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Friday's Scores

Sep. 18, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Bigfork 20, Jefferson (Boulder) 19 Billings Central 37, Havre 7 Billings West 42, Great Falls 0 Bozeman 31, Belgrade 0 Browning 40, East Helena 22 Butte...

Helena hospital critical care at capacity amid virus surge

Sep. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hospital in Helena was forced to implement crisis standards of care amid amid a surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital officials said Thursday. Critical care resources are at maximum capacity at St. Peter's Health hospital. Crisis standards of care...

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Sep. 15, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds...

Friday's Scores

Sep. 11, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Big Timber 27, Shepherd 0 Bigfork 48, Conrad 6 Billings Central 30, Glendive 12 Billings Senior 69, Billings Skyview 0 Billings West 42, Gallatin 14 ...

Unhealthy air lingers in Montana as wildfire season drags on

Sep. 09, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Smoke pollution from wildfires burning across the West has again made the air unhealthy to breathe throughout much of western Montana, state officials said Thursday. Wildfire smoke contains microscopic particles that can irritate the lungs and...

Trial to start for man charged with role in deputy's death

Sep. 08, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin this week in the case of a California man who was arrested over his alleged role in the shooting death of a Montana sheriff’s deputy in May 2017. Opening statements begin in Butte on Thursday, The Montana Standard...

Montana law contradicts CDC quarantine recommendations

Aug. 25, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana law is limiting health departments’ ability to issue quarantine orders as it sees a wave of COVID-19 cases threatening the state’s health care system. The law passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Greg...

Fight in Montana between 2 men leaves 1 dead, 1 detained

Aug. 15, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A fight between two men in Butte ended with one dead and the other in custody, authorities said. Officers responding to a 911 call shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday found a 58-year-old man unresponsive, Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester said. ...

Mine opponents press Montana judge to order new review

Jul. 19, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups pressed a state judge to order a new review of a Montana copper mine over worries that mining waste will pollute a river that's popular among boaters. Attorneys for Trout Unlimited and other groups argued that state officials...

Heavy smoke expected to linger above western Montana

Jul. 16, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires across the U.S. West has wafted over large swaths of western Montana on Friday, leading to unhealthy air quality in Missoula and Frenchtown. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality recommends that active children, adults...