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Comments on copper mine project initially flagged as spam

Jul. 16, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say thousands of public comments submitted by email on a proposed copper mine in Montana were initially flagged as spam. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that state Department of Environmental Quality officials have retrieved and are reviewing the missing...

Gas leak prompts hotel evacuation, sends 16 to hospital

Jul. 13, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A gas leak prompted the evacuation of a central Montana hotel and sent 16 people to the hospital for treatment. Butte Silver-Bow fire officials said emergency personnel responded to the Quality Inn in Butte at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday after guests reported they smelled a...

Investigation: Speed, road rage led to fatal collision

Jul. 4, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — An investigation found speed and road rage led to a fatal collision between a car and a motorcycle in Butte in May. The Montana Highway Patrol and Butte police, with the help of surveillance video, determined the motorcyclist — 41-year-old Benjamin Harrison — had passed a...

Montana lieutenant governor joins governor's race

Jul. 3, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney entered the race for governor on Wednesday, joining a field of candidates seeking to extend Democrats' control of the office that was last won by a Republican when Cooney sought the post 20 years ago. Cooney, 64, announced his 2020 run to a cheering crowd in...

Montana veterans home groundbreaking held after long effort

Jul. 2, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A groundbreaking has been held for a veterans home that was proposed 26 years ago. The Montana Standard reports the ceremony Tuesday opened work on the planned Southwest Montana Veterans Home in Butte. Officials say the $20 million home for 60 veterans could be completed by the fall of...

Montana State Prison adding sex offender treatment

Jul. 1, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge is expanding its sex-offender treatment program. Department of Corrections officials say the prison is ending an intensive chemical dependency program that opened a year ago because those services are available elsewhere. It will use the 56-bed...

Montana facility closing after chemical restraint flap

Jun. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana children's psychiatric treatment center will close in the aftermath of reports that it used chemicals to control the behavior of a 9-year-old girl from Oregon in foster care. Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive Dave Palmer tells The Montana Standard that Acadia Montana...

Montana State Prison inmate dies after extended illness

Jun. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A 48-year-old Montana State Prison inmate has died after an extended illness. Amy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Corrections, says Robert Bruce Scollard was found unresponsive in a low-security housing unit on Wednesday and could not be resuscitated. Barton...

Montana organization opens new shelter for area's homeless

Jun. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana support organization has opened a new homeless shelter and meal service. The Montana Standard reports that the Butte Rescue Mission held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for its Center of Hope in Butte. Officials say the project's completion comes 26 months after the Christian...

Toxic water to be pumped from former Montana smelter site

Jun. 9, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Contaminated groundwater will be pumped from the site of a former smelter in Montana starting this summer. Montana and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials battled for years over whether to remove contamination from the former Parrot Smelter site in Butte. They still disagree...