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10-year-old Bozeman boy saves his family from house fire

House Democratic leader Casey Schreiner enters governor's race

Former Livingston legislator Reilly Neil to run for governor

Missoula property owners shocked by new appraisals

State takes 2nd look at former mall site as spot for history museum

Investigators: Speed, booze contributed to Bighorn fatal boat crash

Groups sue Forest Service over access to trails in Crazy Mountains

Judge drops 2 counts against Miles City district in sex abuse case

US Supreme Court to hear arguments over arsenic cleanup in MT

Sen. Tester endorses Bullock for president

Contaminated water to be removed from former Butte smelter site

Dutton man wants his father's frozen head returned to Montana

Philipsburg man dies after his ATV crashes into deer

UM opening portions of Baucus archives

9th Circuit lifts MT judge's block of Keystone pipeline

Hard to believe, but 2020 election is more than 500 days away

State continues to wrestle with rules for medical marijuana providers

Fire officials expect average wildfire season

Family of man shot by BIA officer sues agency

VP Pence to visit Montana to learn about meth crisis

State biologists to sample hundreds of white-tailed deer

Gianforte will seek GOP nomination for governor in 2020

Bullock might be left off stage in presidential debates

Montana pilot who died on D-Day identified after 75 years

Plow crews close to finishing work on Glacier's Sun Road

Malmstrom Air Force Base could become shelter immigrant children

AG names members of Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force

Parachutists jump from Miss Montana, other planes in Normandy event

East Helena veteran reflects on how he survived D-Day invasion in '44

Severe weather could hammer parts of Montana Thursday

Montana basins look to have plenty of water headed into summer

Water rises at Fort Peck Reservoir as runoff nears second-highest


BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Rural Montana firms get few job-creation grants

Revenue Department sending out property appraisal notices

Woman files harassment complaint against former BIllings clinic CEO

State's unemployment rate remains at low 3.6 percent rate

Film industry tax credit aims to create jobs by bringing productions to MT

Judge OKs $1 million Exxon settlement over spill into Yellowstone

MT dog toy maker squeezed by China trade dispute

Tester opposes privatizing Montana's 2 Job Corps centers


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

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Bigfork native garners 2 more All-America awards at NCAA Finals

Quarterback Chris Murray leaves MSU for academic reasons

4 Grizzlies, 3 Bobcats earn preaseason All-American honors

MSU lands in top 15 in 2 preseason polls; UM picked No. 23 in one

Former Grizzly Caleb Hill drafted by Boston Red Sox

New app identifies fish of Montana

Griz land 2 transfers they hope will beef up defense

OPINION

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MT's mental-health safety in better shape, but still needs attention

Does Bullock think he can win? Nah, he's got eye on VP or Cabinet post

Governor has long odds to overcome in run for president

Bullock turns his attention to national voters

New museum will protect, display some of state's greatest treasures

New Medicaid law provides no incentives to leave the system

This legislative session was about tone and solutions, not anger


FEATURES


LA actor plans to use Butte as backdrop for comedy film about roofers

Historical Society app provides history on hundreds of MT sites

After more than a century of use, MT House chairs ready for retirement

Billings student collects 40 college credits while working full-time

After 38 years at Bynum school, Susan Luinstra retires from job of 'joy'

Photos honor a new class of regulars at Missoula's Charlie B's

Summer offers small-town music festivals

10 must-see music festivals


CALENDAR​​

An overall guide to Montana's concert scene this year

Whitefish festival will feature Dwight Yoakam, Band of Horses

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson plan July 25 show in Billings

Grammy winner Norah Jones to play in Bozeman, Bonner in late July

Clint Black, LOCASH coming to Helena fair in late July

Red Ants Pants Festival includes several Grammy Award winners

Mumford & Sons, Jackson Browne coming to Missoula in August

Steve Miller, Marty Stuart plan Missoula concert Aug. 17

'Weird Al' Yankovic plans Billings performance Aug. 25

Legendary rocker Robert Plant coming to Bonner in September

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

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Nathan Stimatze, 10, stands in front of his parent's charred bedroom at their home on the outskirts of Bozeman. Nathan banged on the window to awaken his parents after a fire broke out early Saturday morning. His parents then rescued Nathan's two younger siblings. (Bozeman Chronicle)

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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.


MANY MONTANANS may have never heard of Huawei, the Chinese tech and telecommunications giant, until one of its top executives was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently, sending stock markets crashing. Huawei plays a key role in China's ambitions to become a worldwide tech leader, but many analysts warn that it is a major security risk around the world.

Some Montanans also may recall that a Flathead County couple -- and many others -- contend that Huawei was involved in the murder over six years ago of their son, an electronics engineer who worked in Singapore.

Shane Todd, 31, was working for the Institute for Micro Electronics, part of a Singapore state agency, and headed a team that developed advanced technologies. Shane told his parents, Richard and Mary of Marion, Montana, that he worried his work could jeopardize US national security -- shortly before he was found dead in his apartment.

Singapore police declared the death a suicide, but his parents said evidence suggested their son was murdered. They also found a small hard drive at their son's apartment, evidence inadvertently left behind by police who confiscated Shane’s computers, cellphone and diary. The hard drive detailed plans for a project that involved the institute and Huawei.

Though the Todds have been frustrated by their inability to get anyone to take responsibility for their son's death, they are happy that there have been a number of media reports about what happened. While they now believe there is little likelihood that Shane’s death will ever be ruled anything other than a suicide, they are pleased his story will be told again.

“What we most want to see happen is attention brought to the illegal transfer of technology to China through my son’s work,” Mary Todd told the Daily Inter Lake earlier this year.



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