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Local band, L.A. bound

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GREAT FALLS- Five guys from Great Falls, one band, and a shot at recording in L.A. They're called Call Of The Awakened. They've been together since high school jamming out to hard rock and metal music, and now they're heading to L.A. in February for three weeks to record their second album. However, this journey didn't come easy. Besides the struggle of breaking into one of the toughest industries in the world, two members also dealt with major heartbreak.  "We were gettin...

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Bayern Brewery reaches out to Great Falls for glass recycling Video included

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Jurgen Knoller, the CEO of Missoula's Bayern Brewing, leads the brewery's innovative recycling program and says he wants to start accepting glass from Great Falls.

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HGTV 2019 Dream Home will be in Whitefish

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Big news for HGTV fans... 2019's HGTV Dream Home has been announced, and it's being built right here in Montana. 

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Man arrested for shoplifting and assaulting an employee at Albertsons

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One man has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting and assaulting an employee at Albertsons.

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The New Frontier: A Love Affair with Ag Video included

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"Northern Ag Research Center has been a major part of my life for a lot of years." If it sounds like Mark Peterson is having a love affair with ag research, you're probably right. The Northern Ag Research Center has been around since 1915, but when Mark and his colleague, Gregg Carlson, began working more closely in the early 80's to expand the Center, things really started to take off. "He worked very, very well with a lot of people. If you see a lot of things here ...

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Man taken into custody following Butte standoff

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A stand off between officers and an adult male fugitive lasted several hours Sunday, after the man barricaded himself inside a residence on the 400 Block of West Mercury Street.  According to  Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester, the man was eventually arrested and taken into custody. No one was injured. More information is expected to be released Monday. 

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Vaughn Fire & Rescue Volunteer Fire Department honoring fallen firefighters

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GREAT FALLS- Today you may have noticed fire department's around town having their flag at half-staff. This is because every first weekend of October firefighters across the United States ring a bell at 10 a.m. EST symbolizing those who've fallen while in the line of duty.  Every year all of the firefighter line of duty deaths are reported into Emmitsburg, Maryland where the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service is held. Vaughn Fire & Rescue Volunteer Fire...

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2nd Annual Caesar Showdown

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GREAT FALLS- The Do Bar will be hosting the Second Annual Great Falls Caesar Showdown October 6th, 2018. It starts at 3 p.m. and it's 10 dollars to get in the door. That'll include sampling Caesar’s from various restaurants in Great Falls. Do Bar said all proceeds will be donated to Casa-Can, our local non-profit child advocates.  Whose ever Caesar gets the most votes will win bragging rights, personal trophies, and what's looking like over a 200 cash pot.

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Spectrum services down impacting local businesses

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GREAT FALLS- If you’re a customer of Spectrum, services have finally been restored, but local business owners are still feeling the repercussions. "When we first found out the internet wasn't working, our dispatchers have a backup tablet that runs off of Verizon Network so we were able to get that up and going and so they could at least see the logistics of where our cabs were,” said Ryan Perrin, Owner of BlackedOut 406 TAXI & LIMOUSINE. For the last two days, t...

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Local artist gives GFHS inspirational facelift

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GREAT FALLS- Great Falls High School got an inspirational facelift thanks to one local artist. Eileen Laskowski is using three simple tools to uplift people inside and outside of Great Falls High. By taking a pen, a piece of paper, and a paperclip, she creates messages like the ones you see.  She writes about thoughts, experiences, or emotions stemming all from her personal sketchbook. Eileen explains it's important for high school students to have access to the creative proces...

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Man traveling across the United States on a culture quest

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WOLF CREEK- He's worked 50 jobs in 50 different states in the U.S., and then wrote a book called, "50 Jobs In 50 states, One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America." Now, 10 years later, he's back on the road, but this time experiencing culture in every state.  It's Dan Seddiqui's 39th state and it just happens to be here in Montana at the Rocking Z Guest Ranch, and he's learning about horsemanship.

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Community Spotlight: Teen Safety Week

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Students across Montana are raising awareness about driving safely. Along with Buckle Up Montana, they’re trying to continuing the discussion about drivers safety. Dane Buffington, a freshman at CMR, joined us live for tonight’s Community Spotlight to explain why safe driving is important for people of all ages. More>>

Sheriff's Deputy accused of sexual contact with child Video included

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According to the Glasgow Courier, the division of criminal investigation was contacted about the incident in May of this year.  The DCI identified the victim as a 17-year-old female. During the investigation, she told officials that she met the deputy back in 2014 during a traffic stop. The article said they had an intimate relationship for a year. They would contact via phone, email, and text to meet up for sexual encounters. The victim said most of the time when they met he wo...

