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With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea

Sep. 17, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in both Missoula and Bozeman are begging Montana residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated as hospitals face increasing strain and the state remains without any statewide health mandates. Officials in Bozeman and Missoula...

Helena hospital critical care at capacity amid virus surge

Sep. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hospital in Helena was forced to implement crisis standards of care amid amid a surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital officials said Thursday. Critical care resources are at maximum capacity at St. Peter's Health hospital. Crisis standards of care...

Alert cancelled after 15-year-old Montana girl found safe

Sep. 16, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl on Montana’s Fort Peck Reservation who was the subject of an Amber Alert for a possible abduction has been found and is safe, authorities said Thursday. The Montana Department of Justice had issued the alert earlier in the...

US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting

Sep. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial...

Patrol IDs North Dakota trooper who fatally shot Montana man

Sep. 15, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Wednesday identified the trooper who fatally shot a Montana man following a vehicle chase on Interstate 94 west of Mandan earlier this month. The patrol said Trooper Stephen Mayer killed the lone occupant of the...

Biden administration says wolves may need protections restored in western US after states make it easier to kill them

Sep. 15, 2021 17:15 PM EDT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biden administration says wolves may need protections restored in western US after states make it easier to kill them.

Judge fines public defenders office for unassigned cases

Sep. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Yellowstone County judge has held the director of Montana's Office of the Public Defender in contempt of court and fined the agency up to $10,000 for failing to immediately assign public defenders in criminal cases he has referred to the office. ...

3 people killed in all-terrain vehicle crash near Billings

Sep. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A woman and two men were killed in a weekend all-terrain vehicle crash east of Billings, the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office said. The four-seat vehicle was found in a shallow ravine in a field off U.S. Highway 87 East on Sunday morning after...

National Guard to help Billings hospital with COVID cases

Sep. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seventeen Montana National Guard soldiers have volunteered to continue helping the state with its COVID-19 response, Gov. Greg Gianforte said. Ten soldiers will help at Billings Clinic, starting Wednesday, as the hospital faces capacity and staffing...

Groups push to resume enforcement in Montana mining dispute

Sep. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they plan to sue Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration after it dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. Under Gianforte, the Department of Environmental...