Montana News

Garage Shooting
6:01 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kaarma Trial Begins With Dramatic Opening Arguments

Markus Kaarma and attorney Paul Ryan outside the Missoula County Courthouse before an April hearing.
Credit Edward O'Brien

Opening arguments began in the Markus Kaarma case today in Missoula. Kaarma’s accused of murdering 17-year-old German exchange student, Diren Dede after the boy entered his garage late on the night of April 27.

The state’s 15-minute opening argument started with Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Clark reenacting a plea from Dede.

“NO NO NO NO PLEASE, that’s what Janelle said Darren was pleading right before he was shot, on April 27th, 2014."

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Public Land Bills
5:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Public Land Bills Garner Praise And Criticism

The Chinese Wall in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness
Credit The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

The U.S House has approved a $585 billion defense bill that includes unrelated provisions to expand wilderness areas. The vote was 300 to 119.

The measure allows President Obama to expand America's military mission against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. It now moves to the Senate where some Republicans object to the unrelated wilderness measures announced yesterday.

Montana's congressional delegation heralded the suite of included land bills as a historic, rare display of collaboration and Congressional bipartisanship. Some Montana environmental groups agree.

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Hunting Violations
5:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Montana Lawmaker Takes Aim At Hunting Violations

Montana Representative Kelly Flynn
Credit Courtesy Montana Legislature

A state lawmaker says he wants to introduce legislation to address ongoing hunting violations in Montana. Republican state Representative Kelly Flynn lives near Townsend where a second so-called "crowd-shooting" incident took place last week.

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Montana Organic Association Conference
4:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kids' University Teaches The Value Of Healthy Eating

Chances are, you’ve heard of AmeriCorps, the national service program started by President Clinton in 1993. But you might not have heard of Food Corps, an offshoot of AmeriCorps.

Food Corps volunteers work in local schools, teaching kids the value of healthy eating, drawing the connection between what’s in the soil and what’s on their lunch trays.

Jessica Manly of Kalispell is one of two Food Corps members who’ll be putting on a special half-day class called “Kids' University” at the Montana Organic Association’s annual conference, getting underway today in Great Falls.

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Rider To Defense Funding Measure
5:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bill Proposes Protection, Development Of Montana Public Lands

Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
Credit Flickr user Bitterroot (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Montana's Senators and Senator-elect today announced what they're calling a “landmark” package of public lands legislation. It's being tacked on to a Defense authorization bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on this week and next.

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Hunting
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Second Elk 'Crowd Shooting' Incident of 2014 Reported

There’s been another “crowd shooting” incident involving a herd of elk in Montana.

Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan says that on Thanksgiving day hundreds of elk near Townsend were hazed by trucks for at least five miles before getting boxed-in and fired on by dozens of Montanans. 

Some of the elk eventually split-off from the main herd, but were immediately pursued into adjacent private land near Highway 12.

Meehan says the trouble resumed first thing Friday morning:

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President's Executive Action
5:16 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Montana Joins Lawsuit Over Immigration

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined 16 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.

Fox says the order, issued November 20, “is nothing but an unlawfully adopted legislative rule...and a clear violation of the separation of powers.”

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Eight Bills In One
2:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Walsh, Tester, Daines Announce 'Landmark' Public Lands Legislation

Ranch along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
Credit Flickr user SBebee

BREAKING NEWS: We're following up on this story and will have more on the air starting at 5 p.m. Below is the press release announcing the legislation issued this morning.

In a joint press conference today, Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh and Senator-elect Steve Daines announced a landmark legislative package that includes eight Montana-based lands and resources bills.

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Castle Doctrine
5:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Castle Doctrine Under Fire During Kaarma Trial

Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association and Ellie Boldman-Hill, Rep. for Montana HD 94.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A Montana state lawmaker says the Markus Kaarma trial is proof that Montana’s expanded Castle Doctrine needs to be repealed.

"It's a terrible idea that has tragic consequences where we see people shooting first and asking questions later with immunity," said Missoula Democrat Ellie Boldman-Hill.

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St. Patrick Hospital
4:46 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Missoula Not Included In List Of Ebola Treatment Centers

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A new list of hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers is out, and none of those hospitals are in Montana. The list was released by federal Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday.

In September, Missoula’s St. Patrick Hospital said it has been provided federal funding to build, “a specially equipped bio-containment wing,” and that its staff, “are highly trained in specific and unique protocols necessary to treat” patients with “serious infectious disease agents.”

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