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

Oct. 22, 2018


Attorney General Tim Fox, left, and Governor Steve Bullock, right, listen to testimony at the Feb. 20 state Land Board meeting regarding the Horse Creek conservation easement. Fox issued an opinion saying that Bullock "unilaterally ignored" the law by allowing his Fish, Wildlife and Park department to approve the easement without the consent of the rest of the Land Board. (Helena IR)


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.



AG Fox: Governor 'ignored' law in making easement decision

Miles City district sues former athletic trainer, denies it knew of abuse

Bozeman man gets 105 years for killing wife with frying pan

Missoula shooting suspect: I was defending myself in haywire drug deal

Valley County deputy charged with having sex with teen while on duty

As campaign heats up, Tester says he's willing to work across aisle

If elected, Rosendale says he'll be a big backer of Trump policies

Williams says House race as being 'neck and neck'

Trump campaign rally Thursday to be at Missoula airport

Missoula progressives debate best ways to protest Trump

Protesters greeted 'New Code of the West' conference at Whitefish

Neighbors sue to stop 80-megawatt wind farm east of Livingston

State official: PSC member, candidate didn't violate campaign laws

Tester, Rosendale hold contrasting events in Three Forks

Grizzly attacks bow hunter near Gardiner

Woman gets admission, settlement from stepfather in sex abuse case

UM student accused of beating girlfriend, forcing her to agree to abuse

Tester, Rosendale differ sharply on health insurance in final debate

Willaims aims to be first woman in US House seat in 77 years

Trump's unusual 3rd trip to MT could 'nationalize' Senate race

As 'Code of West' event unfolds, dueling western land policies emerge

Parents of UM grad killed by DUI driver denounce MT's drinking culture

State sends out 471,000 copies of corrections to voter info pamphlet

Absentee ballots go out across Montana

Woman admits running over, killing boyfriend on Crow Reservation

Former Hardin teacher convicted of hiding gun at school

Crow man taking hunting case to US Supreme Court

Strong cold front moving into Montana

HGTV to award dream home in Whitefish in December

Report: Zinke on short list of candidates for UN ambassador

Trump coming to Missoula Thursday to campaign for Rosendale

Rosendale wants pulling of ads he says are 'blatantly false...misleading'

Independent women could be key to outcome of MT's US Senate race

Missoula judge OKs checks on private gun sales but AG to appeal

Grizzly kills calf near Two Dot, a place the bears are rarely seen

Body of Big Sky man who crashed vehicle found in Gallatin River

7 Kavanaugh protesters sentenced for trespass at Missoula GOP office

Man accused of killing Ronan woman faces new tampering charge

Northern Cheyenne tribal chief to resign, citing battles with council

Almost 14K acres of private land added to Stillwater State Forest

Culbertson fires nurse who had child porn conviction

Firefighters mop up 45-acre blaze near Kalispell


State issues medical marijuana grow space rules

Promoter creates big new concert venue on Lake Koocanusa

Missoula ads raise hackels

Staffers for closed Missoula alt-weekly make plans to revive it

Ranchers in 6 more counties to have cattle vaccinated for brucellosis

Whitefish Mountain Resort sets new record for season pass sales

Firm to clean up historic mine dump near Norris


Brock Osweiler's family, friends thrilled with his big game Sunday

Bobcat QB Rovig to miss rest of year due to foot injury

MSU rallies in 2nd half to clip Idaho, 24-23

Montana again plagued by turnovers, falling to North Dakota 41-14

Senior Shayne Cochran stays dedicated to UM despite never starting

Looking to rebound from 1st Big Sky loss, Griz head to North Dakota 

UM slips to No. 22 after upset loss to Portland State



Not a good time to raise the pay of state legislators

Oro y Plata forever? Or never again?

Back a big tobacco tax hike, reauthorize Medicaid expansion w/ I-185

I-185 nothing more than mob rule

I-185 would improve the quality of life for Montanans

Closing Boulder River facility for disabled is losing proposition

'Mama bear' unhappy with attack on daughter's views on grizzlies


MT's longest, highest bridge connects communities, offers access

Japanese man comes to MT to pay his respects to WWII Marine

Chainsaw competition lures worldwide talent to Libby

My story: Boys can suffer from anorexia too

UM to display Copper King William A. Clark's masterpieces

Actor Treat Williams to fly Miss Montana to Normandy


Rod Stewart moves his Billings concert to Oct. 24

Bob Seger reschedules Billings concert for January

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