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Vandal leaves his mark on 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

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HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

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  • Pianos duel for charity

    Pianos duel for charity

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:46 PM EST2018-02-24 01:46:01 GMT

    HELENA, Mont.- Two non-profits will battle to make the most money for their charity. Tomorrow night in Helena, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Helena Food Share will duel for the top spot with pianos. Last year's dueling piano event was a hit. Collectively the charities raised about $27,000 for both charities. While the event is a fun night filled with singing and dancing, the charity's organizer's say they're keeping those the event benefits in mind. “The event essentiall...

    HELENA, Mont.- Two non-profits will battle to make the most money for their charity. Tomorrow night in Helena, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Helena Food Share will duel for the top spot with pianos. Last year's dueling piano event was a hit. Collectively the charities raised about $27,000 for both charities. While the event is a fun night filled with singing and dancing, the charity's organizer's say they're keeping those the event benefits in mind. “The event essentiall...

  • Helena deputies know what to do in active shooter cases

    Helena deputies know what to do in active shooter cases

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:44 PM EST2018-02-24 01:44:13 GMT

    Officials are now reporting that the school resource officer ,also known as an SRO, At Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,  Florida waited outside the building as the shooting unfolded. Officials in Helena said that would never happen on their watch. Lewis and Clark county Sheriff Leo Dutton assures me that all of his officers, including SROs, are well trained in active shooter scenarios. "If we get there and you're alone, times have changed, you may have to g...

    Officials are now reporting that the school resource officer ,also known as an SRO, At Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,  Florida waited outside the building as the shooting unfolded. Officials in Helena said that would never happen on their watch. Lewis and Clark county Sheriff Leo Dutton assures me that all of his officers, including SROs, are well trained in active shooter scenarios. "If we get there and you're alone, times have changed, you may have to g...

  • School threats scare parents

    School threats scare parents

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:38 PM EST2018-02-24 01:38:40 GMT

    There have been nine school shooting scares, some credible and some not, in Montana since last week's massacre in Florida. Now some parents say they're scared to even send their kids to school fearing they won't return. The Office of Public Instruction is looking at implementing new safety laws and regulations. “I do believe that how you enter a school and how you exit a school regardless of what conditions that is something schools must have. So there needs to be a protocol ...

    There have been nine school shooting scares, some credible and some not, in Montana since last week's massacre in Florida. Now some parents say they're scared to even send their kids to school fearing they won't return. The Office of Public Instruction is looking at implementing new safety laws and regulations. “I do believe that how you enter a school and how you exit a school regardless of what conditions that is something schools must have. So there needs to be a protocol ...

  • VA says staff numbers are normal, despite rumors.

    VA says staff numbers are normal, despite rumors.

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:43 PM EST2018-02-23 01:43:07 GMT

    HELENA, Mont.- We received a tip and multiple comments from our viewers that the VA Hospital in Helena was losing the majority of its staff. Despite losing a few doctors recently, administrators at the hospital say those rumors are not true. 

    HELENA, Mont.- We received a tip and multiple comments from our viewers that the VA Hospital in Helena was losing the majority of its staff. Despite losing a few doctors recently, administrators at the hospital say those rumors are not true. 

  • Fresh meat for troops: one mom's mission

    Fresh meat for troops: one mom's mission

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:41 PM EST2018-02-23 01:41:37 GMT

    One Montana Army mom is trying to send her son, who is serving in Afghanistan,  a taste of home, but various regulations and nay-sayers are making it extremely difficult for her to do so. Mary Lawrence’s son and husband are in the service. So, she know what their "meals" consist of. “They have a cafeteria, but it’s the basic starchy, keep yourself fed kind of meals,” said Lawrence. She often sends baked goodies, like cookies, give her son a ta...

    One Montana Army mom is trying to send her son, who is serving in Afghanistan,  a taste of home, but various regulations and nay-sayers are making it extremely difficult for her to do so. Mary Lawrence’s son and husband are in the service. So, she know what their "meals" consist of. “They have a cafeteria, but it’s the basic starchy, keep yourself fed kind of meals,” said Lawrence. She often sends baked goodies, like cookies, give her son a ta...

