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Evening Newscast 08-11-16

Aug 11, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

There are now three fires burning in Yellowstone National Park.

A trade group for the energy industry is accusing federal officials of illegally canceling or postponing the sale of more than two dozen oil and gas leases over the past two years.

A judge has fined a Utah-based drilling company $100,000 after the company pleaded guilty to criminal charges over a 2011 oil spill in northwestern Montana.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ new Veterans Healthcare Representative says she brings a unique perspective to the job.

Evening Newscast 08-10-16

Aug 10, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The nearly 83 hundred acre Roaring Lion fire southwest of Hamilton is now 60% contained, up from yesterday’s fifty.

A group of Montana and federal wildlife officials is opposing a 57 million dollar concrete dam and fish bypass that the U.S. government says would help the ancient and endangered pallid sturgeon in the Yellowstone River.

The president of a bankrupt Great Falls company that owns restaurants in three states is charged with securities fraud for soliciting 4.5 million dollars from investors without telling them the business was struggling, and without registering the securities.

Evening Newscast 08-09-16

Aug 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Roaring Lion fire, burning southwest of Hamilton, is now fifty percent contained.

The U.S. government is suing Montana's largest utility in an attempt to recover more than $485,000 spent fighting a 2010 fire near Canyon Ferry Lake east of Helena. 

The backer of a proposed ballot measure to get rid of medical marijuana in Montana says county election officials mishandled thousands of signatures.

Quick thinking by a trio of hikers in the Flathead National Forest may have prevented a forest fire.

Evening Newscast 08-08-16

Aug 8, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

All residents evacuated due to the Roaring Lion fire south of Hamilton are now allowed back home.

Both the Bitterroot National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are putting Stage One fire restrictions into place due to rising fire danger.

A former Blackfeet tribal councilwoman wants to withdraw her guilty plea to federal charges of harboring a fugitive, and lying to authorities.

A non-partisan organization that provides voters with factual information about politicians plans to leave its ranch in Montana after the next presidential election. 

Evening Newscast 08-05-16

Aug 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Updates on the Roaring Lion and Copper King fires.

A man shot to death by a Phillips County sheriff's deputy last week had been walking down the highway in the middle of the night wearing only underwear prior to the confrontation that led to his death.

Authorities have found a Montana teenager who had been missing since early Wednesday, and the man suspected of abducting her has been taken into custody.

The Montana Department of Revenue is reaching out to Bitterroot Valley residents who lost their homes this week to wildfire.

Evening Newscast 08-04-16

Aug 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Updates on the Roaring Lion, Copper King, and North Tullock fires.

The first TV ad of Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s reelection campaign airs Friday, August 5.

Missoula voters will be asked to approve a $30-million-dollar public library bond this November.

Evening Newscast 08-03-16

Aug 3, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Updates on the Roaring Lion and Copper King fires.

An amber alert has been issued for a 16-year-old girl from Sheridan, Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock's campaign has reimbursed the state a little over eleven hundred dollars for extra costs related to his use of the state airplane.

Evening Newscast 08-02-16

Aug 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Updates on the Roaring Lion, Copper King, and North Tullock fires.

A 17-year-old boy from Condon was killed and a 17-year-old girl from Seeley Lake was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Montana Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake yesterday.

A 47-year-old Missoula man was killed in a rollover crash west of Big Sandy.

Evening Newscast 08-01-16

Aug 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

It’s been a relatively calm day on the 35-hundred acre Roaring Lion fire southwest of Hamilton Monday. 

Emergency officials in Hamilton are preparing for a public meeting Monday night at 7 PM about the Roaring Lion fire burning on 35-hundred acres southwest of Hamilton.

The Copper King Fire, detected Sunday eight miles east of Thompson Falls, grew from 200 to 700 acres overnight.

Tribal authorities on the Flathead Reservation have temporarily closed the entire 3.5-mile Mollman Pass Trail in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness after receiving a report of a dead horse off the trail.