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Man accused of stealing Hydrocodone pills

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Dylan Thomas Burger is charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and two counts of theft. Court documents said last month at the Bee Hives assisted living facility two residents reported their hydrocodone pills were missing.  Detectives questioned Burger about the missing pills and he admitted that he first knew about the pills in September but failed to report it. Detectives and the supervisor scanned through surveillance from the September date and saw Burger unlocki... More>>

Man accused of inappropriately touching a girl under 12

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Joseph Francis Silva is charged with sexual intercourse without consent after a young girl spoke with police.

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How to help with Hurricane Michael relief

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GREAT FALLS- Hurricane Michael has left thousands devastated, houses destroyed, and resources limited. Living in Montana, we aren't exactly close enough to help those victims in person, but here are a few ways you can through the American Red Cross who says they're in need of money and blood. Many blood drives get canceled in impacted hurricane areas causing a lack of blood supply. You can call or go to redcrossblood.org and either book a local appointment to give blood or find a loc... More>>

Snow Hop head brewer makes her mark on the Montana craft industry

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Many folks picture a beer brewer as a burly, bearded guy, but one gal in Helena with pink hair and the shoes to match is proving women can whip up some of the best brews. "Looking at the different malts that are available, looking at the different hops that are available, the different yeast strains and I just know how to put them all together," said Becky Peppelman, Head Brewer at Snow Hop Brewery in Helena.   Becky Peppelman earned the title of head brewer at Snow...

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Body found in Missouri River

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A body has been located in the Missouri River in Great Falls near Electric City Water Park.

We have a crew on the scene and will update with additional information as we can get it.

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Family escapes early morning garage fire

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HELENA - A family of three including a young child escaped an early morning fire on the northwest side of Helena.  West Valley Fire Chief Jerry Shepard said the call came in just after 5 am Monday.  

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Music is Medicine singer visiting 50 states, 50 hospitals

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GREAT FALLS- A man is traveling across the country, stopping in one hospital every state to spread his mission of Music Is Medicine.

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Birds and Beasleys marks 25 years by celebrating raptors

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Last Chance Gulch shop Birds and Beasleys is a family owned shop that features Montana-made gifts and goods. Owners decided to celebrate more than two decades on the Gulch by bringing in birds from Montana Wild.

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Woman held at Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center dies

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A female inmate has died at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention center where she was being held. According to Sheriff  Ed Lester, the woman was found unresponsive by detention staff at approximately 2 o'clock this afternoon. Efforts to revive the woman were unsuccessful. Detectives from butte and Montana division of criminal investigations are investigating the death. The woman's body has been transported to Montana state crime lab in Missoula where an autopsy will be completed. We... More>>

Latest Road Conditions in Montana

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Road conditions are varying across much of Montana. If you are traveling take a look their most up to date map to stay safe out there. Here is the link: http://roadreport.mdt.mt.gov/travinfomobile/ 

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Community Spotlight: Stop the Stigma

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Gateway Community Services and GFC-MSU are excited to bring ‘Stop the Stigma, Debunking the Myths’ to their campus during Red Ribbon Week. 

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Controversial tire recycling facility ordered to temporarily stop operations

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A pretty big step was made in stopping what some believe is an illegal and dangerous tire recycling felicity. Judge Kathy Seely of Broadwater County ordered the Two Brothers Tire Company in Winston to temporarily stop operations. The preliminary work injunction, which was signed roughly a week ago , orders the company to stop storing and hauling any tires into their facility.   One grassroots organization, who call themselves the Winston Tire Shred Opposition Group , has been f... More>>

"Non-partisan" Constitutionalists rally on Capitol lawn

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One group gathered outside of the State Capitol this afternoon to rally, in their words, for liberty. The somewhat controversial group, Convention of States, says their mission is to give more power to "We the People."  The group's supporters argue the federal government's reach is too far and that many citizen's voices aren't being heard in Washington. Although, that sentiment is traditionally a conservative one, Convention of states supporters say they do not belong... More>>

Helena considers new abandoned car policy

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The City of Helena is considering taking a more proactive approach on how it handles abandoned cars. Officers with the Helena Police Department say they get hundreds of calls in the winter from citizens urging police to take action on cars left in the streets. Right now the protocol instructs police to take action only after someone puts in a complaint. New policies could require law enforcement to take charge before citizens even pick up the phone. However, Lieutenant Jayson Za... More>>

What's exactly on your 2018 ballot?