  • York's Islands Fishing Access Site closed due to flooding

    York's Islands Fishing Access Site closed due to flooding

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-02-22 18:09:54 GMT

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced this morning they have closed the York's Islands Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River southeast of Townsend. 

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced this morning they have closed the York's Islands Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River southeast of Townsend. 

  • Attorney General Fox aims to stop opioid marketing

    Attorney General Fox aims to stop opioid marketing

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 9:06 PM EST2018-02-22 02:06:54 GMT

    Attorney General Tim Fox has sent out his latest effort in combating substance abuse issues in Montana, this time attacking the way makers of opioid can market to their drug.. In December of 20-17, the AG’s office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin. Yesterday, they went a step further and filed a motion for an injunction that would require Purdue to adhere to several limitations, Most notably to stop its opioid marketing campaigns in Montana and beg...

    Attorney General Tim Fox has sent out his latest effort in combating substance abuse issues in Montana, this time attacking the way makers of opioid can market to their drug.. In December of 20-17, the AG’s office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin. Yesterday, they went a step further and filed a motion for an injunction that would require Purdue to adhere to several limitations, Most notably to stop its opioid marketing campaigns in Montana and beg...

  • Capitol High shooting scare dismissed

    Capitol High shooting scare dismissed

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 9:05 PM EST2018-02-22 02:05:49 GMT

    HELENA, Mont.- While no arrests have been made, one teen was removed from class after a Snapchat video surfaced of them brandishing a weapon. In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, its no wonder a student at Capitol was disturbed when she saw a classmate posing the question on social media that if he owns a weapon, should he automatically be considered a threat? Superintendent Jack Copps says the video does not threaten anyone, but instead asks questions about the merit...

    HELENA, Mont.- While no arrests have been made, one teen was removed from class after a Snapchat video surfaced of them brandishing a weapon. In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, its no wonder a student at Capitol was disturbed when she saw a classmate posing the question on social media that if he owns a weapon, should he automatically be considered a threat? Superintendent Jack Copps says the video does not threaten anyone, but instead asks questions about the merit...

  • Officials: No threat to Capital High after police investigate video

    Officials: No threat to Capital High after police investigate video

    HPD says there is no threat to the school or community after they were contacted regarding a Snapchat video. 

    HPD says there is no threat to the school or community after they were contacted regarding a Snapchat video. 

  • Ice jam could spell trouble

    Ice jam could spell trouble

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 7:06 PM EST2018-02-14 00:06:41 GMT
    TOWNSEND, Mont.- Ice jams are nothing new for the people of Townsend. They see one about every year, but folks around here tell me its a bit more severe this time. "This one’s been worse than normal,” said David  Doig, a life-long resident. Officials with the National Weather Service agree with David. NWS' chief hydrologist made the trek from Great Falls to see just how bad things are. "In this case it’s a little bit of a unique situation because t...
    TOWNSEND, Mont.- Ice jams are nothing new for the people of Townsend. They see one about every year, but folks around here tell me its a bit more severe this time. "This one’s been worse than normal,” said David  Doig, a life-long resident. Officials with the National Weather Service agree with David. NWS' chief hydrologist made the trek from Great Falls to see just how bad things are. "In this case it’s a little bit of a unique situation because t...
  • Helena Schools Closed; All Basketball Games Postponed

    Helena Schools Closed; All Basketball Games Postponed

    Thursday, February 8 2018 5:55 PM EST2018-02-08 22:55:08 GMT

    All Helena Public schools will be letting out early today due to weather. Elementary & High Schools will be released at 2:30pm. Middle schools will be released at 2:15pm 

    All Helena Public schools will be letting out early today due to weather. Elementary & High Schools will be released at 2:30pm. Middle schools will be released at 2:15pm 

  • Some cities are beeting snow on roads

    Some cities are beeting snow on roads

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-02-08 00:48:46 GMT
    Aiming to strike a balance between clear roads and a cleaner environment, public works departments around the country are looking to cut salt usage by using some unlikely, natural products. Oddly enough, beet juice, cheese brine, molasses and even beer are being slathered onto some streets. Surprisingly some Montanans are on board. "If it works and its better for the environment and it may be cheaper for communities, I’m not sure what the cost analysis would look like, b...
    Aiming to strike a balance between clear roads and a cleaner environment, public works departments around the country are looking to cut salt usage by using some unlikely, natural products. Oddly enough, beet juice, cheese brine, molasses and even beer are being slathered onto some streets. Surprisingly some Montanans are on board. "If it works and its better for the environment and it may be cheaper for communities, I’m not sure what the cost analysis would look like, b...
  • Butte ice track could host Olympians yet again

