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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif. This year's fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation's wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)

'Nothing left in the bucket': Wildfire resources run thin

Sep. 17, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire,...

Vice President Mike Pence signs a hat for a supporter at a Republican campaign rally in Belgrade, Mont., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino)

Pence says reelecting Sen. Daines key to Trump agenda

Sep. 15, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence promised new tax cuts and continued crackdowns on the violent protests occurring elsewhere in the U.S. as he urged Montana voters on Monday to expand Republicans' growing dominance in the state. Appearing before several hundred supporters at an outdoor venue...

Vice President Mike Pence boards Air Force Two after attending a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pence drops plan to go to fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers

Sep. 12, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraiser in Montana following revelations that the event's hosts had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that...

VP Pence to host rally for Montana Republican candidates

Sep. 9, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will host a rally for Montana Republican candidates in the Bozeman area next week, following a fundraiser for President Donald Trump's campaign. Pence is hosting a rally Monday in support of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and state Auditor...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump greets Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, at the podium where Bullock will give a toast at the Governors' Ball in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican Party sued Montana on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, over Democratic Gov. Bullock's plan giving counties the choice to use all mail ballots this November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

GOP, Trump campaign sue Montana over all-mail voting option

Sep. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican Party sued Montana on Wednesday after Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock gave counties the choice to conduct the November election entirely by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit alleges Bullock's directive would...

Montana schools to play sports but some spectators sidelined

Aug. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana high schools will play football in the fall despite state health officials' concerns. Health officials from the state’s seven biggest counties had previously asked Montana High School Association officials to consider moving football to the spring. Four...

In this image from video, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks from Des Moines, Iowa, during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

GOP's focus on Trump leaves scant room for Congress hopefuls

Aug. 27, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — All national political conventions are ultimately about the presidential candidate. That's especially true at this year's Republican National Convention, where leading speakers demonstrated a single-minded focus on President Donald Trump but barely mentioned the party's struggle to...

Pilot killed in Oregon wildfire was ex-Montana State player

Aug. 26, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed while fighting an Oregon wildfire was a former basketball player at Montana State University and flew search and rescue missions for the Gallatin County sheriff's office, authorities said Wednesday. Tom Duffy of...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2108, file photom Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is flanked by his elections director Dana Corson, right, and chief of staff Christi Jacobsen as they wait to testify before a legislative committee in Helena, Mont. Stapleton, a Republican, said Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, he is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that took the Montana Green Party off the November ballot after Republicans bankrolled the effort to get them on it. (AP Photo/Matt Volz,File)

US high court denies bid to restore Greens on Montana ballot

Aug. 25, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an attempt by the Montana secretary of state to restore Green Party candidates to the November ballot — striking a blow to a Republican-bankrolled effort that threatened to siphon votes from Democratic candidates. The ruling came less...

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is sworn in before testifying before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Tom Brenner/Pool via AP)

Postal leader defends changes, denies 'sabotaging' election

Aug. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers Monday that he has warned allies of President Donald Trump that the president’s repeated attacks on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots are “not helpful,” but denied that recent changes at the Postal Service are linked to...