(Posting could be spotty next couple days)

Kalispell climber injured in 600-foot fall in Glacier Park

Satellite measures Montana surface temperatures of 140 degrees

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament celebrates opening of Browning skate park

MT, 12 other states sue over rule giving EPA authority over state water

Supreme Court: Case against legislator can proceed in Helena court

Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire mix with Missoula folks

Fire danger considered 'extreme' in parts of western Montana

Forest Service plans project south of Butte aimed at reducing fire risk

Havre teen to be tried as adult for stabbings of MSU-Northern students

Under plea deal, Billings man to get 10 years for burning daughter

More firefighters dispatched as Glacier Park-area wildfire grows

Fire scorches over 125 acres near Livingston

Explosion of Space X rocket torches experiment of Rocky students

Washington man arrested when he retrieves luggage allegedly full of pot

Feds paying almost $27 million to MT counties in lieu of taxes

State: Some students susceptible to illness due to low vaccination rates

Judge tosses environmentalists' suit challenging governor's meetings

Yellowstone grizzly almost hitches ride on car of Billings family

State forced to outsource autopsies as its 2 medical examiners resign

Crews battle wildfire north of Columbia Falls

NBCs 'Today' highlights work of Havre couple in restoring post office

Deschamps out as Republicans elect Rep. Essmann as party chairman

Flathead tax preparer gets 5 years for stealing from client

Montana gay-marriage advocates celebrate court's opinion

Gay Billings couple exchange vows on same day as ruling

Reaction among Montana leaders divided

New law changes vaccination requirements for Montana kids

Crow code talkers awarded congressional medals

Butte man dies n fall from balcony apartment

Bozeman man convicted of fatal shooting at 2013 house party

Judge rejects Helena man's claim he was injured by Taser

Republicans have plenty of choices for leaders at weekend confab

Next step for Flathead water compact: Congressional review

Fire levels large living quarters at Hi-Line Hutterite colony

Inmate gets another 50 years for running MT drug ring from prison

Granite Co man who picks up rattlesnake is bitten 3 times; hospitalized

Court ruling allows over 41,000 Montana to keep health care insurance

Reactions to ruling vary among Montana officials

Billings police probe pet complaints against officer involved in shootings

Montana's senators push for study of oil pipelines that cross rivers

Don't leave your kids in hot cars, patrol officers remind Montanans

Proposed rules would expand disclosure of campaign donations

Flathead tribes file over 2,800 water-rights claims on, off reservation

Ronan man admits selling non-existent cattle for over $180,000

2 teens lead rescuers to lost Texas family in wilderness near Wisdom

Police: Meth lab explosion at Bozeman motel burns 1 person

Audit finds over 125 errors in reporting on state's finances


Supreme Court sides with coal industry in fight with EPA

Colstrip operator says plant remains profitable for now

Fargo firm buys John Deere outlets in Kalispell, Missoula & Ronan

Number of oil rigs drilling in Bakken plummets

Marshall ski area near Missoula for sale for $3 million

Construction of Fairfield wind farm halted due to non-payment of tax bill


Thousand runners endure heat, mud in 2nd annual Great Divide Mucker

Griz aim for record crowd for home opener with NDSU Aug. 29

Ex-Griz Will Cherry to play in NBA summer league for Indiana Pacers

7 Grizzlies named to preseason all-America team list

MSU mens' hoops team upgrades athleticism with addition of players

Billings Skyview's Kendal Manual commits to Oregon State


Federal lands in Montana should stay under federal control

Democrats engage in dirty politics with attack on Zinke donations

More must be done to keep our roads from deteriorating

With much progress made, it's time to start process of delisting grizzlies

Who is more confused: Rachel Dolezal or society?