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GREAT FALLS- Election season is in full swing, with several big races going on but do you know what the issues on your ballot really mean? According to the Cascade County Elections office, roughly 32,000 ballots were just sent out this morning, but what has the elections office talking is the Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act. It prohibits the collection of another individual's ballot. If this does pass, the Cascade County Elections office says, you can collect the ballot f... More>>

Election ballots sent out today

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GREAT FALLS- In less than a month, Americans will head to the polls for the midterm elections.  But even though they were sent at the same time, residents won't receive them at the same time. So the elections office is asking you to be patient and give the ballots a week to arrive. "This is generally now starting Monday where we'll hear a lot of phone calls, well my wife got their ballot and I didn't get mine so give it a couple of days because the postman and ladies are g...

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Inaccessible public lands could open up huge tourism industry

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Montana has a lot of public lands, more than 27 million acres. But roughly 1 and a half million acres are unusable to many because there's no way to access them without traveling on private property.

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Goodwill Kids Day in Great Falls Video included

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In tonight's Community Spotlight, Chelle Fried is in the KFBB studios to discuss the upcoming annual Goodwill Kids Day in Great Falls.  The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13th at the Great Falls Goodwill location from 1:00-4:00pm. The day of fun is completely free and open to the public, and will feature a variety of fun activities, games, and a Zombie Run! For more information, search "Goodwill Kids Day" on Facebook. 

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Transcripts reveal explicit detail in underage prostitution sting

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Taj Lamar Wilson, the man arrested in 2015 for soliciting sex from a minor, changed his plea to attempted prostitution.

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Hockey Pro Shop Comes to Great Falls

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A new hockey pro shop is opening here in Great Falls, which will be the only one in town. The shop is called 406 Hockey and it's located at 809 9th Street South. It carries equipment, such as skates, helmets, sticks and pads. O'Brien said he was excited to open a shop once the University of Providence announced there would be a men and women's hockey team. He figured the local market would be perfect for it, and it would offer players something they don't already have. 406 Hockey ...

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Car catches fire after jump start

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A car fire sparked Wednesday evening just before 7:30 when the owner attempted to jump start it, according to the Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department. 

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Man shoots himself in front of officers; coroner's inquest scheduled

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A coroner’s inquest has been scheduled for November 2nd, 2018, after Josh Aaron Vestre shot himself while in the presence of Lewis and Clark County Deputies. According to a press release, the incident happened on April 7th, 2018. It is unclear why Vestre was in police custody. According to the press release, an inquest must be held when the death occurs while a person “is being taken into custody or is in the custody of a peace officer.” The inquest is planned to ... More>>

Winter weather leaves Rogers Pass road slushy

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Winter has come a bit early it took our reporter Tarvarious Haywood to get to Rogers Pass and roads are pretty clear until he got to Fort Shaw.  He reported that's when he started to see snow accumulation wet roads. Although roads are pretty clear as of 5:30 Wednesday, when he entered into the Lewis and Clark National Forest roads got pretty bad. Roads were slushy and wet. The National Weather Service in Great Falls say they do not have an official report of the snow amount Roger... More>>

Annual "Day of Caring" in Great Falls; volunteers needed

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In tonight's Community Spotlight, Kim Skornogoski from United Way of Cascade County stopped by the KFBB studios to discuss the upcoming "Day of Caring" in Great Falls, when volunteers help out and give back to 80 elderly or disabled homeowners in the city.  This year's Day of Caring will be Friday, Oct. 26th beginning at 8:30am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Montana Federal Credit Union located at 15 14th St. S. Volunteers will be raking leaves, trimming trees, c...

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Emily Kidder, Capital High School

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Capital High senior Emily Kidder participates in at least three sports throughout the school year and right now volleyball is in season.  "We're always together. We're always there for each other no matter what. If we get down a point we're like hey next one and we just stick together so it's awesome," said Emily Kidder.  

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Missing dog found shot near Benefis Video included

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More than 200 people have shared the story of Mercedes the Akita. Her owner, Travis Bring, posted on Facebook Saturday, saying she was lost near Benefis. Another Facebook user explained that the dog was found along Fields road with a gunshot wound. FWP said it could be a case of mistaken identity. It is hunting season and the Akita breed can almost be compared to a wolf. We don't know if she accidentally wandered on to someone's property but many questions are still up in the air but... More>>

Wood charged after high speed chase in Great Falls

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A high-speed chase on October 5 left Travis Wood, 23, with numerous felonies and misdemeanor charges.

