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Audit of Ennis School District finds $7M misspent

BUTTE — An audit of the Ennis School District’s finances over the past eight years found more than $7 million in misspent funds on a new grade school, housing for teachers and some salaries.

November 01, 2012 6:42 amLoading…

Groups join fight over bridge access

BUTTE — Conservative property rights groups and conservation organizations have become involved in the bitter, eight-year legal fight over access to Montana streams from bridges.

October 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Wolf hunters in Montana take at least 24 animals

Wolf hunters in Montana take at least 24 animals

Montana’s wolf season is off to a fast start, with 24 of the large predators killed after a six-week archery season and just over a week of rifle hunting.

October 24, 2012 6:58 pm Related Loading…
Game herds steady, growing in some areas

Game herds steady, growing in some areas

Game numbers remain healthy in most parts of southwest Montana, but hunters will have fewer chances to kill cow elk as state biologists have scaled back on cow elk tags in an effort to reduce the kill.

October 18, 2012 7:04 pm Related Loading…
Town of Pony raises $20K for victim of Harrison house explosion

Town of Pony raises $20K for victim of Harrison house explosion

When the town of Pony comes together for a cause, it can raise a lot of money.

October 16, 2012 6:18 amLoading…
Butte plan calls for $33M for re-vegetation, stream restoration projects

Butte plan calls for $33M for re-vegetation, stream restoration projects

BUTTE — Elizabeth Erickson looks out over the mine caps on the Butte Hill and can envision hillsides with aspen and fir trees and native vegetation covering them a decade from now.

October 07, 2012 9:00 amLoading…

Butte school trustees want resolution with feds over girls softball fields

The Butte School Board voted to ask federal officials investigating allegations that it is discriminating against girls with subpar softball facilities to hammer out an agreement to settle the claims.

October 02, 2012 5:42 amLoading…
Golden Sunlight plans expansion to extend mine's life

Golden Sunlight plans expansion to extend mine's life

Golden Sunlight Mine near Whitehall has applied to state officials to expand its mining operation by enlarging its current pit and adding another that could increase the mine’s expected life for two years.

September 29, 2012 6:48 amLoading…

Some residents oppose plan to build tram to Butte statue

Building a tram to the Our Lady of the Rockies statue had the support of just about everyone at a meeting Tuesday in Butte.

September 12, 2012 7:12 amLoading…
Donations pour in for victims of 19 Mile fire near Butte

Donations pour in for victims of 19 Mile fire near Butte

BUTTE — Kayla Lambrecht had gathered so many donations of clothes for the people who lost everything in the 19 Mile fire that she was ready to start taking them over to Whitehall.

September 05, 2012 6:16 amLoading…
19 Mile fire angel

19 Mile fire angel

A small statue of a guardian angel was only slightly melted when the 19 Mile ire passed through, destroying a summer trailer nearby.

September 05, 2012 6:11 amLoading…
19 Mile Fire toll rises to 14 homes

19 Mile Fire toll rises to 14 homes

WHITEHALL — Firefighters made ground in containing the 19 Mile Fire in the Toll Mountain area Friday, but confirmed that 14 homes and numerous other buildings have been destroyed by the blaze.

September 01, 2012 8:04 pm Related Loading…
Toll rises to 14 homes destroyed in 19 Mile fire near Butte

Toll rises to 14 homes destroyed in 19 Mile fire near Butte

WHITEHALL — Firefighters made ground in containing the 19 Mile Fire in the Toll Mountain area Friday, but confirmed that 14 homes and numerous other buildings have been destroyed by the blaze.

September 01, 2012 7:00 amLoading…
Vehicles destroyed in the 19 Mile Fire

Vehicles destroyed in the 19 Mile Fire

Vehicles were burned in the 19 Mile fire, located between Butte and Whitehall, and south of Interstate 90.

August 30, 2012 8:48 pm
9 structures confirmed lost in 19 Mile Fire west of Whitehall

9 structures confirmed lost in 19 Mile Fire west of Whitehall

WHITEHALL — Firefighters battling the 19 Mile Fire worked to save dozens of homes scattered throughout the timber and grasslands in the Toll Mountain area, but confirmed Thursday that nine structures had been destroyed.