Evening Newscast 07-29-16

Jul 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana prosecutor says he's not pursuing felony charges at this time against Barry Beach, who was granted clemency by Governor Steve Bullock last November.

The Daily Interlake is reporting the roughly 200 person community of Olney, north of Whitefish, is calling for an embezzlement investigation against the fire department.

Six draft bills aimed at securing a positive future for the community of Colstrip were made public today, and are now open for public comment.

Evening Newscast 07-28-16

Jul 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle is reporting that a mining company has re-submitted its application last week to mine near the border of Yellowstone National Park.

Applications to drill for oil and gas on federal and Indian lands are expected to decrease 40 percent in coming years versus their historical average, government officials say.

State officials have released the name of a 20-year-old man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting southwest of Malta.

Evening Newscast 07-27-16

Jul 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Phillips County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a confrontation along U.S. Highway 191, south of Malta this morning.

University of Montana women's basketball coach Robin Selvig has announced his retirement after 38 seasons and 865 wins.

The Billings Gazette is reporting a slew of grass fires in Yellowstone County started last night after a storm system came through.

Evening Newscast 07-26-16

Jul 26, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Billings Gazette is reporting a 30-acre fire was discovered at the Billings Rod and Gun Club at about 10:30 last night.

Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers want Montana regulators to require more transparency from companies about their use of "fracking" chemicals that are used to produce oil and gas.

The public is getting an additional 10 days to comment on one aspect of a proposed water bottling plant in Creston. Nicky Ouellet reports that’s because of a technical error by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Evening Newscast 07-25-16

Jul 25, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s state fire agency says it expects the Blue Lake fire burning about 10 miles SW of Ennis to be fully contained by August 6th.

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is asking for public input on proposed rate increases for health plans across the state.

Two Montana republican state house members today endorsed the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President.

Evening Newscast 07-21-16

Jul 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Three environmental groups today settled their lawsuit from 2012 over coal ash pollution at the Colstrip power plant.

Montana authorities say an Idaho man was electrocuted when his fishing rod touched a low-hanging power line.

Candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race today (7/21) booked one televised debate and are negotiating two more.

Evening Newscast 07-20-16

Jul 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A District Court Judge is declaring wins for both the Flathead Valley irrigators who sued to overturn the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the state of Montana, that’s defending the compact after it passed the state legislature last year.

A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to 18 months in prison for digging ponds on land that was not his, and violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Authorities are investigating whether a fire that burned more than a square mile of farmland north of Great Falls was arson. 

Evening Newscast 07-19-16

Jul 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A 32 year-old military veteran from Anaconda accused of taking leadership roles in two armed standoffs involving federal authorities pleaded guilty today, and is expected to do the same with charges in Nevada, prosecutors said.

State officials say 13 Montana counties are now under drought alerts.

Democratic candidate for Montana’s seat in the U-S House Denise Juneau says her opponent’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night shows he’s more focused on his own political career than the needs of Montanans.  

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Among the Montanans in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention is a 19-year-old delegate from Billings.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed an agreement with U.S. Forest Service officials that will allow the state to play a bigger role in managing federal forest lands. 

Conservationists threw a party Saturday (7/16) to celebrate permanent land protections in the Haskill Basin watershed east of Whitefish.

Flathead County officials have released the names of three people who were killed in a fiery crash near Kalispell. 

Evening Newscast 07-15-16

Jul 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's congressional race between Republican Ryan Zinke and state schools Superintendent Denise Juneau is shaping up to be a costly one. Potentially one of the most expensive to date.

Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke will deliver a speech this Monday evening at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.

A 26-year-old Helena man has been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Evening Newscast 07-14-16

Jul 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An oil company has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges, and pay a $100,000 fine for a 2011 spill on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Montana health officials have fired two employees for giving the Social Security numbers and other personal information about 185 childcare providers to three state legislators.

A Manhattan man who saw a judge dismiss charges that he killed his wife while driving under the influence has filed a lawsuit against the investigators and prosecutors of the case.

