Residents of Heart Butte, which is 30 miles south of Browning, were asked Friday to evacuate their homes as a wildfire approached from the west. (Rocky Momberg/NBCMontana)



Montana upsets North Dakota State with last-second TD, 38-35

Libby-area residents forced to evacuate due to fast-approaching fire

Wilks brothers to offer hunting access on northcentral MT ranch

AG sees no reason to investigate man who pushed fed lands transfer

Heart Butte residents asked to evacuate as fire approaches from west

Essex empties out as firefighters attempt to save over 200 buildings

Fire officials order evacuations on Fire Creek in Mineral County

Good news: Cold front's coming. Bad news: Cold front's coming

Rocky Boy investigation expands to Nevada firm

Man in prison for pork chop assault gets 15 more years for hitting guard

Wind-energy advocates say industry poised for strong growth in MT

Billings-area polygamists ask judge for permission to marry

Fire officials close US 2, evacuate residents of Essex

Forest Service closes Bob Marshall, Great Bear wildernesses to public

Former labor leader files campaign compliant against Gianforte

World-class talent on tap at Bigfork guitar and jazz festival

State wants to move about 15 clients out of Boulder facility

Western Montana likely to see record broken for poor air-quality days

Feds promise more sage grouse spending in Montana, other states

Sheriff: Pathologist came up with wrong cause of death for Big Sky boy

Florence doctor charged with 2 deaths, hundreds of other felonies

Judge blocks federal efforts to expand jurisdiction over waterways

MTN hires long-time journalist Mike Dennison as chief political reporter



Libby residents see proposed mine as 'last chance' for economy

Montana farmers increasingly turning to pulse crops

Governor says he'll lead trade mission to South Korea, Taiwan

State's timber industry struggles as Canadian lumber floods market

Operators of proposed Troy-area mine promise to be 'good neighbors'

Flathead firm wins contract to build huge flow battery



North Dakota State coach expects to be 'under a lot of fire' in Missoula

ESPN will help Montana/North Dakota St put on a show Saturday

Coach says Griz aren't nervous, but will be prepared against NDSU

Confident Cats led by one of best QBs in the country

Football team perseveres through series of personal tragedies

Grizzlies ready to see how they measure up with game vs No. 1 team

MSU offense hits high gear in final fall scrimmage


Time to grant clemency to Barry Beach

Yellowstone officials had no choice but to put down man-eating grizzly

Forest Service shouldn't be saddled w/ tremendous cost of fighting fires

EPA shouldn't walk away from contamination in heart of Butte

Coal development important to future of Crow Tribe

Obama's Clean Power Plan good for Montana's economy

Clean Power Plan costs a lot, and accomplishes nothing but symbolism


After 6 decades, McLaughlin Research Institute faces new challenges

Philipsburg's Aber Day Reunion concert strikes a chord, draws a crowd

Huey Lewis makes surprise showing in Missoula with Big Sky Mudflaps

Self-made miner Thomas Cruse, and the cathedral he helped build

'Being Evel': Documentary takes long, full look at Knievel's life

John Ryan isn't well known, but he played major role in shaping MT

State was blessed with a lot of great music festivals this summer

On the trail of Hemingway in Yellowstone Country

Best dive bar in Montana? Probably Muzz and Stan's Freeway in Butte


A compilation of this summer's concert activity across Montana

World-class talent on tap at Bigfork guitar & music festival

Pointer Sisters to headline Billings fundraiser Aug. 29

Montana Book Festival to offer old favorites, new events

Miranda Lambert plans Missoula concert Sept. 24

Miranda Lambert to perform in Billings Sept. 25

Neil Young schedules Missoula concert Oct. 1

Rock superstar Elton John returns to Billings Oct. 7

Little Big Town coming to Missoula town Nov. 12


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MONTANANS aren't very naughty. At least they aren't if you measure them using the Ashley Madison scale of naughtiness.

​Ashley Madison is the go-to web site for infidelity. It's motto: "Life is short. Have an affair."

Ashley Madison made headlines recently when hackers made public information on millions of the site's users. Including where they live.

Turns out not many -- relatively speaking -- are from Montana. Or so the numbers suggest. Montana ranks 42nd in amount of money spent on Ashley Madison on a per capita basis, according to a Business Insider survey. The lowest rated state is West Virginia. 

The top three: Alabama, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. Strange mix, huh?​

​UPDATE: The Billings Gazette is reporting that almost 50,000 accounts on Ashley Madison come from Montana zip codes. Yet few of those accounts seem to come from folks who are willing to pay up for the site's services. Only 897 Montanans were paying members between 2008 and this year.

It is unclear what all those accounts mean. Could 50,000 Montanans have gone on Ashley Madison and set up accounts? Seems unlikely. That's about 5 percent of the state's population.

There is evidence that a lot of the site's accounts are fake. Are any in Montana. Who knows? 

IF MONTANANS aren't spending time on Ashley Madison, it doesn't appear for lack of cash. A different survey -- this one of incomes in some of the nation's small cities -- shows many Montanans are doing just fine financially, thank you.

Bozeman comes in at No. 19 on the Bloomberg Index of Wealth in micropolitan communities (cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000). Bozeman has a median household income of $52,833.

Helena came in No. 39 on the list, and Kalispell No. 43. Topping the list is Summit Park, Utah at $83,336.

WHOA. You don't normally think of J.K. Simmons, the University of Montana grad and Oscar winner, as a buff dude. Probably because he usually doesn't play macho roles. But he sure looked like he'd been he'd been working out a lot in a recent appearance at a fundraiser for the Bigfork Playhouse, where he got his start on the stage many years ago.

​Simmons is fresh off promotions for his latest film, "Terminator Genisys," in which he had a chance to act with former bodybuilder -- and the original Terminator -- Arnold Schwarzenegger. In an interview promoting the film, Simmons joked about how he was at a cast party last winter talking about his workout routine with Schwarzenegger and he "went fishing for a compliment" about his physique.

"So, I asked if he was impressed by my biceps,"  Simmons said. "And he said, 'Your biceps were just OK. But the triceps were very impressive.' I have been telling that to everyone at the gym since then."


IF YOU are badly hurt and need hospital care, would you rather be out in the boondocks in Montana or in a big city? You might answer Montana after reading a column by a Washington, D.C., pundit who wrote of what happened when he and a friend were fishing a remote area on the Missouri River recently when his friend was bitten by a "huge rattlesnake."

David A. Keene, the former head of the NRA who is now opinion editor for the Washington Times, said in the column that the area was so remote that they had to find a ferryman who had landline phone service where they could call for help. His friend was "in pain and mostly numb," and they were at least an hour from the nearest hospital. 

The hospital arranged a mercy flight helicopter and told the men to get to a nearby high spot where the victim could be picked up. As they waited there, a truck roared up, and a man and his wife got out. They had heard about the victim's predicament, and scrambled to help. She was a nurse. By the time the chopper arrived, three more nurses were on the scene. "It was incredible," said  Keene. "Everyone who heard there was a problem rushed out not to gape, but to help."

Keene compared that to what happened back in the District of Columbia the night before, where a "drugged-up 18-year-old stabbed a man to death while onlookers stood on both sides of a Metro car." Earlier in the year, he said, "a 77-year-old man collapsed and died of a heart attack across from a District fire station while people who banged on the door seeking help were turned away."

Keene summed up attitudes in Montana -- and many other parts of the country -- by noting the reaction of the man he thanked for coming so quickly to their aid. "No need,” the man said. “Out here, we all look after each other.”


​​​​​​​​​A daily digest of Montana news

Sept. 2, 2015