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State agrees to remove ex-offenders from convict website

3 buildings go up in flames in West Yellowstone

Governor pans federal park proposals

Chronic wasting disease found in deer near Joliet

Man's drowning death in Helena-area reservoir ruled accidental

Bowen Greenwood to be GOP candidate for Secretary of State

Montana political donors favorite candidates: Trump and Bullock

Damage could run over $1M from fire at Billings' Pacific Recycling

Authorities identify Ballantine homicide victim

Bullock campaign reimburses state security detail about $2,500

BLM, state and ranchers fight fir forests from moving into grasslands

MT victims alleging sex abuse in Boy Scouts join national wave of suits

Colstrip engineer shares story about an abusive scoutmaster

MSU ponders what should replace 2 gyms whose domes collapsed

Yellowstone Park reports few bear-human conflicts in 2018

Man arrested in connection with murder of Ballantine man

GTF woman sentenced for stabbing man accused of child abuse

5 hospitals settle lawsuit over employee health coverage

Gov's office awards $50K for documentary series by Billings' psychic

Laurel man denies he strangled woman to death

Washington man denies he illegally shot MT grizzly, took claws

Family of 5 survives unscathed after rollover crash near Bozeman

Study: Anaconda residents have normal levels of arsenic, lead

Wolf pack kills 8 llamas southeast of Butte

Environmentalist finds plastic in Montana water samples

More cold temperatures and snow coming

Great Falls woman saves husband overcome by carbon monoxide

Affordable Care Act premiums to drop next year for first time

Billings massage parlor operator gets 2 years in prison

Number of golden eagles migrating through central Montana drops

Whitefish man reaches plea agreement in father's stabbing death

BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Hutterite colonies big contributors to Montana's economy

State takes another step in cleanup of former smelter site at E. Helena

California shoe company moves operations to Missoula

Missoula official pushes for rail passenger service in southern MT

Shipton's Big R to open in vacant Shopko building in Lewistown

Missoula's Rockin' Rudy's expands amidst vinyl revival

Tester says new federal rules will help hemp industry

Old Post, long-time Missoula pub, suddenly shuts down


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

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MSU gives No. 17 Utah State all it can handle in 81-73 loss

MSU hopes to keep momentum alive versus Northern Colorado

No. 6 UM hosts Idaho for first time since 2003

MSU women roar past Division II Northwest Nazarene

PaddleHeads new name of Missoula baseball team

MSU women face high expectations as season opens Monday

UM avenges last year's loss with 38-23 victory over Portland State

MSU gets back on track with blowout win over Southern Utah

Whitefish Mountain Resort named No. 3 ski resort by SKI Magazine


OPINION

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Grizzlies are a lot smarter and more adaptable than we think

For some, there's an extra step required for return of ballots this year

Stapleton's race is already over, he just doesn't know it yet

State's reaction to vaping is nothing more than smoke and mirrors

Agency's gall in honoring inspector who harassed MT meat processors

American Prairie Reserve: Does it really add up?

Gianforte playing hardball in GOP gubernatorial primary


FEATURES


Charlie Sheen directs Tim Montana's latest music video

The seeds of Scientology were planted in Kalispell and Helena

Projects cast light on Montana's Hutterites

Writer takes a look back at 1996 Alberton derailment, chlorine spill

Montana man enjoys rare hobby: Collecting hovercraft

Preserving Will James Collection, and legacy, as complicated as he was

The science behind the beauty of Montana's fall colors


CALENDAR​​

'The Daily Show' host Trevor Noah coming to Bozeman April 25

Cher plans Billings concert April 26

Kenny Chesney to play at MSU's Bobcat Stadium on July 5

Send tips to editor@montanabuzz.com


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Nov. 12, 2019

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​​​​​​​GOV. Steve Bullock got some valuable air time recently for his presidential campaign. Only trouble is, the exposure was on CNN, which has lost a large portion of its audience in recent years.

CNN's town hall featuring Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lured just 402,000 viewers -- the lowest number of the year for all the network's town hall events.

Viewership was down 25 percent overall, and 38 percent for the coveted 25-54 age bracket, compared to the average Sunday numbers for CNN from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


MONTANA has jumped into the top 10 of Bankrate.com's annual ranking of best retirement states. More specifically, the Big Sky state finished No. 9 -- ahead of states such as retirement havens Arizona and Nevada.

Montana gots its best mark -- No. 2 -- in the culture category, and a ranking of No. 16 in affordability. Its worst ranking -- no surprise here -- was No. 45 for weather. The state also received a 20 in the well category and a 31 for crime.

The top five states in this year's rankings were Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Florida. The bottom five were Maryland, New York, Alaska, Illinois, and Washington.


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.