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University of Providence student charged with felony intimidation

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Edgar Mendoza has been charged with one count of felony intimidation following suspicious letters threatening several people at the University of Providence, a private Catholic college in Great Falls.

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Local restaurants donating money in honor of World Homeless Day

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GREAT FALLS- In honor of World Homeless Day, tomorrow from 12 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. local restaurants are teaming up with the Great Falls Association of Realtors Stand Up For Students who explained they're donating the money they make to our homeless youth in Cascade County. Here are the participating restaurants: -Beef 'O' Brady's: Donating 10 percent of food sales including takeout. -Big Mouth BBQ at The Front Brewing Company: Donating 1 dollar per pint. -Fuddruckers & Teriyaki Ma... More>>

Fall Family Fest at Giant Springs State Park Video included

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In tonight's Community Spotlight, Clark Carlson-Thompson stopped by the KFBB studio to discuss the 4th annual Fall Family Fest Day at Giant Springs State Park on Saturday, Oct. 13th from 1:00-4:00pm. The afternoon is completely free and open to the public, and includes hay rides, face painting, sack races, s'mores, and much more! For more information, check out the Fish, Wildlife and Park's website. 

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Great Falls Fire Rescue puts GFPS fire prevention weeks on hold

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GREAT FALLS- It's an annual tradition. Great Falls Fire Rescue heads to local schools, teaching students about how to prevent fires. This year, firefighters aren't heading to classrooms, because they can't afford to be away from the station. Right now, Great Falls Fire Rescue is short staffed with paramedics who help with the program. They normally have 24 paramedics, but right now they have 16 because people were promoted and the hiring process hasn't brought in a lot of paramedic c...

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Local business's team up to help Great Falls homeless students

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It’s an odd concept,  stuffing a trailer full of toiletries and non perishable food for world homeless day. That's what Procraft CARSTAR is doing after the company's president found out about how many students were without homes in our schools, he was shocked. “A few years back I was at a graduation at Paris Gibson and I was very caught off guard when Mr. Fetchner said that 13 of the graduating students where homeless and I was just blown away by that,” said ... More>>

Get to know the candidates

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Two events will be happening tonight, that will help voters decide who to vote for on November 6th. Starting at 5:30 this evening, Kids Education YES is holding a candidate forum at the Civic Center. Attendees can bring their questions and speak with those running for office. The event lasts until 7:00 p.m. At 6:00 this evening, The Electric is holding a Sheriff's Debate at the History Museum. Jesse Slaughter said he will not be attending for personal reasons.The Debate is going on ... More>>

Montana limo companies taking precautions

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In light of Saturday's deadly limo crash in New York, local companies are taking precautions to ensure safety. We've learned that the limo involved in that crash failed inspection and that the driver was not properly licensed. Ryan Perrin, the owner of BlackedOut 406, said that all applicants have had to fill out special applications from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "We have all their background on driving history and everything," Perrin said. "T...

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Increasing American Indian Student population at MSU Northern

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GREAT FALLS- In the spirit of honoring the first people of our country, a school in our area is taking strides to keep Native American students on track in their education. MSU Northern is currently the only non-tribal college in Montana that meets the standard of having a 10 percent or more American Indian student population. They're now the first school in Montana awarded the NASNTI grant. MSU Northern said their ultimate goal through this grant is to increase retention and complet...

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Local agencies helping homeless

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GREAT FALLS- World Homeless Day is taking place Wednesday, October 8th, 2018 but Great Falls is collectively working on finding homes for the homeless every single day. According to United Way of Cascade County, there are 261 people without a place to call home in our community. In fact, throughout the last year and a half, United Way tells us there's been a collective effort from 32 other local agencies to address homelessness in Great Falls. So far they've found stable permanent ho... More>>

GFFR hosting annual "Fill the Boot" Saturday in Great Falls Video included

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In tonight's Community Spotlight, Tucker Cook and Tom Zaremski from Great Falls Fire Rescue stop by the KFBB studio to discuss their annual "Fill the Boot" event happening Saturday, Oct. 13th in Great Falls. Firefighters will be out collecting money at the corning of 9th St. & 10th Ave. S., 3rd St. NW., and the Northwest Bypass. Firefighters will be in position from 8:00am-5:00pm.  Last year, GFFR raised just over $35,000 for their charity of choice, the Muscular ...

