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Evening Newscast 01-18-17

Jan 18, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A group of Montana landowners, health advocates and conservationists have filed a lawsuit seeking to force energy companies to divulge more details about chemicals used in energy production.

A delegation of Orthodox Jewish rabbis from the US and Canada is thanking Montana Governor Steve Bullock and state leaders for defending the Jewish community in Whitefish, that was the target of threats and harassment by white supremacists.

A Kalispell man who died of injuries suffered in an avalanche in Glacier National Park triggered the slide while he was testing the stability of the snowpack.

A trial is underway in Missoula in the case of the former CEO of Vann's who is charged with defrauding the employee-owned electronics and appliance store, forcing it into bankruptcy.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke who is President-elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of Interior had a four-hour confirmation hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday.

New nationwide rules to curtail the practice of burning off excess natural gas from oil and gas wells on federal land took effect today after a judge said he saw no urgent reason to block them while a lawsuit proceeds.

Evening Newscast 01-16-17

Jan 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham


Montana firefighters are again hoping legislators can pass a bill to make it easier for them to secure workers' compensation.

Imagine driving your car, talking on your cell phone, then getting pulled over, ticketed and fined for it. Right now, cities and towns in Montana can individually decide whether or not that’s lawful. House Bill 194 would change that, barring anyone in the state from being legally punished for driving and using a device.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester said repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act appears imminent. He told legislators ripping it away without a replacement ready to take over will cause harm

Evening Newscast 01-13-17

Jan 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A major drug investigation that started in 2015 netted several pounds of methamphetamine, dozens of firearms and the conviction of eight defendants.

State officials, contractors, students and union representatives are urging lawmakers to pass a major public works package despite Montana's current budget crunch.

Leaders from the Blackfeet Nation joined Montana Congressman Steve Daines and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Washington today to celebrate the enactment of four Indian water rights settlements.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is revisiting whether fishers warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Evening Newscast 01-12-17

Jan 12, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s Congressional delegation is seeking to overturn federal mandates for driver’s licenses.

The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court canceled his State of the Judiciary speech traditionally given to lawmakers after Senate President Scott Sales sent a letter saying senators don't have time to attend.

At least 80 Yellowstone National Park bison are now trapped in government corrals, and hundreds more will soon follow suit and be sent to slaughter.

Montana's legislative leaders are trying to cut off Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl's pay.

Evening Newscast 01-11-17

Jan 11, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Missoula County authorities have released the names of the two people who died in a shooting near Lolo.

A yearlong federal review shows coal sales from public lands need to be modernized to deal with climate change and give taxpayers a fair return.

The neo-Nazi website proposing an armed march through Whitefish on Martin Luther King Day now says it’s postponing its planned demonstration, after failing to submit a complete event permit application earlier this week.

Evening Newscast 01-10-17

Jan 10, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two bills in the Montana legislature that would regulate air ambulances got their first hearings today.

Montana Republicans are tentatively targeting the first week of February to nominate a candidate for a special election to replace U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke.

The U.S. Interior Department Today canceled the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area between Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation.

Evening Newscast 01-09-17

Jan 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bi-partisan task force of lawmakers is proposing a package of seven bills this legislative session aiming to improve the work of Montana’s Public Defenders Office.

A 58-year-old Columbia Falls woman has reached a plea agreement in an investment fraud case.

City managers in Whitefish say they’ve received an application for a special event permit from a neo-Nazi website.

Evening Newscast 01-06-17

Jan 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bill that would update Montana’s legal definition of rape got its first hearing in a Senate committee today.

Students who were awarded a Montana STEM scholarship will have to find another way to pay their tuition this spring as the program that was to be funded by lottery proceeds doesn't have enough money to pay the awards.

A fifth Democrat has expressed interest in replacing Congressman Ryan Zinke if he is confirmed as Interior Secretary. Bozeman attorney John Meyer announced today that he wants to become his party’s nominee.

Planned Parenthood of Montana says it won’t go away even if congressional Republicans follow through on their vow to defund the organization.

