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Gallatin County investigating series of horse shootings

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The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a horse was found with a gunshot wound this weekend. They say it's the third horse shooting reported this year.

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Animal shelter leader suspended after dog pepper-sprayed

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The board of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has suspended its president and CEO after he used pepper spray on a dog during a training exercise for employees.

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Court denies pre-trial release for hit-and-run killing suspect

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In Missoula County District Court Tuesday, the man accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian this past summer appeared in court for a bail modification hearing.

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he'd permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes corresponding measures.   Compared to the vague language of their two summits earlier this year, Ki... More>>

Animal shelter leader suspended after dog pepper-sprayed

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The board of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has suspended its president and CEO after he used pepper spray on a dog during a training exercise for employees.   The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the board says Bob Fecht will be suspended Friday for 60 days without pay and will be required to provide an "acceptable plan of action to restore the trust of the Shelter community in his abilities."   An employee alleged that Fecht had ordered the u... More>>

The Latest: 2 dead after van is swept away in S. Carolina

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in South Carolina.   Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters. Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in South Carolina are watching... More>>

Microchipping event: How the device reunited a Montana woman with her cat

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A microchip can help locate your pet if they get lost and lose their collar. One Missoula woman experienced this firsthand when a microchip helped reunite her with her cat after six months apart. 

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Bozeman's Midtown Tavern will no longer host Trump Jr. rally

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The owner of the restaurant originally announced to host next week’s rally says they were unaware that the event was politically motivated, and due to a “no politics” policy, they’ve asked the campaign to find another venue.

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Missoula's Neighborhood Watch encourages more members

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Missoula County's Neighborhood Watch met with members at Missoula’s City Council Chamber to talk about ways citizens can monitor their streets.

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Montana bar owners discuss sports gambling

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Montana's largest convention for alcohol license owners is happening this week in Missoula. The 63rd annual Montana Tavern Association convention and show case is a three-day event only open to licensed beverage owners. 

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Valley Christian's Tyler Bell

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The images were striking then, as they are now. Almost a year later, the city of Houston, Texas is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. And a football player in Missoula, Montana felt like he needed to help.

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Butte business reaching out to people with disabilities

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BUTTE- The OMG! Mongolian Grill is partnering with the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council to help reach out to people with disabilities.

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Grizzly encounters increase as Fall arrives Video included

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Over the past several days more and more bear sightings and encounters have been reported.  As winter is looming bear's hunt for food becomes more vital and you just may be in the way.  ZooMontana Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt, said this is a time to be very bear aware.  That's because the two to four months before hibernation bears are in hyperphagia.  Jeff said, "Basically what that is, is a two to four month period where they're in hyperactivity looking fo... More>>

Authorities ID remains of St. Ignatius woman found in North Dakota

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A body recovered in North Dakota earlier this month has just been identified. In a press release from the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, the remains are identified as that of Darlene Billie.

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Donald Trump Jr. to campaign in Bozeman for Rosendale

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Donald Trump Jr. will return to Montana next week to campaign in support of Matt Rosendale.

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Inmate sentenced for brandishing gun during carjacking

A Montana man who is serving a 100-year prison sentence for a homicide has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for brandishing a gun during a carjacking.

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Reality show doc, woman charged with California drug rapes

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A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims. 

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Another video shows man dangerously near Yellowstone spring

A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful Geyser may also have broken the rules by sitting next to a different thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park.

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Montana principal on leave after a text to a former student

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The Anaconda junior/senior high school principal is on leave after sending a message some interpreted as inappropriate to a former student.

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Land Board approves transfer of more land to state control

The state Land Board has approved two deals that put more grazing and forest land under state control.

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Woman charged in her mother's death unfit to stand trial

A 44-year-old woman charged in her mother's beating death in Great Falls has been found unfit to stand trial due to mental illness.

