The Interior Department's office of inspector general says it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of charter flights. Zinke disclosed last week that he has taken three charter flights, including a late-night trip from Las Vegas to Montana costing more than twelve thousand dollars.
The Chippewa Cree tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs can't fully account for $3.5 million, primarily in federal funds. That includes money for a corruption-plagued water project that's resulted in numerous convictions, according to government audits and federal officials.
The Supreme Court is leaving in place a 70-year prison sentence for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man convicted of shooting a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage. The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case.
The scoping period began Monday for an environmental impact statement on the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine, located near a Smith River tributary. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment until November 16.