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Politico gets changed from inside out

Politico gets changed from inside out

HELENA — This is what life used to be for Bowen Greenwood, the 38-year-old executive director of the Montana Republican Party:

August 03, 2010 11:07 pm Photos

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Defender system falling short

Defender system falling short

HELENA — Retired Helena Justice of the Peace Wally Jewell is not the only person to raise concerns about Montana’s four-year-old Office of the State Public Defender, but his critiques are among the most biting.

July 31, 2010 11:55 pm Photos

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Billings chamber pursuing Custer Country contract

HELENA — Billings’ leading tourism-promotion outfit is aiming to pick up the state contract to promote tourism for all of southeastern Montana — the area previously promoted by Custer Country, which gained headlines this spring for mismanagement.

July 28, 2010 5:44 pmLoading…

Lawyers give conflicting accounts in Missoula beating

HELENA – Anthony St. Dennis was accused of beating a homeless man to death near a Missoula foot bridge in 2007. Dustin Strahan was implicated in the crime, too.

July 28, 2010 3:44 pmLoading…

Montana GOP campaigns against statewide sex education program

HELENA — The Montana Republican Party is using the threat of “graphic, explicit” sex education for Montana grade-schoolers to drum up support for its legislative candidates this fall.

July 22, 2010 5:45 pmLoading…

Foundations rally for cash for early child care

HELENA — Led by one of Montana’s most successful industrialists, a group of nonprofits has launched a drive to bring large private donations to Montana’s cash-strapped early childhood educational system — where the average teacher makes less than $17,000 a year.

July 18, 2010 5:49 pmLoading…
Lawmakers: Medical marijuana is “out of control”

Lawmakers: Medical marijuana is “out of control”

HELENA — This is what Sen. Trudi Schmidt, D-Great Falls, doesn’t like about medical marijuana: Would-be “caregivers” laughed at a gravely ill woman Schmidt knows because the woman had never been stoned before.

July 13, 2010 5:47 pmLoading…

Proposals to fix pot law irk some users

HELENA — Limit the number of medical marijuana patients that a caregiver can sell pot to? Ban caregivers from selling pot to one another?

July 12, 2010 12:24 pmLoading…
Commissioners more than double the number of wolves for fall hunt

Commissioners more than double the number of wolves for fall hunt

HELENA — Montana hunters will be able to harvest more than twice as many wolves in the upcoming hunting season as were allowed for hunting last year.

July 08, 2010 9:06 am Photos

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State: Relatively lean, still large

HELENA — Montana is fat, but compared with the rest of the country, we look pretty darned good.

July 03, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

Teenagers, others urge harsher punishment for underage drinking

HELENA — Alcohol is too easy for kids to get and the sanctions against underage drinking are basically meaningless, a group of teenagers told lawmakers here Wednesday.

June 30, 2010 6:53 pmLoading…

Yellowstone County officials want laws to target serious DUI offenders

HELENA - If you drink big, you'll pay big if a bill proposed today by Yellowstone County officials becomes law.

June 30, 2010 12:50 pmLoading…
Lawmakers target traveling clinics for medical marijuana cards

Lawmakers target traveling clinics for medical marijuana cards

HELENA - Montana's traveling cannabis caravans, responsible for signing up thousands for medical marijuana cards in the last year, will be a thing of a the past if a group of lawmakers here get their way.

June 29, 2010 12:34 pmLoading…

Watershed gun decision cheered in Montana

HELENA — Montana leaders lauded a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding individual gun rights, but one of the state’s top gun rights activists said the ruling is not as important here, as Montana already has strong gun rights protections.

June 28, 2010 4:38 pmLoading…
Lawmakers to consider final medical pot fixes

Lawmakers to consider final medical pot fixes

HELENA — A panel of lawmakers is starting to “get into the weeds,” as one state senator put it, and is hoping to write first drafts of possible laws by the end of the summer addressing Montana’s medical marijuana controversy.

June 28, 2010 1:50 pmLoading…

Montana: 42,000 fans and counting

HELENA — The thing is, Montana is just cooler than Minnesota.

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Corrections plans six-figure move

HELENA — The state Department of Corrections will be paying about $150,000 this summer to move into a new downtown headquarters building here, leaving behind one of the most troubled buildings on the state campus.

