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Brothers shot and killed in Three Forks, suspect charged

Jan. 16, 2022 16:09 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Gallatin County officials continue to investigate after two brothers were shot to death in the small town of Three Forks, northwest of Bozeman, over the weekend. Sheriff Dan Springer identified the victims of the early Saturday shooting as Chase Estabrook, 32,...

Billings police investigating shooting death of 15-year-old

Jan. 16, 2022 14:59 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Billings are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy early Sunday, officials said. Officers responded to a reported shooting in a parking lot shortly after 2 a.m., but when officers arrived nobody was there. They did find shell...

Kalispell man convicted of homicide in death of wife in 2020

Jan. 16, 2022 14:01 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Kalispell man has been convicted of deliberate homicide in the December 2020 death of his wife. A Flathead County jury deliberated for five hours on Friday before finding Bradley Jay Hillious, 35, guilty in the death of Amanda Hillious, 33, the Flathead...

North Dakota beekeeping supply to serve top US honey states

Jan. 16, 2022 11:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant...

Newspaper photo leads man to donate drums to young musician

Jan. 16, 2022 08:11 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Clancy Gaworski never heard the sound of 13-year-old Finn Johnson’s pounding drums echoing through the streets of Livingston. It was a photograph in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle of Finn busking for money to buy a new drum set last summer that caught...

25-year-old Colorado skier found dead near Lost Trail resort

Jan. 15, 2022 15:03 PM EST

SULA, Mont. (AP) — A 25-year-old Colorado skier who went missing Thursday from the Lost Trail Ski Area on the Montana-Idaho border has been found dead. The man's identity was not immediately released. He was reported missing after he failed to meet up with his party at the ski...

Cowboy recalls years working Montana ranch bought by Murdoch

Jan. 15, 2022 10:28 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Ray Marxer’s first day as a hired hand at the Matador Cattle Co. ranch south of Dillon began with two lessons in humility. As dawn approached, jitters struck. “I was so nervous, I threw up,” Marxer recalled. Next, he joined a...

Groups challenge initiative to limit property tax changes

Jan. 13, 2022 19:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Public employees and a farming organization are among those who filed a complaint arguing the attorney general and the secretary of state did not follow a new law in approving signature-gathering for a proposed constitutional initiative that would limit changes in residential...

Montana orders 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests for residents

Jan. 13, 2022 19:19 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has ordered 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed to residents through county health departments, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Thursday. “As the state of Montana, like the rest of the nation, faces a new surge with the omicron...

Judges block certification of utility regulation candidates

Jan. 13, 2022 18:26 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A panel of three federal judges ruled Thursday that Montana's secretary of state cannot certify candidates for the two seats on the state's utility regulating board that are up for election this year until a lawsuit over balancing the number of residents in each district is...