Latest Helena News

Montana counties pausing use of J&J vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The federally recommended pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination led to the cancellation of clinics at two colleges in Billings on Tuesday while a clinic at the Missoula County Fairgrounds continued with the Moderna vaccine instead,...

Committee to consider change to bill targeting trans youth

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature may consider changes to a measure that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports according to the gender with which they identify. The House on Monday rejected an amendment that would have...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

David Armstrong, co-founder of Race to the Sky, dies at 100

Apr. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — David Armstrong, who trained and worked with Army sled dogs during World War II and co-founded the Race to the Sky sled dog race, has died. He was 100. Armstrong died Tuesday night, retired Maj. Gen. Gene Prendergast said in asking for a moment of...

US judge retires from bench in Montana after 36 years

Apr. 08, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge in Montana known for approving a search warrant for the Unabomber’s cabin and presiding over his first few court appearances in 1996 has retired. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell, 91, has announced he is leaving his bench...

2 Montana brothers released pending trial in Capitol breach

Apr. 07, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana brothers who prosecutors say were among the first people to break into the U.S. Capitol in January while the Electoral College vote was being certified were ordered released from custody Wednesday pending trial. U.S. District Judge...

Latter-day Saints to build new church temple in Farmington

Apr. 07, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build a new temple in Farmington, New Mexico making it the second temple in the state. Church President Russell Nelson said the new temple in Farmington will be one of 20...

Montana Veterans Affairs to open $12M primary care clinic

Apr. 07, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana VA Health Care System has announced plans to open a $12 million primary care clinic at a medical center in Helena where veterans will remain in a single appointment room and each provider will come to them in a “one stop shop” approach. ...

Montana House backs bill on religious challenges to rules

Apr. 01, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House passed a bill Thursday that would allow people to challenge government regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs. The approval, on a 59-38 vote, came a day after lawmakers rejected an amendment that would have made...

Montana Senate advances bill banning transgender athletes

Mar. 30, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate advanced Tuesday a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports according to the gender with which they identify, but amended it to be voided if the federal government withholds funding from the state...