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Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

May. 25, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wildernesses and into low-level farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone area of Montana,...

Memorial service, burial in Bozeman for World War II soldier

May. 25, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The remains of a Montana man killed during World War II while working to evacuate soldiers from an island east of the Philippines are due to be buried Saturday with full military honors. A memorial service for Army Pvt. William Boegli was planned followed by interment at Sunset Hills...

Ski area bar charged with overserving man in fatal collision

May. 25, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana prosecutors have charged a bar at a Montana ski area with over-serving alcohol to a man who killed himself and another driver in a head-on collision. The Bozeman Chronicle reports Grizzly Ridge Station and its owners were charged in Gallatin County District Court with...

Mayor, US Senate hopeful cited for leaving accident scene

May. 24, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has been ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident after a driver reported a hit-and-run near downtown Helena earlier this week, police said Friday. Collins acknowledged that he "bumped" another vehicle Monday...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

May. 24, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and...

The Latest: US attorneys challenge grizzly bear ruling

May. 24, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on court case that will decide if Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should retain federal protections (all times local): 5:15 p.m. U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48...

Hospital ordered to pay $400K in do-not-resuscitate lawsuit

May. 24, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in damages to the estate of a man after jurors found the hospital, on two consecutive days, violated the man's wishes not to be resuscitated. A jury on Thursday found St. Peter's Health in Helena and Dr. Virginia Lee...

Montana chief questions board's role in officer discipline

May. 24, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of some law enforcement agencies in Montana have expressed frustration that the quasi-judicial board that sets officer employment and training standards is undermining the authority of agencies to discipline their own officers. The Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and...

Montana shooting victim expected to come home in June

May. 24, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who was shot eight times during a shooting spree that killed another man and badly injured a highway patrol trooper is expected to return home in early June. Casey Blanchard of Stevensville is at the University of Utah Hospital, which released Trooper Wade Palmer on...

Founder of Anaconda Leader, Whitehall Ledger dies at 90

May. 24, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Dean Albert Neitz, a longtime newspaper publisher and printer in southwestern Montana, died at home in Philipsburg on May 17. He was 90. Neitz grew up in the newspaper and printing business at the family-owned Philipsburg Mail. The Montana Standards reports Neitz took over publication...