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A sound check on the main festival stage at the Montana Folk Festival this afternoon
Josh Burnham

The Montana Folk Festival in Butte kicks off tonight. This year is its 10th anniversary, and it’s a significant boost to the Copper city’s economy.

Earlier today, staff at the Uptown Cafe were busy preparing for the expected dinner rush. Mary McAlexander, the manager said, “Business for us quadruples on this weekend from what it would normally be, so we love it.”

Evening Newscast 07-06-17

Jul 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to streamline the process for oil and gas development on federal lands.

A lot of Montanans were shaken at about 12:30 this morning by an earthquake with an epicenter about six miles south-east of Lincoln.

The Phillips County Sheriff's office has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the town of Landusky due to the nearby July Fire burning in Phillips County, just south of the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Evening Newscast 07-05-17

Jul 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Fire activity is increasing across the state as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning today for high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity for a large portion of central and northeastern Montana.

An autopsy confirmed the body of a 23-year-old Nebraska man has been recovered from a the Flathead river downstream of the SQK dam on the Flathead Reservation.

FBI agents seized bomb-making materials, seven guns and ammunition from the Montana home of a man they suspect of carrying out bank robberies in five states.

Evening Newscast 07-03-17

Jul 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Gas and diesel prices ticked up over the weekend as a new state tax went into effect. The new tax will increase every July 1 for the next six years, to fund maintenance on bridges and roads across the state.

Montana students who participate in a five-state regional medical school program are being asked to commit to work in Montana for three years or pay additional fees.

Lewis and Clark County officials have identified the victim of a fatal weekend shooting in Helena. Coroner Bryan Backeberg says 23-year-old Katherine Spencer died at the hospital after officers responded to the reported shooting.

Evening Newscast 06-30-17

Jun 30, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a temporary stop to Marsy’s Law, the constitutional amendment approved by voters last fall.

Fire season is off to a slow start this year, but state officials say drought conditions in Eastern Montana and rising temperatures across the state could change that.

The Montana health department has issued temporary emergency rules for the state medical marijuana program.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is designating 15 North Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas.

Evening Newscast 06-29-17

Jun 29, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

President Donald Trump announced Thurs he’s nominated Kurt Alme of Billings to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.

Preparations are underway for a fuels reduction project in western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.

The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in the case of a Montana woman who sued, saying medical providers failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

The investigation into the death of a famed Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear killed by an elk hunter in late 2015 determined that the bear was shot three times at close range with a .30 caliber rifle.

Evening Newscast 06-28-17

Jun 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congressman Greg Gianforte has been assigned to serve on two congressional committees — one focused on natural resources and the other on government oversight.

Law enforcement officers in northwestern Montana believe a body that was recovered from the Flathead River is that of a 23-year-old Nebraska man who went missing last month.

Glacier National Park opened the full 50 miles of its iconic Going To The Sun Road Wednesday.

Two Democratic governors are saying that the Senate health care proposal would devastate their conservative-leaning states.

Evening Newscast 06-27-17

Jun 27, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Both of Montana’s Senators will host virtual town halls this week ahead of the U.S. Senate vote on its version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

A state judge and former Republican legislator from Billings has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in 2018.

Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead in a lake just north of Yellowstone National Park.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited his hometown in Whitefish today to address the Western Governors Association.

Evening Newscast 06-26-17

Jun 26, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Both of Montana’s senators will host virtual town halls this week ahead of the U.S. Senate vote on its version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator says that while he has not yet decided if he’ll support the Senate health care bill, one issue would be a deal breaker for him.

Governors from the western U-S converge on Whitefish this week for the annual Western Governors Association. Today, they talked about international trade agreements between the U-S and Canada.

Evening Newscast 06-23-17

Jun 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

When he returns to his hometown of Whitefish next week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be greeted by billboards and a media campaign urging him to leave the Missouri River Breaks alone.

The body of a California man missing from a Montana campsite has been found in a lake just north of Yellowstone National Park.

A Montana man convicted of fatally shooting a German exchange student who was trespassing in his Missoula garage is asking the United States Supreme Court to consider his case.

Evening Newscast 06-22-17

Jun 22, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Interior Department today said it will lift Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park region.

The city of Missoula has taken ownership of the water utility that serves its residents after a three-year court battle.

Air Force investigators have identified the remains of a New Mexico-based airman who vanished in the mountains of Montana in June 1974.

Evening Newscast 06-21-17

Jun 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, a month after he body-slammed a reporter who had questioned him about the GOP health care bill.

A new survey suggests broad support for central Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

University of Montana officials say several applicants have shown interest in the university president position, many of whom have held leadership positions at other higher education campuses.

Evening Newscast 06-20-17

Jun 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The attorney for a Montana county sheriff charged with misdemeanor partner or family member assault says the sheriff will be taking personal leave while his case goes through the court system.

Bozeman tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte is poised to plunge into his duties as Montana's only representative in the U.S. House, after naming his key staff.

Search and rescue teams are combing the southeast corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness looking for a 21-year-old man who has gone missing in the Sun River drainage, the Flathead Beacon reports.

Whitefish joined a growing number of U.S. cities pledging to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement Monday night.

Evening Newscast 06-19-17

Jun 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two of the people who were critically injured when a deck collapsed at a church camp on the west side of Flathead Lake Saturday are now classified as in good condition at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will earn $119,000 a year when he returns to teaching as a chemistry professor.

A Helena judge says police called him at home to hold an after-hours court hearing for Cascade County’s sheriff who was arrested Thursday.

