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Back on December 14, 1947, opened Big Mountain to the public. (MTN News photo) Back on December 14, 1947, opened Big Mountain to the public. (MTN News photo)

Whitefish Mountain Resort honors founders on 70th anniversary

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Back on December 14, 1947, Ed Schenk, George Prentice and Lloyd Muldown -- with the help of many others -- opened Big Mountain to the public.

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Glacier National Park "Bark Ranger" program honored

Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel  and Gracie. (MTN News photo) Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel  and Gracie. (MTN News photo)
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Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel has earned the award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship. 

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Salvation Army bell ringer competition returns to the Flathead

A little-spirited competition to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army hit the Flathead Valley. (MTN News photo) A little-spirited competition to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army hit the Flathead Valley. (MTN News photo)
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A little-spirited competition to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army hit the Flathead Valley.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke removes four "senior leaders" for inappropriate behavior

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of Whitefish (CBS News photo) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of Whitefish (CBS News photo)
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that he has removed four senior leaders for inappropriate behavior.

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Bill to allow mountain bikes in wilderness passes out of committee

Mountain bikes weren't specifically excluded in the 1964 Wilderness Act, but the US Forest Service began closing some trails as early as 1977. (MTN News photo) Mountain bikes weren't specifically excluded in the 1964 Wilderness Act, but the US Forest Service began closing some trails as early as 1977. (MTN News photo)
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Mountain bikes weren't specifically excluded in the 1964 Wilderness Act, but the US Forest Service began closing some trails as early as 1977

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Evergreen wins City Bell Ringing Competition traveling trophy for the year

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The numbers are in from the Flathead Valley's Salvation Army City Ring-Off Competition and the spirit of generosity was abundant. 

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Flathead Valley Civil Air Patrol squadron lay wreaths on veterans' graves

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The Flathead Valley is home to many of our nation's fallen heroes, men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.

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Man caught with meth in spare tire says he was visiting Yogi Bear in Yellowstone

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Manuel Paz Sanchez Jr. made his initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings

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Butte porch pirate caught on video

It's common this time of year for the theft of delivered packages. (MTN News photo) It's common this time of year for the theft of delivered packages. (MTN News photo)
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It's common this time of year for the theft of delivered packages. 

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Holiday giving at work

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 Check out some of the unusual gifts that have been exchanged at work.

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Here are the details of the final GOP tax bill

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Significantly, the final agreement eliminates the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare, something the original Senate bill did but the House bill did not.

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Upcoming Western Montana 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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New TSA camera scanner aims to spot concealed explosives

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A new security screening technique is being tested a week before what's expected to be a record-breaking holiday travel season. 

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GOP tax plan: The bill is set. Rubio, Corker back to yes. What happens next?

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Republicans have finished writing the final version of their tax bill, clearing the way for a floor vote that leaders say they are optimistic will pass.

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Hidden treasures revealed in Museum of the Rockies expansion

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole project is how the $4 million expansion project was funded. (MTN News photo) Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole project is how the $4 million expansion project was funded. (MTN News photo)
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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole project is how the $4 million expansion project was funded.

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Weather Forecast: Light snow tonight - Sat. morning

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Valleys can expect 1"-3" with mountains picking up a good 2"-5". Expect lingering snow showers by Saturday afternoon with highs in the low 30s.

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Judge says petition to recall Pondera County Sheriff is insufficient

Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta. Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta.
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Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta filed an injunction last month, and it was granted several days later.

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Butte officials developing Superfund cleanup plan to meet EPA deadline

Recent pressure from the EPA to reach an agreement on Superfund cleanup in Butte has officials in the Mining City confident work will get started. (MTN News photo) Recent pressure from the EPA to reach an agreement on Superfund cleanup in Butte has officials in the Mining City confident work will get started. (MTN News photo)
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Recent pressure from the EPA to reach an agreement on Superfund cleanup in Butte has officials in the Mining City confident work will get started.

