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Yellowstone grizzlies moved off Endangered Species List Video included

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Federal officials are taking Yellowstone grizzly bears off the list of "threatened" species, saying there enough bears now to stabilize the population.

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Investigation continues after body washes up along Flathead River Video included

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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says there are several missing persons in the county right now.

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Daines hasn’t decided on latest Obamacare repeal bill; Tester blasts it

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, fresh out of the first briefing on Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal “Obamacare” and overhaul national health-care policy, said Thursday he wants to scrutinize the measure before deciding whether to support it – and wants to hear what Montanans think, too. 

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Gianforte hits the ground running on first day in office Video included

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester
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Gianforte was elected in a May 25 special election to take the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke 

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Worst drought in nearly 30 years affecting northeast Montana

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Numerous farmers and ranchers in the area tell KRTV these are the worst conditions they've experienced since 1988.

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Search for a missing man underway near Hebgen Lake

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A search is underway for a man thought to be missing from a campsite on the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake. 

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Weather Forecast: Beautiful weather sticks around

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An isolated shower/thunderstorm is possible for those along the Divide and the Rocky Mountain Front both today and Friday.

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At least 4 Senate Republicans oppose health care bill, putting it in jeopardy Video included

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Those senators -- Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin -- issued a joint statement about their position.

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Man missing in Bob Marshall Wilderness training with Missoula outfitter Video included

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Search efforts continue for Eric Hellmuth, who was reported missing in the rugged Bob Marshall Wilderness on Monday.

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Trump: I did not make recordings of Comey

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President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday.

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Montana crews helping with wildfires in the Southwest Video included

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Montana firefighters are heading out to help battle wildfires burning in the southwestern United States. 

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$10K given to support DREAM Adaptive summer camp

The DREAM Summer Water Sports Program will take place from July 11 until July 14 on Echo Lake in Bigfork.  (MTN News file photo) The DREAM Summer Water Sports Program will take place from July 11 until July 14 on Echo Lake in Bigfork. (MTN News file photo)
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The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund has donated $10,000 to help fund the non-profit’s Summer Water Sports Program. 

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Montana Department of Agriculture offers "Hay Hotline"

Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo) Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo)
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Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on.

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Malmstrom AFB preps to compete in Global Strike Challenge Video included

Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are getting ready to defend their title as the best missile wing in the United States Air Force. Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are getting ready to defend their title as the best missile wing in the United States Air Force.
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Every other year, airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command compete in the Global Strike Challenge.

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World famous San Diego Zoo brings spotlight to ZooMontana Video included

San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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ZooMontana got a special visit from one of the world’s most famous zoos this week. 

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Helena roundabouts spark debate Video included

A petition at Bob’s Valley Market to stop the project has garnered more than 100 signatures. (MTN News photo) A petition at Bob’s Valley Market to stop the project has garnered more than 100 signatures. (MTN News photo)
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Residents in the North Valley are divided about proposed roundabouts.

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Montana news headlines

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

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Fraud Watch: Mortgage recovery scams Video included

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If you’re having trouble paying your mortgage, the last thing you need is to lose more money. 

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GOP Senate health care bill released Video included

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Senate Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of the bill Thursday of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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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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Montana restaurant owner sentenced for bank fraud

The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos) The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos)
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Kenneth Hatzenbeller is the former owner of several restaurants in Great Falls and across Montana.

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Motorcyclist dies in Highway 12 crash

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A Canadian woman died in a Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho.

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GOP health bill: Senate preps for possible vote next week

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Senators may only have seven days to review draft language of a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before they cast a vote that could affect millions of Americans.

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Tester, Zinke wrangle over proposed cuts to Interior Dept. Video included

Senator Tester asked Zinke how he and President Trump can put forth a budget that in his words, "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much. Senator Tester asked Zinke how he and President Trump can put forth a budget that in his words, "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much.
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In a senate hearing on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts proposed by President Trump to the Interior Department.

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Avalanche Lake trail re-opens after bear concerns Video included

Photo by Ariana Lake. Photo by Ariana Lake.
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The popular Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park is re-open after being shut down because of grizzly bear sightings earlier this week.

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Officials investigating after body found along Flathead River

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Authorities recovered the body of an adult woman from the bank of the Flathead River near Columbia Falls Tuesday night. 

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Missing Ravalli County man found safe

John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. (courtesy photo) John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. (courtesy photo)
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John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. 

