Montana wildfires: Where are there, how big are they?

Wildfire smoke growing problem for Montana residents

Helena man sentenced to life in prison for murder of woman

Idaho woman convicted of killing former boyfriend near Yaak

Flathead Forest plans to move ahead with 2,600-acre logging project

Feds say they will work more closely with states to deter wildfires

Driver, witnesses left scene after pedestrian killed near Billings airport

Glendive mother charged with death of her son, 2

Florence-area women drowns at Lake Como

Bullock says Democrats have lost ability to speak to Heartland voters

Missoula/Pearl Jam poster depicting dead President Trump draws heat

Body of missing Michigan man found in Crazy Mountains

A fact check on Tester's anti-Rosendale health-care ad

Members of women's soccer team rescued from Yellowstone River

Judge approves $20M settlement in clergy sex-abuse case

Roundup of Montana wildfire activity

Judge prohibits mountain bikes in 2 wilderness study areas

Accreditation of Great Falls' University of Providence questioned

Boulder from Billings' Rims crashes into house

Carnival worker faces new claims of sexual assault

Gianforte, Williams hold roundtable meetings on wilderness study areas

Supreme Court rejects request to change Medicaid ballot language

State buys a farm for $11.3 million. Will the purchase pay off?

Green Party challenges judge's ruling that removed it from fall ballot

Glacier fire rages on as officials assess damage to historic buildings

Federal judge stops timber project near West Yellowstone

State likely to give in-home health-care workers a pay raise next year

Wildlife officials investigate shooting of grizzly near Shelby

Glacier Park wildfire burns historic cabins

Bacon Rind Fire inches close to major highway near Yellowstone

Zinke calls for more active forest management to reduce wildfires

Task forces seek tougher state DUI laws


Zinke's outdoor recreation panel seeks public-private partnerships

State's wheat farmers on track for record harvest

New Flathead firm caters to cryptocurrency miners

Judge orders additional review of Keystone pipeline

Governor's budget director offered job as head of investment board

Bitterroot couple sees opportunity in industrial hemp

Web developer launches app that pays consumers to visit breweries


UM's Gage Smith walks away from football after 4th concussion

2 quarterbacks share 1st team reps in Bobcat scrimmage

Grizzly defensive line 'farthest along' among UM defenders

MSU Bobcat captains excel at leadership

Grizzlies kick off preseason practices

Manhattan Christian's Bellach commits to Bobcats for 2019

Grizzlies ranked No. 24 in preseason football poll

Jets linebacker Donahue gets suspended sentence for MT DUI



PSC members earn way more than they should

Former budget director: All Montanans will pay if I-185 passes

9th Circuit 'win' in Kootenai timber case was no clear victory for greens

State needs to change the way it handles its budget

Judge's ruling on PSC order a victory for ratepayers

Does anyone proofread the newspaper any more?

Priests shouldn't have cheered for Trump's troubling comments


Couple gets married in Butte's historic M&M Bar

Coming of age on a Montana cattle ranch in calving season

The Anaconda stack: 'A dirty, no good hellhole'

'All hell broke loose' when Helena's 1988 Elkhorn Fire hit

A look back at 100 years of history of the Anaconda stack

Flathead Lake: Clean, blue and mussel-free

MT rider tells of her experiences covering over 30K miles on horseback



A round-up of this year's Montana concerts​​​

Big Sky music festival to feature Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby

Country music star Suzy Bogguss headlines Lewistown fest Aug. 18

Alice Cooper to play KettleHouse Amphitheater Aug. 18

Another round of guitar greats slated for Bigfork's Crown festival

Jason Isbell appearing at Bonner Sept. 8

Montana International Film Festival slated Sept. 13-17 in Billings

Avett Brothers to headline Sept. 16 Missoula concert

Rod Stewart moves his Billings concert to Oct. 24

Bob Seger reschedules Billings concert for January

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Black clouds from wildfire smoke smother the Bitterroot Valley last year. Health officials warn that wildfire smoke that lingers for long period can be dangerous to the health of people. (Missoulian)


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Aug. 20, 2018



LOOKING for some of the country's best burgers? You don't have to leave Montana, according to TripAdvisor, because Billings' Burger Dive serves them.

The travel website recently released a list of the ten best burger joints in the country, and the Burger Dive came in No. 10.

Owner Brad Halsten says he was really surprised by the ranking, even though he's won other awards, including top burger at the World Burger Championship two years ago. All the success is pretty amazing considering that the restaurant is Halsten's first and he's only been in business seven years.

YOU wouldn't think 5-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady would be awestruck too often, but he was when he spotted a bear in Montana recently.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video on Instagram last week of himself outdoors grinning widely and whispering: "It's a bear!" He then panned his camera to a nearby bear sauntering off into the woods.

Brady didn't specify exactly where he saw the bear, but most likely he took the shot at his place at the Yellowstone Club at Big Sky, which he frequently visits in the off-season

WHILE newspapers have struggled financially and laid off many journalists in recent years, some analysts have hoped that more nimble, independent online news sites would fill the void.

That was the goal for Ed Kemmick, a seasoned Billings Gazette reporter and sure-footed writer when he launched Last Best News four and a half years ago. During that time, Kemmick continued to make his mark with hard-hitting accountability journalism that shined a light on those misusing power.  And when he wasn’t doing that, he was often poking fun at himself and others.

Unfortunately, Kemmick eventually found the rigors of running the site, where he was writing breaking news, features, and commentaries, as well as doing the grunt work of accounting, ad sales, web-site development, budgeting and so on, pretty confining.  “It occurred to me that in all my life there had been only a few relatively short periods when I lived as a full-time human being, free and untethered,” he said Sunday in announcing the site will suspend operations July 1.“Once the idea of reclaiming that kind of freedom took hold of me, it was hard to think of anything else.”

Kemmick hopes someone will step forward and revive his site or start a new one like it. If that doesn't happen, the good news for his many fans is that he expects to continue writing as a freelancer.

HAVE trouble spelling a word? Most folks do.

In South Dakota, a lot of people struggle with "chaos," and in Idaho they aren't sure about "businesses." So they ask Google "how to spell" those words, and Google, in turn, has produced a map of the most common "how to spell" words of each state.

In Montana, that word is "tomorrow."

" 'Or is it "tomarrow," or "tomorow," or "twomorrow"? (It's not, lol)' " quips Kristen Inbody in the Great Great Falls Tribune.


A GREAT horned owl is keeping a close eye on proceedings in the courtroom of District Judge Mike Menahan from its nest just a few feet away from the Lewis and Clark courthouse.

And Menahan, an avid bird watcher, and a court clerk have been closely watching the owl, which they dubbed Ollie. They've set up a watching station in the courtroom, complete with binoculars and a camcorder that can record Ollie's activities.

Ollie took over a crow's nest, and Menahan believes she's a young mother. If so, that wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. "There's not a lot of food around here," he noted.

Moreover, the nest is near busy Broadway Avenue, which would be dangerous territory for any young owls that flutter out of the nest toward the street.

Sometimes even a judge can't keep the streets safe for younger ones.