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Avalanche forecasters see risk of slide increasing with new snow

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The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is keeping an eye on avalanche conditions and expect that conditions will begin to change very soon.

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Massive Christmas village a labor of love for elderly Butte couple

Frank and Scharlene Snyder have been adding on to their holiday display for more than 20 years. (MTN News photo) Frank and Scharlene Snyder have been adding on to their holiday display for more than 20 years. (MTN News photo)
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Frank and Scharlene Snyder have been adding on to their holiday display for more than 20 years. 

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Missoula remains discovery draws interest from Michigan police

Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton
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The box of children's remains found in a shed in Missoula is gaining national interest.

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Polls: Majority of voters believe Trump guilty of sexual misconduct

Donald Trump speaking at Billings campaign rally. (MTN News photo) Donald Trump speaking at Billings campaign rally. (MTN News photo)
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The accusations against Mr. Trump have come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the Alabama Senate election

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Fire engineer dies as California's Thomas Fire keeps burning

Smoke from wildfires in southern California form on the horizon early in the morning. (photo credit: Dena DePompa) Smoke from wildfires in southern California form on the horizon early in the morning. (photo credit: Dena DePompa)
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The blaze grew rapidly, killing a firefighter on Thursday. Cory Iverson, 32, was a fire apparatus engineer from San Diego.

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Weather Forecast: Snow showers start this afternoon

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A cold front will move out of Canada later today, as it does, snow will begin in northern Idaho and northwest Montana this afternoon.

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Flights canceled, passengers stranded at Bozeman airport

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Some passengers were arriving at the airport just in time to get the notification that their flight was canceled. 

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Medicaid expansion: Can Montana afford it, going forward?

State Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad State Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad
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Expanded Medicaid will bring an estimated $2 billion of federal funds into Montana during its first 42 months, to pay medical costs for more than 85,000 low-income Montanans – but even some of its supporters say they’re not sure it should be renewed in 2019. 

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Billings state judge Gustafson appointed to MT Supreme Court

Billings state District Judge Ingrid Gustafson Billings state District Judge Ingrid Gustafson
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State District Judge Ingrid Gustafson of Billings will be the newest justice on the Montana Supreme Court, appointed Thursday by Gov. Steve Bullock to fill a vacancy created by retiring Justice Mike Wheat. 

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Solar-power lawsuit: PSC actions illegally blocking small solar projects

Solar-power panels in Bozeman Solar-power panels in Bozeman
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Two solar-power advocates and a developer are suing the state Public Service Commission, saying its recent rulings are illegally undercutting any future development of small, commercial solar projects in Montana. 

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Republicans push final version of tax bill, but holdouts remain

Paul Ryan said the House and Senate had reached a compromise on the tax reform bill. (CBS News) Paul Ryan said the House and Senate had reached a compromise on the tax reform bill. (CBS News)
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A pair of GOP senators are balking while Republican leaders push for final passage.

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Survey: 35% of Interior employees say they were harassed in past year

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo) U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo)
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A new survey of Interior Department employees released Thursday found that 35% of its workers were either harassed or discriminated against at work in the previous 12 months.

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Group formed to plan for aftermath of Colstrip coal plant closures

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Gov. Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox announced Thursday an advisory group to address the economic impact of the closure of Colstrip's two coal-fired units in the next five years.

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The end of net neutrality: What it all means

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. (CNN image) The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. (CNN image)
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The fight for the future of the internet just came to a head. 

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Burning reminder issued in the Flathead

(MTN News file photo) (MTN News file photo)
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Burning is prohibited from December through February, however, recreational campfires are allowed during this time.

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FWP seeking comment on open water fishing contests

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests for the 2018 season. 

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Montana Historical Society unveils WWI exhibit

The exhibit takes a look at what was happening on the home front during World War I.  (MTN News photo) The exhibit takes a look at what was happening on the home front during World War I.  (MTN News photo)
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'Times of Trouble, Times of Change: Montana and the Great War' is now open at the Montana Historical Society. 