And U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear this week; Planned Parenthood is about to lose its federal funding.

Evening Newscast 01-05-17

Jan 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks was found to have violated its hiring rules in passing over Warden Sgt. Dave Loewen when he applied for three different promotions within the agency.

Some Montana government agencies are volunteering to return a total of $5.5 million that had been budgeted to them this year.

Authorities are investigating the recent deaths of a man and woman on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Evening Newscast 01-04-17

Jan 4, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican state lawmakers said today they will seek to reduce government agency spending by $120 million, with cuts that would go much deeper than what Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock proposes.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved constitutional initiative known as Marsy's Law will take effect July first. The law is intended to expand crime victim’s rights.

The U.S. House took a vote related to public lands yesterday that has Democrats and conservation groups crying foul. It’s part of a larger rules package that would change how Congress calculates the value of federal public lands when it comes to transferring them to states.

Evening Newscast 01-03-17

Jan 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The longest-serving president of the University of Montana, George Dennison, died this morning. 

Two people have been hospitalized after surviving an airplane crash in Sanders County.

Montana Senate Republicans are opposing efforts to give Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, a full six-year term in office.

Evening Newscast 01-02-17

Jan 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s 65th legislative session opened today. Republican and Democratic leaders say they plan to strengthen Montana's economy by creating better jobs.

The Missoulian reports that Montana does not store emails in state archives despite state laws that require emails of importance to be preserved.

Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam that critics say could kill off a dwindling population of Pallid Sturgeon - an endangered fish species that has survived in the Missouri River for 70 million years.

Evening Newscast 12-30-16

Dec 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's commissioner of political practices Jonathan Motl will remain in office until a state judge rules on a lawsuit seeking to keep him there a full six-year term.

The Bridger Bowl Ski Area near Bozeman is planning to complete a $5 million expansion by next summer to accommodate an increase in visitors.

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for the extreme cold temperatures coming next week. It’s now saying to expected higher wind speeds, mainly from Butte to Missoula Sunday morning, and now says higher winds can be expected to last into Tuesday morning.

Evening Newscast 12-29-16

Dec 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

There were two suicides in Great Falls over the Christmas holiday weekend. State lawmakers are bringing several bills related to suicide prevention in the 2017 legislative session that starts Monday.

A federal judge has denied Anaconda resident and Oregon wildlife refuge occupier Ryan Payne's request to withdraw his guilty plea.

The Bitterroot National Forest’s first, newly updated travel plan in forty years is facing its first legal challenge.

Evening Newscast 12-28-16

Dec 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A winter storm system could bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures across western Montana on Sunday.

The FBI is not actively seeking any suspects in the case of a Montana woman who was found dead in the trunk of her car in Spokane, Washington after telling her family she had been abducted from a rest stop north of Helena.

A series of public hearings will begin next week on a proposal to limit motorized watercraft use on nearly 50 western Montana river and stream segments.

Evening Newscast 12-27-16

Dec 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bipartisan group of Montana’s top elected officials today condemned a series of anti-Semitic, online attacks happening in Whitefish.

Great Falls State Senator Mary Sheehy-Moe says she plans to resign from the legislature in late January to help her daughter care for her infant triplets.

Another Democratic state lawmaker wants the state party’s nomination for Montana’s lone U.S House Seat.

Evening Newscast 12-23-16

Dec 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham


After putting in over 12 years and serving three governors, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department director Jeff Hagener retired this week.

Gov. Steve Bullock is urging Montana residents to reject the recent hateful speech against community members in Whitefish.

Evening Newscast 12-22-16

Dec 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Federal regulators today approved a billion dollar energy storage project in Meagher County. 

A school bus delivering kids home in Whitefish yesterday afternoon slipped off the edge of the road and flipped over.

More than a half-dozen Republicans have expressed interest in running for Congressman Ryan Zinke’s seat if he confirmed as Secretary of Interior next year. They include 29 year old state representative Daniel Zolnikov of Billings. The three-term state representative says that he is most concerned about the national debt.

