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Montana teen who ran away from mental hospital dies after being hit by pickup truck, police say

A 15-year-old Montana girl who escaped from a mental health hospital has died after being struck by a pickup truck on a nearby interstate highway, police say. Kayla Neal, of Missoula, was walking on the southbound lanes of I-15 around 2 p.m. Monday in Helena when she was hit by a 56-year-old woman driving a Dodge truck, police there told KURL-TV. Minutes before, she had run Read More…

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New Central School library to be named after former Superintendent Jack Copps

The Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees unanimously voted Friday to name the new Central School Library after former superintendent Jack Copps. “Few public servants in Montana have impacted their communities in the same manner as George “Jack” Copps,” meeting documents said.  Copps worked as a public servant in Montana for nearly 60 years. At Read More…

Glacier seeks Going-to-the-Sun Road golfer IDs

Authorities in Glacier National Park are investigating after tourists were captured on video hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road. On Thursday, NBC Montana published a cellphone video taken by Glacier visitor Misty Morrow during a recent traffic backup on the famed mountain roadway. Morrow captured visitors driving two golf balls off the edge of the Read More…

American Prairie Reserve offers bison hunts

For the third year in a row the American Prairie Reserve is offering public bison harvest on its property. The harvest is in addition to the already available hunting opportunities for a variety of wildlife species on designated Reserve lands.  This year the nonprofit is offering 20 opportunities, with all but two being awarded to Read More…

Montana prisoner rights lawsuit is back in play

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Montana prisoner rights complaint, reviving the case and bumping the original judge. The complaint alleges the Montana State Prison fails to provide adequate mental health care and puts prisoners in conditions, like solitary confinement, that exacerbate mental health problems. The Montana Department of Corrections violated Read More…

2019 Missouri runoff 3rd highest on record

If you think this has been a wet spring, it’s now official. As of July 15, runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 42.2 million acre feet, according to John Remus, chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division. That amount exceeds the 2018 runoff total of 42.1 million acre feet, making Read More…

Lightning ignites small fire in Yellowstone

Only a week after Yellowstone National Park’s fire management officer predicted the wet summer could quickly turn dry and favorable for forest fires, the park’s first wildland fire of the year was detected on July 17 by hikers on the Sevenmile Hole Trail. The lightning-ignited 0.1 acre fire is located three miles east of Canyon Read More…

Woman who died in crash near Huntley ID'd

The 84-year-old woman who died Wednesday in a crash northeast of Huntley has been identified. Joan Gunderson, of Worden, who was a passenger in a Hyundai, died of multiple injuries in a crash with a Chevy Suburban, said Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Rich Hoffman. Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Suburban, traveling eastbound on Highway 312 Read More…

Big Timber teen still missing as alert expires

A missing person advisory has expired for a Big Timber teen, but the boy is still missing. A Missing Endangered Person Advisory was issued Wednesday for Marshall Dammann,16, and expired Thursday. Marshall remains missing. Those who have any information about him can contact the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office at 406-932-5143.  Marshall was last seen Read More…

Montana teen who ran away from mental hospital dies after being hit by pickup truck, police say

A 15-year-old Montana girl who escaped from a mental health hospital has died after being struck by a pickup truck on a nearby interstate highway, police say. Kayla Neal, of Missoula, was walking on the southbound lanes of I-15 around 2 p.m. Monday in Helena when she was hit by a 56-year-old woman driving a Dodge truck, police there told KURL-TV. Minutes before, she had run Read More…

Brain injury conference expands focus to include athletes

WHITEFISH — Professors, activists and survivors gathered at a conference in Whitefish on Wednesday to share research and experiences with an injury that plagues both athletes and veterans: concussions and traumatic brain injury. Organized by the University of Montana’s Neural Injury Center (NIC), the conference showcased both the latest research in treating and diagnosing TBI, Read More…

Historic Yellowstone fire lookout burns

In a strike of irony, a historic Yellowstone National Park fire lookout burned to the ground on Tuesday after being hit by lightning. The Mount Holmes Fire Lookout caught on fire during a severe thunderstorm in the area, according to a park press release. The structure fire also damaged a park radio repeater. The fire Read More…

7 acts will play at Bynum July 20

J.D.’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Bynum will be living up to its name on July 20, as it will be hosting the “SubRosa WeirdFest,” an outdoor music festival with seven artists that’s sure to be a little weird and a little wild. Sub Rosa is Latin for “under the rose,” and is often used to describe Read More…

July 7-13

July 7 — 9:55 a.m., Pondera County deputy spoke with Sheriff’s Office regarding possible theft in Dutton. — 2:17 p.m., Choteau resident reported a car horn repeatedly going off and asked a deputy to speak the owner of the vehicle. — 5:46 p.m., Choteau ambulance responded to a medical emergency in the City Park and Read More…

Court rules against release of investigation in 2011 Montana killing

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled against a woman seeking information about the police investigation into her brother’s unsolved death and dismemberment in 2011. The court ruled 5-0 Tuesday that the release of the 1,000-page file could harm the eight-year-old investigation into John Michael Crites’ death. × Continue reading your article with a digital subscription. Read More…