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Name released of suspect in trespassing at Old Faithful at Yellowstone Video included

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A crowd watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park was alarmed to see an adult man leave the boardwalk and stand on some of the park's most beloved - and dangerous - thermal features.

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Buddhism professor on probation charged with assault

A University of Montana associate professor of Buddhism and yoga is charged with misdemeanor assault for reportedly punching a bouncer at a country music concert.

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Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

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SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

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Trump praises Kavanaugh, says everyone will be heard out

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is dismissing any notion that Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court should be withdrawn. Trump is also accusing Democrats of playing politics by not bringing up until the last minute the allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow teenager more than 30 years ago.

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Remains of Flathead reservation resident found in North Dakota

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MANNING, N.D.- Authorities say a body found in North Dakota belongs to a person from the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

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Elizabeth Smart: Accomplice in my kidnapping will be watched

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NEW YORK (AP) - Elizabeth Smart says she's been assured that the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be watched when she's released from prison. 

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2018 Emmy Awards - Complete Winners List

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Here is a list of Monday's Emmy Award Winners (nominees follow bold winner in each category) Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones The Americans The Crown The Handmaid’s Tale Stranger Things This Is Us Westworld 

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The Latest: US markets shrug at US-China trade war

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NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street, which has anticipated rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, took the latest volley of tariffs in stride. Gains in technology, energy and consumer-focused companies outweighed losses in utilities and elsewhere.    Apple, which has an exemption to the new tariffs on goods imported from China, is up 1 percent.    The S&P 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,897. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 32 points, o... More>>

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had wanted to avoid on a woman's claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were high schoolers.    They're hoping their new strategy will salvage Kavanaugh's endangered nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between the appeals court judge and his accuser.    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face o... More>>

Montana Leading the Nation in Median Income Growth Video included

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According to the Census Bureau, the middle class has stopped shrinking for the first time in decades. Montana is ranked as the top state in the nation for the biggest jump in median household income, with an annual median income of $53,386 dollars. This is a 4.7% jump since the last report.  Missoula also made the top five cities to have the biggest metro growth; with a 15% increase to $54,000. Overall, the U.S. increased 1.8%, making a new record for the average median ... More>>

Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Officials are about to begin distributing food, water and tarps in Wilmington, North Carolina, which remains mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.    County officials say workers will begin handing out supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people beginning Tuesday morning.    One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters.... More>>

House fire investigation underway in Billings, 6 people transported to hospital

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Authorities are investigating an early morning house fire that broke out in Billings Tuesday morning. The fire started on the 2100 block of Yellowstone Avenue. Crews responded to the scene just before 2 a.m. Authorities say the fire started in the basement, and that they were able to knock down the flames quickly. The occupants, four adults and two children, were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Several pets in the home were evacuated, and all sur... More>>

Missoula holiday job fair coming to Southgate Mall

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The holiday season is coming up, but the gift-giving and holiday dinners that go with it don’t have to make a giant dent in your budget. A Missoula holiday job fair is gearing up to connect employers in need of holiday help with people who want to earn some extra cash. 

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MSU students react to reports of bear on campus

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A black bear wandered onto Montana State’s campus, prompting an emergency alert from the university over the weekend.

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Crash on 10th Ave S. sends vehicle through Pita Pit wall

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Early Sunday morning, around 3 am, a vehicle hit another vehicle on 10th Avenue South. 

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Evacuated South Carolina family leaving Missoula to return home

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A family who evacuated from South Carolina and made their way to Missoula plans to leave Sunday to make their way back to Beaufort, South Carolina. Their home was not damaged, but they do know people who felt the impacts of the storm.

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Coca-Cola 'closely watching' cannabis in wellness drinks

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The Coca-Cola Company says that it's "closely watching" the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks.    The statement Monday came after reports that the beverage giant was in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a cannabidiol-infused infused beverage.

