City owes $337K in damages, costs to South Avenue property owners
The city of Missoula owes a total $337,671.78 in damages and costs to property owners who lost land during the South Avenue reconstruction and won a lawsuit against the municipality in the Montana Supreme Court, according to a judgment this week from Missoula County District Court.
Yellowston bison protester arrested, charged for blocking road
To protest the slaughter of Yellowstone National Park bison, a 20-year-old man chained himself to a 50-gallon drum full of cement in the middle of the road to the Stephens Creek bison capture facility near the park’s northern border on Thursday morning.
Feds detail tests for crude oil shipped by rail
Federal regulators offered more details on testing requirements for oil transported by rail on Thursday and warned companies against skirting the rules after a spate of explosions caused by crude train derailments in the U.S. and Canada.
Drug firms settle with Montana for $5.9 million
Subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson have agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a lawsuit with Montana over how an anti-psychotic drug was marketed, state Attorney General Tim Fox said Thursday.
State drops Dana Ranch land swap
A controversial 14,000-acre-for-14,000-acre land swap of state public land within the Dana Ranch south of Great Falls for a ranch in Fergus County has been scrapped by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation following strong public opposition.
Judge orders Blixseth to appear in court
A judge has told real estate developer Tim Blixseth to appear in federal court to explain why he has not complied with an order to pay $13.8 million to creditors in a bankruptcy case.
Suspect arrested in Kalispell clinic burglary
Zachary Klundt has been arrested in connection with a burglary at All Families Healthcare, a Kalispell clinic that provides family medicine and reproductive healthcare services, including abortions, where physician's assistant Susan Cahill practices.
CSKT to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam; new name planned
A price has been set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to acquire Kerr Dam next year – and the number is tens of millions of dollars closer to what the tribes said it was worth than what PPL Montana had sought.
EPA looks at penalties against Great Falls, Malteurop over sewer
The city of Great Falls and Malteurop North America Inc. are facing fines by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to a sewer line that has to run uphill for about 7,200 feet before gravity takes it the rest of the way to city's wastewater treatment plant.
MSU's biggest donor also gave to dark money group
Norm Asbjornson, who is making a record-setting $50 million gift to Montana State University, was once a major donor to a secretive conservative group accused of trying to influence elections through anonymous, “dark money” donations.
Groups file FEC complaint against Zinke, PAC
Two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission contending that Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke illegally coordinated with a public action committee he formed in 2012.
North Fork Protection Act passes U.S. House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the North Fork Watershed Protection Act by voice vote Tuesday afternoon, sending the historic legislation back to the Senate for final approval.
Judge keeps Montana wind farm contract in place
A Montana judge on Tuesday kept a temporary injunction in place against a California utility as it attempts to cancel a contract with a wind farm south of the Canadian border because it could threaten a nearby cluster of golden eagles, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.
Stillwater Mining reports $270M net loss
Montana's largest mining company racked up a $270 million net loss last year after writing down the value of two foreign properties and putting more focus on its precious metal mines in the Beartooth mountains, according to filings with federal regulators.
Great Falls trustees to consider $1M levy
The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees will decide next week whether it will ask voters to approve at least a $1 million levy, per recommendation from the board’s budget committee after six weeks of public input on the matter.
Government shutdown cost national parks at least $414M
The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday.
Land for 2nd Bozeman high school goes on ballot
Voters in the Bozeman School District will decide in May whether to OK spending $1.1 million for 37 acres in northwest Bozeman as a possible alternative site for building a second high school several years from now.
Committee revises law on aggressive panhandling in downtown Missoula
On Wednesday, the Missoula City Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee took up the pedestrian safety ordinance once again. This time, the strain and “confusion” of the protracted debate over aggressive panhandlers began to show on several people who have long worked on the measure to clean up downtown.
Researchers: Yellowstone grizzlies not in decline
A government-sponsored research team has concluded there are no signs of decline among Yellowstone’s grizzly bears as officials consider lifting the animals’ federal protections – despite warnings from outside scientists that such a move would be premature.
Lawyers seek dismissal of infant death case
Lawyers representing Cecilia Gardipee, who is facing murder charges in the October death of 11-month-old Kaidynce Small on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, filed a motion Feb. 21 to dismiss the case against her on the grounds that U.S. attorneys prosecuting the case have delayed providing them with an autopsy report relevant to her defense.
Study says park bison can be transferred
A government-funded experiment on diseased bison herds in Yellowstone National Park shows non-infected animals can be safely removed and used to start new herds, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a wildlife group said Thursday.
Missoula County attorney told to rebuild public trust
Missoula County commissioners told County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg he needs to work to rebuild the public’s trust in his office after a U.S. Department of Justice report said its investigators found an “institutionalized indifference to crimes of sexual violence” in the office.
Sheriff's office faces another complaint
Another human rights complaint has been filed against the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, this one by a deputy who says supervisors badgered her for details of her private life.