire started early Sunday, The Daily Inter Lake reporte d. The club and restaurant were closed over the...

Montana park officials searching for heart graffiti vandals

Feb. 17, 2020 10:17 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have been confronted over the past several months with a recurring problem of graffiti at numerous parks and recreational facilities around Cascade County. The department is now seeking the public's help in identifying the person or...