US Supreme Court sides with Crow Tribe in hunting rights dispute

Auditor seeks override of governor's veto from legislators

Man faces felony charges after allegedly shooting at Glacier Co deputy

Billings school officials acknowledge felon was in contact with students

Former House speaker Knudsen enters attorney general's race

71 state officials getting pay hike on July 1

Governor creates council to plan for future of state's forests

Feds, state hope to cooperate more on managing federal forests

State seeks comments on proposed limestone mine near Drummond

Land acquisition boosts size of national forest east of Lincoln

Restored Miss Montana leaves Missoula, bound for Normandy

Whitehall gold mine faces uncertain future as it does its last mill run

MT's previous presidential candidate: The marvelous Merrill K. Riddick

GOP: Why is MHP providing security on gov's campaign trip to Iowa?

Billings homeowners seek class-action status to address collapsing soil

Flood waters swamp low-lying portions of west Missoula

Mexican citizen gets almost 5 years for Montana meth operation

State drops long-time complaint against MT Family Foundation

Bullock aims to appeal to Trump-state Democrats

Worker injured after falling 3 floors down MSU elevator shaft

Feds work with owners to try to save Colstrip power plants

Police: Butte woman arrested after firing gun in air while chasing man

Jury convicts man of double slaying in Frenchtown

Wicked Montana winter lowers number of elk calves in Bitterroot Valley

2 young Great Falls women die in crash near West Glacier

Bullock fields questions on 'Morning Joe'

Wilks Brothers lose central Montana water-rights case

Hollywood gets starry eyed over Montana Gov. Bullock

Antler hunters stampede on to Sun River Wildlife Management Area

Bullock reports raising $1 million in first 24 hours of campaign

Court ruling clears way for sale of elaborate Billings mansion

Forest Service chief will review bikes in wilderness study areas


Missoula hemp extract firm plans to hire 40 this year as it expands

Montana Rail Link to spend $95 million this year on upgrades

New law clarifies law for medical marijuana dispensaries

Japan beef deal good for Montana, senators say

Bigfork man specializes in sales of rare vintage guitars

Big Sky Resort starts $13 million upgrade, expansion of Mountain Mall

Utility steps up efforts to clear dead trees in order to mitigate wildfire risk



Horse sanctuary helps former NFL player Corey Widmer heal from CTE

State agency asks those putting zip ties on walleyes to stop

2 more depart MSU men's hoops team

Lady Cats add Pepperdine transfer

Kalispell woman one of 4 finalists for Ultimate Extreme Huntress

Bobcats to earn $2.3 million by playing several FBS football teams

Fired women's soccer coach sues UM, alleging defamation



Bullock turns his attention to national voters

New museum will protect, display some of state's greatest treasures

New Medicaid law provides no incentives to leave the system

This legislative session was about tone and solutions, not anger

Lawmakers shouldn't cut corners when it comes to process

Time for Montana to ban texting while driving

Reform of state's DUI laws a must


After 38 years at Bynum school, Susan Luinstra retires from job of 'joy'

Photos honor a new class of regulars at Missoula's Charlie B's

Restoration work reveals beauty of 19th century masterpiece

After decades of writing, Pete Fromm finds big new audience of fans

Summer offers small-town music festivals

10 must-see music festivals

MT's Sen. Burton K. Wheeler was a political hell-raiser, independent


An overall guide to Montana's concert scene this year

Beatles tribute band Bongwater to play at Bonner June 2

Whitefish festival will feature Dwight Yoakam, Band of Horses

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson plan July 25 show in Billings

Grammy winner Norah Jones to play in Bozeman, Bonner in late July

Clint Black, LOCASH coming to Helena fair in late July

Red Ants Pants Festival includes several Grammy Awards winners

Mumford & Sons, Jackson Browne coming to Missoula in August

Steve Miller, Marty Stuart plan Missoula concert Aug. 17

'Weird Al' Yankovic plans Billings performance Aug. 25

Legendary rocker Robert Plant coming to Bonner in September

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MONTANANS enjoy seeing the state at the top of many national rankings, but there's one that doesn't justify much pride: Deaths from drunk driving.