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MoviePass rival offers unlimited movie-going at theaters

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NEW YORK - A Turkish startup is offering a movie a day in theaters for $30 a month.    It's three times what MoviePass had charged for a similar plan. 

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School resource officer on leave, left gun in bathroom

A school resource officer is in administrative leave after she reportedly briefly left her duty weapon in the faculty bathroom at an elementary school in Missoula County.

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Montana photographer sues Netflix over copyright law

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A Montana photographer is suing Netflix, alleging the company violated copyright law by using one of his photos without permission to create storm images for the series "Stranger Things" and the movie "How It Ends."

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Advocacy groups file complaint against Rosendale, NRA

A campaign finance watchdog group and a gun-safety advocacy organization have filed a complaint against U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm.

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Missoula officer on leave after gun found in school bathroom

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A Missoula County school resource officer is on leave after allegedly leaving a duty weapon in a bathroom.

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Missing 19-year-old found near Lolo Peak

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UPDATE: The 19-year-old was found at 8:30 PM and is okay, according to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

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Bear spotted on MSU campus

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A bear was spotted on the Montana State University campus, prompting a warning from the university. 

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Yellowstone visitors flee aggressive elk in new video

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It's another elk v. tourists encounter in Yellowstone. Less than a week after an incident where a man was knocked over by a charging bull elk, a new video posted over the weekend shows a different incident involving park visitors fleeing elk. As a reminder, park officials recommend staying at least 25 yards away from grazing animals, and even farther if animals are exhibiting aggressive or uneasy behavior. It's currently rut season for elk, and bulls may be particularly aggress...

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Miss Montana USA crowned in Missoula

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Dozens of women grabbed their high heels and practiced their public speaking skills to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money. Miss Montana USA 2019 and Miss Teen Montana USA was crowned at Missoula's community theater on Sunday.

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Iconic Going to the Sun Road reopens in GNP

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The iconic Going to the Sun Road is open to private traffic again.  The west side of the pass closed August 12 when the Howe Ridge fire spread quickly. That fire burned structures and threatened the only road in and out of the Logan Pass Visitors' Center.  Glacier National Park sent a press release Monday morning saying people can once again drive their personal cars on the scenic road. They will not be able to stop between Lake McDonald Lodge and the Avalanche Creek area.... More>>

This Year's Cost to Fight the Wildfires Video included

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Wildfire season is continuing to burn throughout the state, and with it, our state’s budget. In 2017, Montana had $32.5 million in the fire suppression fund.  However, being one of the worst wildfires seasons in history, Governor Steve Bullock held a special session in November, asking for an additional $40 million for the fire suppression funds.  At the end of the 2017 wildfire season, a total of $70 million was spent from the state budget and $400 million fr... More>>

The Latest: Kavanaugh accuser willing to talk to Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school says her client is willing to tell her story publicly to the Senate panel considering his nomination. She says the woman considers Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape."   Deborah Katz represents Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers ... More>>

Kid's Halloween costume swap coming to Missoula

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Two Missoula organizations have plans to help you save on your child's Halloween costume, and they need your donations to meet their goals. 

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Montana pageant winners weigh in on Miss America nixing the swimsuit competition

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We spoke to Miss Montana and Miss Montana USA for their thoughts on the changing pageant world and Miss America ending the swimsuit competition.

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Soldiers aiding Hurricane Florence relief

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HELENA- Hurricane Florence is leaving homes under water, people without power, and some waiting to be rescued, and that's why our Montana Army National Guard is sending crews to help. "Being able to help someone. I mean it's a good feeling actually getting out there and getting to do your job," said Shayde Crist, Crew Chief with Army National Guard.   19 soldiers left for Maryland early this morning, September 16th. Once they arrive on September 18th they'll be on call... More>>

Two people arrested after stealing vehicle

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GREAT FALLS-  According to GFPD two people are now behind bars after officers caught them with a stolen vehicle.  It all started around 4:30 p.m. Saturday evening when an officer noticed a car at the intersection of 2nd Ave. S. and 14th St. S. The officer noticed a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado that GFPD had been looking for.  When the officer put his sirens on, the driver who was a male and his passenger fled on 3rd Ave. S. at estimated speeds of 80 mph.  At t... More>>

Caught on Camera: Man steps into Old Faithful as tourists yell

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Tourists visiting Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park were beside themselves as they observed what appears to be an adult man dressed in black leave the boardwalk and stand on the geyser. 