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Multiple structures burned in Belt fire

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The fire started at approximately 8 p.m. on the 500 block of Belt Creek Road. Initial dispatch said it was a camper fire which spread to other structures. Numerous agencies responded to the blaze including Belt Ambulance, Belt Rural, Sand Coulee, Highwood, Black Eagle, Malmstrom, MANG, and CCSO. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. We will update you with any new information as it becomes available. More>>

Why your Spectrum services are down

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GREAT FALLS- The outage started about 6:30 last night and has left thousands without service.  It even hit us hard here at KFBB as well.    Spectrum said damage occurred on an aerial line over a ravine is to blame for the extremely slow, and even none existent service across the state.  The Communications Director for Charter Communications said there's some involvement from the local power company, and even they weren’t able to get a closer look at what ha...

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Bobby the cat returns home after a year and a half missing

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Bobby the cat disappeared from his Great Falls home in June of 2017 never to be seen again. Or so his family thought.

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Community Spotlight: Optimist Pre-holiday Arts & Crafts Show

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With Halloween just weeks away, the Christmas season will be here before you know it. With that in mind, the Optimist Club of Great Falls is bringing the Optimist Pre-holiday Arts & Crafts Show to Montana Expo Park. On October 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you’ll find antiques, collectibles, quilts, food and more. More>>

Controversial gun phone case: Would you buy one?

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GREAT FALLS- Local law enforcement agencies are warning people that novelty phone cases that look like guns could be very dangerous.

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Community Spotlight: Popcorn for Sale! Video included

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Cub Scouts in Montana are gearing up to raise money for future events and their packs. Through Oct. 21, scouts will be going door-to-door selling popcorn, which can also be found at various locations around town. Assorted flavors are available, and tin prices range from $10 to $60.  Noah and Grant with Pack 143 in Great Falls joined us live in the KFBB Studio to explain why your help is important.  More>>

Man accused of making woman suck Clorox wipes

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One man is facing felony charges after court documents say he made an elderly woman suck on Clorox wipes.

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Great Falls Fire Rescue to hold flu shot clinics

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The Cascade City–County Health Department (CCHD) is collaborating with Great Falls Fire Rescue in providing four flu-shot clinics this October. All ages (six months and older) are welcome to meet our firefighters, see the fire trucks, take some photos, and getting vaccinated by CCHD’s immunization experts. CCHD will also be offering the Flublok Quadrivalent vaccine for adults 50 years of age and older. Flublok is a high dose vaccine that is 100 percent egg-free, high... More>>

Two charged with kidnapping and assault

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A man and a woman have been charged with two felonies, Aggravated Kidnapping and Assault with a Weapon, Court documents state Jared Neal Mell, approached the victim and accused him of stealing a ring. The victim stated he had no idea what Mell was talking about Allegedly Mell threatened the victim with bodily harm if he didn't go with Mell.  The two arrived at Courtney Cain-Howell's apartment where Howell and Mell forced the victim to undress, then wear womens pink under...

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Craft's attorney withdraws from case

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Brandon Craft, the man accused of killing disabled vet, Adam Petzack, back in 2016 is back in court Thursday but not to face any new charges.  His attorney Vince Vanderhagen has withdrawn himself from the case after Craft's cellmate said he confessed to killing Petzack.  Cascade County Attorney Joshua Racki said Vanderhagen recused himself from the case because he also represents the cellmate craft confessed to, which is a conflict of interest. After learning of the confes...

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Browning receives 13 inches of snow overnight Video included

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Just 8 months after one of the worst winters on record, Browning is under a foot of snow already in early October. Tribal officials are urging residents to prepare in case they're snowed in again this winter.

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Community Spotlight: Fall Family Fest

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Giant Springs State Park is excited to welcome you to their annual Fall Family Fest, Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spend a fall afternoon at the Heritage Park picnic area enjoying sack races, face painting, arts and crafts and a hay rides. Tamara Tollett, with the park, stopped by to share more details about the event, and how you can help. More>>

When should you put snow tires on?

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With snow flying across much of the state, including right here in the Electric City, it begs to question: when should you be changing out those summer tires or all seasons for the trusty old snow tires? Many debate that putting snow tires on too early, especially studded ones, can be detrimental on gas mileage, the road, and wear them down faster, meaning less money in your pocket. But local tire shops say if the snow is flying put them on. Point S says they have had tons of people...

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Foothills' Falcons Keileigh Fulbright

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Senior Keileigh Fulbright shows up to practice every day with a smile on her face, ready to set her team up for success. Last season, she was a hitter, but has spent a lot of time playing in various positions on the court, and when the Falcons senior setter graduated, it opened up the spot to anyone daring enough to give it a try.

