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Going-to-the Sun Road opens for the season

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The full length of the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road officially opened up to traffic on Wednesday morning.

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Zinke addresses Western Governor's Assoc. meeting in Whitefish Video included

Interior Secretary Ryan Zine addressing the Western Governor's Association meeting in Whitefish. (MTN News photo) Interior Secretary Ryan Zine addressing the Western Governor's Association meeting in Whitefish. (MTN News photo)
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's highly anticipated speech comes amid concerns over President Trump's proposed budget cuts to his department.

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Montana agencies preparing for changes in medical marijuana program Video included

The last few months have seen two major overhauls to Montana’s medical marijuana program. (MTN News photo) The last few months have seen two major overhauls to Montana’s medical marijuana program. (MTN News photo)
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“We’re trying to be very thorough in this process, and transparent,” said DPHHS spokesperson Jon Ebelt.

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Polson crash sends pickup truck into Flathead Lake Video included

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A Lake County man escaped serious injury after a collision on U.S. Highway 93 in Polson sent his vehicle into Flathead Lake.

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Black bear euthanized in Lincoln County Video included

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A black bear has been put down after an incident that happened earlier this week near Bull Lake.

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Man killed in Tuesday Kalispell crash identified

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man killed in a crash on Main Street in Kalispell Tuesday morning.

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Upper Missouri Break to remain national monument

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo credit: Bureau of Land Management) Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo credit: Bureau of Land Management)
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Upper Missouri Breaks will remain as a protected national monument.

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Report projects $5.3B in cuts to MT Medicaid program under GOP healthcare plan

(MTHCF Impact report) (MTHCF Impact report)
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The report indicates that more than a third of Montanans enrolled in the Medicaid program would lose their health insurance by 2021.

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CSKT adds additional watercraft check station

Folks can be fined for not stopping (photo: FWP) Folks can be fined for not stopping (photo: FWP)
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Tribal officials are now running an additional watercraft check station at the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation offices in Polson.

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Kalispell PD issues scam warning

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Someone has been calling residents saying they are from the city water department and demanding payment within 30 minutes.

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Montana summer camp addresses youth mental health

Teens are learning about mental health this week at Shodair Children’s Hospital. Teens are learning about mental health this week at Shodair Children’s Hospital.
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The "Heads Up Camp” offers the students tools learn about mental health affecting themselves and peers and how to respond to a crisis. 

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Crews battle small wildfires on the Bitterroot National Forest

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Crews are battling a pair of small wildfires that broke out after recent lightning storms rolled through the Bitterroot Valley.  

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FBI confirms MT man is the "AK 47 Bandit," calls him "Public Enemy No. 1" Video included

Richard Gathercole was arrested in Nebraska (Dawson County Nebraska Jail) Richard Gathercole was arrested in Nebraska (Dawson County Nebraska Jail)
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Richard Gathercole was arrested last week after he allegedly fired an AK-47 rifle at a Kansas trooper during a traffic stop.

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Governor declares drought emergency in eastern Montana Video included

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Governor Steve Bullock has declared a drought emergency for several eastern Montana counties. 

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Berkeley Pit grabs spotlight in Washington hearing Video included

The Berkeley Pit in Butte (MTN News photo) The Berkeley Pit in Butte (MTN News photo)
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Montana Sen. Jon Tester brought up Butte’s Berkeley Pit while questioning EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

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Weather Forecast: Mainly dry end to the week

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Expect more sun than clouds Wednesday with isolated showers/thunderstorms for mainly northwest and southwest Montana and those along the Divide... I guess the only area where they're NOT expected is west central Montana!  Still, a mainly dry day is anticipated with breezy conditions at times and highs in the 70s to low 80s.

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Montana news headlines

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Here's a look at your Wednesday top news stories from across Western Montana.

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Grizzly bears relocated from Whitefish area

Grizzly bear (file photo by Teresa Muhic) Grizzly bear (file photo by Teresa Muhic)
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FWP specialists captured two grizzly bears after landowners reported the animals killing chickens and trying to get into dog food in northwest Montana. 

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DNRC urges caution despite low fire danger in Western Montana Video included

For the first time in recent memory, there are not a bunch of fire restrictions in our region leading into the 4th of July weekend. (MTN News photo) For the first time in recent memory, there are not a bunch of fire restrictions in our region leading into the 4th of July weekend. (MTN News photo)
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Thanks to recent moisture, fire danger is still holding at low to moderate in most Western Montana areas. 