June 25, 2010 4:17 pmLoading…

Hoping for a contract, Hardin fixes pipes in jail

Hardin’s economic development authority is patching broken pipes in the city’s never-used Two Rivers Detention Center in hopes of finally landing a contract for the 464-bed jail, the agency’s executive director said Wednesday.

June 23, 2010 9:35 pmLoading…

Corrections Department makes changes after audit

HELENA — Leaders of Montana’s Department of Corrections told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is working to clean up the way it monitors millions of dollars in contracts following a blistering audit earlier this year.

June 23, 2010 4:48 pmLoading…

Department of Corrections cleans up troubled contracts

HELENA - Leaders of Montana's penal agency told lawmakers this morning the department has cleaned up the way it handles millions of dollars in contracts following a blistering audit.

June 23, 2010 12:59 pmLoading…

Custer Country tourism organization regroups for shot at state cash

HELENA - The resignation of top officers at the troubled Custer Country tourism promotion group on Thursday paved the way for the non-profit corporation to start fresh.

June 18, 2010 12:55 pmLoading…

Tester puts logging back into forest bill

HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., unveiled a counterversion of his logging and wilderness bill Thursday, reinserting mandates to log tens of thousands of forested Montana acres that a Senate committee earlier axed from its draft.

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Tester sticks with logging in new version of wilderness-logging bill

HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., unveiled a counter version of his logging and wilderness bill Thursday, reinserting mandates to log tens of thousands of forested Montana acres that a Senate committee earlier axed from their draft.

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Concerns about drought lessen

HELENA — Montana’s official water watchers confirmed Wednesday what almost anyone living here already knows: June has been really wet.

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State pharmacists put kibosh on cannabis

HELENA — Montana’s professional pharmacists say they don’t want to get into the medical marijuana business, scuttling the suggestion that lawmakers could firm up Montana’s controversial pot scene by making pharmacists dispense the drug.

June 10, 2010 12:58 pmLoading…

Baker gets early nod in Supreme Court race

HELENA — For the three candidates vying for spots on the Montana Supreme Court, Tuesday’s election wasn’t exactly a nail biter.

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Horse with rabies prompts quarantine

HELENA – State officials have placed Yellowstone County under a rabies quarantine after a horse in Worden came down with the disease earlier this month.

June 08, 2010 3:12 pmLoading…

DUI court initiative scuttled over costs

HELENA — Despite spending more than $24,000 to gather thousands of voter signatures, the group pushing to expand drug and alcohol treatment courts by citizen-passed initiative has scrapped its efforts.

June 07, 2010 2:45 pmLoading…

Montana to receive $1 million for weatherization school

HELENA — Montana is getting almost $1 million of federal stimulus dollars to expand the state’s already innovative weatherization training program, with program leaders saying they hope to build a two-year degree in weatherization that could be offered at colleges nationwide.

June 04, 2010 5:44 pmLoading…

Letters to small town editor show GOP unrest

HELENA — Cracks in GOP cohesion have shown up in an unusual spot recently: a series of back-and-forth letters published in the Belgrade newspaper in which one House Republican calls his own leader, Rep. Scott Sales, of Bozeman, a “do-nothing, accomplish-nothing, never-get-engaged, poor-leade…

June 03, 2010 5:50 pmLoading…

Lawmakers study journalists’ rules

HELENA — A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended tweaks in how the Legislature deals with news reporters while the Legislature is in session.

June 02, 2010 11:22 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana’s popularity catches many off-guard

Medical marijuana’s popularity catches many off-guard

HELENA — Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Commissioner Robert Pierce was among the 62 percent of Montanans who voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes six years ago.

May 30, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Prominent Republican seeks repeal, rebuild of Montana’s prescription marijuana program

Prominent Republican seeks repeal, rebuild of Montana’s prescription marijuana program

HELENA — A prominent Ravalli County Republican wants to overturn Montana’s 2004 voter-passed law that legalized medical marijuana, saying the current setup controlling prescription pot is flawed.

