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US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

Jan. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide. As...

Billings police investigating shooting death of 15-year-old

Jan. 16, 2022 14:59 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Billings are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy early Sunday, officials said. Officers responded to a reported shooting in a parking lot shortly after 2 a.m., but when officers arrived nobody was there. They did find shell...

Hunters kill 20 Yellowstone wolves that roamed out of park

Jan. 06, 2022 17:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Twenty of Yellowstone National Park's renowned gray wolves roamed from the park and were shot by hunters in recent months — the most killed by hunting in a single season since the predators were reintroduced to the region more than 25 years ago, according to park...

Complaints made over utility management of Hebgen Lake, dam

Jan. 06, 2022 17:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Summer drought followed by a Hebgen Dam component failure in late November led to complaints about how the dam’s owner managed summer water levels in Hebgen Lake and why it failed to notice a sudden reduction in water released into the Madison River this fall, potentially...

Montana producers prepare for recreational marijuana Jan. 1

Dec. 27, 2021 19:03 PM EST

FOUR CORNERS, Mont. (AP) — Anticipation for Jan. 1 hangs in the air of a parking lot here where four cannabis dispensaries sit shoulder-to-shoulder. Next month could mean a budding business plan blossoming into its full potential, or it could bring possible failure in an industry...

Federal judge says public service districts likely illegal

Dec. 25, 2021 09:16 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission districts, which have not been reapportioned in two decades, are likely unconstitutional, a federal judge has concluded. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said in his order Wednesday that voters challenging the...

Company seeks to restore oil lease on land sacred to tribes

Dec. 23, 2021 19:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Louisiana oil and gas company have asked a federal judge to reinstate a drilling lease it held on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The long-disputed energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of...

Tests show lead levels a problem in many Montana schools

Dec. 23, 2021 15:56 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Of the Montana schools that have met the state’s program deadline, most show high levels of lead in school drinking water. In early 2020, the state of Montana for the first time required all public schools to test their drinking water for lead. Schools were...

Biden administration moves to expand solar power on US land

Dec. 21, 2021 19:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two large-scale solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in other Western states to potential solar power development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting...

Nature reserve buys ranch, grows to more than 700 sq miles

Dec. 20, 2021 18:02 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A privately-owned nature reserve that's trying to build a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can freely roam on the U.S. Northern Plains says it is purchasing a 50-square mile ranch that abuts the Charles M. Russel National Wildlife refuge. ...