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3 hunters injured in 2 different southwestern MT grizzly bear attacks

Tester pans gun confiscation but backs expanded background checks

Snow samples in national parks show improved air quality

Glacier's Sperry Chalet almost restored after fire

NTSB: Plane that crashed in Lake County Aug. 29 hit power lines

Corrections chief: State prison badly needs repairs

Bullock, other governors struggle to get traction in presidential race

To boost economy, Crow consider legalizing alcohol

Billings' ZooMontana regains accreditation

Driver dies when logging truck rolls near Anaconda, burns

Missoula police investigate after shots fired at home

Missouri River faces third round of flooding

Idaho man drowns while working on his boat on Flathead Lake

Polson woman uses hair dryer disguised as speed gun to slow speeders

Helena-area sign tells people to prepare for 'UFO disclosure'

Critics press Corrections Department on new intervention program

State's rate of obesity one of the nation's lowest

Gun group raps school board association over ballot measure fight

Montana's college-readiness test scores decline over past 4 years

Daines explains plan to lower prescription drug costs to seniors

Regents OK $1.6 billion university system budget for fiscal year 2020

Scientist challenges claim of blue-green algae bloom in Flathead Lake

Red Lodge author Jack Ballard suspends campaign for US Senate

Columbia Falls Democratic legislator resigns

Missoula officials say suspect shot by police had a weapon

Men faces charges for walking on Old Faithful Geyser area

Montana college officials aim to create universal application

Miss Montana flying to Bahamas to help with hurricane relief

Treatment programs for kids back some proposed rules, but not all

Search continues for missing Sanders County woman

Sage grouse population declines in western states, including Montana

Great Falls woman gets her stolen service dog back

State's revenue picture better than expected

Flag ceremony honors those who fell during, after 9/11 attack

MT early to sign off on sports gambling, but betting still months away


BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Missoula's St. Patrick's Hospital plans $125 million expansion

Wireless internet providers fill gaps in rural MT broadband service

Montanans should get settlement payments in insurance fraud case

Some Bozeman farmers plan to work the land until the 'bitter end'

Montana State Fund to pay $30M dividend to safest policyholders

Choteau man purchases Teton Pass Ski Resort

Montana's AG backs opioid deal; some states oppose it

Work starts on 114-turbine wind farm near Bridge


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

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Walk-on Louie-McGee says he's honored to set UM's reception record

Former UM, MSU coach Ty Gregorak joining ROOT Sports

No. 8 MSU focuses on reducing mistakes as it prepares for Norfolk St.

No. 19 Montana expects tough battle against Monmouth

UM hopes respectable defensive effort vs Oregon bodes well for future

Grizzlies fall to No. 15 Oregon on the road, 35-3

Bobcats grind out 23-14 win over Western Illinois

Washington shooting guard to play for Bobcats


OPINION

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Gianforte playing hardball in GOP gubernatorial primary

Those benefiting from LWCF now acting like entitled greedheads

Why didn't Stapleton show up at clerks' meeting to discuss elections?

Was Montana Sen. Thomas Walsh murdered in 1933?

Tester was wrong to talk of need to 'punch' Trump

State must ensure there's no meddling in our elections

Daines is more a syncophant than a senator

Bullock wrong to veto bill backing free speech on our campuses


FEATURES


Wind and water: Canoeing 37 miles on Yellowstone Lake

Exploring Montana's wild rivers on a standup paddleboard

'Revenant' author Punke says historical writing 'screamingly relevant'

Lincoln art park continues to add pieces

Counting Coup's Sharon LaForge, Larry Colton reunite for healing hug

New book traces careers of famous Montanans of stage and screen

Charley Pride got a lot of hits -- on the radio, and on the ball fields of MT


CALENDAR​​

Legendary rocker Robert Plant coming to Bonner in September

Bob Seger and his band to play in Bozeman Sept. 17

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THE BUZZ
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Three hunters were injured in two separate attacks by grizzly bears on Monday in the Gravelly Mountain range of southwestern Montana. 

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Sept. 18, 2019

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​​​​​​​GOV. Steve Bullock got some valuable air time recently for his presidential campaign. Only trouble is, the exposure was on CNN, which has lost a large portion of its audience in recent years.

CNN's town hall featuring Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lured just 402,000 viewers -- the lowest number of the year for all the network's town hall events.

Viewership was down 25 percent overall, and 38 percent for the coveted 25-54 age bracket, compared to the average Sunday numbers for CNN from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


MONTANA has jumped into the top 10 of Bankrate.com's annual ranking of best retirement states. More specifically, the Big Sky state finished No. 9 -- ahead of states such as retirement havens Arizona and Nevada.

Montana gots its best mark -- No. 2 -- in the culture category, and a ranking of No. 16 in affordability. Its worst ranking -- no surprise here -- was No. 45 for weather. The state also received a 20 in the well category and a 31 for crime.

The top five states in this year's rankings were Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Florida. The bottom five were Maryland, New York, Alaska, Illinois, and Washington.


DESPITE making several campaign trips to Iowa, Gov. Steve Bullock didn't win any support in the latest Iowa Poll of who leads in that state among the Democratic presidential contenders.

The poll shows Joe BIden with the lead, with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in a close race for second. 

Bullock, who got into the Democratic presidential race late because of Montana's legislative session, didn't garner a single vote. In another part of the poll, 9 percent of those polled said they were actively considering Bullock. But there were 16 other candidates ahead of the Montana Democrat in that category.

Bullock's lack of support so far for his presidential ambitions is threatening his chances of getting on the stage for the first debate. Bullock and Montana Democrats said the rules that may keep him out of the debate are unfair.


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.