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Some AIS funding shifts to general fund

POLSON — Montana’s general fund will again help pay for the state’s fight against aquatic invasive species. During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers faced the challenge of raising $6 million to $7 million to fund boat-inspection stations, water monitoring and public outreach to protect the Columbia River’s headwaters from a devastating zebra and quagga mussel infestation. Read More…

Helena police seeking missing teen

Helena police are asking the public to help locate a missing teen.  Madelynne James Campbell-Adams, 16, is described as 5-foot-4 and 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue sweatshirt.  × Continue reading your article with a digital subscription. Loading&hellp; {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} Read More…

Lewis and Clark County staff confident in jail diversion action for inmates with mental illness

Normally, Kellie McBride would be leery of dedicating one particular month to mental health. “Because this isn’t something that we’re just doing this month,” said McBride, director of criminal justice services for Lewis and Clark County. “This is something Lewis and Clark County is committed to, and it’s something that we do every day.” County Read More…

UPDATED: Alleged victim found by search and rescue near Highway 93 N after domestic violence reports

The alleged victim of a domestic violence report was found following search and rescue efforts near mile marker 14 on Highway 93 North on Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement agencies searched the area after reports of a man assaulting a 23-year-old pregnant woman and “dragging” her into the nearby woods.  The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office detectives, alongside Read More…

Yellowstone concessionaires aim to build more housing, RV sites for seasonal employees

Continuing to invest in Yellowstone National Park, two concessionaires are seeking permission to add RV sites, small modular homes and laundry and bathroom facilities to alleviate crowding for seasonal workers at Canyon Village and West Yellowstone. “Additional housing is needed because concessions staffing levels have increased to accommodate growing visitor use and expanded visitor services; Read More…

Northwest Montana whooping cough numbers, guidelines revised Friday

Whooping cough cases continued to climb across northwest Montana Friday. The Missoula City-County Health Department had logged 119 cases of the respiratory ailment between mid-April and Friday afternoon. It also revised its guidelines for excluding individuals with the infection. “We are changing, revising our control strategy as the outbreak changes,” said City-County Health Officer Ellen Read More…

Montana's unemployment rate down to 3.6% in April

Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points in April to 3.6%, which is the same as the national unemployment rate. The state Labor Department says a tight labor market continues to constrain job growth. The agency estimated Montana gained 232 total jobs in April, which includes payroll, self-employed and agricultural jobs. × Read More…

Missing Crow Agency boy found

Law enforcement officials have canceled an advisory for a 15-year-old Crow Agency boy who was reported missing. Nakota Earth Boy was reported missing Friday in a news release from Bureau of Indian Affairs in Crow Agency. Officials said in a later email that Earth Boy had been located, but did not offer any other details. Read More…

Helena looks to finalize medical marijuana zoning regulations

The Helena City Commission will consider final approval Monday of ordinances to establish where medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations can operate and to outlaw running either type of business as a home occupation. Licensing of dispensaries within city limits began last December when the commission voted to suspend enforcement of a city ordinance that prohibited Read More…

City looks to finalize medical marijuana map

The Helena City Commission will consider final approval Monday of ordinances to establish where medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations can operate and to outlaw running either type of business as a home occupation. Licensing of dispensaries within city limits began last December when the commission voted to suspend enforcement of a city ordinance that prohibited Read More…

Upper Columbia Conservation Commission set to expand

POLSON — The Upper Columbia Conservation Commission is set to expand its membership under a new law. Montana lawmakers created the commission, often referred to as UC3, in 2017. They tasked it with monitoring water quality and undertaking environmental protection efforts in Montana’s slice of the Columbia River Basin — the front line of a multimillion-dollar effort Read More…

Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws in court, Keystone XL opponents' lawyers say

BISMARCK, N.D. — Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff’s attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain a defendant in the suit spearheaded by the American Read More…

2 Great Falls women die in head-on crash near West Glacier

GREAT FALLS — Two 18-year-old Great Falls women were killed in a nearly head-on crash on U.S. Highway 2 near West Glacier. Flathead County officials identified the victims Thursday as Caitlin Benner and her passenger, Vanessa Fitzgerald. The Montana Highway Patrol tells the Great Falls Tribune the car Benner was driving crossed the center line Wednesday afternoon and Read More…

Lewistown News-Argus

Current crew, drivers and officers, along with retired crew members, for the Winifred Community Ambulance Club who attended the open house on Sunday are (front row, from left) Conny Carlstrom, Shirley Dyer, Erin Slivka, Lorna Philp, Laura Russell, Jenny Wherley, Shirley Benes, Chuck Philp,  (back row) Joe DeMars, Tom Philp, Jr., Casey Philp, Dusty Philp, Read More…

Grammy-nominated southern rock band Needtobreathe brings acoustic tour to Helena

Some bands like to fall neatly into a specific genre’s strictures. Others can’t stand the idea of being stuck with those expectations. Needtobreathe falls, somewhat neatly, into the second category. The Grammy-nominated southern rock band will be in Helena Tuesday as part of its Acoustic Live tour, where the band takes its signature arena-rock style Read More…

Daines urges quick results in trade battle

Even as the Trump Administration’s trade war with China raged unabated, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assured Sen. Steve Daines during a Senate hearing Tuesday that removing Chinese tariffs on polysilicon remains “a high priority.” The polysilicon tariffs are blamed for the closure of REC Silicon’s factory in Moses Lake, Washington, which was announced Tuesday. REC Read More…

Stop tagging Walleye

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is again asking the person responsible for putting plastic zip ties into the jaws of Missouri River walleye to stop. The illegal practice first came to light a year ago when FWP game wardens found two walleyes with zip ties in their jaws. This year, during the first week of May, Read More…

Online technical issues

Because of a host of technical difficulties, many hunters who were trying to purchase nonresident surplus elk combo licenses online were unable to complete their transactions. Over the next 10 days, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be contacting by email and phone those customers who attempted to purchase this license between 5 and 5:30 Read More…

May 5-11

May 5 — 6:05 a.m., resident at 1922 Second Lane N.E., Choteau, reported two bears on her property. — 8:08 p.m., man in Choteau reported his wallet was stolen. — 9:33 p.m., motorist reported an erratic driver on U.S. Highway 89. — 10:07 p.m., vehicle driving at a lower rate of speed causing a possible Read More…