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Body found near Canyon Ferry lake, homicide investigated

Sep. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Lewis and Clark County are investigating a homicide after the body of a missing Helena man was found near Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Sheriff Leo Dutton says detectives have identified persons of interest and they do not believe there is a threat to the community. A family...

University of Providence names interim wrestling coach

Sep. 19, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The University of Providence in Great Falls has named Steve Komac as its interim wrestling coach. Dave Gantt, vice president of athletics, announced Komac's hiring Thursday. Komac, who has been head coach at Great Falls High since 2003, gets a chance to coach his sons again....

BLM cites person suspected of starting Helena-area fire

Sep. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has filed two citations against the person believed responsible for starting a wildfire north of Helena that burned nearly 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) of forestland and led to evacuation orders for 400 residences. The Independent Record...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier parks allow e-bikes

Sep. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials say motorized electric bicycles are now allowed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks, along with Wyoming's National Elk Refuge. The joint announcement Thursday follows an order signed late last month by Interior Secretary David...

Montana judge rejects defendant plea deal in beheading case

Sep. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has rejected one defendant's plea deal after prosecutors say he and his co-defendant beheaded a man they met at a casino. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that 35-year-old Jeffery Haverty reached an agreement in June that included a 50-year prison sentence and...

Washington woman quits job, searches 57 days for missing dog

Sep. 19, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — After 57 days, a Washington woman's exhaustive search for her missing border collie ended in tears of happiness when the pair were reunited in a Kalispell subdivision. Carole King, of Deer Park, Washington, had traveled to Flathead County for a four-day getaway with her husband when...

Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US

Sep. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have...

Federal agency says Montana needs to replenish 911 account

Sep. 18, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says Montana needs to return $2 million to the state's 911 account. The Missoulian reported Tuesday that the funds generated from 911 fees were placed in a state account holding $12 million in 2017. State lawmakers transferred $2 million from the...

Hunter recovering after grizzly attacks in Montana mountains

Sep. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say a Washington state man remains in stable condition and two New Mexico men have been treated and released after back-to-back grizzly bear attacks in the same area. Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Morgan Jacobsen said authorities were still trying to determine if...

Lawmaker sys $75K state settlement will go to legal fees

Sep. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The attorney for a Montana lawmaker who successfully sued the state over an ethics law says House Majority Leader Brad Tschida will use the $75,000 he was awarded to pay his legal fees. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the cash settlement between the...