August 30, 2012 7:20 pm Photos

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Blaze burning through rural area outside of Butte

Blaze burning through rural area outside of Butte

WHITEHALL — The 19 Mile Fire burned through grasses, sagebrush and timber Wednesday and destroyed two homes and two outbuildings as firefighters worked to protect the scattered houses in the area. A team of local volunteer and federal and state firefighters battled the blaze while Jefferson …

August 29, 2012 8:30 pm Related Loading…
Toll Mountain area homeowners spend anxious day as fire rages

Toll Mountain area homeowners spend anxious day as fire rages

WHITEHALL — Lola Smith had so little time to get out of her house in the Toll Mountain area that she forgot some of the essentials. “I don’t even have a driver’s license,” she said Wednesday morning, standing alongside state Highway 2 and watching the 19 Mile Fire from afar. “I have no purse…

August 29, 2012 8:00 pm Related Loading…

Arizona company wants to mine silver, zinc in Butte

BUTTE — An Arizona mining company is proposing underground mining for silver and zinc in Butte that its president says would bring 200 jobs and generate $100 million in annual revenue.

August 09, 2012 6:20 amLoading…

$15,767 study OK’d for Butte pigeon problem

BUTTE — They poop on sidewalks, scavenge for food and are trashing buildings where they roost.

August 03, 2012 1:07 pmLoading…

County officials ask regulators if proposed power line can be buried

BUTTE — Butte-Silver Bow commissioners have asked state and federal regulators to study whether it’s possible and cost-effective to bury a proposed high-voltage power line to send energy to Idaho.

August 02, 2012 6:16 amLoading…
Pony fire smaller than first estimated

Pony fire smaller than first estimated

BUTTE -- Firefighters built a line on the north and northeast flank of the Pony fire on Thursday and began burnout operations in an effort to protect more than a dozen structures in Mammoth that remain seriously threatened.

June 29, 2012 8:44 amLoading…
6,400 acres burned, $500,000 spent so far on Pony fire

6,400 acres burned, $500,000 spent so far on Pony fire

BUTTE - Firefighters escorted owners of summer homes into the mountain community of Mammoth Wednesday as they began the effort of protecting more than a dozen structures in the steep canyon from the Pony fire.

June 28, 2012 7:52 am Related Loading…
Bear Trap fire grows five-fold near Norris

Bear Trap fire grows five-fold near Norris

BUTTE - The Bear Trap 2 fire near Norris ballooned to more than 14,000 acres by late Wednesday, but firefighters began cutting fire line and were able to protect a ranch from the flames.

June 28, 2012 7:42 am Photos

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Fire breaks out on ranch near Norris

Fire breaks out on ranch near Norris

BUTTE — A wildfire suspected of being ignited by a firecracker broke out Monday afternoon on private land east of Norris, a U.S. Forest Service official said.

June 25, 2012 9:51 pmLoading…
Pony fire explodes to more than 2,500 acres

Pony fire explodes to more than 2,500 acres

WHITEHALL — Strong winds and sweltering temperatures fanned the Pony fire south of here Monday and pushed it north as it grew more than six times in size while scorching dead trees.

June 25, 2012 9:42 pmLoading…
Wildfire southeast of Whitehall forces evacuation

Wildfire southeast of Whitehall forces evacuation

BUTTE - Fire officials issued an evacuation Monday afternoon of the rural area up the South Boulder Road southeast of Whitehall as the fast-moving Pony fire was moving closer driven by winds and dry conditions.

June 25, 2012 2:00 pm Related Loading…
Suspended Butte judge to retire

Suspended Butte judge to retire

BUTTE - The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners on Wednesday accepted the retirement of suspended Justice of the Peace Bob Lee.

June 21, 2012 8:09 am Photos

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Land exchange plan draws fire, Forest Service extends comment period

Enough people opposed to a proposal to trade 630 acres of Forest Service land north of Butte for 100 acres of private property near Delmoe Lake spoke Thursday that federal land managers decided to extend the comment period.

June 16, 2012 7:11 pmLoading…

Serial ripoff artist sentenced for scam that spanned 6 counties

BUTTE — A judge in Madison County sentenced a man to seven years with the state Department of Corrections for ripping off hundreds of people from six counties.

June 14, 2012 6:22 amLoading…
Arson suspected in Butte hill house fire

Arson suspected in Butte hill house fire

Butte-Silver Bow fire officials are investigating a house fire that started early Tuesday on Ruby Street on the Butte Hill.

June 12, 2012 5:32 pmLoading…

Groups review options for controversial power line route

A high-voltage power line proposed to run through southwest Montana should be built as close as possible to existing roads or power lines.

June 02, 2012 8:20 amLoading…

Sportsmen's group appeals bridge access ruling

A sportsmen’s group has appealed an April ruling by a judge that limits public access to streams from bridges on roads with historic prescriptive easements.

