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Bullock tells CNN he'd support ban on some semiautomatic weapons

Firefighting officials expect fires, smoke to linger for a while

All of Montana under air quality alert due to wildfires

Viral video shows campers escaping Glacier wildfire in wild car ride

Reports: Whitefish Energy restored power to Puerto Rico efficiently

Billings law officers nab federal fugitive after wild car chase

Man dies in shooting at Great Falls mobile home park

State's limits on campaign contributions appealed to US Supreme Court

Montana to install drug collection boxes across state

Wildfire inches to within a mile of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road

Lake McDonald residents recall 'inferno' that hit their properties

GOP holds data advantage in midterm elections

Last body recovered from Bighorn Lake

Weekend rains should clear the smoke, at least briefly

Glacier fire destroyed historic Kelly cabins

9th Circuit tells judge to reconsider whether grayling should be protected

Man who raped Butte woman while she slept gets suspended sentence

Daines wants to see more active management of forests

Is Gianforte ad accurate in attacking Williams' stands on immigration?

Former crime lab scientist caught stealing meth to be sentenced

Does Montana really need a lieutenant governor?

Glacier's evacuated Lake McDonald Lodge won't reopen this year

Montana wildfires: Where are there, how big are they?

Wildfire smoke growing problem for Montana residents

Helena man sentenced to life in prison for murder of woman

Idaho woman convicted of killing former boyfriend near Yaak

Flathead Forest plans to move ahead with 2,600-acre logging project

Feds say they will work more closely with states to deter wildfires

Driver, witnesses left scene after pedestrian killed near Billings airport

Glendive mother charged with death of her son, 2

Florence-area women drowns at Lake Como

Bullock says Democrats have lost ability to speak to Heartland voters

Missoula/Pearl Jam poster depicting dead President Trump draws heat

Body of missing Michigan man found in Crazy Mountains

A fact check on Tester's anti-Rosendale health-care ad

Members of women's soccer team rescued from Yellowstone River

Judge approves $20M settlement in clergy sex-abuse case

BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Montana's coal production up for first half of year

Zinke's outdoor recreation panel seeks public-private partnerships

State's wheat farmers on track for record harvest

New Flathead firm caters to cryptocurrency miners

Judge orders additional review of Keystone pipeline

Governor's budget director offered job as head of investment board


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

Andersen in spotlight at quarterback for Cats at scrimmage

MSU's Yates ready to show he's one of the Big Sky's best D-linemen

Griz great Dave Dickenson returning to UM for Hall of Fame ceremony

UM's Gage Smith walks away from football after 4th concussion

2 quarterbacks share 1st team reps in Bobcat scrimmage

Grizzly defensive line 'farthest along' among UM defenders

MSU Bobcat captains excel at leadership

Grizzlies kick off preseason practices


OPINION

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PSC members earn way more than they should

Former budget director: All Montanans will pay if I-185 passes

9th Circuit 'win' in Kootenai timber case was no clear victory for greens

State needs to change the way it handles its budget

Judge's ruling on PSC order a victory for ratepayers

Does anyone proofread the newspaper any more?


FEATURES



Couple gets married in Butte's historic M&M Bar

Back Country Horseman marks 45 years of service

Coming of age on a Montana cattle ranch in calving season

The Anaconda stack: 'A dirty, no good hellhole'

'All hell broke loose' when Helena's 1988 Elkhorn Fire hit

A look back at 100 years of history of the Anaconda stack


CALENDAR​​

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A round-up of this year's Montana concerts​​​

Another round of guitar greats slated for Bigfork's Crown festival

Jason Isbell appearing at Bonner Sept. 8

Montana International Film Festival slated Sept. 13-17 in Billings

Avett Brothers to headline Sept. 16 Missoula concert

Rod Stewart moves his Billings concert to Oct. 24

Bob Seger reschedules Billings concert for January

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In response to a question Sunday from CNN's Jake Tapper, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said he would support a ban on semiautomatic firearms -- a shift from his previous position. (Helena IR)

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LOOKING for some of the country's best burgers? You don't have to leave Montana, according to TripAdvisor, because Billings' Burger Dive serves them.

The travel website recently released a list of the ten best burger joints in the country, and the Burger Dive came in No. 10.

Owner Brad Halsten says he was really surprised by the ranking, even though he's won other awards, including top burger at the World Burger Championship two years ago. All the success is pretty amazing considering that the restaurant is Halsten's first and he's only been in business seven years.


YOU wouldn't think 5-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady would be awestruck too often, but he was when he spotted a bear in Montana recently.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video on Instagram last week of himself outdoors grinning widely and whispering: "It's a bear!" He then panned his camera to a nearby bear sauntering off into the woods.

Brady didn't specify exactly where he saw the bear, but most likely he took the shot at his place at the Yellowstone Club at Big Sky, which he frequently visits in the off-season


WHILE newspapers have struggled financially and laid off many journalists in recent years, some analysts have hoped that more nimble, independent online news sites would fill the void.

That was the goal for Ed Kemmick, a seasoned Billings Gazette reporter and sure-footed writer when he launched Last Best News four and a half years ago. During that time, Kemmick continued to make his mark with hard-hitting accountability journalism that shined a light on those misusing power.  And when he wasn’t doing that, he was often poking fun at himself and others.

Unfortunately, Kemmick eventually found the rigors of running the site, where he was writing breaking news, features, and commentaries, as well as doing the grunt work of accounting, ad sales, web-site development, budgeting and so on, pretty confining.  “It occurred to me that in all my life there had been only a few relatively short periods when I lived as a full-time human being, free and untethered,” he said Sunday in announcing the site will suspend operations July 1.“Once the idea of reclaiming that kind of freedom took hold of me, it was hard to think of anything else.”

Kemmick hopes someone will step forward and revive his site or start a new one like it. If that doesn't happen, the good news for his many fans is that he expects to continue writing as a freelancer.


HAVE trouble spelling a word? Most folks do.

In South Dakota, a lot of people struggle with "chaos," and in Idaho they aren't sure about "businesses." So they ask Google "how to spell" those words, and Google, in turn, has produced a map of the most common "how to spell" words of each state.

In Montana, that word is "tomorrow."

" 'Or is it "tomarrow," or "tomorow," or "twomorrow"? (It's not, lol)' " quips Kristen Inbody in the Great Great Falls Tribune.


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A GREAT horned owl is keeping a close eye on proceedings in the courtroom of District Judge Mike Menahan from its nest just a few feet away from the Lewis and Clark courthouse.

And Menahan, an avid bird watcher, and a court clerk have been closely watching the owl, which they dubbed Ollie. They've set up a watching station in the courtroom, complete with binoculars and a camcorder that can record Ollie's activities.

Ollie took over a crow's nest, and Menahan believes she's a young mother. If so, that wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. "There's not a lot of food around here," he noted.

Moreover, the nest is near busy Broadway Avenue, which would be dangerous territory for any young owls that flutter out of the nest toward the street.

Sometimes even a judge can't keep the streets safe for younger ones.