May 25, 2010 5:56 pmLoading…

State formally cuts off Custer Country tourism group

HELENA — The state on Friday formally yanked its recognition of Custer Country, the disgraced tourism-promotion group for southeastern Montana, and at least one Custer Country leader walked away from the group, saying she wants to promote tourism in a way with “less baggage.”

May 21, 2010 5:25 pmLoading…

Custer Country tourism group tries to pick up the pieces after contract canceled

HELENA — Leaders for southeast Montana’s Custer Country tourism group spent hours Thursday discussing how to pitch a new, improved nonprofit organization to the same state officials who this week canceled a $400,000 contract with the entity.

May 20, 2010 6:12 pmLoading…

D.C. clergy to Tester: Drop your gun bill

HELENA — A group of clergy and voting activists held a 45-minute impromptu prayer vigil outside Sen. Jon Tester’s Washington office Thursday morning before meeting with the Montana Democrat to urge him to drop his support for a gun rights bill.

May 20, 2010 4:46 pmLoading…
State cancels contract with Custer Country

State cancels contract with Custer Country

HELENA - Leaders of Custer Country, the tax-funded tourism promotion group that includes Billings, broke state contracting laws and later lied about it to their own board members and a state investigator, a Montana Department of Justice probe has concluded.

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National anti-gun group asks judge to throw out Montana gun law

HELENA — One of the biggest names in gun control is asking a federal judge in Montana to invalidate the state’s pioneering gun law which exempts Montana-made firearms from national gun laws.

May 18, 2010 1:56 pmLoading…
Former U.S. Marshal Candidate to Head State Disaster Response Agency

Former U.S. Marshal Candidate to Head State Disaster Response Agency

HELENA — Ed Tinsley, a former Lewis and Clark county commissioner once considered a top pick for Montana’s federally appointed U.S. marshal, has been tapped to head Montana’s Disaster and Emergency Services Division.

May 17, 2010 3:36 pmLoading…
Montana, for Montanans

Montana, for Montanans

HELENA — Diane Brandt, executive director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, has a word to describe Montana’s high plains, and it’s not a variation of “flat.”

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DUI citations down, and patrol says that’s good

HELENA — Montana’s Highway Patrol troopers wrote almost 30 percent fewer citations for drunken driving last year than they did four years ago, a new report shows.

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Tourism troubles: ‘Custer Country’ woes are exception, not rule

Tourism troubles: ‘Custer Country’ woes are exception, not rule

HELENA — The reports coming out of Custer Country lately have not been good.

May 10, 2010 12:10 am Photos

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Governor urges readiness for dry summer

HELENA — With more than 5 million acres of beetle-killed trees in the forests and little more than half its typical snowpack, Montana is staring down the barrel of a potentially devastating fire season, a new report says.

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Lawmakers see biomass gear in action

Lawmakers see biomass gear in action

HELENA — Troy Morse, of Mark’s Lumber in Clancy, is barely audible as he talks about latter-day logging amid the din of his company’s enormous wood grinder.

May 06, 2010 3:45 pmLoading…
Tester: Leave no public document off the web

Tester: Leave no public document off the web

HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester this morning sponsored a bill that would put most government documents online in a big, public database.

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Judge rejects water evaporation

HELENA — A judge here has ruled that pumping up groundwater to develop coalbed methane beneath it, only to waste the water by letting it evaporate, violates Montana’s Constitution.

May 05, 2010 10:04 pmLoading…

Former justice fills mental-health panel

HELENA — Former Montana Supreme Court Justice John Warner, now overseeing a $9.5 million mental-health trust fund, has assembled the seven-member committee to help decide how Montana spends the money.

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Rehberg: Crash doesn’t show need for new alcohol policy

HELENA — Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., has not changed his office’s alcohol and work policies in the eight months since the congressman and two of his staff members were injured in a serious alcohol-related boat crash on Flathead Lake.

April 28, 2010 10:11 pmLoading…
Rehberg challenger Otjen diverges from party on traditional social issues

Rehberg challenger Otjen diverges from party on traditional social issues

Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series on the three Republicans running for the U.S. House in the June 8 primary election.

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French’s faith guides House candidacy

French’s faith guides House candidacy

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on the three Republicans running for the U.S. House in the June 8 primary election.

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