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‘Castle doctrine’ law forces shooter’s release, prosecutor says

‘Castle doctrine’ law forces shooter’s release, prosecutor says

A man who police said shot his Wal-Mart co-worker in a dispute over the length of a work break has been released from custody because his actions may be protected by Montana's recently enacted "castle doctrine" law.

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Runners crossing 50 states promoting world harmony

Runners crossing 50 states promoting world harmony

Runners from eight countries carried a torch past farms and ranches on rural Montana roads Thursday, completing one more leg in a 10,000-mile, 50-state relay to promote world harmony. 

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City plans to contest Rehberg lawsuit

City plans to contest Rehberg lawsuit

The city of Billings expects to contest a lawsuit that alleges that the Billings Fire Department breached a duty to protect the Rehberg Ranch Estates subdivision from a wildfire that scorched nearly 1,200 acres on July 4 in 2008.

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Police caught in middle on marijuana deliveries

The conflict between state and federal laws over the legality of medical marijuana is forcing some law enforcement officers to take on the unwelcome duty of delivering pot that caregivers attempt to ship through a parcel service. 

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No charges in alleged Miles City rape

No charges in alleged Miles City rape

The state Attorney General’s Office has found there is insufficient evidence to file charges over a sexual assault alleged to have taken place on New Year’s Day near Parker’s Bar in Miles City.

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Searchers locate body of missing Huntley man in Stillwater River

Searchers locate body of missing Huntley man in Stillwater River

Searchers on Monday recovered the body of a 36-year-old Huntley man who died after likely slipping into the Stillwater River on Sunday while trying to rescue his dog.

June 28, 2010 6:45 am Photos

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Symphony in the Park a tradition for many

Symphony in the Park a tradition for many

Some wore baseball caps and others wore cowboy hats. Some had donned neatly pressed blouses, and others tanks, the better to show off their tattoos. Some preferred the laidback approach of sprawling on a blanket in the grass, others a lawn chair in the shade outside the fray.

June 27, 2010 11:25 pm Photos

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Musselshell County sheriff won't be charged

Musselshell County sheriff won't be charged

The state Department of Justice has decided not to file charges against Musselshell County Sheriff Woody Weitzeil for removing a firearm from his evidence room.

June 24, 2010 4:46 pmLoading…
Truckloads of debris floods into dump

Truckloads of debris floods into dump

Truck after truck of sodden and muddy carpeting, massacred trees, hail-damaged roofing and other tornado debris began showing up at the city dump Tuesday morning.  

June 24, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Benefit to help ill teen, family

Alex Ostler has been so ill that he was able to attend a recent 16th birthday party thrown for him in a hospital for only about 10 minutes.

June 23, 2010 11:47 pmLoading…
Relocated dog show goes on as planned

Relocated dog show goes on as planned

Only two days after a twister tore through MetraPark, about 850 dogs were on the grounds with their handlers to seek the coveted award of “Best in Show.”  

June 22, 2010 5:00 pm Photos

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Decision on Pioneer Park finds supporters, detractors

Decision on Pioneer Park finds supporters, detractors

A perfectly sunny day in Pioneer Park was darkened for many Tuesday by the City Council’s decision Monday night to remove disc-golfing from future plans for the popular city park.

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Soldiers satisfy training needs by fixing perilous section of Powderville Road

Soldiers satisfy training needs by fixing perilous section of Powderville Road

An old gravel stagecoach route that has for years threatened trucks traveling between southeastern Montana counties with a harrowing turn and drop-off is being tamed by about 80 Montana guardsmen and women this month. 

June 14, 2010 11:00 pm Photos

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Officer accepts plea deal in assault

A Laurel police officer has received a six-month deferred sentence for a charge relating to a family disturbance that ended in a standoff with other officers outside his home in March.

June 13, 2010 10:58 pmLoading…
Busy roads to see construction projects

Busy roads to see construction projects

Along with the warmer temperatures, delays, lane closures and detours are back as work begins on a number of projects to improve area roadways.    

