ENNIS, Mont. (AP) - Madison County search and rescue crews planned to resume searching Tuesday for a Montana State University student who is missing and presumed drowned at a lake in southwestern Montana. Undersheriff Roger Thompson says deputies, firefighters and search crews responded to Ennis Lake at around 1:30 p.m. Monday to a report that a 19-year-old man was missing.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Missoula say they're investigating a fatal shooting outside a strip club. Police were called to the Fox Club Cabaret around 1:15 a.m. Monday and say they arrived to find a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest. The man later died at a hospital. They say the shooter was a 27-year-old male
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at Fort Missoula on the outskirts of town. The move saves the Forest Service an estimated $1.9 million in annual lease payments. Forest Service officials tell the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1x2j6sm ) they plan
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two candidates isn't planning to attend. Republican candidate Ryan Zinke cites a scheduling conflict in pulling out of the Sept. 29 event in Billings. That leaves Democrat John Lewis as the only participant. The Bozeman
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 31-year-old Belt woman has died in a single-vehicle accident. The patrol says the accident occurred yesterday morning in Cascade County near the community of Belt. The initial investigation indicates the vehicle the woman was driving failed to negotiate a turn, struck a power pole and rolled down an embankment.
BELT FATAL 31-year-old Belt woman killed in accident GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 31-year-old Belt woman has died in a single-vehicle accident. The patrol says the accident occurred Saturday morning in Cascade County near the community of Belt. The initial investigation indicates the vehicle the woman was driving failed to negotiate a turn, struck
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police say a two-day manhunt has brought the arrest of a 27-year-old man accused in Montana of killing a homeless man. Cpl. Marcus Hines says Kevin Joseph Lino was arrested Saturday after twice evading pursuers. Hines says tips helped police track Lino to woods near railroad tracks. Montana authorities have a warrant charging him with
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 31-year-old Belt woman has died in a single-vehicle accident. The patrol says the accident occurred Saturday morning in Cascade County near the community of Belt. The initial investigation indicates the vehicle the woman was driving failed to negotiate a turn, struck a power pole and rolled down an embankment.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A proposal by a North Dakota couple to relocate their commercial bobcat fur farm to central Montana has generated comments from around the world. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Shawn Briggs says a substantial numbers of comments on an environmental assessment came from all over the United States and the world, including Great
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Hunters haven't had much success at the start of the annual Jackson Hole bison hunt in northwest Wyoming. Game managers say only 11 bison were harvested in the opening days of the hunt that started on Aug. 15 and goes on for five months. Hunting is allowed on the National Elk Refuge and Bridger-Teton National Forest
By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior says it made a mistake giving railroads too much discretion on what can be built on 200-foot-wide rights of way across thousands of miles of public land in 11 Western states. A proposed water pipeline in California having nothing to do with railroad operations prompted
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Rangers have conducted about 90 search and rescue operations Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks so far this year. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says an estimated 15 "major" and 20 "minor" search and rescue operations have occurred in Yellowstone, which covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. A search and rescue operation involving emergency personnel is
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park sees plenty of foreign visitors who come to see its unique natural features. But this week, 43 foreigners will be coming to the park to become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs. The immigrants come from 20 different countries and currently live in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in western Montana rescued two mountain lion cubs from the burning log under which they were hiding. Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay told the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1tkoLr9 ) a crew was digging a fire line on Friday when they heard noises coming from under the log. The fire prevented the crew from reaching the
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Visitors are being asked to be cautious as the elk rut begins in Yellowstone National Park. Park spokesman Al Nash says bull elk are much more aggressive toward people and vehicles this time of year, and visitors should keep a safe distance from the animals and look around corners before exiting buildings or walking
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - An advocacy group is asking Montana's attorney general to intervene after Madison County leaders took no action to improve access to the Ruby River following a state Supreme Court decision. The Public Land/Water Access Association won its case against landowner James Cox Kennedy in January after 10 years of litigation over blocked access to the river.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A nonprofit organization that promotes international exchanges and foreign leaders' visits to Montana is moving its headquarters from Bozeman to Helena. The Independent Record reports ( http://bit.ly/1pf5dgk ) WorldMontana announced recently it will relocate from Montana State University to Carroll College. Carroll President Tom Evans says most foreign delegations visiting Montana travel to Helena to meet
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Officials investigating the death of a Yellowstone National Park employee say the woman died by suicide. Park officials say the body of the 21-year-old woman from Twin Bridges, Montana, was found Tuesday. She was a park concession employee who had missed shifts at work and failed to meet a family member on Monday afternoon.
