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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...

Montana, Jehovah's Witness settle discrimination complaint

Nov. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that the state Department of Corrections settled with Montana Women's...

200 head of cattle hampered I-90 traffic in southern Montana

Nov. 7, 2019 11:06 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At least 200 head of cattle hampered traffic on Interstate 90 near Lodge Grass in southern Montana. The Montana Department of Transportation says local, state and tribal agencies responded Thursday morning, and travelers experienced reduced speeds and delays about 2 miles (3...

Montana regulators endorse $6.5M NorthWestern rate increase

Nov. 7, 2019 10:46 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Public Service Commission has approved a $6.5 million rate increase for NorthWestern Energy customers, less than 20 percent of the increase the utility initially sought. The commission on Oct. 30 approved the rate increase, which is part of a settlement brought by...

School district to pay $9M to trainer's sex assault victims

Nov. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana school district has reached a $9 million settlement after 32 men sued saying they were sexually abused by an athletic trainer under the guise of improving their athletic ability, the school and the plaintiffs announced Wednesday. The lawsuit filed in September 2018...

Ballantine homicide suspect, co-defendant, appear in court

Nov. 6, 2019 11:07 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has set bail at $500,000 for a 32-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another man last weekend. The Billings Gazette reports that James R. Eder has been charged with deliberate homicide in the death of 53-year-old Carl Archer Jr., early Saturday at a hotel...

Wyoming homicide victim identified as Cheyenne woman

Nov. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Investigators say a homicide victim found in northern Wyoming was a 40-year-old woman from Cheyenne. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday identified the victim as Angela Elizondo. A hunter found her body off Wyoming Highway 120 outside Cody on Saturday. Investigators...

Authorities identify victim of homicide in southern Montana

Nov. 4, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Yellowstone County have released the name of a homicide victim whose body was found in a motel in Ballantine over the weekend. Sheriff Mike Linder says 53-year-old Carl Archer Jr. was found dead at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The cause of death is being withheld while the...