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Montana photographer files federal lawsuit against Netflix

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Montana photographer Sean Heavey has taken the next step in his fight against global streaming powerhouse Netflix. Heavey filed a federal lawsuit against the company on September 13th. 

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Hunting guide killed and hunter injured in Wyoming bear attack during elk hunt

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The body of a hunting guide was recovered Saturday following a bear attack Friday 5.8 miles northeast of the Turpin Meadow Trailhead.

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14th annual SponCon creatively reuses goods at Home Resource

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Several Missoulians gathered for Spontaneous Construction...

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First year for art vendors at Arts On Fire

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GREAT FALLS- Arts On Fire is back at Paris Gibson and this year local vendors got into the action. We spoke with one potter who tells us why it’s important.  Jimmie Henry starts with just a lump of clay and adds different colors and elements to her own unique piece of pottery. She said this type of freedom is why she loves making art. But it’s not only one of a kind bowls. She also makes a variety of other items including bells.   "So, I like looking...

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Hospital in Missoula conducts emergency response exercise

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For the first time, Providence St. Patrick Hospital conducted...

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Under The Big Sky Buddy Walk

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GREAT FALLS- Down syndrome is still the most common chromosome disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control, and this morning, September 18th people from across our community gathered at the University of Providence raising awareness about the disorder. Under The Big Sky Buddy Walk is in its ninth year. This walk is a way to bring those with and without Down syndrome together. By understanding this disorder people are able to realize there's nothing different with those who ... More>>

Missoula's annual fall maze is back

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?If you're eager to jump into autumn festivities, MissoulaMaze is back again. It opens September 16 at noon.

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Toyota Play of the Week #3: Fairfield's Keeley Blake

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Week Three of the Toyota Play of the Week is brought to you by Fairfield's Keeley Blake, who snatched an touchdown from the jaws of an interception, as Fairfield rolled Loyola in a class of Class B rivals 38-6

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Ways to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence

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As severe flooding and strong winds continue to hit the east coast...

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South Carolina couple escapes Hurricane Florence for Montana Video included

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MISSOULA - As hundreds of communities are under evacuation due to Tropical Storm Florence, one South Carolina couple is grateful they made the 2,300-mile journey to Missoula. Carolyn and Sandy Sanders live in Buford, South Carolina, and recently retired and bought an RV to travel the country in. "We're like turtles. We carry our home on our backs," Sanders says. They say it took five days to drive from South Carolina to get to family in Missoula. They'd been planning a va...

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Montana Green Party's ballot benefactor may remain unknown

Montana officials may never know who bankrolled the effort to qualify the Green Party for the 2018 ballot.

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Freight train kills grizzly bear near West Glacier

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State wildlife officials say a freight train struck and killed a 2-year-old grizzly bear near West Glacier.

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Billings police identify suspect in Thursday night standoff

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The Billings police identify suspect at the center of Thursday's standoff on Avenue B.

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Five pets die in Bonner house fire on Friday

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BONNER - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports that pets died in a house fire Friday morning, but no one else was hurt. On Friday morning, Missoula Rural Fire District reported that it was responding to a structure fire on Daytona Loop, not far from the old Harold's Club bar. Photos show that the fire significantly damaged the house, including the roof.