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana students for the first time will take a test linked to the Common Core standards this school year. Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau says education officials conducted field tests using the exam, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment, last spring. Juneau says some schools are behind in curriculum development,
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - In two months, Montanans will choose two new members of the state's congressional delegation, which party will be in control for the 2015 Legislature and whether to change the makeup of the state Supreme Court. Here are five things to know about Montana's midterm elections: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SWITCH BOOSTS DAINES U.S. Rep. Steve Daines' run for
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A data breach that was reported at some Albertsons stores in early August impacted all the company's grocery stores in Washington, Idaho and Montana. KHQ-TV of Spokane reported Friday that fraud investigators determined that all the company's stores in the three states were vulnerable to the breach. Albertsons has said the breach involved customers who shopped
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis proposed ideas to help those with student loan debt as she, her Republican opponent Rep. Steve Daines, and U.S. House candidates Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis campaigned in all corners of the state. A look at the week's most interesting and important developments
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State officials say Montana ranks in the top five states for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as an aging workforce retires. The Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Day report released Friday shows that since the start of 2014, about 12,000 jobs have been added in
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will suspend its hunt for three more members of the Huckleberry wolf pack for the Labor Day weekend. Hunters contracted by the state for the past week have been trying to kill a total of four members of the pack in order to protect a herd of 1,800 sheep
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - The dean of the College of Technical Sciences at Montana State University-Northern will serve as interim chancellor after the resignation of Chancellor James Limbaugh. MSU President Waded Cruzado said Friday that Greg Kegel is a natural choice for a leadership position, and will serve in the post for the "foreseeable future." Kegel began working at Northern
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - For the second time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Friday ( http://tinyurl.com/n5rf3ej ) the man was flying the craft near the Midway Geyser Basin Aug. 19. His name wasn't immediately available. In early August,
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Five Bozeman residents are suing the city, the mayor and city commissioners arguing the city did not have the legal authority to enact an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The complaint, filed in District Court, asks the court to declare the non-discrimination ordinance invalid. In June, Bozeman became
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 37-year-old southwest Idaho man police say carjacked a vehicle in Nampa and briefly escaped custody while being brought back to Idaho from Montana has entered guilty pleas. Rodney Lee Seiber pleaded guilty Thursday in Fourth District Court to attempted kidnapping and escape. He was arrested on Sept. 25 in Montana near Garryowen in southeastern Montana.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise. Custer County Coroner Vicki Armbruster says 21-year-old Lucius Robbi of Orleans, California, died on Aug. 19 of blunt force trauma that happened when his car went off Highway 21
By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana's oil patch. Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Washington, will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty
By JOSH WOOD Associated Press POPLAR, Mont. (AP) - Tribal officials say eastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the drilling boom on the nearby Bakken oil fields. Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes chairman Rusty Stafne says crime has increased but the reservation isn't seeing the economic gains of neighbors in North Dakota and
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. government has offered to buy land parcels in Arizona and Montana from 4,300 American Indians who have fractional ownership interests and give the land back to the tribes. The Interior Department said Thursday it made offers totaling $19.2 million to 2,500 individual owners of land on Montana's Northern Cheyenne reservation and $77.6 million to
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge will decide if a suspect's alleged confession to his involvement in the slaying of a woman jogger should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled. District Judge Richard Simonton has scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in Sidney in the case of 25-year-old Michael Spell of Parachute, Colorado. Spell is accused of killing
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A woman arrested after a man's body was found in the Clark Fork River has denied a charge alleging she was involved in an assault on the man. KTMF-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/1AYCeWz ) Michailiah Tembruell pleaded not guilty Thursday to accountability for aggravated assault in the death of 36-year-old Gilbert Barry. His body was found in
