Montana dietary supplement maker fined $80K
A Montana dietary supplement maker has been found in contempt of court and fined $80,000 for continuing to manufacture and sell drugs claiming to treat cancer and other diseases, federal officials said Thursday.
Man thought to be John Wayne Gacy victim found in Montana
The Hutton family may spend their first holiday season together in 41 years after Robert Hutton, whose family feared he might have been a victim of John Wayne Gacy, was reunited with his father and sister through an investigation to identify the serial killer's unnamed victims, the Cook County sheriff's office announced Thursday.
New charges filed in ongoing Montana 'dark money' cases
In his ongoing investigation of “dark money” spent by shadowy campaign groups, Montana’s political practices commissioner issued new findings Thursday, saying a state legislator from Helmville likely broke state law when he accepted help from such groups.
Oil trains raise concerns in small Montana towns, cities
It's tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks.
Regulators back Whitehall gold mine expansion
Montana environmental regulators said Thursday they are backing a Canadian company’s plans to expand a 200-worker gold mine near Whitehall that has been hard-hit by dropping gold prices.
Baucus to be named U.S. ambassador to China
President Barack Obama will appoint Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as the next U.S. ambassador to China, bringing to an end the Montanan’s 39-year career in Congress, news sources in Washington, D.C., reported Wednesday.
Brian Morris sworn in as federal judge
Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris, surrounded by friends, family and a who’s who of Montana politics and the judiciary, was sworn in Wednesday as Montana’s newest U.S. District Court judge.
Missoula man fined over political ad
The commissioner of political practices has fined a Missoula businessman $100 for violating the state’s campaign finance laws for spending $1,600 on newspaper advertisements seeking to unseat Missoula County school-board trustees.
Report released on CSKT water compact, impact if fails, off-reservation claims
With all the legal and legislative maneuverings, countless letters to the editor, battles amongst irrigators and arguments over whether the name of an irrigation project contains the word “Indian,” it can be easy to lose sight of what’s looming in the controversy surrounding reserved water rights on the Flathead Reservation and beyond:
U.S. Sets Position for Columbia River Bargaining
The United States has staked out its position for potential negotiations with Canada over a treaty governing hydropower and flood control on the Columbia River, and it seeks to keep more of the energy produced at dams.
Utah lawmaker brings federal-land takeover movement to Ravalli County
Ravalli County has been in the crosshairs of the debate over the future of federal lands in the state this week. On Wednesday, Utah legislator Ken Ivory met with people interested to learn more about a current movement that would require the transfer of federal lands to states.
Beartooth drilling protest continues
A Denver energy company will begin drilling an oil well near Belfry — and possibly use hydraulic fracking — this spring, despite protests in Billings on Wednesday by about 80 opponents.
Montana joins 26 states in Supreme Court brief regarding firearms sales
Montana has joined 26 other states and territories in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the attempt by the federal government to broadly construe federal law to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own firearms.
Former county commissioner sentenced in sex case
A former Anaconda-Deer Lodge County commissioner who was convicted of two felony sex crimes against a child has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and must serve at least 10 before being eligible for parole.
Interior finalizes first agreement for Native American land buyback
The U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized the first cooperative agreement in a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program stemming from the settlement of a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more than a century’s worth of mismanaged trust royalties, federal officials announced Monday.
Helena zoning panel backs brewery expansion
A petition by Lewis & Clark Brewing Company to convert its sampling room to a tavern drew hours of public testimony at a hearing Tuesday and served as a venue for debate over the brewery’s ongoing parking problems with a few neighboring businesses.
NBC stations go dark on Dish after contract snafu
Ellen, Jay Leno and Sunday Night Football are among the viewing casualties of a contract impasse between Dish Network and the media group that owns three television stations in western and southwestern Montana.
UM student government decries faculty remarks
The Associated Students of the University of Montana passed a resolution saying some faculty members’ comments toward administrators about budget problems are damaging the school’s reputation and hurting the campus environment.
FWP proposes dropping Bridger bighorn transplant
After failing to work out a solution with surrounding sheep ranchers, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to abandon its plan to transplant bighorn sheep in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman.
After Sidney teacher's murder, suspect's trial in doubt
The killing of a much-loved high school teacher nearly two years ago has weighed heavily in rural Montana. Hundreds of people helped search for Sherry Arnold and calls for frontier-style justice greeted the arrest of the man accused of killing her.
Butte drafting anti-discrimination ordinance
The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners has asked the county attorney to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Foul weather blocks megaload in Eastern Oregon
With just a day of travel and about 40 miles covered, a megaload of refinery equipment intended for the tar sands oil region of western Canada is parked in Eastern Oregon, now waiting out a storm.
Critics of parole system make their case
Montana’s parole system needs reform, critics said Thursday, because its unrealistic and sometimes onerous rules are keeping too many people needlessly behind bars.