HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Administrators, staff and residents of Montana retirement communities asked the Legislature Thursday to allow their facilities to be licensed to serve alcohol to residents and...
Montana mine begins removing copper from toxic water
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana mining project has begun treating the site's toxic water to remove copper.
The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that the water treatment by the Montana...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers heard public testimony during an all-day hearing Saturday on two bills with different visions for continuing the state's Medicaid expansion program that...
Officials investigate death of prerelease walkaway
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a 30-year-old who walked away from a prerelease center in Helena has been found dead.
The Independent Record reports that Lewis and Clark County...
Montana man gets 2 life sentences for killing parents
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 22-year-old Montana man who was convicted of killing his parents has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
Montana school officials hold hearing on autism criteria
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana public education officials are holding a public hearing on proposed changes to the criteria for identifying students with autism.
Boy in east Arkansas shot in face with flare gun
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say criminal charges are expected after a 3-year-old boy was shot in the face with a flare gun in Helena-West Helena.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a man who says he was making a citizen's arrest when he blocked a Helena street with his truck and trailer to stop a...
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities said they have arrested 44 people in eastern Arkansas on criminal charges in a coordinated operation to "bring back law and order" following a recent...
VA ends funding for homeless vet residence in Helena
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After losing its funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a Helena transitional residence for homeless veterans is operating on a month-to-month basis and looking...
Federal report says seatbelts lessened injuries in bus crash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transportation safety officials say the use of seatbelts in a school bus that was involved in a 2017 rollover crash in Helena probably prevented more serious injuries to the...
- Daily Inter LakeLibby Superfund team goes to Helena to discuss cleanupMarch 22, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeBigfork textile artist Best in Show at statewide business eventMarch 21, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeBullock's infrastructure plan includes $208M in bondsJanuary 30, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeGame managers propose deer hunting changesJanuary 24, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeLawmakers predict Medicaid expansion will dominate sessionJanuary 6, 2019
Montana county to end distribution of flood sandbags
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western Montana homeowners will no longer receive sandbags that were previously supplied by county officials to hold back floodwaters.
Montana bill would require media to identify ownership
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill being considered by Montana lawmakers would require media outlets owned by out-of-state corporations to prominently identify their owners and their headquarters in...
Carroll College to cut programs amid declining enrollment
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Carroll College plans to eliminate five majors and create a new school of professional and graduate studies as the Catholic school deals with declining enrollment.
Snow expected for large part of Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Winter storm warnings and advisories have been posted for a large part of Montana.
The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a winter storm warning through Monday...
- Business WireBlackfoot Expands Business Services in HelenaFebruary 26, 2019
- Globe NewswireEagle Bancorp Montana Earns $1.4 Million in 4Q18 and $5.0 Million in 2018; Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.0925 per ShareJanuary 29, 2019
- Globe NewswireEagle Bancorp Montana Completes Purchase of The State Bank of Townsend, Townsend, MontanaJanuary 2, 2019
- Globe NewswireEagle Bancorp Montana Earns $1.6 Million in the Third Quarter; Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.0925 per ShareOctober 23, 2018
The Latest: Former Montana deputy accused of long-term abuse
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a former Montana sheriff's deputy on child sexual abuse charges (all times local):
Court documents allege that a 52-year-old former Montana sheriff's deputy sexually abused a child dating back to when he was still working for the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Virgil Wolfe was charged Friday in Cascade County with 80 counts of sexual abuse of children and one other felony crime.
Montana gun safety bill introduced on Parkland anniversary
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A gun safety bill championed by a Helena student advocacy group was introduced in the Montana Legislature on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Moffie Funk of Helena and developed by Helena Youth Against Gun Violence would fine a person who failed to secure a gun that is used in an act of violence.
Former Montana deputy arrested on child abuse charges
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say they have arrested a former sheriff's deputy on suspicion of sexually abusing children.
The Cascade County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page Thursday that Virgil Wolfe is being charged with 80 counts of sexual abuse of children.
The sheriff's statement says Wolfe is a former Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy who now lives in neighboring Cascade County.
Study: Coverage would plummet with Montana Medicaid changes
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people would lose their health care coverage and the state's administrative costs would increase if a proposal to change Montana's Medicaid expansion program becomes law, a study released Wednesday said.
The draft of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey called for adding work requirements, increasing premiums and making other changes to the program that enrolls about 95,000 low-income adults.
School considers nixing gender-specific graduation gowns
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Graduates of a Montana high school may not wear gender-specific caps and gowns to their commencement ceremony this year.
The Helena Independent Record reports most girls at every Helena High School commencement since at least 2007 have worn white caps and gowns, while most boys have worn burgundy.
Montana hospitals agree to help fund Medicaid expansion
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals have agreed to pay a fee to help fund Medicaid expansion as the state's share of the cost of the health care coverage increases, an official with the Montana Hospital Association said Thursday.
Bob Olsen, the senior vice president for the MHA, said Gov. Steve Bullock and state lawmakers made it clear they expected industries that benefited from Medicaid expansion to help pay to continue it.
Helena homeless shelter population triples amid cold temps
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of people staying at a Montana homeless shelter has tripled as temperatures dip below zero.
Session helps medical workers spot human trafficking victims
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital hosted a training session to help medical providers spot human trafficking victims.
The Independent Record reports more than a dozen employees Tuesday at St. Peter's Health in Helena attended a presentation led by Charity Parenzini.
Montana lawmakers consider raising state park fees
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A pair of bills under consideration by Montana lawmakers would make changes in a $6 fee used to help fund state parks and trails.
WinCo to hire 160 employees for first Billings store
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say WinCo Foods is set to hire about 160 employees for its first store in Billings.
The Billings Gazette reports company spokesman Noah Fleisher says the supermarket is set to open in early March in a lot where a Kmart stood for 40 years.
Neighbors sue to stop plans to demolish historic church
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A group of Montana homeowners have filed a lawsuit challenging the demolition of a historic church.
Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Legislatures-Montana story
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Jan. 24 about a proposed anti-harassment policy The Associated Press reported erroneously that the measure containing the policy passed the Montana Senate on Thursday. The Senate took an initial vote on Thursday and it passed a final vote on Friday.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Montana Senate approves anti-harassment, retaliation policy
Longtime Butte doctor admits sexually assaulting patients
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A longtime Butte physician accused of sexually assaulting several female patients has pleaded guilty.
Montana lawmaker wants state to buy beleaguered power plant
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings legislator's proposal that Montana buy Colstrip power plant drew criticism from business and environmental groups alike at a Monday hearing in Helena.
Helena airport served record number of passengers in 2018
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena Regional Airport has marked its fourth consecutive record year of passenger travel.
The Independent Record reports that in 2018, nearly 240,000 passengers flew from or to the airport. That was an 11.4 percent increase from the previous year, in part because the airport offered an additional 250 flights.
Conservation elders aim to share their Montana knowledge
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Believing that the future of Montana's conservation movement is founded in its history, a new organization has formed to offer its wealth of knowledge while also pushing to get more young people outside.
Bill would change how Montana liquor licenses are awarded
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana would switch permanently to an auction system to award liquor licenses under a bill proposed Thursday.
The state used to hold lotteries for liquor licenses but during a special session in November 2017 called to fix a revenue shortage, lawmakers changed to a competitive bidding process. That way of distributing licenses was meant to increase money for the state's coffers.
Accused athletic trainer’s daughter: ‘This has to change’
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Kristen Newby isn't ashamed. She doesn't want the long string of horrible sexual abuses her father is being accused of in Miles City to be swept under the rug.