Montana News

Senate appointment
11:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator

Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters shortly after Gov. Steve Bullock (left) announced he is nominating Walsh to fill the Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.

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Restoration Project
9:13 am
Fri February 7, 2014

USDA unveils $30 million national forest and watershed restoration initiative in Helena

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie
Credit USDA

Federal agencies will be spending $865,000 dollars to help restore Helena’s primary watershed. 

The Ten-Mile watershed lies just southwest of the Capitol city and provides 80 percent of the community’s drinking water. 

The restoration is one of 13 projects across the country announced this week by the US Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie unveiled the $30 million dollar partnership in Helena.

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Propane Shortage
5:21 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

State boosts funding for LIEAP households due to propane shortage

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT)

  The state is temporarily boosting the amount of money given to households in the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program that are heated by propane.

Propane prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks, up to $5 dollars per gallon or more in some parts of the state. That’s more than double prices from last year, due to propane shortages in the Midwest.

Governor Steve Bullock authorized the increase in assistance, which comes from the budget of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

About 13 percent of Montana households are heated by propane.

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Montana News
1:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Credit efob

Update: Missoula manhunt continues. No significant developments in past half-hour or so. These two shots from the locked-down UM campus: full parking lot, but virtually no people. The sidewalk next to UM School of Law is always busy this time of day - even in this bitter cold. Kinda eerie...

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Breaking
1:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Manhunt continues:

Breaking News
1:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: University of Montana has issued "Shelter in Place, Lock Your Doors" alert. PRECAUTIONARY ALERT. NO UNFOLDING EMERGENCY OR VIOLENCE

Climate change
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex

Environmental scholar and scientist Diana Liverman
Credit University of Arizona

A leading environmental scholar and climate change scientist, Diana Liverman, is in Missoula this week to lecture at the University of Montana.

Liverman teaches geography at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the Institute of the Environment there. She's written several books and articles on the impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to it.
    In this feature interview, Liverman talks with News Director Sally Mauk about her 30-plus years' interest in our changing climate and what we should be doing about it.

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Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: Paxson, Hellgate High, Loyola and St Joseph schools locking down as precautionary measure. NO EMERGENCY AT THOSE SCHOOLS.
Police extending search perimeter to 5th St, Arthur & Higgins Avenues...

Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Breaking News: 2 Missoula area businesses held up. Police searching for suspect

Police searching for suspect(s) involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The Motel 6 Extended Stay and the Taco Bell. Police say victims describe suspect(s) as young, white male, 5'-5" to 5'-7". Different clothes in each incident but man wore bandanas in both hold-ups. Police looking for a silver passenger car that may have been the get-away vehicle in the Taco Bell hold up. Police with search dogs are scouring the area.
University of Montana (Mountain Campus) police have  issued an alert advising people to stay clear of the area north of the footbridge.

Developing
12:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery causes lockdown

Robbery suspect photo from Taco Bell

Police continue to search for a lone suspect involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The University of Montana campus is no longer on lockdown but the armed suspect is still at large. Check updates below for the latest information.

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