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Montana Ag: Ranchers excited about Chinese beef opportunity

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Montana is home to the highest quality beef in the world and soon some of the beef will head to China.

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Man killed in Kalispell Bypass crash identified

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Colby Scott Burrows, 31, of Kalispell was killed in the three-vehicle crash that happened Wednesday morning on the Kalispell Bypass.

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Anchored in Tradition Ultimate Cheese Ball

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Check out this Anchored in Tradition recipe.

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Whitefish Trail helping to boost local economy

A new report shows that the Whitefish Trail is paying off in terms of money and people. (MTN News photo) A new report shows that the Whitefish Trail is paying off in terms of money and people. (MTN News photo)
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A new report shows that over 100,000 people used the trail in 2016, pouring millions into the local economy.

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Park Service officials tackle bison management challenges at YNP

The state of Montana has ordered the population of bison to be managed when they migrate off of federal lands to state lands. (MTN News photo) The state of Montana has ordered the population of bison to be managed when they migrate off of federal lands to state lands. (MTN News photo)
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The state of Montana has ordered the population of bison to be managed when they migrate off of federal lands to state lands.

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SBA grants to help Seeley businesses recover from fire losses

Seeley Lake businesses were hit hard by fire, smoke and evacuations due to the Rice Ridge Fire. (MTN News photo) Seeley Lake businesses were hit hard by fire, smoke and evacuations due to the Rice Ridge Fire. (MTN News photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire burned more than 150,000 acres and effectively shut down Seeley Lake for the second half of the summer tourist season. 

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Native Americans, low-income clinics are big beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion

Anna Whiting Sorrell, director of operations, policy and planning for CSKT Tribal Health Anna Whiting Sorrell, director of operations, policy and planning for CSKT Tribal Health
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In the past 18 months, tribal health services on the Flathead Indian Reservation have added a physical therapist and more dental care, and will soon add a new clinic and new speech therapist -- and Medicaid expansion is a big reason why. 

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Yellowstone Club among world's best exclusive ski resorts

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Imagine a skiing experience with no lift lines where you can plunder pristine powder all day long. 

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TSA Implements new screening procedures in Montana

The TSA checkpoint at the Missoula International Airport. (MTN News photo) The TSA checkpoint at the Missoula International Airport. (MTN News photo)
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A new and stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedure is now in place at Missoula International Airport.

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1 dead in crash east of Helena

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It happened near mile marker 48 on U.S. Highway 12, just east of Crossroads Parkway.

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Net neutrality repeal drew 2M fake comments, prosecutor says

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More than 5,000 people have reported that comments on the proposed repeal of net neutrality were falsely made under their names, according to the probe.

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Federal Reserve, buoyed by stronger economy, lifts rates again

U.S. Federal Reserve Building (photo credit: Floyd Yarmuth/CNN) U.S. Federal Reserve Building (photo credit: Floyd Yarmuth/CNN)
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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates one notch higher as the U.S. economy continues to get healthier. 

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Thief steals entire ATM from Billings hotel

The photo shows a man taking the ATM (Linnell) The photo shows a man taking the ATM (Linnell)
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Photos of a crook stealing an ATM from a Billings hotel have been shared over 1,000 times online and police said Wednesday they are investigating the incident.

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PSC sets terms for wind project; developer says they’re unworkable

Wind-power turbines in central Montana Wind-power turbines in central Montana
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State regulators this week set the terms for a proposed wind-power project near Martinsdale, in central Montana – but the developer said Wednesday those terms make the project “uneconomic” and unable to go forward.

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13 Billings police officers on leave for 3 shootings cleared to return to duty

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All of the Billings police officers involved in a series of shootings over the past two months have been cleared to return to duty.

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Morning Rounds: A look at the opioid epidemic

We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning. We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.
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We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.

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Man killed after being ejected in I-90 crash

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An 18-year-old man was killed after a rollover crash on I-90 Wednesday morning. 

