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Montana to pay lawmaker $75K in ethics complaint lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay House Majority Leader Brad Tschida nearly $75,000 in a lawsuit he filed to strike down a law keeping ethics complaints confidential. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the deal between the Republican legislator and...

3 hunters injured in 2 Montana grizzly attacks

Sep. 17, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Three hunters were injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks in the same area of southwestern Montana less than 12 hours apart, wildlife officials said. Investigators were trying Tuesday to determine if the same bear was involved in the surprise encounters in the Gravelly...

Correction: Bode Miller's Tragic Year story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Sept. 1 about Bode Miller moving to Montana, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Miller is a brand ambassador for Big Sky Resort. He is representing Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and Moonlight Basin, neighboring communities in Big Sky. A corrected version of the...

Crews mopping up after fire at Kalispell recycling yard

Sep. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

EVERGREEN, Mont. (AP) — Fire crews were mopping up after an overnight fire at a recycling yard just east of Kalispell. Firefighters responded at about 3 a.m. Tuesday to find vehicles on fire at Pacific Steel & Recycling in Evergreen. Flames were reaching 60 feet (18 meters) into the air. NBC Montana...

Glacier National Park visitation increases with busy August

Sep. 16, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The number of visitors to Glacier National Park in Montana has risen after a busy August that followed seven months of decreased visitation. The Flathead Beacon reports the park had 771,874 visitors in August, an increase of more than 15% from the same month last year when 667,688...

Montana Native storyteller awarded national arts fellowship

Sep. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Native American storyteller is expected to be honored as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Billings Gazette reports traditional Crow storyteller Grant Bulltail is one of 10 people chosen by the NEA to receive a 2019 fellowship. Bulltail...

Idaho man drowns in Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana

Sep. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — A 75-year-old man drowned in northwestern Montana while working on his boat on the west side of Flathead Lake near Rollins. John Stoianoff was last seen performing some boat maintenance early Thursday afternoon. Someone called 911 at about 3:15 p.m. after spotting him at the bottom of...

Montanans urged to pick backyard fruit, discourage bears

Sep. 16, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are urging residents to pick the low-hanging fruit from their backyard trees to avoid attracting hungry bears. The Flathead Beacon reported Friday that state Fish, Wildlife and Parks created a Facebook page to help people in the Flathead Valley connect...

Man explores Montana's wild rivers on stand-up paddleboard

Sep. 15, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Jimmy Reed's affinity for whitewater didn't necessarily come naturally, even if his facilities on the river are graceful as a swan's. Growing up on Alabama's Gulf Shore, Reed was a water kid through and through, swimming and surfing and relishing the seafarer's way of life. But it...

Montanans could get repayments in insurance fraud settlement

Sep. 15, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Auditor's Office is trying to reach thousands of state residents who might be eligible for reimbursement from a $285,000 settlement in an insurance fraud case. The Helena Independent Record reported Saturday the auditor's office found more than 3,600 names in the...