Gov. Steve Bullock says the state can't deal with its budget crisis with cuts alone -- it needs to raise revenue via a special session -- but GOP lawmakers are resisting the idea. (Helena IR)


Bullock pushes for tax hikes, but GOP isn't budging so far

Crews clean up coal, derailed cars along tracks in northwestern MT

State may claim ownership of portion of mineral rights of proposed mine

Drummond mayor is one for record books: She's going on 24 years

Housing options for criminal offenders in Billings overwhelmed

She was the victim of a drug deal gone wrong. But there's more to story

A brother goes on a quest after his brother dies in Crazy Mountains

MT's community health centers could see budgets cut by 70 percent

Woman denies role in double murders in Frenchtown in 2013

Forest Service disavows analysis of wildlife authority by UM professor

Catholic Church wants to sell school but needs OK from 434 heirs

Researchers start study of effects of wildfire smoke on Montanans

Grizzlies maul 10 calves on ranch near Dupuyer

Plane crashes into Whitehall-area house, but no one hurt

Bullock says Montanans don't seem aware of state's budget woes

Tester looks for alternatives to border wall

Green groups sue over mining explorations north of Yellowstone

Great Falls critic of child protection agency faces stalking charges

Geologist discovers new fault line in Bitterroot Valley

Bear in back of pickup supposedly near death really wasn't

State asks for more time to comply with REAL ID Act

Tester, Daines, again at odds over health care

State ready to take over cleanup of Libby asbestos site

Eureka community rallies to help victims of Caribou fire

Flathead officials talking with overseas hackers as students return

Wildlife, parks department director works to patch up agency's wounds

Libby native survives 2 horrific hurricanes

State's budget director wants $229 million in budget reductions

Bullock says he'd consider a special legislative session

Supreme Court calls for redraft of transgender bathroom ballot measure

Wildfire smoke smothered Montana businesses this summer

UM law professor discusses dispute over election procedures

Missoula sheriff cleared of conflict of interest charge

Researchers issue Montana climate assessment

Zinke memo hints at monument status for Badger-Two Medicine area

State grants draft permit for copper mine near White Sulphur Springs

School bus crash near Glasgow kills 2 adults, injures 4 children

Town of Browning selling assets to Blackfeet Tribe as it dissolves

Congressional delegation raps federal agency for harassing meat plant


Could cider apples help the Bitterroot Valley reclaim past glory?

Whitefish jumps to No. 10 in Ski magazine's ranking, Big Sky at No. 12

Verizon backs down on plan to cancel service to some rural customers

State agency has 90 days to make decision on Creston bottling plant

Butte's REC Silicon plant lays off 30 workers

Bozeman law firm representing Montanans sues over Equifax breach

PSC hears comments on proposed rate cap on inmate calls


Cats' offensive line a difference maker in win over North Dakota

How the Griz steamroller ran off the rails in 2nd half vs. EWU

Murray's 4 TDs propel Bobcats past North Dakota 49-21

Eastern Washington needs late rally to beat Griz, 48-41

Freshman QB to lead Griz against No. 11 Eastern Washington

Bobcats change kickers before taking on No. 17 North Dakota

Griz QB Phillips discloses severity of injury, says thanks for support

UM confident in ability of Jensen as new starting quarterback



Special session needed to fix state's budget crisis

Lawsuits robbed Forest Service of ability to integrate fire into landscape

Are wildfires the smoking gun of climate change?

Legislators should raise taxes to help get through budget crisis

We should manage the forests, or the forests will manage us

Bullock tried to continually fool Montanans about his plane trips

Group that sponsored anti-Zinke ads is secretive, dark-money 'charity'


Kalispell Art Casting recreates bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt

New MT mystery uses Glacier's Thompson Fire as a backdrop

Sip 'n Dip's next merman? Won't be Bullock, Tester, Daines, Zinke, etc

A century ago, 'unpatriotic' Montanans were being put on notice

After career as pioneering astronaut, Frank Borman became MT rancher

Oral history project looks at Japanese war brides who came to MT

Bozeman's brush with the KKK in the early 1900s

Many Glacier Hotel shows off historic $42 million facelift



Bob Seger and band coming to Billings Nov. 13

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AFTER he finished his term as governor and led President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, former Gov. Marc Racicot dropped out of sight for years. Even close friends were left wondering what had happened to the once-popular politician.

But now Racicot, who lives on Swan Lake, is stepping back into the public eye with a speech at Flathead Lake Community College Monday evening on "The Meaning of Leadership." His primary focus will be on the late Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador Mike Mansfield of Montana.

Racicot told the Flathead Beacon he was stepping back into the limelight because he was impressed by the growth of FVCC and because he always admired Mansfield, with whom he had a chance to spend quite a bit of time. 

"He was courageous," Racicot said of Mansfield. "Because of the way he led with such humility and a quiet thoughtful touch with those he served with, he was able to accomplish extraordinary things. But he never would take credit for it. That was probably one of the secrets to his success."

Racicot, who also chaired the Republican National Committee in 2002 and 2003, also decried the current political climate, which he described as a "an all-or-nothing mentality frequently and maybe always." Yet he said he remains hopeful as Americans are resilient and are people of good faith.

Asked if he ever feels the urge to re-enter public public service, Racicot acknowledged that he did. "But I’ve never gotten past that question. I haven’t thought about seriously being a candidate for a long time. But every once in awhile, I surely do."

HOPE TO be the lucky motorist who snags a personalized Montana license plate with President Donald Trump's mystery word: "covfefe?"

Sorry, but you won't be able to get it. Nor will any other Montana motorist, according to Phil Drake of the Great Falls Tribune.

Drake says the Montana Motor Vehicle Division has decided that the word isn't appropriate for a state license plate. Go to the link above for an explanation why. After Trump tweeted "covfefe" -- he apparently meant to say press coverage -- motorists in at least 21 states attempted to see if they could get it on their license plates. 

SURPRIZE....err... suprise ... err ... Many Montanans aren't sure how to spell surprise.

​Google Trends has produced a study of the words that Americans have the most trouble spelling in each state. It can do this by looking at searches folks do in each state that start with "how to spell..."

And in Montana, believe it or not, that word is surprise. In the United States as a whole, "beautiful" is the word misspelled most often. If you want to see a map showing the top words people have trouble spelling in each state, you can go here.


​GREG GIANFORTE's body slam of a reporter inspired a lot of outrage. It's also inspired a new dance track called, of course "Gianforte (Bodyslam)."

The track was put together by Nick Ferrington, a full-time DJ and producer living on the East Coast who grew up in Montana. Ferrington, also known as DJ Nick Minaj, says the track is a "mix between a parody and just kind of taking notice of what happened in Montana..."

If you want to hear "Gianforte (Bodyslam)" you can find it here. Or you can also look for Ferrington's four-city tour of Montana in July.


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Sept. 25, 2017