June 09, 2010 5:14 pmLoading…
State considers whether Musselshell County sheriff misused property

State considers whether Musselshell County sheriff misused property

The state Department of Justice is considering whether Musselshell County Sheriff Woody Weitzeil improperly used property from his evidence room.

June 07, 2010 12:44 pmLoading…
Gas prices unlikely to limit holiday travel

Gas prices unlikely to limit holiday travel

More drivers are expected to be on the road in Montana this Memorial Day, despite higher gas prices than last year during the big holiday weekend. 

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Couple get their cues from dance

Couple get their cues from dance

Larry and Susan Sperry run an auto service center by day, but they’re dancing fools by night.

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Public perception of risk plays large role in preparedness, says retiring Yellowstone County official

Public perception of risk plays large role in preparedness, says retiring Yellowstone County official

The highlights from Jim Kraft’s 35 years as a disaster coordinator for Yellowstone County could be the raw material for an apocalyptic thriller in which Montanans are sent scrambling for shelter in underground mines or fleeing to high ground, depending on your peril of choice.

May 25, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Celebrate Community: Mason’s Mountain Run

Celebrate Community: Mason’s Mountain Run

RED LODGE — Mason Shuck could not speak, feed himself or move on his own. But even at the end of his short life, when his body had almost fully betrayed him at the age of 11, he somehow found a way to smile.

May 23, 2010 9:00 pm Photos

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Privacy concerns voiced at marijuana clinic

People attending the latest medical marijuana clinic in Billings on Sunday were uneasy talking to the press, citing a desire for privacy nearly one week after two of the city’s cannabis providers were attacked by arsonists. 

May 16, 2010 11:52 pmLoading…
Officials identify 2 killed in Bridger murder-suicide

Officials identify 2 killed in Bridger murder-suicide

BRIDGER — Officials late Tuesday released the names of two men killed in a murder-suicide as 20-year-old Bridger resident Ryan Joseph Webster and Joshua Vincent Brown, 19, of Red Lodge, who was identified as the suspect in Webster’s death.

May 11, 2010 5:08 pm Photos

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Firebombs target 2 medical-marijuana businesses

Firebombs target 2 medical-marijuana businesses

Two medical marijuana businesses in Billings were firebombed and tagged with graffiti reading “NOT IN OUR TOWN” over the last two days, rattling their owners and leaving others outraged in advance of a City Council meeting to decide whether to restrict the industry’s growth.

May 10, 2010 5:31 am Photos

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Retirement may shuffle county jobs

Retirement may shuffle county jobs

When the director of Yellowstone County’s Disaster and Emergency Services retires in July, he may be replaced by the county’s elections administrator.

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Students, businesses, emergency responders put on disaster drill

Students, businesses, emergency responders put on disaster drill

Bodies lay limp across pipes and platforms at Laurel’s refinery Wednesday as emergency personnel from Yellowstone County practiced how they would respond to an explosion and dangerous gas leak during a training drill.    

May 05, 2010 11:08 am Photos

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Power lines downed, tractor-trailer rigs toppled in strong windstorm

Power lines downed, tractor-trailer rigs toppled in strong windstorm

Vicious winds carried by a strong cold front howled across Montana and through Billings on Monday night and Tuesday, forcing emergency personnel to scramble and causing power outages and property damage.

May 04, 2010 10:03 am Photos

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Oliver North calls for spiritual reawakening

Oliver North calls for spiritual reawakening

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Billings on Monday morning, hoping to set off what he described as a “prairie fire” of Christian fervor.

May 03, 2010 9:36 am Photos

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Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

A Jeep Cherokee hits a large metal pole in Lockwood. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Moran said the man was driving west on Old Hardin Road when he left the roadway and slammed into the signpost.

May 02, 2010 9:11 pmLoading…
Inmate claims he’s denied needed meds

Inmate claims he’s denied needed meds

An inmate has filed a complaint alleging that the Yellowstone County Detention Facility and the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby have discriminated against him by denying him medications that are needed to treat disabling health problems. 