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man who is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of a Cascade County sheriff's deputy faces charges that he tried to assault two other officers and endangered two motorists during an Aug. 14 chase. County Attorney John Parker told the Great Falls Tribune ( http://gftrib.com/1qGcbjr ) that felony charges of assault
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - The chancellor of Montana State University-Northern is resigning, effective Friday. James Limbaugh sent an email to Northern faculty and staff Thursday saying that continuing controversy on campus and in the community "has become a significant distraction to the achievement of our common goals," and that he was resigning for the sake of the institution. The Havre
By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A judge will decide if statements made to FBI agents by a Colorado man accused of murder in Montana's oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled. Judge Richard Simonton on Thursday scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in Glendive in the case of 25-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is asking a bankruptcy judge to approve a key piece of a proposed settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by clergy. The diocese filed for bankruptcy protection in January as part of an agreement with 362 people abused as children
COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) - A 44-year-old Columbus man has been given a 10-year probationary sentence for a drunken driving crash that killed the passenger on his motorcycle. The Stillwater County News reports District Judge Blair Jones sentenced John Bryce Newkirk on Aug. 21 for vehicular homicide while under the influence. Prosecutors say Newkirk's blood-alcohol level was 0.177 at the time
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Whitefish woman who stabbed her husband in the chest during an argument, causing fatal injuries, has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. AnnMari Newton entered her plea Wednesday before District Judge Ted Lympus in Kalispell. Sentencing is set for Oct. 30. Newton was arrested in November and charged with assault with a weapon for injuries suffered
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an employee at the Kalispell Walmart died in a fall from a movable staircase in a storeroom and not a ladder, as was initially reported. Jeff Funke tells the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1teHeVZ ) the investigation is also looking into the time it took an ambulance
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Clancy man has pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular homicide for a fatal crash on Interstate 15 near Montana City. The Montana Standard reports ( http://bit.ly/1wHYQMm ) Cal Erickson Mullen appeared in District Court in Boulder Wednesday, where he also denied a felony and two misdemeanor counts of negligent vehicular assault. Prosecutors allege Mullen
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Here are results of Tuesday and Wednesday's Montana Lottery drawings: JACKPOTS WON: None MAJOR PRIZES WON IN MONTANA: None THE WINNING NUMBERS DRAWN: Montana Cash: 09, 15, 22, 29, 39. Wild Card: 09, 20, 26, 28, 30. Wild Card Ace Of Diamonds. Hot Lotto: 09, 24, 28, 39, 41. Hot Ball 02. Hot Lotto Sizzler 03.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 14-year-old Lame Deer girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday, has been recovered and is safe. Northern Cheyenne law enforcement asked the state Department of Justice to cancel the alert at 3 a.m. Thursday. Officials were searching for Mariah Eileen Akeen, believing she had been kidnapped. State officials said Akeen was
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Department of Justice officials have issued an Amber alert for a 14-year-old girl they believe was kidnapped near Lame Deer. State officials say Mariah Eileen Akeen was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck without license plates that was stopped at 2 a.m. Wednesday. Officers were arresting the driver when another passenger, 19-year-old Zachary
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for author Jon Krakauer and the Montana University System are asking a judge to decide whether the state should release documents on how the commissioner of higher education handled a rape case against the University of Montana quarterback. Krakauer attorney Mike Meloy told District Judge Kathy Seeley Wednesday the documents
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Law enforcement at Yellowstone National Park is investigating the death a woman who worked there. Park officials say 21-year-old Kassandra "Kassie" Wieferich was found dead Tuesday night in the Old Faithful Lodge area. Officials started searching for Wieferich, a park concession employee from Twin Bridges, Montana, on Tuesday after she missed shifts at work
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana Army National Guard soldier who fled the country to avoid trial has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children and bail jumping. The Independent Record reports Jeffrey Lane Wenzel entered his plea Tuesday in District Court in Helena as part of an agreement that calls for him to be sentenced to eight years
ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) - A 29-year-old woman who fled the Anaconda hospital after she and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine has pleaded not guilty to a forgery charge that alleges she checked into the hospital using her sister's name. Michelle Yallup entered her plea in District Court on Wednesday and was ordered held on $30,000 bond. Her public defender
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Missoula are searching for a man suspected of assaulting a former Wall Street Journal and Missoulian reporter, likely costing the 70-year-old man the sight in his left eye. Les Gapay tells the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1lwrafY ) he was assaulted Sunday in the parking lot of a Walmart, where he was staying in his pickup