Evening Newscast 06-16-17

Jun 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congressman Greg Gianforte is trying to avoid a judge’s order for a mugshot to be taken of him, following his guilty plea for assault.

Helena Police arrested Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards yesterday on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Governor Steve Bullock has joined a bi-partisan group of six other governors asking Congress to overhaul the existing Affordable Care Act, rather than replacing it with one passed by the U.S. House.

Evening Newscast 06-15-17

Jun 15, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s Secretary of State certified the results of the May 25th special election Thursday, naming Greg Gianforte Montana’s next congressman.

There’s been another death in Yellowstone National Park a week after the first incident. The Park says a kayak guide died yesterday while attempting to rescue a client who capsized in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake.

Three months after a predator-killing cyanide trap sickened a teenage boy in Idaho and killed his dog, the federal government is launching an expanded review of the devices.

Evening Newscast 06-14-17

Jun 14, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s congressional delegation offered responses to the shooting at the congressional baseball practice today.

A 21-year-old North Carolina man suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

This past month was the second-busiest May on record for Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. 

Evening Newscast 06-13-17

Jun 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Heavy rainfall over the last two days has caused numerous problems across much of Montana, and Granite and Ravalli counties are under a flood watch until 10 pm.

Affordable housing is becoming increasingly hard to find in Whitefish, according to a needs assessment commissioned by the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce last year.

Evening Newscast 06-12-17

Jun 12, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's congressman-elect, Greg Gianforte, avoided jail time today after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected.

A Montana police officer who punched a man after an off-duty traffic collision has lost his certification and can no longer work as a law enforcement officer in the state.

The new chairwoman of the Montana Republican Party says it’s now time to let Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte get to work. 

Evening Newscast 06-09-17

Jun 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Gallatin County prosecutor says Greg Gianforte will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected last month the state's only congressman.

Miners wearing old-fashioned carbide-lamp helmets stood among the Butte crowd that gathered for a solemn ceremony to remember the approximately 168 miners who died 100 years ago in history's worst hard-rock mining disaster. 

Evening Newscast 06-08-17

Jun 8, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte will appear in court at 10 a.m. on Monday to face a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter.

State environmental regulators are asking the developers of the proposed Black Butte copper mine in central Montana for more information before they begin working on an environmental impact statement.

A ground and air search is underway for a 53-year-old Illinois man who is reported missing in Yellowstone National Park. 

Evening Newscast 06-07-17

Jun 7, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Greg Gianforte now has five more chances to appear in court to face a misdemeanor assault charge.

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public meeting Wednesday about planning efforts for the National Bison Range.

Montana wildlife officials say the way they count wolves is too expensive and falls far short of an actual population estimate, so they plan to switch to a model that uses information gathered from hunters. 

Evening Newscast 06-06-17

Jun 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Attorneys for Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte are asking a judge to extend the deadline for the Montana Republican to appear in court to face a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter.

A new state revenue report released today has state agencies preparing to further tighten their belts.

Flathead County Commissioners today took a step towards legalizing and regulating short-term housing rentals outside of incorporated towns.

Evening Newscast 06-05-17

Jun 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has not yet been sworn in, but has filed for re-election in 2018.

Rescuers are searching for a North Dakota man who was reported missing while hiking north of West Yellowstone yesterday.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today confirmed reports that he will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018.

Evening Newscast 06-02-17

Jun 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Greg Gianforte will probably be given more time to appear in court on his misdemeanor assault charge.

That’s according Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert.

The Washington, DC news source Politico is reporting that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will not run for senate in 2018.

Montana scientists are holding a forum in Missoula next week to discuss how climate change is affecting the state.

Evening Newscast 06-01-17

Jun 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Governor Steve Bullock describes President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord as “short sighted and dangerous.”

A search is underway for a man who reportedly fell into a stretch of turbulent water below a dam in northwest Montana yesterday.

A federal judge has overturned government agency approvals to develop a copper and silver mine in a Montana wilderness area, saying the decisions violated laws meant to protect threatened grizzly bears, bull trout and their habitat.

The president of Carroll College is leaving to take a new position in Texas.

Evening Newscast 05-31-17

Jun 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

New U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is in Montana Wednesday and Thursday for an agriculture summit being put on in Great Falls by Republican Senator Steve Daines.

Authorities say a 22-year-old football player at the University of Montana Western has died in a house fire.

Governor Steve Bullock has signed a bill giving Montanans the option to buy a state driver's license or identification card that can be used to board flights and access federal facilities.

The national weather service is predicting strong winds and thunderstorms for Western Montana Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Evening Newscast 05-30-17

May 30, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Yellowstone National Park has increased the reward for information about the shooting of one of the park’s most well-known wolves.

Search teams have located two girls who were reported missing when they failed to return from a hike about 30 miles southeast of Great Falls.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Both political parties are finding cause for optimism in Montana’s House race, won by Republican Greg Gianforte, in spite of last-minute assault charges.

A California man involved in a shootout with law enforcement officers that resulted in a deputy’s death has pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen felony charges related to the May 16th incident.

The Libertarian in yesterday’s special election says he’s getting accused of being a spoiler candidate.

Evening Newscast 05-24-17

May 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Voters head to the polls starting at 7 AM  tomorrow to decide a nationally watched congressional election.

The University of Montana has offered early retirement incentives to 48 tenured faculty members age 65 and older in an effort to save money.

Some Montanans are getting phone calls with pre-recorded messages from President Donald Trump and others urging them to vote for Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte.

The city of Billings has been granted a third year to host the NAIA Division I women's basketball national tournament.

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