Audit says Secretary of State Stapleton misused leased state vehicle

Acadia Montana program closing, causing big economic blow to Butte

2 die in jet ski accident on Missouri River at Great Falls

Wind, rain and colder temps on the way

Former Northern Cheyenne tribal president charged w/ defrauding feds

Bullock says he qualified for Dems' July debate, but he's not sure of spot

Searchers find body of missing diver in Canyon Ferry Lake

Driver of stolen car dies after jumping into Clark Fork River

Dad, daughter admit running drug ring from Billings home

Legislators fail to overturn 3 more governor vetoes

Rescue crews look for missing diver at Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Auditor Rosendale becomes 2nd Republican running for House seat

Bullock to hold town halls in Iowa, New Hampshire on nights of debates

Man admits decapitating Billings casino patron for his winnings

Trains kill grizzly and two cubs near Marias Pass

Supercell thunderstorm pounds northcentral MT with huge hail

Hail caused significant damage in places like Valier

Tongues flap over US flag on remote northwest Montana mountain

Feds: Montana's brutal winter killed at least 37,000 cattle

Stapleton drops out of governor's race, will run for US House seat

Yellowstone lion poachers nabbed after social media postings

Officers still searching for Jermain Charlo, who went missing a year ago

Gianforte officially enters GOP primary race for governor

Once more, mating mallards make a home at Helena's city pool

Lawsuit: Inmates tried to get help for man in isolation who killed himself

Legislators fail to override four vetoes by governor

Bozeman woman arrested in Illinois with 143 pounds of pot

Mistrial declared in Kalispell stabbing death case

DNC says Bullock won't be on the stage for 1st presidential debate


Advocates unhappy with $10 million cap on state's new film tax credit

More than 400 turn out to back Trapper Creek Job Corps Center

Montana ranchers devise tactics to deal with troublesome grizzlies

Hemp growers say industry standards are needed

Former Montana publisher George Remington dies at 93

Havre brewery named best in the state

Hemp processing plant to locate in Fort Benton instead of Havre



Grizzlies add two Australian hoopsters

Montana rolls to 41-14 win in Badlands Bowl

Tres Tinkle competed in NBA Draft process, but will return to OSU in fall

Lady Griz coach Shannon Schweyen signs contract for next season

No license required if you want to fish this weekend

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



Effort to draw new legislative map could have big implications

Colstrip faces big changes in immediate future

Stapleton stumbled in veto case in bid to aid his gubernatorial bid

Are cowboys becoming an endangered species due to the APR?

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


The fancy dancing giant that overlooks the Jocko Valley

Keeping Glacier Park's wooden boats afloat

Fans swarm Miss Montana aircraft in Germany

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

Summer offers small-town music festivals

10 must-see music festivals


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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Workers erect a chain-link fence inside Butte's Acadia Treatment Center earlier this year in order to deter escapes. The residential psychiatric treatment center for children, which has operated in Butte for 31 years under various names, is closing and eliminating about 100 jobs. (Montana Standard)



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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June 20, 2019