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Malmstrom airman arrested in connection with kidnapping

Julia Russell, 22, is assigned to the 741st Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom. (courtesy photo) Julia Russell, 22, is assigned to the 741st Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom. (courtesy photo)
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An airman assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base was arrested recently in connection with an alleged kidnapping and assault in California. 

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Man facing DUI charges after brief Polson pursuit

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A man was arrested earlier this week and charged with DUI following a brief police pursuit in Polson. 

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Use this calculator and see how the tax bill will affect your paycheck

(photo cresit: John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney) (photo cresit: John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney)
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Generally speaking, the higher your income the more you're likely to benefit.

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OPI organizes committee to discuss implementing suicide prevention programs in schools

Jeramie Robinson, Counselor at Capital High School (MTN News photo) Jeramie Robinson, Counselor at Capital High School (MTN News photo)
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Suicide prevention in schools gets a boost thanks to the Montana Office of Public Instruction. 

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Kalispell City Airport lease deal moves forward

The Kalispell City Airport (MTN News file photo) The Kalispell City Airport (MTN News file photo)
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The new lease will remove the city's financial liabilities attached to the airport and pass the management on to a new group of private users.

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Norovirus cases reported in Western Montana

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Health officials across are seeing a spike in outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses across Montana, including in Flathead and Missoula counties.

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Recent Flathead fires prompt holiday fire safety advice

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Flathead County Fire Manager Lincoln Chute says there has been an increase in the number of home fires this month with three last week alone.

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National Park Service slashes "free days" at Glacier, other parks

The parking lot at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo) The parking lot at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo)
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The National Park Service announced Monday that only four days will be free next year,

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Wildlife managers urged to "resist temptation" to de-list grizzlies too soon

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Environmental and conservation groups say it's too soon to remove "threatened species" protection from the grizzly bear population.

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How Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race

(MGN image/Doug Jones for Senate photo) (MGN image/Doug Jones for Senate photo)
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Democrat Doug Jones eked out a narrow win, marking the first time a Democrat won a Senate seat in the largely Republican state in 25 years. 

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Democrat Jones wins heated Alabama Senate race

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Democrat Doug Jones has scored a stunning win against Republican Roy Moore to win the Senate seat in Alabama, CNN projects. 

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Fire engulfs Butte business (NEW VIDEO)

A fire engulfed a business in Butte on Tuesday morning. (MTN News photo) A fire engulfed a business in Butte on Tuesday morning. (MTN News photo)
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The fire broke out at around 11 a.m. when huge plumes of smoke and flames engulfed Ray's Heating & Sheetmetal. 

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Bill aimed to help Billings veteran's struggles with VA signed into law

John Olsen, Billings veteran of U.S. Navy. (MTN News photo) John Olsen, Billings veteran of U.S. Navy. (MTN News photo)
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A bill named for a Billings veteran suffering from toxic exposure during his service in the 1960s was signed into law by President Trump, U.S. Sen Jon Tester announced Wednesday.

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Medicaid expansion: The big impact of a big part of Obamacare still going strong

Ian Ballard of Kalispell Ian Ballard of Kalispell
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Health-care professionals across the state say the expansion has had a huge impact

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Yellowstone County Attorney reviewing case against man shot by police at Lazy KT Motel

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The suspect, whom Billings Police Chief Rich St. John described as a man in his 30s, was shot after police said he racked a shotgun.

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Mitch McConnell vows the government will not shut down in next few weeks

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"There isn't any chance that we're going to shut the government down," the Kentucky Republican told reporters at a press conference.

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Montana Supreme Court says suspect in child rape can withdraw guilty plea

Jason Terronez Jason Terronez
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According to the Montana Supreme Court, the victim’s parents had inappropriate contact with jurors, and acts of intimidation and violence were directed at defense attorney Jeffry Foster.

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This bill could change the way Americans pay for college

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House Republicans want to completely overhaul a federal law that governs higher education in the U.S. 

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Change to MT license plate tabs to help law enforcement ID expired tags

The new colored tabs will be available on Jan. 2, 2018. (MTN News photo) The new colored tabs will be available on Jan. 2, 2018. (MTN News photo)
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You may notice a change when you get your new registration for your vehicle next year.