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Goodgun charged with burglary, strangulation, and partner or family member assault

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Nicky Goodgun, has been arrested following an October 2nd altercation with an ex. According to the officer affidavit, the altercation happened on the 900 block of 6th Avenue North. The victim states Goodgun entered her home through a window and began punching her in the face and kicking her. Goodgun "drug her around the apartment by her arms and her hair" and stated their relationship "was never going to be over." The victim also says Goodgun... More>>

Woman charged with flinging feces at officer in drug-fueled rage

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Police say a woman in a drug-fueled rage flung feces at an officer last week and is now facing charges. 

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Community Spotlight: CROP Hunger Walk Video included

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Family Promise of Great Falls will be this year’s CROP Hunger Walk at Gibson Park Saturday, Oct. 9. The walk is to raise awareness, and money to combat to world hunger. Registration for the five-mile walk begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 2:30 p.m. Sean McGuire, with VISTA, joined us to share everything you need to know about the upcoming event. More>>

Bringing Substance Abuse Awareness

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GREAT FALLS- Chances are you may know a child, teenager, or adult struggling with some type of substance abuse issue. That’s why "stop the sigma week" is being held this October at GFC-MSU.  It's tied together with Red Ribbon Week which is a national movement helping and educating children on how to say no to drugs. A Gateway Services Prevention Specialist explains you'll also learn the importance of being trauma-informed which means you'll understand how to assi...

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School Counselors Protocols On Human Trafficking

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GREAT FALLS- North Middle School tell us if and when their students speak up about being human trafficked, they have an action plan in place to help out your son or daughter.  A counselor from North Middle School told KFBB they just educated their entire staff on human trafficking. Since students aren't going to necessarily come out and admit they're experiencing encounters of being or seeing trafficking, it lies in our educator's hands to pay close attention. If they suspect a ... More>>

Community Spotlight: Great Snowmobile Club Meeting Video included

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Summer is over, and fall is officially here. Which also means it's time to start planning for the upcoming outdoor sports season. Bill McDaniel, President of the Great Falls Snowmobile Club, joined us tonight to invite everyone interested in joining or helping the club this season. Their annual fall meeting is happening at the VFW on  4123 10th Ave. S. in Great Falls,  Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. There, they'll discuss the upcoming season, elections and events. F... More>>

Medical partnership aims to address high number of critical behavioral youth

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St. Peter's Health has started a program to help increase the level of care for kids who are at risk for critical behavioral issues, like suicide and depression.  The regional medical center will be working closely with Intermountain, a non-profit that helps children and families through holistic services. The groups came together to tackle the drastic increase in the number of youth being admitted to the hospital for critical behavioral issues. In 2010 only seven youth were... More>>

Helena Forums aims to stop Human Trafficking

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Human trafficking has increasingly become an epidemic in the U.S and in the Treasure State. Our Bliss Zechman spoke with a few groups in Helena that are trying to end this modern day form of slavery. Carroll College's Campus Center was packed with people who wanted to know how they can help stop human trafficking, but  many in the Capital City question if the epidemic is even a problem in this small community. "If the demand wasn't there, this wouldn’t exist in our ... More>>

Cascade County Sheriff's Office working to add canine

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The Cascade County Sheriff's Office is working to get multipurpose dogs to join their department.  They say there are currently no dogs in Cascade County, and the dogs would help with many different tasks. This includes drug searches, missing person searches and human trafficking. Scott Van Dyken, who is the Captain of Operations, says that adding a dog has been something they have been working on for over a year. "It can be very expensive," Van Dyken said. "Be... More>>

Signs of Human Trafficking in Great Falls

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Great Falls- Human trafficking is a problem across the nation and according to the Great Falls Police Department, it's a problem in the electric city too. But do you know what signs to look for? GFPD said people may not be reporting human trafficking incidents in fear they may be wrong, they don't know what signs to look for, or could potentially put themselves in danger. In the time it takes you to think about reporting trafficking, that person could be raped and victimized multiple ...

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Human Trafficking In Our Electric City

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GREAT FALLS- According to the Great Falls Police Department, there have been multiple cases right here in the Electric City.  Jesse Slaughter, the department’s detective of Internet Crimes Against Children explained the seriousness of the problem by saying it's just like the war on drugs back in the 80's, but now it's the war on human trafficking. He told KFBB there have been scenarios where if GFPD didn't intervene, then someone could have been trafficked. “It's huma...