No wonder journalism is in a world of self-inflicted hurt


Crews recently wrap up filming of movie in Livingston area

Pioneer family proud of impact on Missoula area

Horror film being shot in Flathead is not low-budget affair

Western Montana lakes attract attention of scuba diving enthusiasts

WWII military supply route from Great Falls to Russia is being honored

War hero and artist Ben Steele still inspiring fan across the globe


A compilation of this summer's concert activity across Montana

Hank Williams Jr. to play at Billings music fest July 11

Norman Maclean festival runs July 10-13 in Seeley Lake

Martina McBride coming to Helena stage on July 22

Butte's Evel Knievel Days offer thrills, spills July 23-25

Motley Crue, Alice Cooper take stage in Billings July 26

Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice take stage at State Fair in late July

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Bingham headline Red Ants Pants Festival

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult to play at Billings fair Aug. 8

Martina McBride coming to Billings Aug. 9

Pointer Sisters to headline Billings fundraiser Aug. 29

Miranda Lambert to perform in Billings Sept. 25

Rock superstar Elton John returns to Billings Oct. 7

Little Big Town coming to Missoula town Nov. 12

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June 30, 2015


MONTANA has moved up from 33rd to 28th in CNBC's much-watched ranking of the best states in which to do business.

The state got its best ratings in the categories of infrastructure (tied for 12th), quality of life (tied for 13th), and economy (tied for 16th). Its worst mark -- No. 48 -- was in the workforce category.

"Big Sky Country offers pristine quality of life and a strong infrastructure," said CNBC. "But its workforce is among the least productive."

The study measured the 50 states on more than 60 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness including low business costs, technology and innovation, and education. You can visit this page to see all the measures and how they were weighted.

Minnesota finished first in the rankings, with Texas, Utah and Colorado closed behind. North Dakota was No. 6. Hawaii, interestingly, was last.

HAVE you heard about the national controversy erupting over the white Washington state woman who's been claiming she's black? Rachel Dolezal also happens to be the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP and she teaches African American studies at Eastern Washington University.

And, oh yeah, Dolezal originally is from Montana's Lincoln County. In fact, the whole controversy blew up when her parents, Ruthanne and Larry (he's a former Lincoln County commissioner) blew the whistle on her subterfuge. They say they are Rachel's biological parents, though they did adopt four African-American children.

"She has not explained to us why she has disguised herself and been deceptive about her ethnicity, so we can't explain to you," Ruthanne told ABC News.

One of Rachel's adopted brothers, Ezra, also has accused her of giving African Americans a "slap in the face" by claiming to be black. 

For her part, Rachel has responded to questions by saying: "We're all from the African continent."

UPDATE: Rachel Dolezal has called off her Monday meeting with NAACP chapter members, upsetting some who want to see the issue resolved. Meanwhile, she's staying mum about what she'll do next.

UPDATE II: Rachel Dolezal announces she's stepping down as NAACP chapter president. Is her job at EWU in jeopardy?

UPDATE III: Dolezal, who said Tuesday on NBC's 'Today' show that 'I identify as black," has been released by Eastern Washington. 

HANSJORG WYSS, a Swiss billionaire who has pumped millions of dollars into Montana environmental projects, has a long record of sexually abusing women, a conservative news outlet says.

A report by the Daily Caller says a number of former female employees have complained of sexual abuse by Wyss. One of them is Jacqueline Long, a Colorado woman who reached a $1.5 million settlement with Wyss. She said Wyss abused her for years while she worked for his charitable foundation, where she focused on at-risk youth and sex trafficking.

"He was not interested in these programs," she told the Daily Caller. "He was only doing it in reward for my having sex with him. It was a tool for leverage."

The Daily Caller focuses primarily on Wyss's gifts to liberal groups such as Hillary Clinton's "No Ceilings" womens' empowerment project.

But Wyss has paid special attention to Montana projects. He has been one of the main sources of funding behind the American Reserve project, which aims to set aside a large chunk of land in eastern Montana for bison. He's put up millions of dollars to help the Nature Conservancy buy land from Plum Creek in western Montana. Conservatives also complain that Wyss is also a primary source of the dark-money contributions to Montana's environmental activist groups.

EVER wished you could ride a camel, but figured there was no chance because you'd never travel to a place like Africa? Well, now Jason Mayfield has brought his camels to you.

Mayfield, who owns a Texas-based firm called Camel Discovery, has moved some of his operations to the Paradise Valley this summer, where he's offering rides on eight camels. Camel Discovery is located 10 miles south of Livingston along Highway 89 South.