“Montana is actually tied for first place in the entire nation for DUI fatalities,” says Kelley Parker-Wathne, Gallatin County DUI Task Force coordinator. “The alarm bells that go off is just a sad statistic.”

Montana also has a reputation for some of the nation's weakest DUI laws, and the recent legislative session tried to stiffen them. But time ran out on efforts to strengthen the DUI laws at the session's end.

THE COUNTRY is a whopping $22 trillion in debt, so some wags have suggested a reasonable solution: Sell Montana to Canada. 

It isn't a total solution, as they expect Canada to pay just $1 trillion for the Treasure State. But it's a start.

The idea came from Ian Hammond, a petitioner at Change.org, who's hoping to get 7,500 signatures for his idea.

“We have too much debt and Montana is useless,” Hammond wrote, with tongue planted in cheek, in support of his plan. “Just tell them it has beavers or something.”

Even some Montanans endorsed the idea. “I'm Montanan and hoping to join Canada without the moving costs,” CJ Williams wrote in support. “Let's do this. Please adopt us.”

"I'm a Montanan and really hope that becoming Canadian makes me a nicer person," said Steve Hammond.

UPDATE: Some Montana legislators have decided to weigh in on the "lets-sell-Montana-to-Canada" petition with a "let's don't" resolution of their own. 

Rep. Forrest Mandeville, R-Columbus, proposed the resolution so lawmakers could have a little fun amidst all the serious issues they wrestle with. 

​Rep. Jessica Karjala, D-Billings, objected, with tongue in cheek, saying: " "What about those of us who would like more maple syrup, better tea and free healthcare?"

"It's still an option to move to Canada," Mandeville replied, according to a report in the Great Falls Tribune.

IN WHAT Montana city can you feel the most safe and secure? It's Kalispell, according to a new study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Next on the list is Bozeman, followed by Helena, Great Falls, and Missoula.

The study was completed primarily to highlight the cities that have had the least amount of violent and non-violent crimes per population, while also bringing awareness to the cities that are more likely to have crime on a per-capita basis, the council said.

The council based its ratings on FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting statistics and combining those with its internal population research. The study indicated that Montana has some of the highest rates of property crime on a per-capita basis. The violent crime rate also is significantly above the national average.

MANY MONTANANS may have never heard of Huawei, the Chinese tech and telecommunications giant, until one of its top executives was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently, sending stock markets crashing. Huawei plays a key role in China's ambitions to become a worldwide tech leader, but many analysts warn that it is a major security risk around the world.

Some Montanans also may recall that a Flathead County couple -- and many others -- contend that Huawei was involved in the murder over six years ago of their son, an electronics engineer who worked in Singapore.

Shane Todd, 31, was working for the Institute for Micro Electronics, part of a Singapore state agency, and headed a team that developed advanced technologies. Shane told his parents, Richard and Mary of Marion, Montana, that he worried his work could jeopardize US national security -- shortly before he was found dead in his apartment.

Singapore police declared the death a suicide, but his parents said evidence suggested their son was murdered. They also found a small hard drive at their son's apartment, evidence inadvertently left behind by police who confiscated Shane’s computers, cellphone and diary. The hard drive detailed plans for a project that involved the institute and Huawei.

Though the Todds have been frustrated by their inability to get anyone to take responsibility for their son's death, they are happy that there have been a number of media reports about what happened. While they now believe there is little likelihood that Shane’s death will ever be ruled anything other than a suicide, they are pleased his story will be told again.

“What we most want to see happen is attention brought to the illegal transfer of technology to China through my son’s work,” Mary Todd told the Daily Inter Lake earlier this year.


Chief pilot Jeff Whitesell does a test flight of Miss Montana early Sunday over Missoula before leaving with a crew of six for the long trip to Normandy, France. On June 5, the plane is slated to take part in international commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. (Missoulian)


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 May 21, 2019