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices were conspiring to drive him out of office. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock Tuesday also rejected Bozeman Republican Art Wittich's accusations of misconduct and abuse of process against
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Havre businessman has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy that defrauded the Chippewa Cree Tribe and funneled money to several others involved, including former state legislator Tony Belcourt. Shad James Huston pleaded guilty Monday to theft from an Indian tribal organization, failure to file currency transaction reports and bribery of a tribal
By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man accused in a triple murder on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation is due in court Wednesday for a mental health competency hearing. Twenty-five-year-old Sheldon Bernard Chase has been ordered to appear via video conference from the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. Also ordered to appear was
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A family of grizzly bears that had eaten corn and carrots from a garden in the Creston area and was spotted walking through yards on several occasions has been captured and relocated to a remote area on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the 6-year-old female and two cubs were
By The Associated Press Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. PANEL PREPARES NEW WATER COMPACT PUSH: A legislative working group says the scientific modeling used in the state's water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is "reasonable." The Legislature's Water Policy Interim Committee asked for a review after
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal authorities are providing $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana. The money from the Office on Violence Against Women will be used to help provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The grants will be
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A 41-year-old Stevensville man faces charges alleging he threatened several people with a gun, fired a shot near a house and, according to his 6-year-old daughter, threw the gun out of the car while they drove over a bridge. The Ravalli Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/1tAMW38 ) Timothy D. Strickland was charged with three felony counts of
MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) - A 50-year-old Miles City man has been killed at a train crossing in the city. Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh tells the Miles City Star that authorities received a call at about 6 a.m. Sunday from someone reporting it appeared there was a body on the railroad tracks. The coroner declared George Kuper dead at
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A legislative working group says the scientific modeling used in the state's water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is "reasonable." The CSKT Compact Technical Working Group approved a 100-page report to that effect Tuesday after months of reviewing scientific and technical information on which the compact is based.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A District Court judge in Missoula has denied a motion to move out of Missoula County the trial of a man charged with shooting a German exchange student in his garage in April. KECI-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/1BZpa4X ) District Judge Ed McLean ruled Markus Kaarma failed to show that news reports about the death of 18-year-old
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Board of Livestock has approved plans to cut some jobs, increase fees and ask the state for more money to avoid a potential $400,000 budget shortfall. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/1onhRtB ) the board approved the changes Monday so the Livestock Department could meet a Friday deadline for submitting a balanced budget.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Bail was set at $500,000 for a woman charged with the kidnapping and robbery of a man who was beaten, shot and left for dead near Interstate 90 east of Missoula. The Missoulian reports ( http://bit.ly/1pCtzpt ) 34-year-old Katherine Evans gave a Georgia address when she appeared in Justice Court in Missoula on Monday. She did
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating after an employee at the Kalispell Walmart fell from a ladder and died. OSHA Area Director Jeff Funke tells KTMF-TV ( http://bit.ly/1qoC1Iy ) the worker was on a very tall ladder retrieving merchandise when he fell on Friday. Witnesses believe the man was unconscious for about 20
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A volunteer fire chief has died a month after being critically injured in a crash between a water tender and a fire truck as both vehicles responded to a grass fire west of Great Falls. The Great Falls Tribune reports ( http://gftrib.com/1rx9un4 ) 66-year-old Dave Anderson, a volunteer firefighter in Fort Shaw for 45 years,
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by the state, and up to three more may be killed to protect sheep in southern Stevens County. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says a hunter on Saturday killed one member of the Huckleberry Pack of wolves. Hunters of
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Here are results of Friday and Saturday's Montana Lottery drawings: JACKPOTS WON: A ticket sold in California won the $180 million Mega Millions jackpot. MAJOR PRIZES WON IN MONTANA: None THE WINNING NUMBERS DRAWN: Montana Cash: 02, 08, 11, 21, 27. Wild Card: 07, 16, 17, 29, 30. Wild Card Jack Of Diamonds. Hot Lotto: 05,
