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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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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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Juveniles vandalize Helena Middle School, planned to start a fire

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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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

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Touchmark hosts "Longest Day" to raise awareness of Alzheimer's Video included

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A number of activities were put on for its residents to make them aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum highlights "Ralph" Video included

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Paleontology director Cary Woodruff says that "Ralph" comes from rock that is 150 million years old.

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Philipsburg kicks off 150th birthday celebration Video included

The town of Philipsburg has a summer filled with activities to mark its founding. (MTN News photo) The town of Philipsburg has a summer filled with activities to mark its founding. (MTN News photo)
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Philipsburg is marking 150 years on Thursday with plans to sustain the town by celebrating its history while also planning for the future. 

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Home prices are sky high, but mortgages are still cheap

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The median existing home price climbed to $252,800 in May, according to the National Association of Realtors, exceeding the peak hit in June 2016.

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Fire destroys building in Grass Range Video included

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Two people live in the building but were able to get out safely.

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3 key things to know about the Senate health care bill Video included

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Here's what you should keep an eye on as the bill moves forward toward inevitable tweaks and an expected vote next week. 

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New nursing apprenticeship program helps fill baby-boomer gap Video included

The health care industry has to deal with more patients and fewer caregivers as baby-boomers get older. (MTN News photo) The health care industry has to deal with more patients and fewer caregivers as baby-boomers get older. (MTN News photo)
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The health care industry has to deal with more patients and fewer caregivers as baby-boomers get older.

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Search for a missing man underway near Hebgen Lake Video included

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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