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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...

California man pleads guilty to killing Montana man

Apr. 08, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A California man has agreed to plea guilty to negligent homicide in the killing of a Montana man during an altercation last summer outside a Whitefish bar, according to court documents. Xavier Chenault, 22, of Sacramento, faces 15 years in prison...

Former Montana Gov. Stan Stephens dies at 91

Apr. 05, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Stan Stephens, a radio journalist who became a leading Republican lawmaker, has died. He was 91. Stephens died Saturday in Kalispell after several months of ill health, according to former state Sen. John Brendan. ...

Glacier National Park introduces ticket entry system

Apr. 01, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Park officials in Montana have unveiled a temporary ticket entry system for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor this summer to manage congestion and avoid potential closures because of the coronavirus pandemic and road construction. Glacier...

Grizzly guru tries to defuse human conflicts with bears

Mar. 28, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

KALISPELL, mont. (AP) — In 1988, the renowned grizzly bear biologist Tim Manley was working as a research assistant on the South Fork Flathead River, trying to devise a reliable method for counting grizzlies in the dense and mountainous terrain of the Northern Continental Divide. More than...

Woman accused of hitting girl with car enters Alford plea

Mar. 25, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman accused of driving into a 6-year-old girl who was trying to cross a highway has entered an Alford plea in court on Thursday. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence...

Glacier Park adopts Going-to-the-Sun Road management plan

Mar. 21, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials have finalized the long-awaited Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor management plan to help improve the visitor experience and protect natural resources along the iconic alpine byway. The comprehensive plan has been in...

Montana opens independent public health institute

Mar. 18, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s first independent public health institute is officially up and running with projects aimed at strengthening the state’s public health system by focusing on its rural, frontier and tribal communities and by supporting sound health policy and funding. ...

Three killed in western Montana car crash

Mar. 08, 2021 19:39 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Three people were killed in a weekend car crash in western Montana that left a fourth victim hospitalized. The Flathead County Sheriff's office said Monday that 42-year-old Melodi Johnson and her 14-year-old daughter, Abigail Johnson, of Dayton...

Former manager pleads guilty in North Dakota oilfield death

Mar. 08, 2021 18:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accusing of lying to investigators about the 2014 death of an oilfield worker in North Dakota pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Stephan Reisinger, 50, of Kalispell, Montana, is charged with obstructing an Occupational Safety and Health...