Montana News

Supreme Court Union Fees
3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

S.E.I.U: Supreme Court union decision to have no impact in Montana

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions today, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

In a 5-4 split the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of non-members who disagree with the positions that unions take.

According to one regional union rep, the decision is expected to have no impact here in Montana.

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Montana News
3:53 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery

Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.  Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."  Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.

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Tester's Veterans' Listening Tour
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Veterans ask Tester to "work on crazy for us" with the VA

Credit Steve Corey/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecorey/6335951002/

You could say service is a tradition in Madeline Steeley’s family. She served in the US Air Force.

“Both of my daughters went into the Marine Corps, one just came out after 13 years, the other, after five. Both, heavily disabled. I have a son-in-law that came out of the Marine Corps, another son-in-law that came out of the Navy. My daughters’ father retired after 20 years Air Force. So, I have quite a bit of experience with the military,” Steeley said.

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Exchange student shooting
12:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Missoula judge scolds Kaarma attorney

Markus Kaarma (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County District Court Judge Ed McLean today laid it out in no uncertain terms  to Markus Kaarma's lead attorney, Paul Ryan:

"I don't want any playing to the public. We have serious business at hand and it's not the time to run  a public relations campaign, so knock it off."

McLean  was referring to the announcement that tomorrow morning, in Missoula's Caras Park, Ryan's law firm would host a live screening of the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany.

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NWS River Warning
9:58 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High, fast, muddy rivers expected through the weekend

Rock slide above the Loop on the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park. Recent wet weather caused slides and some flooding in Glacier Park.
Credit flickr/GlacierNPS

Record breaking rains in the Flathead keep the rivers high and caused the National Weather Service to call for caution. The National Weather Service is calling for the clearing skies of Thursday to continue over the next couple of days with a high pressure system coming in, and temperatures moving up from the 40’s of mid-week, to the 80’s. However, it is also calling for rivers and streams to remain high and muddy through the weekend with the greatest concern the North, Middle, and main stems of the Flathead River.

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Plane Crash
11:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Twin-engine plane crashes near Lost Trail ski lodge

Grumman G-21
Credit wikimedia commons

One person is confirmed dead after a plane crashed yesterday in the parking lot of Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Highway 93 south at the Montana/Idaho border. Ravalli County Undersheriff, Steve Holton,  says Ravalli County dispatch began receiving calls about the crash shortly after 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Preliminary information suggests the plane was a Grumman G-21, an amphibious twin engine aircraft.

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Plum Creek
2:48 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Workers back at Plum Creek as investigation into explosion begins

Plum Creek, Columbia Falls.
Credit Katrin Frye

An explosion and fire at one of Plum Creeks’ Columbia Falls plants Tuesday June 10th will keep the operation shut down a month. The fire happened in the Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Plant, the neighboring sawmill and plywood mill were unaffected, and operations continue at those facilities.

Vice President of Northwest Resources and Manufacturing for Plum Creek Tom Ray said more than 60 workers on shift at the time evacuated safely.

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Montana News
11:23 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Watch the U.S. Senate and House Debates

The Montana Newspaper Association and MontanaPBS joined together to sponsor the first United States Senate and United States House of Representatives candidate debates of the political season.

The debates were held in the Library Auditorium at Montana Tech in Butte on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

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Barry Beach
2:29 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Barry Beach: sickened and saddened by denial of clemency application

Credit Casey Page/Billings Gazette

Montana's parole board this week rejected a clemency application from Barry Beach.
    That means he'll continue to serve a 100-year sentence for the 1979 killing of high school classmate, Kim Nees, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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River recovery
2:33 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Victim of Missoula Clark Fork River car incident identified

Credit Conor Ballantyne

The Missoula County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office has identified the victim of yesterday's river recovery as 71-year-old Melvin Arthur Beedle. 

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