June 02, 2012 6:15 amLoading…

Butte warns residents about quality of city's tap water

Butte residents will receive a letter in their next water bill with a warning that infants, the elderly and people with weak immune systems may not want to drink the city’s tap water.

May 31, 2012 7:00 amLoading…
Opera House photoplayer

Opera House photoplayer

Mike Edwards, owner of Edwards Piano Service in Rapid City, S.D., plays an early 20th century Cremona piano and photoplayer recently at the Opera House in Virginia City. Edwards restored the Cremona to make it again useful for the Virginia City Players, a small community theater in the histo…

May 27, 2012 7:42 amLoading…
Opera House photoplayer refurbished with 21st century technology

Opera House photoplayer refurbished with 21st century technology

VIRGINIA CITY — John Ellingsen saw the old Cremona photoplayer go through some tough winters sitting on the concrete floor of the old Opera House in Virginia City, but one year really stood out.

May 27, 2012 7:30 amLoading…

Mine dust and heavy metals among worries as Butte aims for health study

Butte residents want health professionals to look at the effects of dust from the Montana Resources open pit mine, heavy metals and other factors that could cause health problems.

May 20, 2012 4:45 pmLoading…

Judge orders auction of Meriwether Ranch south of Butte

BUTTE — A judge has cleared the way to auction off a failed recreational development near Melrose, about 35 miles south of Butte.

May 17, 2012 6:52 amLoading…
EPA cleanup: Feds question Butte mortality study

EPA cleanup: Feds question Butte mortality study

BUTTE - A federal health official Monday questioned the findings of a graduate student whose doctoral dissertation found higher mortality rates in Butte from cancer and other diseases.

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FWP, DNRC consider swap on wildlife management areas

BUTTE — State officials are considering a series of land swaps that would move the Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area south of Alder to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and could open it up in winter.

April 06, 2012 6:15 amLoading…

Possible management changes worry Virginia City shopkeepers

Residents who run shops and performances in Virginia City are spooked by the prospect of handing the management of state-owned properties in the historic burg over to a parks department.

March 25, 2012 9:30 amLoading…
Colorful owner of Butte's last brothel dies at 94

Colorful owner of Butte's last brothel dies at 94

BUTTE -- The woman who ran the last brothel in Butte when it closed in 1982 has died at the age of 94.

March 20, 2012 10:09 amLoading…

Financial woes continue for upscale subdivision along Big Hole

BUTTE — Creditors in the collapse of an upscale subdivision near Melrose are working to get the development’s main lodge and guest house broken off to move forward in recouping some of their investment.

March 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Judge affirms settlement in Yellowstone Club bankruptcy

Judge affirms settlement in Yellowstone Club bankruptcy

A federal judge rejected attempts by the founder of the ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club to get a $40 million fraud judgment against him thrown out Tuesday to undo the forced sale of the private ski resort south of Bozeman.

March 07, 2012 10:45 amLoading…

Ex-coaches sue over condition of Butte softball fields

BUTTE -- Two Butte men have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the school district over the condition of the softball fields on which Butte High girls play.

March 02, 2012 8:15 amLoading…
Photojournalist from Montana knew photographer killed

Photojournalist from Montana knew photographer killed

A French photographer who was killed Wednesday in Syria was a close friend and associate of Butte native Holly Pickett, she said in an email.

February 22, 2012 7:15 pm Photos

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School audit ordered in Ennis

BUTTE -- Madison County commissioners on Tuesday said they will tell the Ennis school board to hire a third-party audit of its finances after the board used non-voted money to build a new school.

February 22, 2012 11:00 amLoading…

Madison County commissioners want Ennis school audit

BUTTE -- Madison County commissioners on Tuesday said they will tell the Ennis school board to hire a third-party audit of its finances after the board used non-voted money to build a new school.

February 22, 2012 8:15 amLoading…

Hunting expanded on Red Rock Refuge

Elk and waterfowl hunters will have more opportunity on the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge this fall.

February 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Mountain lion shot near Butte after domestic goats killed

BUTTE -- A federal trapper shot a mountain lion that had killed two domestic goats in a pen close to a home in Brown's Gulch, a rural area north of Butte.

January 18, 2012 12:12 pmLoading…

Mountain lion killed in Brown's Gulch

BUTTE -- A federal trapper shot a mountain lion Saturday that had killed two domestic goats in a pen close to a home in Brown's Gulch, a rural area north of Butte.

January 17, 2012 10:30 pmLoading…

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