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Judge rejects bid to block sheep grazing in Centennial range

Jul. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won't block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana border despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Monday's order that he was siding with federal...

Pickup truck strikes, kills 11-year-old boy in Livingston

Jul. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in Livingston. Assistant police chief Wayne Hard says the boy was riding a bike in the road on Thursday evening when he was hit. He declined to name the boy, who died from his injuries at a hospital. Hard says the...

Governor orders Montana flags at half-staff for Stevens

Jul. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Flags are to be lowered Tuesday in memory of Stevens, who died earlier this month at age 99. A ceremony was held Monday at the court where...

Judge rejects fake drug importer's European vacation request

Jul. 22, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says an online pharmacy founder can't go on vacation with his family in Europe while he's on probation for importing counterfeit and unapproved pharmaceuticals into the U.S. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said Monday that CanadaDrugs.com founder Kris Thorkelson's...

Canada mine waste prompts calls for better water protection

Jul. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Towns, tribes and politicians in U.S. states bordering British Columbia are seeking better oversight and stricter regulations to protect them from hazardous pollution that flow downstream from coal mines in the Canadian province. Leaders in Libby, Troy and Eureka, towns along the...

Black Eagle Dam gets repairs after spring flood damage

Jul. 22, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana utility is drawing down the level of a reservoir near Great Falls to repair a dam that was damaged by flood debris. Northwestern Energy representatives said the drawdown on Black Eagle Reservoir would begin Monday and continue Tuesday. The water will be lowered about 5...

Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured on Beartooth Highway

Jul. 22, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcycle crash on the popular Beartooth Highway outside Yellowstone National Park killed a 70-year-old man and injured his 69-year-old passenger. The Montana Highway Patrol says the motorcycle was driving north on U.S. Highway 212 near the Montana-Wyoming state...

Boaters, officials retrieve body from Yellowstone River

Jul. 21, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Boaters and sheriff's officials have recovered the body of a man from the Yellowstone River near Worden. The Billings Gazette reports rescuers recovered the body of the unidentified man on Saturday. Boaters assisted officials from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and other...

Billings state Superfund site focus of briefing this week

Jul. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal and state officials plan a public briefing this week on airborne contaminants from a state Superfund site in central Billings. The Billings Gazette reports that Thursday's meeting at Lewis and Clarke Middle School will address vapors emanating from old dry cleaning solvents...

Sheep-killing grizzly euthanized in northern Montana

Jul. 21, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say they have euthanized a grizzly bear after it killed 29 sheep and 11 lambs over a two-week period at a sheep bedding ground. The Daily Inter Lake reports the 278-pound (125-kilogram) grizzly was killed on Friday near Tiber Dam in northern Montana. Fish,...