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Yellowstone Club founder invokes right to silence in bankruptcy case

Missoula officials investigate forged letter on refugee issue

Crow Tribe game warden convicted of poaching elk in Wyoming

Funeral services for Sen. Burns will be in Billings Friday

Study: Bakken oil field big contributor to global uptick in ethane pollution

Deputy rescues 2-year-old who falls into Yellowstone River

Man admits starting fire at Helena Habitat for Humanity ReStore

3-term US Senator Conrad Burns dies at 81

State leaders react to Burns' death

Glacier Co's school districts wait for months for $1.5M in pension funds

Bullock proposes $200 million in infrastructure work

Box Elder schools closed after 3 guns discovered in duffel bag nearby

Woman reportedly burned, dumped on eastern MT reservation

Walkaways from Butte prerelease program nabbed in Missoula

Museum of Rockies honors Jack Horner on retirement

Feds find long wait times for Native Americans wanting health care

Democrats attack Gianforte in TV commercial

Supreme Court hears author's request to see records of UM quarterback

Ravalli Co judge sentences man to 10 years for rape, other crimes

New audit finds state financial books error-free

Suspect pleads not guilty to kiling wife, 2 others in Belfry

Birthday brawl at pizzeria ends with woman hospitalized, another in jail

Plowing crews hope to have Beartooth Pass open by Memorial Day

State officials ponder ways to help Boulder as closure of facility nears

Poplar residents mourn death of toddler, lament rise of meth use

Supreme Court may lower score required to pass bar exam in Montana

UM sees leap in some crimes, statistics indicate 

Butte school levy election may be scrapped due to notice mistake

Former UM football player convicted of rape preparing for parole

Bozeman man admits he broke into former girlfriend's house, killed her

UM police shut down protesters who are blocking workers

When the pain got so bad for a Helena man, he pulled the trigger

Butte native and dean at U of Idaho dies after driving into reservoir

GTF man accused of beating son, shoving homework in his mouth

Museum of Rockies releases finance director and former Regent Krauss

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visiting Helena area Tuesday

Billings police officer resigns after being accused of off-duty misconduct


BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Plans in place for bookstore cooperative in Billings

Regulators concerned about impact of coastal coal-export terminal

Billings native becomes head chef at Northern Hotel

Major development planned near Missouri River, downtown Great Falls

Feds to investigate collapse of cattle prices last year

PSC may change rules for electric service shut-offs

Developer frustrated with Missoula's historic preservation commission

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SPORTS / OUTDOORS


Big 10 official picked as next Big Sky commissioner

Heismann Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers visits Charlo High School

Idaho Vandals returning to Big Sky in football for 2018 season

Glacier sophomore shows she's one of nation's best distance runners

Griz receivers shine as last scrimmage of spring goes down to wire

Survey: Fewer guided anglers on Missouri River than expected

Fairfield's Barta emerges as one of league's best in 1st year at Gonzaga

Griz guard Riley Bradshaw transfers to Rocky for his final year


OPINION

As senator, Burns made sure MT got its share of attention, funding

Turning the page on a proposal to put reporters in jail

Column on new NorthWestern building got facts wrong

NorthWestern used crony capitalism to pay for new building

Montana schools should be talking about a change in mascots

Judge relied on inconclusive science to make wolverine ruling

Montana, heavily dependent on income taxes, must be vigilant for fraud

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FEATURES


As Havre woman with ALS nears end, she's grateful for a 'fantastic life'

Family, friends make photo book that honors Bozeman avalanche victim

National Geographic: Is Yellowstone Park being loved to death?

On Montana's Hi-Line, making a living has always been hard

Heritage program works to preserve Montana's fruit orchards

Bird watching at the Polson dump: Gulls gather for the feast

Flathead teen creates app to fight hunger

Kootenai River's white sturgeon are massive -- and rare


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Carrie Underwood to perform in Billings May 12

Montana Folk Festival set for July 8-10 in Butte

Moods of the Madison set to rock Ennis July 15-16

Legendary rock band KISS to perform at MSU July 16

James Taylor to perform in Bozeman July 18

Red Ants Pants Music Festival set for July 28-31

Alabama, Chris Young among headliners at State Fair in GTF

Keith Urban plans Aug. 4 concert in Bozeman

Ziggy Marley to headline Billings Magic City Blues Festival in August

Jason Derulo on stage at MontanaFair in Billings Aug. 12

Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Tesla in Billings Sept. 14

 

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Former US Senator Conrad Burns died Thursday at the age of 81 in Billings. He served in the Senate from 1989 until 2007. (MTN)

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THE THEME song of Montana City must be artist Pharrell's "Happy." Because the little burg a few miles south of the state's capital city is the nation's third happiest city, according the online web site Zippia.