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A child escaped injury after falling out of a third-story apartment window in Butte. Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich told The Montana Standard ( http://bit.ly/1l8nrVw ) that the child leaned up against a screened window Friday evening and the screen popped out, causing the child to fall. Skuletich did not release information on the child's age
HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho (AP) - The Boise County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a 21-year-old University of Montana student last seen in Horseshoe Bend in southwest Idaho. The last contact Lucius Robbi of Orleans, California, had with his family was at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. He was supposed to attend orientation at the school on Wednesday but never
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Officials say 86 schools in Montana will serve free breakfast and lunch to all of their students starting this year under a newly-expanded federal program. Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says the free meals will be available to about 15,000 students each day She says 117 schools met the
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Frenchtown man has been charged with felony attempted child prostitution and six others in the Kalispell area have been arrested in a child sex sting. Authorities say more arrests are pending from the sting that involved an undercover detective offering girls ages 10 to 15 for sex in exchange for money. Forty-one-year-old Curtis Edward Foster
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A former Gallatin County sheriff's deputy has filed a lawsuit to get his old job back. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/1nqr3O7 ) that David Johnston filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Gallatin County District Court against the sheriff's office and Sheriff Brian Gootkin. Johnston contends he was wrongly fired on July 23. The lawsuit says
PABLO, Mont. (AP) - A body found near Pablo in northwestern Montana has been identified. The Lake County Sheriff's Office identified the person as 69-year-old Bernard F. Carlson of Whitefish. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Karen Sargeant tells the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1t2UU6w ) in a story on Saturday that the body was found Thursday next to a vehicle in a field. Sargeant
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials have released the names of three men who sparked a manhunt near a global financial meeting at Grand Teton National Park. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs tells The Jackson Hole News & Guide ( http://bit.ly/1loF7N8 ) that 27-year-old Jonathan Metzman, of Blacksburg, Virginia; 24-year-old William Wood, of Antioch, Tennessee; and 27-year-old Jonathan Wyatt, of Hendersonville, Tennessee,
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Missoula man arrested earlier this week on suspicion of possessing a bomb has been released from custody. Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shawn Thomas says there's insufficient evidence to charge Andrew Ibey. He was released Thursday. Ibey was taken into custody after the Missoula bomb squad on Tuesday evacuated several nearby homes and deactivated a
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A mentally disabled Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower judge's ruling that he is fit to stand trial. Michael Spell is charged with the attempted kidnapping and murder of Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold, who disappeared during a morning jog in January 2012.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has blocked a plan that would have led to more roads and increased logging on state trust land in western Montana that is designated secure habitat for threatened grizzly bears. The 36,700 acres in the Stillwater State Forest is managed as secure core habitat for grizzlies, with restrictions such as a ban on
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man who prosecutors say was on drugs and intentionally swerved his vehicle to hit a Cascade County sheriff's deputy had been released from jail just two weeks earlier after state drug and weapons charges were dismissed with the expectation that they would be refiled by federal prosecutors. Adam Sanchez Jr. is charged
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law that would require immigration checks of anybody applying for state services is unconstitutional. The 2011 Republican-led Legislature wrote the proposal meant to deny government jobs and assistance to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Legislators sent the
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis brought in some heavy hitters to raise fund for their campaigns this week. A look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns: BOEHNER STUMPS FOR ZINKE, HOYER FOR LEWIS U.S. House Speaker John Boehner appeared with Zinke at
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Mourners are remembering a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Cascade County sheriff's deputy as a man who put faith, family and service first. Joe Dunn was buried Thursday after a memorial service attended by hundreds of law-enforcement officers from across the state and as far away as North Dakota and Idaho. His widow, Robynn Dunn,
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 50-year-old Bozeman man who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $370,000 from his elderly and disabled clients has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution. William Wise was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula. Wise pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in May. Defense attorney
