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State OKs copper exploration at head of Smith River

State OKs copper exploration at head of Smith River

The state is allowing a Canadian company to dig deep into the ground to explore for copper near a tributary of the famed Smith River north of White Sulphur Springs.

January 16, 2014 12:18 pmLoading…
High winds derail train in Montana

High winds derail train in Montana

BUTTE — Gusty winds apparently blew 58 large containers off a train 13 miles west of Helena near the small community of Austin and caused numerous power outages throughout Lewis and Clark County.

January 13, 2014 5:14 pmLoading…

Commission removes lake trout slot limit on south end of Flathead Lake

After a presentation on the Flathead Lake fishery by state biologist Mark Deleray in Helena on Thursday, Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion asked a representative of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes — who co-manage the fishery with FWP — for his thoughts.

January 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Should Montana take control of federal lands in the state?

Should Montana take control of federal lands in the state?

HELENA — Spirited discussions took place in the Capitol Wednesday on whether Montana should attempt to wrest ownership of public lands from the federal government.

January 09, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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Panel discusses state ownership of federal land

Spirited discussions took place in the capitol Wednesday on whether Montana should attempt to wrest ownership of public lands from the federal government.

January 09, 2014 11:16 amLoading…
Meetings to address Montana’s declining deer population

Meetings to address Montana’s declining deer population

HELENA — Meetings are being held around the state this month as the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission ponders tentative changes to hunting regulations for the next two years.

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Helena man arraigned on child porn charge

Derrick Drivdahl, 50, of Helena has been arraigned on charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography.

January 04, 2014 10:36 amLoading…

Family sues over death of teen at Montana ski area

HELENA — The German family of a 16-year-old exchange student who suffocated after falling into a tree well at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010 has filed a federal lawsuit against the company’s owner, the company that arranged the student exchange and the boy’s host family.

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German family sues Whitefish Mountain Resort over death of skier

German family sues Whitefish Mountain Resort over death of skier

The German family of a 16-year-old exchange student who suffocated after falling into a tree well at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010 has filed a federal lawsuit against the company’s owner, the company that arranged the student exchange and the boy’s host family.

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Helena gets approval to cull 70 deer in 2014

Helena gets approval to cull 70 deer in 2014

HELENA — Up to 70 urban deer that roam the streets of Helena can be removed by city officials in 2014, under a proposal given final approval Thursday by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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No does: State considers dropping most antlerless deer hunts

No does: State considers dropping most antlerless deer hunts

HELENA — Secondary mule deer and white-tailed deer licenses — known as “B” licenses — may be eliminated during the next two hunting seasons over concerns about a significant drop in deer populations.

December 06, 2013 3:59 pmLoading…

Trout Unlimited protests FWP’s ‘misuse’ of Smith River money

HELENA — About $25,000 will be returned to the Smith River Corridor Enhancement Account after a protest over the use of the money by Trout Unlimited, and the nonprofit group also wants to continue discussions on another $82,000 it believes was improperly applied to projects.

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'Wardens' producer cited for lack of permit

'Wardens' producer cited for lack of permit

HELENA - The producers behind the popular cable TV show "Wardens" apparently found themselves on the wrong side of the law this summer.

November 30, 2013 8:45 amLoading…
Helena police to trap, kill 60 urban deer, starting Sunday

Helena police to trap, kill 60 urban deer, starting Sunday

Helena police are renewing the effort to rid the city of problem deer.

November 30, 2013 8:29 amLoading…
Undercover investigation nabs Helena restaurant owners with bucket of 12 bear paws

Undercover investigation nabs Helena restaurant owners with bucket of 12 bear paws

HELENA — The owners of the New Hunan restaurant in Helena pleaded guilty Monday to 13 wildlife charges involving black bears, including having a five-gallon bucket with 12 bear paws in it at the restaurant.

November 25, 2013 4:55 pmLoading…

Commission OKs culling of 70 Helena deer

The culling of 70 mule deer that call Helena home has the initial approval of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission, but the five-member board also urged the city and wildlife managers to consider trapping and relocating them in the future.

November 14, 2013 5:06 pmLoading…

Jefferson County counterfeiter sentenced to 51 months

HELENA — A Jefferson County man will spend 51 months in a federal prison after being sentenced Tuesday for making his own $10, $20, $50 and $100 Federal Reserve Notes.