“We certainly didn’t see it coming, not because we don’t think it’s right; but simply because, who has Montana City on their places to visit list?" say the folks at Zippia. "Well, we certainly do now. It’s one of the least impoverished, most employed, and houses some of the most married residents (in their own houses, of course) in the entire country. It’s like the warm blanket fresh out of the dryer of places.”

As you can see from what Zippia had to say about Montana City, three of the criteria used to measure a city's "happiest" included the amount of poverty, jobless rates,and marriage levels, because getting and staying married generally has happiness benefits. Other measures: Length of commutes to work, home ownership, and costs of living.

If you live in Montana City, and are unhappy and want a change, you might try moving to Frontenac, Mo. That was No. 1 on Zippia's list.



WHO MAKES Montana's best pizza? It's Eugene's Pizza of Glasgow, according to those who submitted thousands of votes in this year's Montana Mint pizza championship runoff. 

Eugene's, which also won last year's contest, beat out 59 competitors over three rounds of voting conducted over three weeks. About 30,000 votes were cast online.

Pretty impressive, considering Glasgow is about as far as you can get from Montana's population centers. Eugene's pizzas must be pretty darn good, and its customers pretty darn loyal. It might be worth a drive. But if you find that a bit far to go, Eugene's will overnight deliver its pizzas half-cooked.

Eugene's competition in the final four were Nalivka's of Havre, Howard's Pizza of Great Falls, and MacKenzie River Pizza Company.

“The people of Montana have spoken: the best pizza in Montana can be found on the Hi-Line,” said a Montana Mint spokesman. “Eugene’s recipe for success seems to be great pizza and a VERY loyal fan base.  Their fans came up huge on social media, which ended up being the difference. Eugene’s is turning into the Duke University of Montana pizza.”

 

LIKE OTHER Americans, Montanans will flock to church on Easter. But there probably will be fewer of them filling the pews in Montana than there are in other parts of the country. Montanans just tend to be less religious than do Americans in other regions.

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, Montana ranked 40th in terms of church membership in 2010. Many of the other states with low church membership were, like Montana, in the Rocky Mountain region or the West. 

Still, there were a few exceptions to that trend, The state with the nation's highest rate of church membership is Utah, while North Dakota is second.



WOULD YOU mind shelling out extra money every time you put gas in the tank if the revenue was used to improve the roads you drive on? Montanans apparently are, if a survey by the state's Chamber of Commerce is an accurate gauge.

A poll done for the Chamber in February of 800 Montana voters found that, by a 52 to 41 percent margin, Montanans are willing to pay a higher gas tax to fund work on roads and bridges.

The margin of support for a gas tax hike jumped to 56-28 when those polled were told the tax was last raised in 1993, that lower-priced fuel has reduced gas tax revenue, and that highway construction costs have risen by 68 percent.

So how much should the tax be raised? Almost half -- 47 percent -- said by 5 cents a gallon, while 30 percent were willing to see a 10 cent hike. Fourteen percent would pay more than 10 cents a gallon.

 


HOW WOULD you rate Helena as a state capital compared to the other 49? The folks at WalletHub.com, a financial blog, rank Helena the country’s 9th best capital.

WalletHub’s rankings are based on four key measures: affordability, economy, education standards, and quality of life. It used 35 metrics in those categories to come up with rankings for each city. You can go here to see all the rankings.

Finishing ahead of Helena were Austin, Tex., Lincoln, Neb., Bismarck, N.D., Madison, Wis., Raleigh, N.C., Boise, Id, Montpelier, Vt., and Pierre, S.D.

Last on the list are Hartford, Conn., Carson City, Nev., and Montgomery, Ala.




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April 30, 2016