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A former Butte Central Catholic Schools teacher who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried is suing the school district. The Montana Standard reports ( http://bit.ly/1l0DJzJ ) Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit Thursday alleging the firing violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy. Evenson taught literature and physical education for grades 6
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is establishing an environmental crimes office in North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune ( http://bit.ly/XDJJnL ) reports the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division is opening an office in Bismarck to address issues in the state's western oil patch. EPA spokeswoman Lisa McClain-Vanderpool says the agency signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 34-year-old Whitefish man is denying charges that he fired a gun at two people on a motorcycle during a road rage incident near Columbia Falls. The Flathead Beacon reports ( http://bit.ly/YFCo7z ) Christopher Robert Showen pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of felony assault with a weapon. District Judge Heidi Ulbricht maintained Showen's bail
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Kalispell woman has denied charges that she pulled a gun on two store employees repossessing a piece of furniture. The Flathead Beacon reports ( http://bit.ly/VH6rKm ) Karren Schmiedeke pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony assault with a weapon during a District Court hearing on Thursday. Charging documents say two Rent-A-Center employees arrived at
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Amanda Curtis has selected as her Senate campaign manager a lobbyist and community organizer for an environmental group and an organization that advocates for rural voters. Clayton Elliott is the first campaign staffer hired since Curtis became a candidate in the race against U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots. Elliott is registered as a
HAVRE, MONT. (AP) - A Box Elder woman has been sentenced to just over 13 years in prison for her role in the death of her boyfriend's 11-month-old son. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls sentenced Cecilia Rose Gardipee on Thursday for the Oct. 21 death of Kaidynce Small. The boy's father, Garrett "Kirby" Lafromboise, received the same
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Bozeman man has admitted violating his probation by cutting the shackles off a rape suspect who escaped police custody. Cedric Allen Standish-Codding pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony obstruction of justice and violating his probation in a burglary and theft case. Court documents say it took Standish-Codding about 15 minutes to remove the leg shackles
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An analysis of Rep. Steve Daines' campaign-finance reports finds the Republican Senate candidate has received contributions from donors in 47 states, and only about a third of the contributions come from Montanans. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports about $1.6 million of the $5 million Daines had raised by the end of June came from individual Montanans.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Two people were arrested after someone reported seeing a pipe bomb in the garage of a Missoula residence. Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Scott Pastian says the Missoula bomb squad evacuated several nearby homes and deactivated the bomb Tuesday afternoon. No other bombs were found on the property. Missoula County jail records indicate 27-year-old Andrew Charles Ibey
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Here are results of Tuesday and Wednesday's Montana Lottery drawings: JACKPOTS WON: None MAJOR PRIZES WON IN MONTANA: None THE WINNING NUMBERS DRAWN: Montana Cash: 01, 03, 24, 29, 33. Wild Card: 13, 20, 31, 32, 33. Wild Card Jack Of Diamonds. Hot Lotto: 17, 25, 27, 34, 38. Hot Ball 07. Hot Lotto Sizzler 03.
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) - A 23-year-old Montana woman died and two Canadian residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 93 north of Whitefish. The Montana Highway Patrol says the car with Canadian license plates was southbound at about noon Wednesday when it drove off the highway. The driver swerved back onto the road and the car crossed
By The Associated Press Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FUNERAL SET FOR SLAIN DEPUTY: State flags are flying at half-staff Thursday for a Cascade County sheriff's deputy killed after he was struck by a car during a chase on Aug. 14. The funeral for Deputy Joe Dunn will be
By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) - California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is one of the country's largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey. But the lack of rain has ravaged
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man suspected of killing a Cascade County sheriff's deputy during a high-speed chase has been formally charged with deliberate homicide. County Attorney John Parker says that 40-year-old Adam Sanchez Jr. was charged Wednesday in the Aug. 14 death of Deputy Joe Dunn. Authorities say Sanchez hit and killed Dunn during a car
CASCADE, Mont. (AP) - A man's plan to build a retractable fishing dock along the Missouri River south of Cascade faces backlash from his neighbors who say it's not safe for river floaters and would harm the view in an area through which the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled 1805. The Great Falls Tribune reports ( http://gftrib.com/1tmOyg0 ) retired farmer