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Mountain lion captured, killed in Frenchtown

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FRENCHTOWN- A mountain lion has been captured and killed after preying on pigs in a neighborhood near Interstate 90. Earlier this week, Frenchtown resident Tori Haffner came home from work and found her pigs dead and partly buried in the backyard. The family set up a game camera and a trap to catch the mountain lion, at the instruction of wildlife officials. The Frenchtown School District also released an alert to families with young students who ride the bus. On Friday, Haffner po... More>>

Lake County man charged with sexual assault of 4-year-old

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POLSON - Charging documents say a Lake County boy was airlifted to a Seattle hospital for treatment after the discovery of horrific abuse. Court documents say tribal officers responded to a home in Lake County on Aug. 24 after reports of severe abuse of a little boy. Witnesses said that the boy had a bed-wetting issue, and Keith Lee Michel, Jr., had been repeatedly taping the child's penis to stop him from urinating. A woman said she tried to stop MIchel from continuing th...

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Volunteers sought to stay at popular cross-country ski cabin

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WISDOM, Mont. - If you've ever dreamed of a free stay in a cozy cabin surrounded by gorgeous winter scenery and Nordic ski trails, the Forest Service has a gig for you. The Forest Service is seeking volunteers for the popular Gordon Reese Cabin, which serves as a warming hut for skiers at the Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Area outside Wisdom. Tuesdays and Fridays are designated days when volunteers can help maintain the cabin, welcome guests, go skiing and stay overnight for free. ... More>>

Dad ordered out of kidnap survivor's N. Idaho house

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A man living in a Coeur d'Alene home built for his daughter after she survived one of the region's most horrific crimes has been ordered to move out.

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Man gets 30 years in Montana prison for incest

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in the Montana State Prison for having sex with a 15-year-old stepdaughter.

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3 houses burned in a southwestern Montana wildfire

Officials in southwestern Montana say three houses were burned in a wildfire in Gallatin County.

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Yellowstone bull elk attacks man in new video Video included

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A newly released video captured the moment that a bull elk knocked over a man standing in his way at Yellowstone National Park.

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'It looked like Armageddon:' Deadly gas blasts destroy homes

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon" killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas.   Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a ... More>>

The Latest: Disastrous floods will be story of Florence

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.   Forecasters say "it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland."   Top winds were holding at 90 mph -- that's just a Category 1 hurricane -- but some communities were already subme... More>>

Griz CBs excelling after switch to defense

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Dareon Nash and Justin Calhoun went from catching touchdown passes for the Griz to trying to prevent them. "We were kind of in the same position we played corner in high school and it kind of just happened," said Dareon Nash. 

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Russell Elementary School shows off new renovations

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Renovations are finally done at Russell Elementary School. The school now has 6 new classrooms, bathrooms, a dining area, office space, grass on their primary playground and more parking spaces.

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Marine veteran asking for public's help finding service dog

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Ryan Jones is asking the public to help him find his service dog. Jones says his Masik, is dark-brown chow chow, was stolen from his car on Sunday. Jones suffers from Post Traumatic Stress disorder after serving overseas for the Marines. Masik helps bring comfort to Jones in public settings. "He really is special to me and he really helps me if anything else. I just want him to come back home," Jones said. Jones and his wife deliver recreational vehicles all over the U.S....

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Big Sky welcomes its second late-summer snowfall

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It might seem striking that while the still-active Bacon Rind Fire burns just 20 miles away, people in Big Sky are building snowmen. But according to Stacie Mesuda, that kind of dichotomy is par for the course with area residents.

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Close-up look at Horseshoe Fire devastation Video included

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Fire officials still don't know how the Horseshoe Fire started, but within a few hours, it ripped through several homes and buildings. Our Jackie Coffin has an up-close look.

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Explosions damage so many homes 'you can't even see the sky'

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston.

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Domino's paves the way to better roads in Havre

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HAVRE - Domino's Pizza launched a nationwide social media campaign over the summer to help pave America's roads. Paving began Thursday morning around 9:30 along 12th Avenue between First and Fourth St. 