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Missing Whitehall woman found dead

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A 21-year-old Whitehall woman who had been missing since Thursday was found dead on Tuesday.

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Inmate serving time for Missoula County kidnapping dies Video included

William Horn (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) William Horn (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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William Horn, 57, died on Sunday, June 25, at the Deer Lodge prison after an extended illness. 

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Overdue hiker found near Noxon Video included

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Authorities say they have located the overdue hiker they were searching for in the Noxon area.

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Massive hack attack targets Europe, U.S. Video included

(CNN graphic) (CNN graphic)
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Hackers launched blistering attacks Tuesday against companies and agencies across the world. 

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Zinke announces initiative to combat invasive species

All boats coming into Montana would be inspected, along with all those crossing west over the Continental Divide. All boats coming into Montana would be inspected, along with all those crossing west over the Continental Divide.
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The initiative is a collaboration with western governors and federal, state and Tribal agencies. 

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Cyanide gas forces apartment evacuations in Bozeman Video included

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Bozeman Police report a chemical that was reported in an apartment complex was potassium cyanide gas.

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Fire hazard reminder issued to Kalispell residents

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City officials are reminding residents to remove fire hazards from around their homes and property ahead of the summer fire season.

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Man accused of attempted murder outside Three Forks strip club Video included

Steve French is charged with attempted murder (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) Steve French is charged with attempted murder (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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A Billings man is behind bars for an alleged murder attempt at a strip club near Three Forks over the weekend.

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Senate delays health care vote until after July 4 recess

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The GOP seemingly lacks sufficient support to pass the bill in its current form.  

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Montana rancher invents practical new version of jack-leg fence Video included

"If you can use something that was useless and make it useful, that to me is just a lot of fun," said rancher Brandon Richert. (MTN News photo) "If you can use something that was useless and make it useful, that to me is just a lot of fun," said rancher Brandon Richert. (MTN News photo)
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"If you can use something that was useless and make it useful, that to me is just a lot of fun," said rancher Brandon Richert. 

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Billings Judge Fagg latest Republican to consider running for U.S. Senate

State District Judge Russell Fagg of Billings State District Judge Russell Fagg of Billings
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Fagg announced earlier this month that he plans to step down from his judicial seat in October to consider a run for political office.

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One killed in downtown Kalispell head-on crash

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One person was killed and another was taken to the hospital after a Tuesday morning crash in Kalispell. 

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Montana Historical Society exhibit profiles Thomas Francis Meagher Video included

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Montana is and has been home to many "larger than life" personalities - men and women who have helped shape our history. 

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A 5-year mystery still unsolved in Butte Video included

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“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career of 28 years, it’s certainly one of the more bizarre cases,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester. 

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Inmate located after walking away from Granite County jail

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The Granite County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies located Autumn Pale on Monday evening.

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Dog owner in fatal Bozeman attack: “They never showed aggression...” Video included

Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the dogs, was not home at the time of the attack. (MTN News photo) Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the dogs, was not home at the time of the attack. (MTN News photo)
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A pit bull and pit bull mix mauled Melissa Barnes in the backyard of a property on Love Lane in Bozeman. 

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Shots fired, SUV flips, 5 injured; including deputy in Billings pursuit Video included

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A high speed pursuit that started ended after shots were fired, a deputy was hurt and a SUV flipped in South Billings. 

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Audit: State-Employee Health Clinics Can’t Document Savings Video included

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The audit said the state has spent $26 million operating the clinics for their first four years, through August of last year.

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2 grizzly bears captured in north-central Montana Video included

FWP staff attend to a sub-adult male grizzly bear captured over the weekend near Stanford after it had killed four calves. FWP staff attend to a sub-adult male grizzly bear captured over the weekend near Stanford after it had killed four calves.
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Two young grizzly bears were captured near Stanford over the weekend after killing several calves. 

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Montana Made: Painless foot snares by Select-A-Catch Video included

The Universal Select-a-Catch foot snare is virtually pain-free and doesn't harm any size animal. (MTN News photo The Universal Select-a-Catch foot snare is virtually pain-free and doesn't harm any size animal. (MTN News photo
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The Universal Select-a-Catch foot snare is virtually pain-free and doesn't harm any size animal. 

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Search underway for missing Whitehall woman

Kirsten Ryerson, 21, was last seen Thursday afternoon in Whitehall driving her red four-wheeler. (courtesy photo) Kirsten Ryerson, 21, was last seen Thursday afternoon in Whitehall driving her red four-wheeler. (courtesy photo)
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Kirsten Ryerson, 21, was last seen Thursday afternoon in Whitehall driving her red four-wheeler.

