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Man dies after his boat strikes rock in Smith River and capsizes

Judge hears arguments over transgender bathroom ballot measure

Floodwaters erode levee near Missoula; repairs being made

Scientists unsure why Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser has awakened

Bozeman woman denies stealing from city, business organization

Interstate 15 near Helena reopens after being closed by flooding

Zinke visits Fort Peck, discusses 'grand pivot' for his agency

Montana father continues fight as Remington emerges from bankruptcy

Supreme Court says state agency didn't violate ethics law

Missoula-area rivers recede, providing homeowners chance to recover

Interstate 15 near Helena has single lane open to southbound traffic

Rainbow photo will help raise funds to help flood victims

Yellowstone Park ramps up efforts to stop invasive mussels

Suspect in Washington state murder arrested in Hardin

State's temperatures look to warm up this week

Missoula teachers balk at proposed new English curriculum

Woman attacked by bear near Libby was working on grizzly study

Mini 'volcanoes' in ponds of old Frenchtown pulp mill worry officials

Lawyer: Neo-Nazi may be a jerk, but he still has free speech rights

Public land management top issue for Democratic House hopefuls

Havre man gets two second chances at life

Jury awards MT woman $25M for negligent treatment at Seattle hospital

Interstate 15 south of Helena closed after culvert washes out

Court document: Man released from prison admitted killing woman

Butte counselor hit with a new charge: Medicaid fraud

Georgia man says his son was raped at a MT ranch for the disabled

BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Hollywood couple launch MT art institute that offers filmmaking course

Retired engineer preserving Kalispell's historic buildings

Flathead consulting business one of fastest-growing firms in US

Bozeman airport to add more summer flights

Part owner of Colstrip plant won't put date on closure

Big Bud tractor makers rising from the ashes


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

Montana horse to skip Preakness, run in Met Mile

Grizzlies land 6-10 power forward from Australia

Lady Griz land transfer guard from Arizona

Anaconda basketball legend Wayne Estes would be 75 this month

Former Grizzly Justin Strong invited to New Orleans rookie minicamp

Former Billings Skyview star Kendall Manuel to be a Grizzly

Griz senior Krslovic to play for Australian hoops team


OPINION

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Legislators must develop better way of putting together budget

Daines didn't block a lot of Tweets, and what he did block was pretty bad

Don't sign petitions for I-183, as it would encourage discrimination

Get behind Montana Locker Room Privacy Act

Trump criticism of Tester was off base

Treatment a key to reducing rate of violent crime in Montana

Tester 'poked the bear,' but its hard to say if the bear will get his revenge


FEATURES


Dinosaur expert Jack Horner's next big thing: Holograms

Montana is home to 433 species of birds

Masterpieces from Copper King's collection going to MT art museum

Billings mom, pregnant for 11th time, has seen many highs and lows

Is Yellowstone region getting too much love from its fans?

Crew aims for authenticity as it films Unabomber movie at Lincoln

For Montana's first bull-riding champ, family comes first


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A round-up of this year's Montana concerts

Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers to play in Missoula June 9

Imagine Dragons set for MSU stadium show July 26

Dwight Yoakam to headline Red Ants Pants Festival in late July

Chris Stapleton to play in Billings Aug. 2, Missoula on Aug. 3

Magic City Blues Fest to includes ZZ Top and Phillip Phillips

Jeff Foxworthy joins State Fair lineup Aug. 3 in Great Falls

Lineup set for Decemberists' Travelers' Rest Festival Aug. 4-5

Rockin' the Rivers festival runs Aug. 10-12

Kelly Clarkson performing at Billings' MontanaFair Aug. 12

Pearl Jam plans concert at Missoula's UM stadium Aug. 13

Big Sky music festival to feature Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby

Country music star Suzy Bogguss headlines Lewistown fest Aug. 18

Alice Cooper to play KettleHouse Amphitheater Aug. 18

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 next January

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WEATHER

Floodwaters have eroded a levee on the Clark Fork River near Turah east of Missoula, and the Army Corps of Engineers is scrambling to make repairs. The floodwaters have exposed fiber optic cables in the levee, and gas pipelines and transmission lines are nearby. (Missoula Co. Sheriff's Office)

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May 21, 2018

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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.


AS AN INCUMBENT, Sen. Jon Tester will enjoy a number of advantages as he runs for re-election: Name recognition, the ability to raise campaign funds, the backing of Democratic allied groups, no significant primary challenge, and so on.

Tester has won statewide elections twice before, but he will now have to run in a state that President Donald Trump won by 20 points. That helps explain why Tester just came out with a campaign ad that touts how he sponsored or co-sponsored 13 bills that passed, and then were signed by Trump.

Despite some advantages, Tester will be no shoo-in. A recent national poll showed that Tester is the most vulnerable Democratic senator seeking another term. The survey done by SurveyMonkey for Axios showed Tester would lose by a 55-42 margin to a Republican opponent if the election were held now.

Of course, a lot could change between now and November. The Republicans haven't even picked their nominee yet from among the four men who have filed for the job.


IT IS not unusual to hear a fellow Montanan say we live in the middle of nowhere. And now there's some proof for that claim.

Especially if you live in Glasgow. Here's why: A team of researchers at Oxford University -- working with the Washington Post -- analyzed all the places on the map in the contiguous United States to determine the points that were the most distant from populated places, or most anything else. Or to put it more simply, they wanted to know, what was the middle of nowhere?

Their evidence pointed to Glasgow.

"Of all towns with more than 1,000 residents, Glasgow, home to 3,363 people in the rolling prairie of northeastern Montana, is farthest — about 4.5 hours in any direction — from any metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people," said the Post..​​


WHERE DO you go when you're a celebrity and you want to lay low after going through a bitter divorce? Well, the solitary mountains of Montana might be a good choice.

That's just what Ashton Kutcher did after his official split from Demi Moore, taking a weeklong "spiritual" visit to Big Sky. Kutcher, the former star of 'That 70's Show' and 'Punk'd,' claims he lived on just water and tea for the week. “I started to hallucinate on day two, which was fantastic … It was pretty wonderful,” he told his old friend and fellow actor Dax Shepard in a podcast interview.

Kutcher also had a pen and notepad, so he wrote down all his regrets about past relationships, and then wrote the women letters expressing how he had been wrong. He's now married to actress Mila Kunis, and they have two children.

While news accounts of Kutcher's trip to Montana imply he spent his week roughing it in the wilderness, Buzz bets his "spiritual" visit took place at one of the million-dollar homes at Big Sky's Yellowstone Club. Kutcher worked as a model before beginning a long, successful career as an actor. He's also becoming well-known as a venture capitalist.


JIM MESSINA, the University of Montana graduate and 2012 manager of Barack Obama's presidential re-election campaign, raised eyebrows the other day when he appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and knocked the relevance of public polls so early in an election campaign.

"I think all public pollsters should be shot," he declared.

Messina, who graduated from UM's journalism school in 1993, has been honored by the university on several occasions. He was named a distinguished alumni in 2013, and also was the university's commencement speaker that same year. 

After graduation, he worked for US Sen. Max Baucus before he became a top official in the Obama Administration, and then ran Obama's re-election campaign manager. He was hailed by the media as the "Fixer" for his work on the Obama campaigns and political promotions.

But in more recent years his political success has been more decidedly mixed. After leaving the Obama Administration, he set up a political consulting firm that has put much of its focus on campaigns in Europe, where he suffered a series of defeats that included the Brexit vote and the Italian reform plan.

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