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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.

Evening Newscast 06-29-16

Jun 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Observation Fire burning about 10 miles southwest of Hamilton has doubled in size since yesterday to over 600 acres due to strong winds, rapidly drying conditions and low humidity.

Federal prosecutors in Montana say a man used names and Social Security numbers he got by posting fake job ads on Craiglist to file at least 10 fraudulent income tax returns.

At the first U-S Senate hearing for the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes today, federal officials said it looks expensive, and needs more analysis. Tribal leaders testified as well.

Evening Newscast 06-28-16

Jun 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

After Montana’s primary election on June 7th, candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race are building up their bank accounts to fund the contest in November.

Gov. Steve Bullock has more than $1.4 million to spend in his re-election campaign, while his Republican challenger, Greg Gianforte, has about $133,000 left after spending heavily in the first months of the governor's race.

The Republican Governors Association has agreed to register as a political committee in Montana after spending more than $450,000 prior to the state's June 7th primary. 

Evening Newscast 06-27-16

Jun 27, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear an appeal challenging Montana’s 2011 medical marijuana law.

The Observation Point Fire that was first reported Friday about 10 miles south of Hamilton is currently covering 202 acres, and is on very steep terrain, making suppression efforts difficult.

A 38-year-old man has died in a kayaking accident at Storm Lake near Anaconda.

Evening Newscast 06-24-16

Jun 24, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Officials say the loss of about 200 jobs in Columbia Falls will be a punch in the gut for a community that was recovering from the 2009 closure of an aluminum plant.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is rallying Montana union members as they convene in Helena for their annual convention.

A man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl who was taken from a park on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation earlier this year.

Evening Newscast 06-23-16

Jun 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Obama administration says a sharp increase in royalties paid by companies mining coal from federal lands across the West would trigger only modest reductions in U.S. coal production.

Montana's overcrowded jails and prisons are prompting state officials to take a serious look at the complex issues behind the rising number of arrests, reoffenders, and policies, behind a surge in incarcerations.

Evening Newscast 06-22-16

Jun 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

One of the world's largest private owners of timberlands is shutting down two mills in Columbia falls later this year.

Authorities have charged two people in the assault of a woman who was beaten, strangled and set on fire on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.

A western Montana couple has denied charges that they killed an 18-year-old man in February.

A former nurse has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl.

Evening Newscast 06-21-16

Jun 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock released a state energy plan today.

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester voted mostly along party lines Monday night on four proposals that would increase gun control in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando. 

The Montana Alzheimer's/Dementia Work Group unveiled its suggestions yesterday to prepare for and address increasing cases of Alzheimer's disease. 

Wildlife groups in Idaho are offering rewards for information that would lead to the person or persons responsible behind two separate poaching cases.

Evening Newscast 06-20-16

Jun 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has voted to redraft the tribe's constitution.

An explosion and fire at a Kalispell apartment building killed a woman, and displaced 34 other residents.

Montana legislators discussed options to fund services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia Monday.

A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus Day with a name that celebrates Native Americans.

Evening Newscast 06-17-16

Jun 17, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A judge has ruled that Republican State Representative Art Wittich can remain in office after a jury found he took illegal corporate contributions during his 2010 primary election campaign.

Flathead County prosecutors have filed charges against four people in the stabbing death of a Kalispell man whose body was found in a creek near Creston.

Two Kalispell women have denied charges that they locked three children in a dark basement without food or a bathroom.

Evening Newscast 06-16-16

Jun 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A 36-year-old man has died in an officer-involved shooting in Butte.

A Montana judge says he's alarmed over massive volumes of contaminated water leaking from storage ponds at a coal-fired power plant, four years after an agreement meant to address the problem.

State wildlife managers say part of a northcentral Washington wolf pack has split away and formed a new group.

Evening Newscast 06-15-16

Jun 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Flathead County officers have arrested three more suspects in the Memorial Day weekend stabbing death of a Kalispell man.

A Yellowstone National Park visitor has been fined $1000 for walking off of a boardwalk and collecting water in the Mammoth Hot Springs thermal area.

The Lewis and Clark County coroner has been given until mid-July to complete 51 death certificates, two of which date back to 2011.