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New TSA equipment installed at Glacier Park Int'l Airport Video included

More passengers at the Kalispell airport have prompted additional equipment to be installed. (MTN News photo) More passengers at the Kalispell airport have prompted additional equipment to be installed. (MTN News photo)
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The Transportation Security Administration has installed a new checked baggage screening unit at the airport.

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Western Governor's Association meets in Whitefish Video included

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Governors from across the Western U.S. re gathering in Northwest Montana for a few days of discussion.

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Two female grizzly bears captured in the Yaak

(MTN News photo) (MTN News photo)
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State wildlife officials captured two a pair of 5-year old grizzly bear siblings in the upper Yaak River area.

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Motorcyclist recovering after Highway 200 crash near Ovando Video included

The accident happened on Highway 200 near Ovando. (MTN News/Tim McGonigal photo) The accident happened on Highway 200 near Ovando. (MTN News/Tim McGonigal photo)
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A crash near Ovando temporarily shut down Montana Highway 200  after a car and motorcycle collided.

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Info sought on girl reported missing in Glacier County

Police in Glacier County are asking for help finding 20-year old Ashley Loring/HeavyRunner. Police in Glacier County are asking for help finding 20-year old Ashley Loring/HeavyRunner.
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Ashley Loring/HeavyRunner, 20 was last seen on Monday, June 5, in Browning. 

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Western Governors’ Association meeting in Whitefish

(MTN News file photo) (MTN News file photo)
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Governors from across the Western United States are holding their annual meeting in Whitefish this week.

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Trump calls Supreme Court decision to hear travel ban case a "clear victory"

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Mr. Trump's comments come as the Supreme Court announced its decision on the final day of the high court's opinions.

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Man hospitalized after saving son on Gallatin River Video included

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A child who fell into the Gallatin River while rafting on Sunday was rescued by his father who then had to be flown to an area hospital.

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Outdoor Report: Bat Houses Video included

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One Montana couple has taken it upon themselves to save hundreds of their town’s residents.

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Out West, blistering hot spell undercuts firefighters Video included

In Utah, fires continued with little rain relief in sight. Ten communities have been evacuated, officials said. (Credit: KSL) In Utah, fires continued with little rain relief in sight. Ten communities have been evacuated, officials said. (Credit: KSL)
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Sizzling heat is exacerbating the fire risks out West on Monday, where crews have been battling blazes in Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. 

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Montana man accused of shooting at officer, crimes in 4 states Video included

Richard Gathercole was arrested in Nebraska (Dawson County Nebraska Jail photo) Richard Gathercole was arrested in Nebraska (Dawson County Nebraska Jail photo)
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Authorities found several explosive devices in the home of a Roundup man who was recently arrested in Nebraska. 

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Lakeside man killed in ATV accident Video included

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Ronald Wayne Robinson, 69, of Lakeside, died Friday afternoon when he missed a corner on Adams Street in Lakeside.

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Sen. Tester holds health care town hall Video included

Dozens turned out for a town hall in Great Falls on Saturday. (MTN News photo) Dozens turned out for a town hall in Great Falls on Saturday. (MTN News photo)
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Montanans voiced their concerns and support for plans to overhaul the nation's health care system. 

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Montana teen dies after falling in Beartooth Mountains Video included

St. Vincent's Help Flight. (Eyewitness photo) St. Vincent's Help Flight. (Eyewitness photo)
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Benjamin Fern Tesseneer, 19, from Bozeman, died from his injuries after falling some 2,000 feet in the Beartooth Mountains on Saturday.

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Teen evades search in Flathead County

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office in Kalispell. (MTN News file photo) The Flathead County Sheriff's Office in Kalispell. (MTN News file photo)
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A 17-year-old man evaded authorities after an extensive an air and ground search late Thursday night in the West Glacier area. 

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Many Glacier Trail Overpass hit by delivery truck

Many Glacier Hotel (Glacier National Park photo) Many Glacier Hotel (Glacier National Park photo)
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Historic “bridle bridges” in the Many Glacier area has been removed after being hit be vehicles in recent weeks.

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. (Credit: CCTV) Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. (Credit: CCTV)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for "all-out efforts" to save those who were buried.

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Red pill or blue? Bozeman convention questions truth in government Video included

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In a nod to the movie the Matrix, a convention in Bozeman featured speakers seeking the truth in government. 