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The ‘People’s Lawyers’ meet in Big Sky Video included

States can share issues and solutions for issues that may apply to other states during the event. (MTN News photo) States can share issues and solutions for issues that may apply to other states during the event. (MTN News photo)
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Attorneys General from across the country are meeting in Big Sky this week to discuss a variety of issues.

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Rare Ghost Dance artifacts on display at Montana museum

Kathy Barton, the curator at the Yellowstone County Museum, looks at a Ghost Dance shirt owned by a son of Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Kathy Barton, the curator at the Yellowstone County Museum, looks at a Ghost Dance shirt owned by a son of Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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The centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Yellowstone County Museum is a Ghost Dance shirt made for a son of Sitting Bull.

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Gas prices are falling fast

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Drivers are enjoying the cheapest gas prices at the start of summer in 12 years. 

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Montana program teaches visually impaired life skills Video included

The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier. (MTN News photo) The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier. (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier.

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Montana ACLU files constitutional challenge against Marsy’s Law Video included

A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo) A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo)
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A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional.

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Temporary water use restrictions requested in parts of northeast MT

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"There is a major mainline leak on the Assiniboine-Sioux water pipeline that delivers water to Dry Prairie."

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Kids learn about Montana birds

The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society. (MTN News photo) The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society. (MTN News photo)
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The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society.

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Grizzly bears in Yellowstone put trash cans and coolers to the test Video included

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Randy Gravatt knows exactly what a bear wants. It's his job to tempt bears to break into coolers and garbage cans at the non-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

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Manufacturing jobs in America: They're not coming back

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Though it's often cited as an example of declining manufacturing prowess, General Electric is doing pretty well. 

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Montana woman drowned in irrigation canal Video included

"I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here." "I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here."
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Deputies were called to an irrigation canal at about 9 p.m. for a report of a possible drowning.

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Eyewitness recalls deck collapse near Lakeside Video included

Over 50 people were hurt when the deck collapsed at Spruce Lodge on Flathead Lake. (MTN News photo) Over 50 people were hurt when the deck collapsed at Spruce Lodge on Flathead Lake. (MTN News photo)
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MTN News talked with a woman who shared her first-hand account of just what happened on Saturday afternoon.

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Kalispell firm tabbed for Glacier Rail Park construction Video included

City leaders are ready to move forward with moving downtown Kalispell's train tracks after five years of planning. (MTN News photo) City leaders are ready to move forward with moving downtown Kalispell's train tracks after five years of planning. (MTN News photo)
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The Kalispell City Council awarded the $11-million contract to LHC on Monday to build the 43-acre development.

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West Yellowstone area hit by swarm of small earthquakes in recent days Video included

Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks. (MTN News photo) Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks. (MTN News photo)
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The earth continues to shake under and near West Yellowstone as the region has been swarmed by several small earthquakes in recent days.

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Hiker missing in Bob Marshall Wilderness Area Video included

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A 21-year-old man has been reported missing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Flathead candidates line up for November municipal election

Kalispell City Hall. (MTN News file photo) Kalispell City Hall. (MTN News file photo)
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Absentee ballots go out October 18. The general election is November 7.

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Rep.-elect Gianforte swearing-in Wednesday at U.S. House

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As the issues and the weather heat up here in Washington, D.C., Montana’s new congressman, Greg Gianforte, will jump from the political frying pan into the fire Wednesday, when he’s sworn into office on the U.S. House floor. 

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Montana hiker uses lighter to alert rescuers of location

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A lost hiker was rescued northwest of Helena on Sunday night after he signaled a Whitefish-based rescue helicopter using a lighter.

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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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Solutions still sought on troublesome stretch of Highway 2 Video included

Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. (MTN News photo) Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. (MTN News photo)
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Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix one of the worst trouble spots in the region, U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. 

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History and art of Montana fishing on display in Helena Video included

The new exhibit traces the evolution of fishing down through the years.  (MTN News photo) The new exhibit traces the evolution of fishing down through the years.  (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Historical Society has just opened a new exhibit dedicated to a uniquely western sport.

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Montana farmer explains benefits of crop diversity Video included

Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. Quinn's grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago. (MTN News photo) Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. Quinn's grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago. (MTN News photo)
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Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. His grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago.

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Two Bear Air rescues hiker near Helena

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Authorities reported the man was cold and wet after crossing a creek, but otherwise in good condition.