April 30, 2010 11:35 pmLoading…
1,000 Montana troops will ship out to Iraq or Afghanistan by next fall

1,000 Montana troops will ship out to Iraq or Afghanistan by next fall

When Sgt. James Meyers of the Montana Army National Guard is deployed to Iraq next fall, he will be leaving behind his new wife, a baby on the way and most likely a new house in the Billings Heights.

April 28, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Montana Army National Guard

Montana Army National Guard

Aboard a C-12 flight to Florida, Adj. Gen. John Walsh of the Montana Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Irvine catch up on their reading. They are overseeing preparations to deploy more than 1,000 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan by the fall.

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PEAKS TO PRAIRIE: Victory at last

PEAKS TO PRAIRIE: Victory at last

Paddler Ed Conning has done the Peaks to Prairie race 17 times.  He’s raced in snow and sunshine.  He’s charged through wind and rain.  He’s competed on teams and solo in the 75-mile triathlon.  But on Sunday, he did something he’s never done before. 

April 25, 2010 8:13 pm Photos

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Guard pilots retrained to fly

Guard pilots retrained to fly

The second in a two-part series about the Montana Air National Guard’s conversion to flying F-15 fighter jets.

April 20, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Support crews keep fighter jets working

Support crews keep fighter jets working

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Though only one person can sit in the cockpit of most of the F-15 fighter jets flown by the Montana Air National Guard, it takes as many as 15 people to get them ready for a mission. 

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Montana Air National Guard getting up to speed on conversion to F-15 fighter jets

Montana Air National Guard getting up to speed on conversion to F-15 fighter jets

The first in a two-part series about the Montana Air National Guard’s conversion to flying F-15 fighter jets.

April 19, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Staff Sgt. Chad Parcel shares a laugh with Brig. Gen. John Walsh of the Montana Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Kyle Shearin and Tech. Sgt. Josh Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on Thursday.

April 18, 2010 10:10 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard pilots at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on Thursday.

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Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

From left, Staff Sgt. Chad Parcel shares a laugh with Brig. Gen. John Walsh of the Montana Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Kyle Shearin and Tech. Sgt. Josh Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on Thursday.

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Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Brig. Gen. John Walsh of the Montana Army National Guard at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on Thursday.

April 18, 2010 10:06 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Members of the Montana Air National Guard secure missiles on an F-15.

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Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Members of the Montana Air National Guard remove missiles from a transporter.

April 18, 2010 10:03 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Markings of the Montana Air National Guard are seen on the tail section of an F-15 fighter jet last week during training exercises at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

April 18, 2010 9:59 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard Capt. Carol Kohtz, call sign “Drone,” talks about shooting down a drone aircraft with a live missile during training exercises last week in Florida.

April 18, 2010 10:02 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard Capt. Carol Kohtz, call sign “Drone,” talks about shooting down a drone aircraft with a live missile during training exercises last week in Florida.

April 18, 2010 10:01 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

A Montana Air Nation Guard F-15 fighter jet sits on the tarmac at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida in April.

April 18, 2010 10:00 pmLoading…
Montana Air National Guard

Montana Air National Guard

Fighter pilot Carol Kohtz was all smiles when the cockpit bubble rose up on the F-15 jet she landed at Tyndall Air Force base in Florida last week.

April 18, 2010 9:56 pmLoading…
Montana Air Guard gets up to speed in F-15s

Montana Air Guard gets up to speed in F-15s

More than 100 members of the Montana Air National Guard have been deployed to Florida for training exercises that mark a critical juncture in the unit’s conversion to operating with an F-15 fighter jet fleet.

April 13, 2010 11:16 pmLoading…
When social networks become dragnets

When social networks become dragnets

A tendency to gloat about crimes on social-networking Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace is helping authorities catch suspects and track everything from underage drinking to thieving. 

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Skits come from real situations

Skits come from real situations

The skits used during Crisis Intervention Team training are designed to represent situations that officers commonly encounter, such as suicide threats or people experiencing delusions due to a lack of medication. 

April 05, 2010 7:30 pm Photos

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Finding a way through crisis

Finding a way through crisis

A man without any pants walks into a shop.

April 05, 2010 7:15 pm Photos

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