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Wildfires blazing under extreme heat out West

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Eighteen large fires are burning in the region, including six in Arizona, three in Utah, three in California, three in New Mexico, two in Nevada and a large one in Oregon. 

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Remains in Montana solve decades-old mystery Video included

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After more than 40 years of wondering, a family now has closure. 

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Summer of celebrations planned for Philipsburg Video included

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Few things stand the test of time, but Philipsburg does and as the town celebrates its 150th birthday.

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Juveniles vandalize Helena Middle School, planned to start a fire Video included

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Two of the children were just 6 and 8 years old.

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Missing hiker found in "fairly good" condition after 98 hours in the wilderness Video included

Eric Hellmuth, who was reported missing in the rugged Bob Marshall Wilderness on Monday. Eric Hellmuth, who was reported missing in the rugged Bob Marshall Wilderness on Monday.
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The 21-year old man was reported missing on Monday, and searchers had been combing the rugged terrain since then.

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Here's where Republican senators stand on the health care bill

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Senate Republicans rolled out their health care plan Thursday, and within hours the bill was already on shaky ground. 

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Sen. Daines discusses northwest Montana timber needs Video included

(MTN News photo) (MTN News photo)
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State and national leaders continue to weigh timber restrictions alongside the future of communities in Northwest Montana. 

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Wildfire experts weigh in on this year’s season Video included

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 Our very damp spring should delay the beginning of fire season in Western Montana.

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Gov. Bullock declares drought emergency in eastern counties Video included

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Gov. Steve Bullock issued an Executive Order on Friday declaring a drought emergency in Montana's eastern counties. 

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Missing hiker found alive in Bob Marshall Wilderness Video included

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The Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis confirmed Eric Hellmuth, 21, was found alive on Friday. 

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5 Romanian nationals arrested by US Border Patrol in Whitefish

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US Border Patrol agents from the Whitefish Station arrested five Romanian nationals, who were illegally present in the United States, on Tuesday.

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Upcoming Western Montana coming events

Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana
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Here's a list of some of the upcoming events taking place across Western Montana.

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Morning Rounds: Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Dept. Video included

Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital answers your medical questions. Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital answers your medical questions.
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Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital answers your medical questions.

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Authorities ID woman pulled from Flathead River Video included

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Authorities have released the name of the woman whose body was found in the Flathead River earlier this week.

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Driver OK after car lands in Madison River

A vehicle ended up in the Madison River early Friday morning. (MTN News photo A vehicle ended up in the Madison River early Friday morning. (MTN News photo
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The driver of a vehicle that ended up in the Madison River early Friday was taken to the hospital after being rescued from the water. 

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Salvage timber project approved for site of Copper King fire Video included

The Copper King fire broke out on 7.21.2016. (MTN News file photo) The Copper King fire broke out on 7.21.2016. (MTN News file photo)
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A salvage project is being planned to remove trees in Sanders County after last summer's Copper King fire. 

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Trump signs VA reform bill, making good on a campaign promise

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The law, which won bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, comes after years of stories about chaos inside the VA.

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Body of missing man located in Hebgen Lake Video included

Scene of search from Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Hebgen Lake (MTN News photo) Scene of search from Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Hebgen Lake (MTN News photo)
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The 68-year-old man from Burbank, Calif. was located Friday underwater approximately 300 feet from the shore of Hebgen Lake.

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Montana woman charged after police say they found meth in home with children

Monica L. Richards, 35, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of children, both felonies. (MTN News photo) Monica L. Richards, 35, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of children, both felonies. (MTN News photo)
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A Montana woman accused of having meth in a house with her children is facing a $10,000 bond after being seen in court Thursday.

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Montana woman unearths mother’s story of survival

Angelica Osborne had a postcard her mother wrote to a friend from a German concentration camp, with a facing translation, copied onto a metal display panel. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Angelica Osborne had a postcard her mother wrote to a friend from a German concentration camp, with a facing translation, copied onto a metal display panel. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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Before her mother’s death in 1995, Angelica Osborne knew only a few things about her mother’s life in World War II-era Germany.

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Burger-lovers asked to embark on quest to find best burger in Montana Video included

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From bison burgers to patties sandwiched between onion rings, Montana burgers offer succulent diversity to diners. 

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Grizzly bear management discussed in Choteau Video included

This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states. This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states.
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This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states.

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  • Monte goes pro… again

    Monte goes pro… again

    Thursday, October 27 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-10-27 22:20:56 GMT

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

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