Archives for September 2017

Hungry Horse loses ears in vandalism

Someone vandalized a decades old iconic statue in Hungry Horse over the weekend. Officials said on Sunday night somebody broke the ears off of the statue, which has served as a symbol of the town of Hungry Horse since it was created in 1955. In 2013 it was moved to the county park. The statue is expected be fixed in a week or two. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police.

Suspect in 100mph chase faced Lewis and Clark county judge

HELENA – The suspect in a high-speed chase Wednesday faced a Lewis and Clark county judge on Thursday. Christopher David Gransberg is accused of leading an MHP trooper through Helena and East Helena on Highway 12 and then south on Highway 518 past the Ash Grove Cement Plant and Montana City elementary school. MHP troopers said the 26-year-old drove his car at speeds of up to 100 mph in the middle of traffic. He is facing several charges.

U.S. Grizzly bears in north-central Montana could soon be delisted from federal protections

(HELENA) U.S. Grizzly bears in north-central Montana could soon be delisted from federal protections. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced Thursday, they could soon make a proposal to remove the estimated 1,000 grizzlies currently in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem from the Endangered Species Act. That area includes Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and much of the Rocky Mountain Front. Wildlife managers say it appears likely that population will be stable.

No more burn bans within the Helena and Great Falls

HELENA – No more burn bans within the Helena and Great Falls areas. Now that fire season is winding down, officials from the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group announced Thursday that all fire restrictions would be lifted beginning, Friday. The notice affects federal, state, tribal and county lands. Each county could have differing descriptions when it comes to debris burning so the NRCG recommends checking with county officials first.

Democrats Want Special Session

Democratic lawmakers in Montana are trying to put together support for a special legislative session to deal with the state budget shortfall. The governor is recommending 229 million dollars in cuts to state spending, thanks to lower revenues and an expensive fire season. However, Governor Bullock says those cuts will hurt vulnerable residents by eliminating services.

Tap Water May Taste Different

If your tap water starts tasting a little different, here’s the reason why. The Ten Mile Water Treatment Facility is going off line for maintenance on Sunday. It’s expected to come back online in the middle of November. In the meantime, we’ll be getting our water from the Missouri River Water Treatment Facility. Helena officials say the water is safe to drink and meets every water quality standard. However, it m ay taste and smell different than the water you are used to.

Helena Airport Sees Growth

Good news from the Helena Regional Airport, where Director Jeff Wadekamper says they’ve experienced a 22 percent growth in the last decade. Last year alone the airport saw a growth spurt of 3 and a half percent. He is working on a grant to add more flight options and a terminal expansion, hopefully next year.

Father Convicted Of Assaulting Infant

A jury on Wednesday found a Helena father guilty of an attack on his four month old son. Aaron Oliphant was convicted of aggravated assault in the attack that left the child with a fractured skull and brain bleeding in June of 2016. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for five hours before returning that guilty verdict around 8 oclock last night.

Montana regulators asked to approve natural gas increase for customers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A utility company is asking Montana regulators to allow it to increase prices for natural gas for more than 84,000 customers in the state. Montana-Dakota Utilities said Tuesday that the requested rate hike would increase a average residential customer’s bill by about $30 annually. The request must be approved by the Montana Public Service Commission. Montana-Dakota Utilities officials said the increase is needed to help with rising expenses.

Stabbing in downtown Billings

BILLINGS – One man was hospitalized and another arrested following a stabbing in downtown Billings Monday night. Billings police said the two men, both in their 20s, were arguing when one stabbed the other, on North 24th Street near the Tumbleweed building. The assailant fled the scene but was found within minutes, thanks to tips from several witnesses, police said.