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Rapper Ludacris goes 'glamping' in Montana

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Rapper Ludacris and his wife, Eudoxie Bridges, recently visited Montana for a glamorous camping vacation. 

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Mountain lion in Frenchtown caught on camera after eating pigs Video included

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The Frenchtown School District is warning families to keep a close eye on their kids after a mountain lion was spotted near schools and homes in the area.

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PHOTOS: Horseshoe Fire destroys 10 buildings in Gallatin County

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In just a few days, the Horseshoe Fire in Gallatin County has swept through 1,500 acres and burned an estimated 10 buildings, including homes. Photos show how the fast, super-hot fire ripped through structures and even melted glass.

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Fire closes Florence School Thursday and Friday

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Florence School is closed Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14 due to an electrical fire. The school says extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled.

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Montana Senate candidate accused of coordinating with NRA

Democrats are questioning whether U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association after an audio recording surfaced of the Montana Republican saying the NRA planned to support...

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Victim of aircraft crash at Billings Logan International Airport identified

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Yellowstone County Assistant Coroner Deputy Richard Hoffman identifies the victim of aircraft crash yesterday as 74-year-old Robert Coons of Billings. The aircraft was not a helicopter, as previously reported, but an experimental gyrocopter. 

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Target to boost holiday hiring by 20 percent to 120,000

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Target plans to hire more than 120,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, a 20 percent increase from last year. 

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US House backs bill giving Montana tribe federal recognition

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would give federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians following a decades-long effort.

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Ports shut down in Carolinas before Florence

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Officials in the Carolinas are closing down ports as Hurricane Florence approaches their coastlines. North Carolina officials said Wednesday that they were closing the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City to commercial truck traffic on Wednesday. 

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Family asking for return of veteran's service dog Masik

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MISSOULA - A family is searching for their service dog, saying someone stole him from their truck while they parked at the Wye earlier this week. Masik the chow-chow belongs to Ryan Jones, a Marine who says he relies on the dog for helping with PTSD. 

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Frenchtown Schools warn of mountain lion sighting

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A mountain lion sighting in Frenchtown has prompted a warning from the school district.

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President Trump rejects Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is rejecting the widely accepted death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, claiming without citing evidence that "3,000 people did not die." Trump called the count a move by Democrats to make him look bad.   Trump tweeted Thursday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. He said: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. ... More>>

Montana judge running for re-election submits resignation

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HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A northern Montana judge running for re-election is planning to step down following the November election.   The Havre Daily News reports 12th District Court Judge Dan Boucher submitted his resignation last week, going into effect Nov. 9 - three days after the election.   Boucher was not available to provide comment to the newspaper Tuesday.   Boucher is the only candidate for the judgeship based in Havre. He was appointed to the office in November 2... More>>

Judge to decide on grizzly bear hunts in Idaho, Wyoming

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. judge is due to decide Thursday if two Rocky Mountain states can move forward with the first public hunts for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 in almost three decades.   U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, put on hold for two weeks hunts scheduled in Idaho and Wyoming.   That order expires Thursday. Hunt opponents asked the judge for a further two-week delay, but he did not immediately rule on the request.   The U.S. Int... More>>

Hurricane Florence's Impact Reaches Farther Than the Carolina's Video included

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Hurricane Florence is not only impacting the Carolina's but causing people in Montana to walk on eggshells; as they wait to hear of their friends and families safety. One such person is Cathie Blalock, whose family lives in North and South Carolina. While her family has lived through plenty of hurricanes before, this one has them a little bit concerned; especially when it comes to having enough food and water. In fact, one of Cathie's sons has actually had to fill his bathtu... More>>

Horseshoe Fire destroys 10 buildings, fire officials say

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Ten buildings are destroyed in a wildfire that is burning in southwest Montana. This information about the Horseshoe Fire came to light on Wednesday night, during a community meeting in Clarkston.