Evening Newscast 12-21-16

Dec 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State representative-elect Amanda Curtis of Butte is the first Democrat to indicate interest in replacing Congressman Ryan Zinke if he is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior next year. She told MTN News today that she’s considering seeking her party’s nomination.

A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court says Wyoming is obligated to provide enough water to fill the Tongue River reservoir in southeastern Montana.

A lawsuit filed today seeks to keep Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl on the job until June 2019.

Evening Newscast 12-20-16

Dec 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A preliminary report suggests that invasive mussels have not moved into Montana water bodies beyond the Missouri River Basin.

The New York Times reported today on an online conflict in Whitefish that involves white supremacist groups.

The administrator of Montana's state parks has left his position after eight years. An email sent to Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff today says Chas Van Genderen is no longer employed by the department, effective immediately.

Evening Newscast 12-19-16

Dec 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State Senator Ed Buttrey said today that he’s running for Montana's U.S. House seat, should Ryan Zinke become President-elect Donald Trump's Interior secretary.

Montana’s three Electoral College votes went to Donald Trump Monday, December 19. Before the electors gathered inside the state Capitol to cast their votes, protesters stood outside on the capitol steps.

There were nearly 500 car crashes across the state this weekend as a cold front blasted the region, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Evening Newscast 12-16-16

Dec 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Remediation specialists are trying to contain a 7,000 gallon diesel spill in the Missoula rail yard.

Today Governor Steve Bullock announced Montana’s unemployment rate is now at 4 percent, that’s down point three percentage points since October.

Senate Republicans in Montana released a plan Friday, December 16, to tear down Governor Steve Bullock’s proposal for state funded preschool and instead start work on delayed state highway projects.

Evening Newscast 12-15-16

Dec 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congressman Ryan Zinke's decision to join President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet has exposed a potential constitutional flaw in a 2015 state law.

Some Montana schools are postponing weekend extracurricular activities due to the snow and bitter cold in the forecast.

A search for a man believed missing in the Yellowstone River near Columbus has been suspended.

Evening Newscast 12-14-16

Dec 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Democrats are working on a strategy for the state’s seat in the House of Representatives likely becoming vacant soon.

A Billings contractor who has been convicted of defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe and bribing tribal officials has pleaded not guilty to new charges stemming from the corruption probe.

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition says it’s cautiously optimistic about Congressman Ryan Zinke running the Department of Interior.

Evening Newscast 12-13-16

Dec 13, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Media outlets, including the Washington Post, are reporting that Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke is president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Interior. CNN is reporting that Zinke has accepted the nomination.

A political nonprofit group dedicated to providing voters with unbiased facts about candidates is moving to Iowa.

A $4 million dollar asbestos removal project is underway at the former federal courthouse in downtown Billings.

Evening Newscast 12-12-16

Dec 12, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A spokeswoman for congressman Ryan Zinke says he discussed national security, sportsmen's rights and other topics during a closed-door meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York  today.

An avalanche in southwestern Montana killed a skier over the weekend.

A U.S. magistrate judge is siding with independent beef producers in their challenge over the way beef is marketed in Montana.

Evening Newscast 12-09-16

Dec 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Six of Governor Steve Bullock's cabinet members will be leaving the administration before the Democratic governor's second term begins next month. 

Stillwater Mining Company officials say the company will be acquired by South Africa's Sibanye Gold Limited for $2.2 billion.

Wildlife officials are urging hunters who killed snow geese in the Butte and Dillon areas to wait to eat the meat, after thousands of geese landed in the Berkeley Pit in Butte during a snowstorm on November 28. 

Evening Newscast 12-08-16

Dec 8, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A judge says he will not open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site.

Montana authorities want to put convicted murderer Barry Beach back in prison after he was granted clemency by the governor last year.

The U.S. House has approved a water rights settlement with the Blackfeet tribe as part of a broader bill addressing water projects across the nation.