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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a pickup truck pulls a camper through the wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake in Missoula County, Mont. The small town was blanketed with hazardous smoke due to wildfires for seven weeks in 2017. A study showed residents' lung capacity declined in the first two years after the fires. The study team hasn't been able to return to Seeley Lake to check on the residents this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kari Greer, U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Wildfire smoke leaves lung damage long after air clears

Sep. 18, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by...

Montana universities see decline in enrollment amid pandemic

Sep. 16, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two universities in Montana have reported declines in student enrollment, attributing the drop to shifted student plans during the pandemic as debates continued over remote learning or in-person instruction. The University of Montana in Missoula reported a 4.5% decline in student...

2 dead, 1 hospitalized after plane crash in Montana

Sep. 13, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — Two people have died and one has been hospitalized after a plane crash in Montana. The crash happened Saturday night north of Seeley Lake Airport, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on its Facebook page. Authorities located the damaged plane early...

FILE -In this Feb. 5, 2001 file photo, a mule deer buck stands among a herd of grazing deer at their wintering grounds in Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Mont. State wildlife officials are reminding hunters heading into the field this fall to watch for signs of chronic wasting disease, which can affect deer, elk and moose. Hunters are also asked to have their animals tested for the neurological disease. If an animal tests positive, federal health officials recommend strongly against eating the meat. (Erik Petersen/Livingston Enterprise via AP, File)

Hunters reminded to watch for chronic wasting disease

Sep. 13, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — As hunters brace for a 2020 field season in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve still got to deal with a more persistent wildlife disease problem: chronic wasting disease. “It still isn’t going away,” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1...

Organized opposition to weed legalization in Montana emerges

Sep. 11, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Organized opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Montana has emerged, the Missoulian newspaper reported on Thursday. The Montana Contractors Association, a builder's group, opposes two state measures to legalize recreational weed on the grounds that it would...

Montana emergency officials say 28 homes lost in wildfire

Sep. 8, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities said 28 residences have been lost in a wildfire in Gallatin County. Fire officials say several outbuildings were also lost in the Bridger Foothills fire that began Friday in the county that includes Bozeman, KECI-TV reports. Officials are investigating the cause...

Appeals court denies Green Party candidates ballot access

Sep. 8, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request for an emergency injunction to allow Montana Green Party candidates to appear on the November ballot, a decision that one of the plaintiffs says puts an end to the issue. “It looks as if the fat lady has finally sung and I will not...

Montana meth use increased as coronavirus pandemic hit state

Sep. 7, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Laboratory results and law enforcement reports indicate methamphetamine use increased in Montana during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic. Millennium Health reported a 34% increase in urine samples testing positive for methamphetamine after President Donald Trump declared...

Pandemic, meth fuel crime and domestic abuse in Montana

Sep. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's most populous county has seen a sharp increase in violent crime since the coronavirus pandemic began, driven by more domestic abuse and drug-related crimes, federal and local authorities said Tuesday. Yellowstone County, which includes Billings, saw a 20% spike in violent...

Montana schools to play sports but some spectators sidelined

Aug. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana high schools will play football in the fall despite state health officials' concerns. Health officials from the state’s seven biggest counties had previously asked Montana High School Association officials to consider moving football to the spring. Four...