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Man Claims He Accidentally Fired Gun Into Neighbor's Apartment

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One man is now facing several charges, after he says a gun he was cleaning accidentally went off. The bullet went through his floor and into his neighbor's apartment below. Upon arrival, the Great Falls Police Department spoke with Scott Jackson and Caitlyn Hansen. Jackson said he was cleaning the pistol, and it went off three inches from where Hansen was sleeping. GFPD also found loaded guns around the apartment that were accessible to Jackson's 20-month-old daughter.  This ... More>>

KFBB off air in Lewistown

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LEWISTOWN:  We are currently experiencing technical difficulties in the Lewistown area.  Our signal is currently off air for Mid Rivers and over the air viewers.  We hope to get this fixed by tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience! More>>

Car Crash off Northwest Bypass

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A 2 vehicle crash took place earlier this morning off Northwest Bypass and 3rd St NW.  Airbags were deployed in both vehicles with glass and debris scatted across the roadway.  Traffic going southbound is currently being redirected.  Witnesses say the crash sounded like an explosion and further described how fire rescue used the jaws of life to extract one of the victims; who was then transported to the hospital.  The names and conditions of the victims ar...

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    Amazon vows to be advocate for better pay in US

    Tuesday, October 2 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-10-02 13:46:03 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon says its public policy team will start pushing for an increase in the U.S. federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.    Jay Carney, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, says Amazon will advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across the country.    Amazon is also increasing wages in some areas outside the U.S. The company announced that the minimu...
    SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon says its public policy team will start pushing for an increase in the U.S. federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.    Jay Carney, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, says Amazon will advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across the country.    Amazon is also increasing wages in some areas outside the U.S. The company announced that the minimu...
  • Flood victims get cleanup help

    Flood victims get cleanup help

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-05-30 23:15:03 GMT
    Wednesday, May 30 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-05-30 23:15:03 GMT
    HELENA, Mont.,- Multiple organizations band together Wednesday to help flood victims with cleanup efforts. Thanks to the LDS Church, Red Cross and more, the cleanup process just got a little easier. From water testing to counseling services, several Helena based organizations are offering their services to a community that was recently devastated by floods. Victims can come out to get guidance as well as free goods. Buckets of disinfecting supplies are being handed out along with ...
    HELENA, Mont.,- Multiple organizations band together Wednesday to help flood victims with cleanup efforts. Thanks to the LDS Church, Red Cross and more, the cleanup process just got a little easier. From water testing to counseling services, several Helena based organizations are offering their services to a community that was recently devastated by floods. Victims can come out to get guidance as well as free goods. Buckets of disinfecting supplies are being handed out along with ...
  • Pipeline protester must pay over $3K in fines

    Pipeline protester must pay over $3K in fines

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:18 PM EST2017-11-22 01:18:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 20 2018 8:27 PM EDT2018-03-21 00:27:58 GMT

    65 year old Leonard Higgins turned off an emergency valve at a Spectra Energy site last October just south of Big Sandy. Not only did the self-proclaimed activist admit to turning the valve off. He video taped himself as he did it. 

    65 year old Leonard Higgins turned off an emergency valve at a Spectra Energy site last October just south of Big Sandy. Not only did the self-proclaimed activist admit to turning the valve off. He video taped himself as he did it. 

  • Local Business Spotlight: Morning Light Coffee

    Local Business Spotlight: Morning Light Coffee

    Monday, March 19 2018 8:42 PM EDT2018-03-20 00:42:26 GMT
    Tuesday, March 20 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-03-20 20:04:01 GMT

    Making latte's and cappuccinos wasn’t even a thought for morning light coffee roasters almost 30 years ago. In fact, they got into the coffee business as wholesalers for local grocery stores. Times have changed however, they opened a coffee shop, continued roasting and haven’t looked back. “We are kind of unique that we roast our own coffee in our store. We started that concept back in 1989 and it was a fairly new concept, nobody was doing it around the countr

    Making latte's and cappuccinos wasn’t even a thought for morning light coffee roasters almost 30 years ago. In fact, they got into the coffee business as wholesalers for local grocery stores. Times have changed however, they opened a coffee shop, continued roasting and haven’t looked back. “We are kind of unique that we roast our own coffee in our store. We started that concept back in 1989 and it was a fairly new concept, nobody was doing it around the countr

  • Discovering the Future: Native American Bison Experience

    Discovering the Future: Native American Bison Experience

    Students at Paris Gibson Education Center had the opportunity of a lifetime to go the Fort Belknap reservation and harvest a bison: what they call the Native American Bison Experience.

    Students at Paris Gibson Education Center had the opportunity of a lifetime to go the Fort Belknap reservation and harvest a bison: what they call the Native American Bison Experience.

