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Video: Bobcats in the Bitterroot

Same puddle, different cats. A mama bobcat and three kits stop visit a watering hole in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. Sign up now for our News Alerts email! × You have run out of free stories. To continue reading, take advantage of our LOWEST offer yet! Loading&hellp; {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} {{term}} {{html}} {{action_button}} Read More…

Montana unemployment rate falls to 3.3% in August

Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.3% in August, a 10-year low. The state’s unemployment rate fell slightly from 3.4% in July. Sign up now for our News Alerts email! × You have run out of free stories. To continue reading, take advantage of our LOWEST offer yet! Loading&hellp; {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} Read More…

Non-Native community needs to step up to address Native challenges, panel says

When it comes to challenges facing the indigenous community and missing and murdered indigenous people, get involved, get educated, and be an advocate — especially if you’re not Native American. That’s the message panelists shared Thursday while discussing indigenous communities during the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s day-long Communities in Crisis conference. The first question asked Read More…

Boys reported missing in Billings found

Update: A Missing Endangered Person Advisory issued Thursday afternoon for two boys, ages 4 and 3, last seen in Billings has been canceled. The siblings have been found, according to the Montana Department of Justice.  Anthony Andrew Salcido Jimenez Jr., 4, and Armando Slyvester Salcido Jimenez, 3, were last seen around 1:10 p.m. on Thursday.  Read More…

Helena's latest ACT scores stay above state average

Despite a very small decline overall, Helena’s ACT scores are holding steadily above the state average.  “This is a completely different group of students,” said school district Superintendent Tyler Ream. “It’s kind of amazing to have that level of consistency.” The federally required exam was completed by the junior class of 2018-19 in the spring.  Helena’s average Read More…

Missing children last seen in Billings

A Missing Endangered Person Advisory was issued Thursday afternoon for two children, ages 4 and 3, last seen in Billings.  Anthony Andrew Salcido Jimenez Jr., 4, and Armando Slyvester Salcido Jimenez, 3, were last seen around 1:10 p.m. on Thursday.  The siblings are described as Native American and both have brown eyes and black hair. Read More…

Video: Mountain lions take a break in the Bitterroot

A quartet of mountain lions stop at a watering hole in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. Sign up now for our Breaking News email! × You have run out of free stories. To continue reading, take advantage of our LOWEST offer yet! Loading&hellp; {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} {{term}} {{html}} {{action_button}} Thanks for being a subscriber. Read More…

Billings, HUD official turn attention to zoning in attempt to increase affordable housing options

If Billings wants affordable housing in more neighborhoods, it’s going to have to look at changing zoning laws, an official from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday. Anna Maria Farías arrived in Billings this week to review affordable housing in the Montana. She wasn’t the only visitor from Washington, D.C., this Read More…

Total population down, but first-year enrollment up at Carroll College

While the size of Carroll College‘s total student body decreased again this semester, enrollment among new first-year students has reached its highest point in three years.   Total enrollment at Carroll was 1,373 in 2016, 1,354 in 2017, 1,353 in 2018, and 1,290 this semester. Chato Hazelbaker, vice president of enrollment, said the class of 2019 was Read More…

Fall is for boating on Bighorn Reservoir

Fall is a great time to trek to Bighorn Reservoir to boat in the rocky canyon, and maybe take along enough gear for an overnight outing. With the lake surrounded by the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, the National Park Service has produced a Waterway Trail Guide that details campsites along the 71-mile-long lake. Paddlers Read More…

Bike repair station installed at Caboose trailhead on River's Edge Trail

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune Published 4:54 p.m. MT Sept. 18, 2019 CLOSE Steffen Janiula, trails coordinator for Great Falls Park and Recreation, installs a new bike repair station at the Caboose trailhead. (Photo: Courtesy photo) A new bike repair station has been installed at the Caboose trailhead along the River’s Edge Trail in Great Falls, giving bikers Read More…

Bidders spend over $55,000 at art auction

The 30th annual Shadows of the Past art auction certainly made its milestone anniversary memorable on Sept. 14, with 112 pieces sold for a grand total of $55,805 to be divided among artists and the Benefis Teton Medical Center Foundation. The BTMC Foundation is dedicating this year’s proceeds to purchase a replacement walk-in freezer and Read More…

Speakers share love for Front

A handful of local folks offered their insights into what the Rocky Mountain Front is all about on Sept. 14, leaving a small but interested audience with nuggets of information on what one of the speakers called a “world class landscape.” The University of Montana and the Choteau Area Port Authority sponsored the two-day event, Read More…

Sept. 8-14

Sept. 8 — 4:26 p.m., Choteau resident spoke with a deputy regarding a situation he is having. — 8:34 p.m., Choteau resident reported hitting a deer on U.S. Highway 287, doing damage to their vehicle. Sept. 10 — 12:05 p.m., Fairfield resident reported a possible assault on a minor while attending the football game in Read More…

Helena Municipal Judge candidate censured by Supreme Court twice

A Helena Municipal Judge candidate who was censured by the Montana Supreme Court in two separate cases acknowledged Tuesday that he has “faltered professionally.” Jack Morris filed as a candidate for Helena Municipal Judge earlier this summer. Morris, a Helena-based attorney, deals with criminal cases, according to a letter published in the Independent Record in Read More…