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Value of livestock killed by predators to exceed funding

Nov. 26, 2021 17:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The value of livestock killed by predators such as grizzly bears and wolves is expected to exceed the budget for compensating ranchers for such losses this year, the Montana Livestock Loss Board said. George Edwards, the board's executive...

Over $4 million to be invested in reducing crime in Billings

Nov. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana, Yellowstone County and Billings are investing more than $4 million over the next three years to fight and prosecute crimes in the Billings area, the governor's office announced. The state is using $2.3 million in pandemic...

Montana man pleads guilty to pandemic relief loan fraud

Nov. 23, 2021 19:30 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of an eastern Montana restaurant pleaded guilty Tuesday to spending $75,000 from a federal COVID-19 relief loan to buy vintage automobiles rather than using it as working capital for his business, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday. ...

Biden mulls reversing Trump rules on western grouse species

Nov. 19, 2021 17:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday said it will consider new measures to protect greater sage grouse, a bird species once found across much of the U.S. West that has suffered drastic declines in recent decades due to oil and gas drilling, grazing, wildfires and other...

Wyoming company to pay $2M in Yellowstone oil pipeline spill

Nov. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming pipeline company agreed to a $2 million settlement for damages caused by a 2015 crude oil spill that fouled a section of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana and contaminated a city's water supply, officials said Wednesday. The...

Fight over US wolf protections goes before federal judge

Nov. 12, 2021 13:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. government attorney urged a federal judge Friday to uphold a decision from the waning days of the Trump administration that lifted protections for gray wolves across most of the country, as Republican-led states have sought to drive down wolf numbers through...

Tribes, groups sue to force Montana to enforce mining law

Nov. 10, 2021 20:10 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana tribes and conservation groups sued state environmental regulators Wednesday after Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. The lawsuit was filed in...

Montana court says Ekalaka fire squad belongs to Ekalaka

Nov. 05, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department belongs to the town of Ekalaka, according to a Montana Supreme Court decision that follows a dispute between the department and town officials. The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department incorporated in 2016 after...

Fired Montana dishwasher pleads not guilty to stabbings

Nov. 05, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Friday set a $1 million bond for a Montana man accused of stabbing and cutting his former co-workers after after being fired from a dishwashing job at a restaurant. Defendant Brandon Bird entered a not guilty please during an appearance...

Fired steakhouse worker accused of cutting former co-workers

Nov. 04, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who was fired from his dishwashing job at Billings steakhouse returned to the restaurant hours later, grabbed some knives and stabbed or cut some of his former co-workers while demanding money, police said. Five people were injured Wednesday...