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Judge temporarily blocks law to prevent power plant closure

Oct. 14, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Montana law that sought to prevent the closure of a coal-fired power plant by requiring its outgoing owners to pay for long-term maintenance and operating costs. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said...

Early winter storm brings snow to US Rocky Mountains

Oct. 11, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An early winter storm is forecast to bring the first heavy snowfall of the season to portions of the U.S. Rocky Mountains this week. The National Weather Service on Monday issued winter storm warnings for large areas of Wyoming and southern...

Montana coal mine admits violating safety regulations

Oct. 07, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A central Montana coal mine pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges the company violated environmental and employee safety regulations as part of a plea agreement that calls for a $1 million fine, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Montana said. ...

North Dakota trooper cleared in fatal interstate shooting

Oct. 06, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota state trooper who fatally shot a Montana man along an interstate last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing. The Morton County State's Attorney's Office determined Trooper Steve Mayer was justified in his use of deadly force...

Corps plans more Montana dam releases to help sturgeon spawn

Oct. 02, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A plan designed to test whether boosting water releases from Fort Peck Dam in the spring could help endangered pallid sturgeon successfully spawn has been approved. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its environmental impact statement on...

US to resume enforcement of unlawful bird deaths by industry

Sep. 29, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will draft rules to govern the killing of wild birds by industry and resume enforcement actions against companies responsible for deaths that could have been prevented, a longstanding practice that ended under President...

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...

NTSB investigates Montana plane crash that kills 2, hurts 1

Sep. 27, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities were investigating a small plane crash that killed a couple and critically injured their son in southern Montana on Sunday, authorities said. Robby and Pam Stephens died at the crash south of Billings and son Riley was taken to...

3 Yellowstone wolves killed in first week of Montana hunt

Sep. 27, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three gray wolves from a large pack in Yellowstone National Park that’s popular among tourists have been killed by Montana hunters, park officials said Monday. The two female pups and a female yearling from the Junction Butte pack were killed...

Wyoming COVID-19 survivor urges people to get vaccinated

Sep. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Her symptoms came on suddenly. It was early February, when everyone looked out for and knew what a headache, fever and loss of taste and smell meant. The symptoms for Kristi and Andy Gabriel came on at the same time. From the...