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Fire officials warn of fall fire dangers

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The temperature may feel like fall, but fire danger is still high. 

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Grizzly Sports Report: September 12th, 2018

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Watch the third episode of the Grizzly Sports Report! Head coach Bobby Hauck and quarterback Dalton Sneed join show hosts Shaun Rainey from SWX Montana, and "Voice of the Griz" Riley Corcoran, after Montana beats the Drake Bulldogs 48-16 to improve to 2-0 on the year. Also on the show, Ben Wineman provides a rundown of the rest of Griz athletics, including big weekends for both Griz soccer and Griz volleyball. And Shaun and Riley reconvene to talk shop before the G... More>>

Polson training teachers with new defense spray against active shooters Video included

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Polson School District is arming their staff and faculty, but it's not with firearms. The district is the first in the country to implement Reflex Protect, a non-lethal self defense spray made by a Montana company.

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Griz running back pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

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A University of Montana running back pleaded guilty to an assault charge in Missoula County Justice Court, Wednesday.

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Crews continue attack on destructive Horseshoe Fire

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Crews continue their attacks against the destructive Horseshoe Fire burning in Clarkston in Southwest Montana. 

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People are lining up to get inked to raise awareness about suicide and mental health in Montana

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American Made has been a busy place today for people to get semi-colon tattoos for suicide awareness. All of the proceeds from the semi colon tattoos will go towards the Missoula Life Maintenance Center. It's an organization that helps serve people living with behavior heath issues in Missoula and surrounding areas.

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Butte airport receives grant for new snow equipment

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Butte's Bert Mooney Airport received a $600,000 grant to help clear the runway in the winter months. 

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New Indian restaurant Pakeezah opens in Bozeman

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For restaurateurs Raj and Priyanka Singh, breaking into Montana's cuisine scene hasn't been easy. The couple cut the ribbon on their first restaurant in Montana – Curry Express in Belgrade – in 2013. It was, at the time, the first Indian restaurant in Gallatin County. And although the feat seemed like an accomplishment, the Singhs quickly learned their hard work was far from over. 

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Man assaulted while walking home in Bozeman

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Bozeman Police are asking for information about an assault that happened Tuesday evening.

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Motor Vehicle Division expects Montana to get REAL ID extension

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In less than a month Montana’s extension to roll out Real ID approved licenses is scheduled to end, but state authorities are hoping that the federal government will grant an extension.

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Griz running back Calhoun charged with misdemeanor assault

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University of Montana football player Jeremy Calhoun has been charged with assault for his involvement in a fight that occurred in May.

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Parent's Solution to"Stranger Danger" Isn't Just for Kids

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Tanya Waid was scrolling through her Facebook when she noticed posts of mom's and their kids being followed by strangers. Being a mother herself, Tanya took to social media, asking people how they would feel about taking Krav Maga lessons from her husband Andrew; who was a Krav Maga instructor in Alaska and has been involved in the art of self defense for over seven years now. The response they received took both of them by surprise, with over one hundred comments supporting h... More>>

Montana lawmakers drafting bill to raise their own pay

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana lawmakers are considering changing how their pay is calculated, which would result in a 69 percent pay raise compared to their current salary if approved.    The Legislative Council last month voted to draft a bill to base legislative pay on the average salaries of lawmakers in Montana and four surrounding states starting in 2021.    Montana lawmakers are due to make $92.46 a day for the 2019 session. That's compared to the $156 per day... More>>

Grizzly bears relocated in Wyoming

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has conducted two relocations of grizzly bears in the northwest part of the state.    Game managers trapped and relocated an adult female grizzly and her two cubs last Thursday and then captured and relocated a sub-adult female grizzly bear on Friday.    The agency says in both instances the bears were killing cattle on private lands in the Cody region.    In cooperation with the Bridger Teton Nati... More>>