November 13, 2013 3:30 pmLoading…
2 warriors from different generations meet on hunt

2 warriors from different generations meet on hunt

HELENA — Two Marines from two eras who share one tragic common bond — the loss of limbs in battle — forged a lifelong friendship in the mountains of the Paradise Valley last week.

November 10, 2013 2:14 pmLoading…
Lewis and Clark man charged in assault of 2-year-old

Lewis and Clark man charged in assault of 2-year-old

HELENA — A Lewis and Clark man has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly severely injured a 2-year-old girl.

November 06, 2013 3:26 pmLoading…
By means high-tech or downright primal, game wardens try to ensure everyone plays by same rules

By means high-tech or downright primal, game wardens try to ensure everyone plays by same rules

HELENA — Sunrise is 45 minutes away, but Sgt. Dave Loewen already is sitting in his truck in his favorite spot up White’s Gulch in the Big Belt Mountains. Even in the dark, he pulls binoculars to his eyes and scans the slopes in front of him, as headlights denote dozens of people heading out…

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Hazmat suits donned to sift through Asarco documents

Hazmat suits donned to sift through Asarco documents

People wearing white hazardous material suits and large, brightly colored respirators are going through seven shipping containers parked on Manlove Street in East Helena as part of the ongoing effort by Asarco to have two other companies help cover the cost of cleaning up contaminated soils …

November 02, 2013 12:30 pmLoading…
Authorities search for lost hunters

Authorities search for lost hunters

Local law enforcement officers and search and rescue volunteers are searching in the Elkhorns and the Rocky Mountain Front for hunters that may be lost or injured.

November 01, 2013 4:22 pmLoading…
Information sought on Montana’s declining moose population

Information sought on Montana’s declining moose population

The number of moose permits issued in the past five years in Montana has reached lows not seen since the 1950s, spurred by concerns that the gangly creatures’ populations are plummeting.

October 31, 2013 8:34 am Photos

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Assault on Lewis and Clark County deputy ends in arrest

HELENA — The third time was anything but a charm for Nicholas Scow of East Helena this week.

October 26, 2013 10:25 amLoading…

Teens pulled over at gunpoint after brandishing pellet gun

Three teenagers were ordered out of their vehicle by officers with their guns drawn Thursday afternoon after one teen was reportedly pointing a fake gun out the window.

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BB gun almost gets woman shot by police near Helena

HELENA — An unidentified woman with a history of mental-health issues created a few tense moments for Lewis and Clark deputies Monday morning after she appeared on her front porch brandishing what looked like a handgun.

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Soil contaminated with arsenic to be removed at 3 Helena homes

HELENA — Three residences near Spring Meadow Lake State Park are slated to have their soil replaced this month after high levels of arsenic, lead and manganese were discovered last winter.

October 12, 2013 2:42 pmLoading…

Increases to walleye bag limits OK'd on Helena reservoirs

Adjustments were approved Thursday to yellow perch and walleye bag limits on Canyon Ferry, Holter and Hauser reservoirs in light of reduced perch numbers.

October 10, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…

Elk management plan in brucellosis zones OK'd

A management plan for areas where brucellosis is known to be present in elk was unanimously approved Thursday by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, despite concerns that no local working groups have been formed in the past nine months and that the plan doesn’t address the harboring of elk on …

October 10, 2013 4:49 pmLoading…

Undercover game wardens file lawsuit

Three undercover game wardens are suing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, saying they should be paid for the entire time they’re on a tour of duty, including when they sleep.

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Undercover game wardens file lawsuit

Undercover game wardens file lawsuit

HELENA — Three undercover game wardens are suing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, saying they should be paid for the entire time they’re on a tour of duty, including when they sleep.

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Mule deer harvest could be limited in some areas because of disease

HELENA — An epidemic of epizootic hemorrhagic disease has killed about half of the white-tailed deer herd in north central Montana, prompting Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to consider limiting mule deer harvest in some hunting districts.

October 03, 2013 5:40 pmLoading…
US Treasury reimburses Helenan $500 after pet’s expensive snack

US Treasury reimburses Helenan $500 after pet’s expensive snack

HELENA - It took five months, but Wayne Klinkel was reimbursed $500 Monday by the federal government for his dog’s expensive taste.