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck-based St. Alexius Medical Center is aligning itself with the Catholic Health Initiatives nonprofit. Officials announced on Wednesday that St. Alexius will become a direct affiliate of the CHI system, which is based in Colorado and has a division based in Fargo. The deal should close by the end of the year, pending state approval. The
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A man who was injured when another man jumped off a Clark Fork River bridge and landed on him is suing Missoula County, alleging it did not take enough steps to prevent such an accident. The Missoulian reports ( http://bit.ly/1oRqa6E ) Andy Hill's lawsuit argues the Bandmann Bridge in East Missoula has no barriers to prevent
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors is looking for bounty hunters who can uncover assets the luxury resort's co-founder may have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings. Brian Glasser is an attorney with West Virginia-based Bailey & Glasser LLP and the trustee of the Yellowstone Club Liquidating Trust. He told The Associated Press
BIG ARM, Mont. (AP) - A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized after being kicked or stepped on by a horse on Wild Horse Island State Park in Flathead Lake. Lake County Sheriff's Capt. Luke Mathias tells the Missoulian ( http://bit.ly/1vhcsK1 ) the girl was "very sleepy" and bleeding from the mouth and nose when first responders arrived shortly after 6 p.m.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Officials in northwestern Montana are scaling back their search for a 62-year-old Missoula man who drowned in Middle Thompson Lake over the weekend. Lincoln County officials say Anthony Bachman had apparently been drinking before he fell off a pontoon boat Saturday evening in the lake about 45 miles southeast of Libby. He was not wearing a
By The Associated Press Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. DAINES SAYS NEW CANDIDATE WON'T CHANGE CAMPAIGN: Montana Republican Congressman Steve Daines says the Democrats' recent switch in Senate candidates won't change how he campaigns for the seat. Democrats selected state Rep. Amanda Curtis to replace Sen. John Walsh on
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Billings livestock breeder's appeal of his conviction of animal cruelty. James Leachman had asked the high court to overturn the 2012 conviction over the treatment of five horses, saying prosecutors hadn't proved he owned the animals. Leachman operated a horse breeding business before the U.S. Farm Services Administration foreclosed
By MATT VOLZ Associated Press MONTANA CITY, Mont. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines of Montana says the Democrats' recent switch in Senate candidates won't change how he campaigns for the seat. Daines addressed state Rep. Amanda Curtis' candidacy for the first time on Tuesday while touring the Ash Grove cement plant in Montana City. He says Montana Democrats'
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Whitefish man has claimed a top prize in the "$500,000 Big Money" scratch lottery game. Montana Lottery officials say Russell Wick claimed his winnings Tuesday. He bought his ticket at Town Pump on Highway 2 East in Kalispell. Wick, who is retired, says he plans to seek out financial advice before deciding how to spend
By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say the Arctic grayling does not need special protections under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it reached that conclusion after conservation efforts by private landowners and federal and state wildlife agencies to protect the fish. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Two suspects in the death of a man at a southwestern Montana campground have been returned to Beaverhead County to face charges. County Attorney Jed Fitch says 29-year-old Christopher Lee Stiles was charged by warrant with deliberate homicide while 49-year-old Sandra Lee Ann Cantrell was charged with accountability to deliberate homicide in the death of Mark
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Havre businessman plans to plead guilty to charges that his company overbilled the Chippewa Cree Tribe by $116,000 to recover money used to pay off tribal officials who awarded a contract to demolish the reservation's health center. An attorney for Shad Huston says in court fillings Monday the former Havre school board member also will
MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The nation's acting drug czar is in North Dakota promoting an update to the White House's northern border strategy. Michael Botticelli says it focuses on fighting crime in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana. Botticelli is acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He said during a stop in
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A massive piece of refinery equipment bound for Great Falls has crossed into Montana from Idaho. Officials with the state Department of Transportation say the load - which is 21 feet wide and nearly 17 feet tall - stopped early Tuesday about three-tenths of a mile from the Idaho border on Montana Highway 200. The load
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 55-year-old Huson man died in a rollover crash on Interstate 90 just west of Alberton. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was eastbound at about 6:30 p.m. Monday when he drove off the left side of the road into the median. The man overcorrected back onto the roadway and lost control of the car,
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The health insurance plan for state employees and retirees is expected to lose $14 million this year, leading to increases in premiums, co-pays and deductibles in 2015. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports the Health Care and Benefits Division informed an employee advisory council of the proposed changes on Monday. State Budget Director Dan Villa says the