  • Update: Suspect arrested in hit-and-run accident that killed Canadian man

    Monday, April 24 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-04-25 01:16:44 GMT
    Tuesday, February 27 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-02-27 18:17:24 GMT

    One Canadian man has been arrested in connection to a crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Great Falls on April 15th. 

    One Canadian man has been arrested in connection to a crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Great Falls on April 15th. 

  • Cyber hacking protection tips

    Cyber hacking protection tips

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-01-25 01:08:24 GMT
    Wednesday, January 24 2018 8:21 PM EST2018-01-25 01:21:15 GMT

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

  • Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-16 23:21:12 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-16 23:21:12 GMT
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...
  • University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:43 PM EST2018-01-16 00:43:11 GMT
    Monday, January 15 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-01-16 00:52:59 GMT

    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Sunday, January 14 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-15 04:50:57 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-15 04:50:57 GMT
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. 
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. 
  • Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Sunday, January 14 2018 4:12 PM EST2018-01-14 21:12:33 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 4:23 PM EST2018-01-14 21:23:47 GMT

    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

  • Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-01-14 05:13:45 GMT
    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:15 AM EST2018-01-14 05:15:45 GMT

    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Saturday, January 13 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-14 04:40:17 GMT
    Saturday, January 13 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-14 04:40:17 GMT
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.
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  • Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Thursday, December 7 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-12-07 23:49:05 GMT
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    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

  • Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:44 GMT
    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:44 GMT
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
  • Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:38:29 GMT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

  • Man accused of inappropriately touching a girl under 12

    Man accused of inappropriately touching a girl under 12

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:18:40 GMT
    Monday, October 15 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:18:40 GMT

    Joseph Francis Silva is charged with sexual intercourse without consent after a young girl spoke with police.

    Joseph Francis Silva is charged with sexual intercourse without consent after a young girl spoke with police.

  • Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage; Trump denies offering $1M for test

    Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage; Trump denies offering $1M for test

    Monday, October 15 2018 1:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 17:38:55 GMT

    BOSTON - President Donald Trump is falsely denying that he offered $1 million for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to prove whether she had Native American ancestors. Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is a widely rumored 2020 presidential candidate.

    BOSTON - President Donald Trump is falsely denying that he offered $1 million for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to prove whether she had Native American ancestors. Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is a widely rumored 2020 presidential candidate.

  • Local band, L.A. bound

    Local band, L.A. bound

    Sunday, October 14 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-10-14 23:49:44 GMT
    Sunday, October 14 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-10-14 23:54:30 GMT

    GREAT FALLS- Five guys from Great Falls, one band, and a shot at recording in L.A. They're called Call Of The Awakened. They've been together since high school jamming out to hard rock and metal music, and now they're heading to L.A. in February for three weeks to record their second album. However, this journey didn't come easy. Besides the struggle of breaking into one of the toughest industries in the world, two members also dealt with major heartbreak.  "We were gettin...

    GREAT FALLS- Five guys from Great Falls, one band, and a shot at recording in L.A. They're called Call Of The Awakened. They've been together since high school jamming out to hard rock and metal music, and now they're heading to L.A. in February for three weeks to record their second album. However, this journey didn't come easy. Besides the struggle of breaking into one of the toughest industries in the world, two members also dealt with major heartbreak.  "We were gettin...

  • Body found in Missouri River

    Body found in Missouri River

    Saturday, October 13 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-10-13 16:43:59 GMT
    Monday, October 15 2018 2:00 PM EDT2018-10-15 18:00:18 GMT

    A body has been located in the Missouri River in Great Falls near Electric City Water Park.

    We have a crew on the scene and will update with additional information as we can get it.

    Please avoid the area to allow law enforcement to do their work.

    A body has been located in the Missouri River in Great Falls near Electric City Water Park.

    We have a crew on the scene and will update with additional information as we can get it.

    Please avoid the area to allow law enforcement to do their work.

  • City of Laurel investigating SRO after reports of sexual contact with student

    City of Laurel investigating SRO after reports of sexual contact with student

    Monday, October 15 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-10-16 01:15:27 GMT

    A Laurel school resource officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual contact with a student.  

    A Laurel school resource officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual contact with a student.  

  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:29:39 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month.

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month.

  • The Latest: Grizzly attack survivor to have 2nd surgery

    The Latest: Grizzly attack survivor to have 2nd surgery

    Monday, October 15 2018 2:56 PM EDT2018-10-15 18:56:24 GMT
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    A hunter who survived a grizzly bear attack in Montana is having a second surgery for his injuries.

    A hunter who survived a grizzly bear attack in Montana is having a second surgery for his injuries.

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