Montana sheriff suspended following criminal charges

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A southwestern Montana sheriff has been suspended for three months with pay after he was charged with official misconduct, perjury and evidence tampering in a case that led to a meth trafficking conviction.    The Montana Standard reports Madison County commissioners voted to suspend Sheriff Roger Thompson on Tuesday.    Thompson told the commission he accepts suspension, noting that "while these allegations remain unresolved they obviously... More>>

Bigger, pricier iPhone expected at Apple event Wednesday

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expected to showcase three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales growth.    Most of the buzz is swirling around a rumored iPhone that is supposed to boast a 6.5-inch screen, up from 5.8 inches on the existing iPhone X.    If the speculation pans out, the even-bigger iPhone would represent Apple's attempt to feed consumers' appe... More>>

Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children.    Francis' key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, as the latest chapter in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal has thrown Francis' papacy into crisis.    The Feb. 21-24 meeting is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals... More>>

First confirmed grizzly bear sighting in Cody Video included

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Cody - Wyoming game and fish officials have their hands full with bear activity in Northwest Wyoming. They are looking for a grizzly bear that turned up in Cody city limits, and for another bear that mauled a hiker in the mountains northwest of Cody.

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Former Air Force One pilot remembers 9/11 Video included

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17 years ago President George W. Bush and his staff were the only ones allowed to fly in the hours following the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  One of those pilots aboard the VC-25, or Air Force One, was Dan Hargrove who now calls Billings home.  It's a day that Dan called surreal.  Radios were silent which is odd in a plane according to Dan.  He said, "this is quite a moment that is happening and yet there'... More>>

Horseshoe Fire in SW Montana destroys structures

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A quick moving wildfire in Southwest Montana destroyed structures in the area.

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Russia launches biggest ever war games involving China

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Hundreds of thousands Russian troops swept across Siberia on Tuesday in the nation's largest ever war games also joined by China - a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid their tensions with the U.S. 

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US marks 9/11 anniversary; Trump to mark it at Pa. memorial

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NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city.

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Bond increased for man accused of abusing 4-year-old boy

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Bond has been increased to $200,000 for a man being held in jail on an assault on a minor charge. The Lake County Sheriff's Office responded to a child abuse report and found a 4-year-old boy with serious injuries. The boy was airlifted to an out-of-state hospital, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. 

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Lee Enterprises closes Missoula Independent

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Lee Enterprises has closed the Missoula Independent, weekly newspaper. According to the Missoulian, Lee announced the closure at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and notified all employees. 

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Glacier Park sees dip in August visitation

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Glacier National Park attendance fell significantly in August as wildfires forced the partial closure of the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road and prompted evacuations along a corridor that runs through the heart of the park.    The National Park Service says about 667,700 people entered the park last month, which is a 26.5 percent decrease from August 2017's 908,000.    The Flathead Beacon reports a wildfire along the shore of Lake McDonald ble... More>>

Montana Treasure: Grace Home

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When driving along 5th Avenue North, you might notice the Grace Home. It's a place that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet. "The Grace Home has given me a place where I can heal," resident Edward Aguasanta said. "Where I can actually transition from where I was in life as far as coming home from war." The Grace Home has been around for two years now, and looks to give veterans hope. "A lot of residents coming in have been homeless for awhil... More>>

Prescribed Burning Continues on the Yellowstone Ranger District

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 Following a successful prescribed burn near West Bridger Creek on the Yellowstone Ranger District, fire and fuels managers are setting their sights on burning an area near the Lodgepole Trailhead in Elk Creek south of Big Timber, MT on September 13th. 

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Hiker injured by bear in the Beartooth Mountains

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Sunday afternoon the Park County Sheriff’s Office notified the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that a man was injured by a bear while backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains near the Wyoming, Montana border.  

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Fire danger elevated to very high in Yellowstone

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With continued warm and dry weather across the park and no significant cooling in sight, Yellowstone’s fire danger is now VERY HIGH.

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