Evening Newscast 07-13-16

Jul 13, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana has approved rules for potential grizzly bear hunts ahead of a decision by the U.S. government to remove federal protections for grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Montana’s Medicaid expansion has brought $75 million in federal money to the state since January, state officials said Wednesday.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will keep the number of wolves that can be hunted or trapped just north of Yellowstone National Park to two.

Evening Newscast 07-12-16

Jul 12, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Colstrip coal-fired power plant has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022, and limit how much it pollutes in the meantime under a deal with environmentalists.

The number of people without health insurance in Montana has been cut in half over the past year.

Wildlife advocates say they'll sue in an attempt to force the U.S. government to designate Yellowstone National Park bison as a threatened or endangered species.

Evening Newscast 07-11-16

Jul 11, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The search continues for a 12-year-old girl who is missing and presumed drowned in an irrigation canal near Huntley.

A campground in Glacier National Park was temporarily evacuated Saturday evening after a Helena man fired a shot into the air from his tent. 

Four members of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council will be sworn in this week.

Missoula County fire danger has been downgraded to "Moderate". 

Evening Newscast 07-08-16

Jul 8, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The three health insurers selling individual policies in Montana through are proposing large premium increases for the second year straight.

State officials say Montana could save $25 million over the next two years in health care costs for government workers under a new pricing plan negotiated with the state's largest hospitals.

Montana’s Department of Justice is warning police officers across the state to be alert for copycat attacks after snipers in Dallas killed five officers and wounded seven others.

Evening Newscast 07-07-16

Jul 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Several hundred people attended the funeral today at Legion’s Stadium in Kalispell for a man killed by a bear last week outside of Glacier National Park.

A pre-evacuation notice was rescinded Wednesday at noon for the Observation Fire 10 miles south of Hamilton.

Police in Helena say a man was shot to death and officers are searching for a suspect.

Missoula-area veterans now have a new and improved Vet Center at their disposal.

Evening Newscast 07-06-16

Jul 6, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The over 1400 acre Observation Fire fire burning 10 miles southwest of Hamilton is now 30 percent contained, up from 20 percent yesterday afternoon.

A 25-year-old Missoula man has been charged with deliberate homicide in the suffocation death of a 5-month-old Missoula boy.

A federal appeals court has ordered the release of the founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich who has spent the last 14 months in jail for contempt of court.

Evening Newscast 07-05-16

Jul 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An evacuation order was lifted this morning in the area of a 10-acre fire near Lincoln that damaged a cabin and a vehicle, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

Montana lawmakers have rejected a call for a special legislative session by a group of Republicans who want to raise campaign contribution limits.

Two vehicles collided head-on on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, injuring seven people.

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.

Evening Newscast 07-04-16

Jul 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

More than a hundred personnel were added to the Observation fire southwest of Hamilton since yesterday.

Four Montana counties have been placed on drought alert.

Authorities are investigating after someone broke into the Smith Valley fire hall and set fire to a rescue truck that caused extensive damage. 

Evening Newscast 07-01-16

Jul 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana wildlife officials have been unable to locate the bear that killed a mountain biker earlier this week.

Fire officials say they expect the thousand-acre Observation fire southwest of Hamilton to continue spreading, because the fire is moving west into “rugged, inaccessible terrain.”

Voters this November will decide the future of traps and snares on Montana’s public lands.

An apparent misunderstanding is prompting Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte to walk back a claim that he has the endorsement of the Montana Wood Products Association.

Evening Newscast 06-30-16

Jun 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Missoula County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents of Horseback Ridge near Missoula to prepare for evacuation, after a new wildfire was discovered Thursday afternoon.

Montana wildlife officials have a difficult decision to make when and if they capture a grizzly bear that killed a mountain biker this week.

Fire managers in the Flathead Valley are predicting a normal summer in terms of wildland fires.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have scheduled a public meeting on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range.