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AAA: Don't be "fueled" by premium gas

AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost. AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.
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AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.

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Proposed tax plan could hit Montana state revenues

The Montana Department of Revenue building in Helena (MTN News photo) The Montana Department of Revenue building in Helena (MTN News photo)
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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas says the U.S. Senate’s tax cut bill would reduce state tax revenues by as much as $123 million a year. 

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America's healthiest and least healthy states

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Overall, the nation's health is not improving; in fact, it's getting worse.

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Student of the Week: Noah Love

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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and is brought to you by Town Pump.

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Montana Made: Joe's Pasty Shop of Butte

Joe’s Pastry owner Tom Laity has been doing the same thing almost every morning for the past 25 years. (MTN News photo) Joe’s Pastry owner Tom Laity has been doing the same thing almost every morning for the past 25 years. (MTN News photo)
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Joe’s Pastry owner Tom Laity has been doing the same thing almost every morning for the past 25 years.

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"Person of interest" sought in Helena vandalism case

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Helena Police say it’s unknown if the man is a suspect, but they believe he may have information concerning the incidents. 

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Search for missing Montana man suspended

Calvin Charles Zimdars, 56, of Glen was reported missing on Dec. 1. (courtesy photo) Calvin Charles Zimdars, 56, of Glen was reported missing on Dec. 1. (courtesy photo)
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The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the search for Calvin Charles Zimdars, 56, of Glen who was reported missing on Dec. 1. 

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Helena ceremony honors veterans and military members

Veterans were honored at the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Monday morning at the Capitol Rotunda. (MTN News photo) Veterans were honored at the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Monday morning at the Capitol Rotunda. (MTN News photo)
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The Wreaths Across America program aims to remember fallen veterans, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom.

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Five years later Ronan death still unsolved

Bob Van Gunten was run over and killed in Ronan on Dec. 11, 2011. (MTN news photo) Bob Van Gunten was run over and killed in Ronan on Dec. 11, 2011. (MTN news photo)
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Bob Van Gunten died on Dec. 11, 2012 after leaving the Valley Bar in Ronan.

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Grizzly bear management meeting held in Missoula

Managers from local, state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to discuss the next steps in grizzly bear management. (MTN News photo) Managers from local, state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to discuss the next steps in grizzly bear management. (MTN News photo)
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Managers from local, state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to discuss the next steps in grizzly bear management..

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KPAX/KAJ Holiday Food Drive

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KPAX and KAJ are once again teaming up with First Security Bank and Glacier Bank to help those in need this holiday season.

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Kalispell set to see changes with passing of the downtown plan

The 57-page document outlining the plan for the future of Kalispell encompasses a number of details and information about the progression of the city. (MTN News photo) The 57-page document outlining the plan for the future of Kalispell encompasses a number of details and information about the progression of the city. (MTN News photo)
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The document that outlines the plan for the future of Kalispell encompasses a number of details and information about the progression of the city.

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California wildfires have destroyed 1,000 structures ... and counting

Brush fire explodes near Santa Paula, CA (photo credit: Ventura County Fire) Brush fire explodes near Santa Paula, CA (photo credit: Ventura County Fire)
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The blaze is larger than all of New York City and was about 20% contained as of Monday evening.

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Ruling: MT Dem Party violated campaign-reporting laws in 2016

MT Democratic Party headquarters in Helena MT Democratic Party headquarters in Helena
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The Montana Democratic Party violated campaign-reporting laws last year by failing to identify which candidates it was supporting with $300,000 in ads and other spending, the state’s top campaign enforcer said Monday. 

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Pair of films set in Montana to premier at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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The Sundance Institute recently made the announcement that the two films – "Wildlife" and "Dark Money" – will premiere in January.

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Origin of illegally-introduced walleye found in Swan Lake ID'd

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Staff with Montana FWP netted two walleye in Swan Lake in October 2015, which had never been discovered in the lake until then.

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