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Montana seeks feedback on correctional facility calls

State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo) State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo)
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State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo)

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7 patients still hospitalized at KRMC after Lakeside deck collapse Video included

A deck collapsed near Lakeside on 6.17.17 triggering a mass casualty incident. (MTN News photo) A deck collapsed near Lakeside on 6.17.17 triggering a mass casualty incident. (MTN News photo)
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Seven patients are still being treated in Kalispell after Saturday's deck collapse near Lakeside.

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Two bear attacks, two deaths over two days in Alaska

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Two Alaska towns are reeling after separate bear attacks claimed two lives in a span of just two days. 

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A visit to the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta Video included

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station was established in Malta in 2002. The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station was established in Malta in 2002.
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The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station was established in Malta in 2002.

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Montana Made: Ray Holes Leather Care Products of Butte Video included

Sarah Rowley is a fourth generation business owner, following a business plan to make the business a success story for decades. (MTN News photo) Sarah Rowley is a fourth generation business owner, following a business plan to make the business a success story for decades. (MTN News photo)
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A locally-owned business, using locally-produced materials, to make an internationally-sold product is the story of one Butte company.

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Black bears still on the move in Western Montana

(courtesy Travelers' Rest State Park) (courtesy Travelers' Rest State Park)
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Residents should keep garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and bring in all bird feeders.

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Butte program helps feed hungry children over summer months Video included

Lunches are served to any child who wants one at 11 locations in Butte and Deer Lodge. (MTN News photo) Lunches are served to any child who wants one at 11 locations in Butte and Deer Lodge. (MTN News photo)
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Butte’s Summer Food Service Program is ready to feed kids while they are out of school. 

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Solar energy is killing coal, despite Trump's promises

Two solar energy farms are under construction near Hardin and Reed Point. (MTN News photo) Two solar energy farms are under construction near Hardin and Reed Point. (MTN News photo)
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The rapidly falling cost of solar energy is going to make it difficult for President Trump to deliver on his promise to put coal miners back to work.

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Cellphone, internet outages reported across the U.S.

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Several major cellphone providers -- including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile -- were having service issues on Monday.

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Oregon woman wanted for kidnapping arrested in West Yellowstone Video included

Samantha Adona Meyer, 30, of Salem Ore. was seen in Gallatin County Justice Court Samantha Adona Meyer, 30, of Salem Ore. was seen in Gallatin County Justice Court
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An Oregon woman who failed to pay for a shower at a campground near West Yellowstone is behind bars facing a variety of charges.

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Billings man says allegations of child rape "won't dictate my future" Video included

Morales allegedly admitted to the crime. (YCDF) Morales allegedly admitted to the crime. (YCDF)
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A Billings man told investigators he wouldn’t let allegations that he raped a young girl get in his way of playing football for the University of Montana and becoming a school counselor.

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Bear activity temporarily closes Avalanche Creek Trail Video included

Photo by Ariana Lake. Photo by Ariana Lake.
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Avalanche Creek Trail is temporarily closed after reports of up to six different grizzly bears in the area coming close to people. 

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NASA's Kepler space probe finds 10 more planets that could support life

NASA's Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. NASA/JPL-CALTECH NASA's Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. NASA/JPL-CALTECH
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A detailed analysis of data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope has revealed an additional 219 possible planets orbiting distant suns.

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First responders recall scene of deck collapse near Lakeside Video included

Dozens of people were hurt in the deck collapse - some critically. (MTN News photo) Dozens of people were hurt in the deck collapse - some critically. (MTN News photo)
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It was a day that was supposed to be about remembering, but a memorial service turned into a nightmare in Lakeside late Saturday afternoon. 

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Custer's Last Stand

A reenactment of Gen. Custer's ride into the Battle of the Little Bighorn - and into history. (CBS News photo) A reenactment of Gen. Custer's ride into the Battle of the Little Bighorn - and into history. (CBS News photo)
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The 141st anniversary of Custer's Last Stand is June 25. It turns out there's more to the story of that epic battle.

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Dads and kids enjoy Father's Day at Montana lake Video included

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Jacob Krissovich said seeing his two boys grow up means everything to him.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Chad Tanner Moore

Chad Tanner Moore (Montana Department of Corrections photo) Chad Tanner Moore (Montana Department of Corrections photo)
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The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Chad Tanner Moore. 

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Art imitating life: Bozeman man’s life on silver screen Video included

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Robert Kollar didn't plan for Take Two - his debut directorial film to be based on his life. 

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Thousands turn out for Big Sky Pride parade Video included

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Big Sky Pride held its annual Pride Parade in Downtown Billings on Saturday as part of its "We Believe in Magic" weekend.

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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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