October 02, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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Double murderer seeks $48K for emotional distress

Convicted double murderer Jeremy Woods is trying to force the owners and officials at the jail in which he’s incarcerated to pay him $1,000 for each time he was hit by another inmate at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby.

September 28, 2013 12:15 pmLoading…
DEQ seeks comments on proposed mine expansion

DEQ seeks comments on proposed mine expansion

Comments are being taken on a proposed 15th amendment to the 1975 operating permit for the Golden Sunlight Mine, which would allow for the expansion of one pit and the creation of a new one.

September 28, 2013 11:30 am Photos

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Helena bison ranch celebrates the unusual birth, survival of twin calves

Helena bison ranch celebrates the unusual birth, survival of twin calves

HELENA — After more than half a century of raising bison, folks at the Gehring Ranch know that the furry beasts are unpredictable.

September 26, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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E. Helenan’s child porn conviction upheld

An East Helena man will remain in a federal prison for the next 40 years after an appeals court upheld his 2012 child pornography conviction.

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Helena bowhunter bags mountain goat, husband and magazine cover

Helena bowhunter bags mountain goat, husband and magazine cover

When Kelsie Erickson Burford bagged her billy with a bow last fall on her first goat hunt, she felt both humbled and honored.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Helena water plant broken into and out of; truck stolen

Helena water plant broken into and out of; truck stolen

In a scene reminiscent of the Dukes of Hazzard television show, someone busted into — and then out of — the city of Helena’s Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant this weekend.

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Old human bones unearthed in Silver City area

An excavation operation unexpectedly unearthed human bones in the Silver City area Monday.

September 17, 2013 9:45 amLoading…

Man arrested for allegedly holding knife to woman’s throat

An East Helena man was arrested shortly before midnight Friday after he allegedly held a knife to the throat of his child’s mother.

September 17, 2013 8:55 amLoading…

Great Falls man airlifted from Gibson Reservoir after being kicked by a mule

HELENA — A 68-year-old Great Falls man who was kicked in the back by a mule and unable to move was airlifted by Mercy Flight Saturday afternoon from the Gibson Reservoir.

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Helena man takes second place in international beard competition

Helena man takes second place in international beard competition

Steffen Rasile apparently has the chops to compete in the big leagues.

September 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Program to enhance bird habitat has additional benefits

Program to enhance bird habitat has additional benefits

CANYON FERRY WMA — Fred Jakubowski stands in the middle of a former farmer’s crop field that’s now filled with tall native grasses, some nearly towering over his head. On this waning summer day, halfway between weekends, he and Debbie Hohler pretty much have the place to themselves.

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Proposed Black Butte Copper Project near White Sulphur Springs draws thousands of comments

Proposed Black Butte Copper Project near White Sulphur Springs draws thousands of comments

HELENA — Thousands of people have weighed in on a draft plan for further exploration for a copper mine northeast of White Sulphur Springs, near a tributary to the Smith River.

August 30, 2013 12:30 pmLoading…
Helena man's 17th birthday gift to his son was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Helena man's 17th birthday gift to his son was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

HELENA — Mike McGuire envisioned an unusual gift for his son Banyan McGuire’s 17th birthday — he wanted the two of them to stand on top of the world on Mount Kilimanjaro.

August 29, 2013 7:46 pmLoading…
Montana Parks and Recreation Board tackles 75-year-old issue

Montana Parks and Recreation Board tackles 75-year-old issue

HELENA — Members of the newly formed Montana State Parks and Recreation Board learned Wednesday about a couple of weighty matters they’ll face, including how to compensate a different state agency for school trust lands within state parks.

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Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

GRANITE BUTTE — The pine cone in Amanda Milburn’s hand is odd. It almost looks lacquered, with a dark purple-red color and thick scales that are tightly bound to one another. The “umbo” — that’s what you call the little tips on the scales — is a light brown. Overall, the cone is about the si…

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Wildlife group criticizes new commissioner over statements about public wildlife on private land

Wildlife group criticizes new commissioner over statements about public wildlife on private land

HELENA — With only two meetings of the Fish and Wildlife Commission under his belt, the newest board member already is under close scrutiny by at least one conservation organization for his beliefs about public wildlife and private lands.

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Cellphone tower proposed for Gates of the Mountains area

HELENA — Not much is known about a 199-foot cellphone tower being proposed for the Gates of the Mountains area.

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