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Montana firefighters help fight California wildfires

MISSOULA, Mont. – The following is a press release from the Montana National Guard: Fifty-four Montana wildland firefighters and 16 wildland engines are headed to California to assist in firefighting efforts. The state of Montana received a request from the California Office of Emergency Services Tuesday afternoon to provide critically needed firefighting resources to support Read More…

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Photo: Santa's reindeer land in Helena

A pair of live reindeer accompanied Santa Claus at Murdoch’s in Helena Saturday afternoon. When they’re not helping Santa with his Christmas Eve duties, 14-year-old Nicholas, pictured here, and 6-year-old Olive, the other reindeer, spend their time at Reindeer Express west of Spokane, Washington. Several other Murdoch’s locations in Montana and Colorado are hosting live Read More…

Flathead National Forest releases forest plan

KALISPELL — After four years, 33,000 comments and countless meetings, the Flathead National Forest officially released its long-awaited land use plan that will guide future management decisions for more than a decade. It’s been 30 years since the Flathead National Forest last fully updated its land use plan for the 2.4 million acres it manages. Over Read More…

Pet of the Week:

“I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need, I don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree, I just want you for my very own, more than you could ever know, make my wish come true oh, all I want for Christmas is you….” Tinker, Karma, and Hot Read More…

Man with history of drug trafficking, theft and fraud sentenced for buying guns illegally in Sidney

A Wolf Point man with extensive felony convictions, who has swallowed cocaine to avoid officers finding it, will spend nearly eight years in federal prison for using others to buy him firearms. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings on Friday followed the prosecution’s recommendation and sentenced Carlos Demetrius Maynard, 46, to seven years and Read More…

State employee health clinic to close in Miles City after failing to fill appointments

The state employee health clinic in Miles City will close Friday, after efforts to boost the number of patients failed, making its continued operation financially unfeasible. Clinics in Helena, Billings, Missoula, Butte and Anaconda remain in operation. The Miles City clinic opened in 2013. “The center was opened originally to try to serve people in Read More…

Kalispell man killed in three car-accident

KALISPELL — A 31-year-old Kalispell man was killed in a three-car accident Wednesday morning, according to Kalispell police. The accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. on the Highway 93 Bypass between U.S. Highway 2 and Three Mile Drive. The Kalispell man was driving a Ford sedan southbound when the vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes and collided Read More…

40 percent of National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs employees report being harassed

WASHINGTON — More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department said they were harassed or discriminated against in the previous year, the department said Thursday as it released a report on workplace conditions at the sprawling agency. Results from an anonymous survey of the department’s nearly 70,000 employees show that 8 percent reported being Read More…

Solar advocates suit claims Public Service Commission undercuts renewable energy projects

Solar advocates are suing Montana’s Public Service Commission for allegedly undercutting the renewable energy development. The suit claims the PSC “drastically and unreasonably” slashed the rates that will be paid by NorthWestern to small renewable energy developers. The PSC reduced the duration of contracts for the sale of energy from small developers to NorthWestern, the Read More…

Group creates guide for Montana farmers to tap into tourism

BOZEMAN — A sustainability organization has created a guide that aims to help Montana farmers and ranchers earn additional revenue through tourism. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, or AERO, earlier this week released the guide that outlines agritourism — business opportunities that link visitors with agricultural production. The guide lists Read More…

Breen named USBWA National Player of Week

After collecting her fourth career Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor, Choteau native and Montana State University Billings women’s basketball senior Alisha Breen was named the United States Basketball Writers’ Association National Player of the Week. Breen’s head coach was quoted in the on the schools website congratulating her. “It’s great to Read More…