Archives for July 2016

An environmental group wants to know what chemicals fracking companies are putting into the ground

HELENA- An environmental group wants to know what chemicals fracking companies are putting into the ground. The Montana Environmental Information Center, along with the Natural Resource Defense Council filed a petition this week before the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to ensure landowners are told what types of chemicals are being used in hydraulic fracturing. The Board has 60 days to respond to the petition.

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There’s gold in ‘dem ‘der hills

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — There’s gold in ‘dem ‘der hills. A company has resubmitted its application to look for gold in Montana near the Yellowstone National Park border after state officials raised some concerns with the project. The application from Crevice Mining Group is currently under review to make sure the Spokane, Washington-based company didn’t combine the operations with other projects governed by a small miner’s permit it already obtained from the state.

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Dateline Show To Feature Montana Murder

A Montana case is scheduled to be featured on NBC’s Dateline program tonight. They’re featuring the story of the murder of Kathryn Laird of Billings. The violent homicide was unsolved for 16 year. It was reopened in 2012 with new testimony from neighbors about the violent tendencies of the woman’s husband, Brian Laird. He was convicted in May of strangling and drowning his wife. He was sentenced last month to 100 years in the Montana State Prison.

Police involve shooting leaves officer wounded

HELENA, Mont. – A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man during a confrontation along U.S. Highway 191 south of Malta on Wednesday morning. The Department of Justice says the deputy was stabbed several times and was being treated at a Great Falls hospital. The victim’s name and age have not been released.
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Long time Montana women’s basketball coach says goodbye

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Long time Montana women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig announced his retirement Wednesday. Selvig, who turns 64 next month, posted his decision on the university’s website and said he will be at the school until the end of August.
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Search for missing teen yields few clues

HELENA- Even though the search on Canyon Ferry Lake for a Helena teen missing since early Sunday morning yielded few clues this week, officials said the Shannon Boat Dock will remain closed until further notice. Blake Becker was attempting a “moonlight” stunt on his motocross bike when he disappeared. Search and Rescue will re-evaluate and determine whether to suspend recovery efforts, according to a press release, which stated, so far there is no sign of Becker’s body, bike or expected debris in the water.
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Question of Detention Financing Recommended For November Ballot

You may get to vote in November on financing to expand the county’s detention capacity. The Lewis and Clark County Commission will consider a ballot issue. Before they take it up, they asked for a recommendation from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. That recommendation came yesterday. They urged the county to take the matter to voters. Local officials say the county’s detention center is overcrowded and a danger to inmates and staff.

Numerous wildfires were left in the wake of a fast moving storm system north of Billings

Numerous wildfires were left in the wake of a fast moving storm system north of Billings late Monday night. Yellowstone County Disaster & Emergency Coordinator Brad Shoemaker said the storm sparked between eight to 10 fires in the Shepherd and Warden area along Highway 3, within hours, and put the Billings Fire Department on high alert as the fire began to threaten a nearby subdivision. Fire crews were able to contain the flames within minutes, saving at least one home.
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Rainbows painted the sky following severe storms that rolled through the Helena Valley

HELENA – Rainbows painted the sky following severe storms that rolled through the Helena Valley on Monday evening, giving residents dealing with power outages, something to smile about. More than 2,600 NorthWestern Energy customers lost electricity as a result of the storm, and also resulted in the Helena Brewers canceling Monday night’s game. But if there was a silver lining in the dark clouds, residents say it was several rainbows left in it’s wake.

Woman Escapes From Gunman My Striking Him With Car

A woman struck a gunman with her car in order to escape from him in Helena on Monday night. Police say the woman was giving Jorge Lara a ride when he allegedly started choking another passenger in the car. The woman pulled over, and she told police Lara got out, pulled a gun and pointed it at her through the car window. She floored the car to get away, and the vehicle struck Lara, who was arrested shortly afterward. He called 911 to report being struck by the car.