    Butte ice track could host Olympians yet again

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:47 PM EST2018-02-06 23:47:16 GMT

    BUTTE, Mont.-The Butte ice skating oval- an Olympic sized track, which opened in 1987 hosted several national competitions and trained the best speed skaters in the world. At the 1992 Olympics—all but three of the medal-winning speed skaters had trained or raced at the Oval. Through the years though the refrigeration system failed. Now the rink only works when it's cold enough outside to keep the ice solid. "We have moved on and have a different focus, but no less just as...

    BUTTE, Mont.-The Butte ice skating oval- an Olympic sized track, which opened in 1987 hosted several national competitions and trained the best speed skaters in the world. At the 1992 Olympics—all but three of the medal-winning speed skaters had trained or raced at the Oval. Through the years though the refrigeration system failed. Now the rink only works when it's cold enough outside to keep the ice solid. "We have moved on and have a different focus, but no less just as...

  • Montana history now just a click away

    Montana history now just a click away

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:39 PM EST2018-02-06 23:39:29 GMT
    HELENA, Mont.- Love learning about history at museums, but don't feel like braving the cold? Well, you're in luck! The Montana Historical Society just launched a new, online exhibit, so you can stay sharp on treasure state history without leaving your home. The exhibit entitled Appropriate, Curious and Rare: Montana History Object by Object, allows people an opportunity to get a closer look at artifacts that are usually protected behind a glass case. Montana Museum's Outreach Progr...
    HELENA, Mont.- Love learning about history at museums, but don't feel like braving the cold? Well, you're in luck! The Montana Historical Society just launched a new, online exhibit, so you can stay sharp on treasure state history without leaving your home. The exhibit entitled Appropriate, Curious and Rare: Montana History Object by Object, allows people an opportunity to get a closer look at artifacts that are usually protected behind a glass case. Montana Museum's Outreach Progr...
  • MDT plans to improve Viaduct

    MDT plans to improve Viaduct

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-06 23:34:08 GMT
    HELENA, Mont.- The Montana Department of Transportation proposed safety improvements for one deadly highway stretch. Locally known as the "viaduct", MDT says U.S. Highway 12 needs several improvements. 75 crashes have occurred on the stretch of highway between 2005 and 2014, according to MDT. MDT says roadway improvements could not have prevented those crashes, but some engineering upgrades will benefit drivers. The project is one step in a series of roadway improvement ...
    HELENA, Mont.- The Montana Department of Transportation proposed safety improvements for one deadly highway stretch. Locally known as the "viaduct", MDT says U.S. Highway 12 needs several improvements. 75 crashes have occurred on the stretch of highway between 2005 and 2014, according to MDT. MDT says roadway improvements could not have prevented those crashes, but some engineering upgrades will benefit drivers. The project is one step in a series of roadway improvement ...
  • Ice climber accident victim's name released

    Ice climber accident victim's name released

    Lewis and Clark County Coroner, Bryan Backeberg, has identified the victim from Sunday’s ice climbing accident as 74-year-old Dr. Elton J. Adams M.D. of Great Falls. He is reported to have slipped and fallen 90  feet while climbing Cataract Falls in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The man, an avid climber, was climbing with four others. Authorities received a 9-1-1 call at 1:12 p.m. The waterfall is 20 miles off of Elk Creek Road and 15 miles southwest of ...

    Lewis and Clark County Coroner, Bryan Backeberg, has identified the victim from Sunday’s ice climbing accident as 74-year-old Dr. Elton J. Adams M.D. of Great Falls. He is reported to have slipped and fallen 90  feet while climbing Cataract Falls in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The man, an avid climber, was climbing with four others. Authorities received a 9-1-1 call at 1:12 p.m. The waterfall is 20 miles off of Elk Creek Road and 15 miles southwest of ...

  • UPDATE: Victim in officer-involved shooting identified

    UPDATE: Victim in officer-involved shooting identified

    Monday, February 5 2018 3:23 PM EST2018-02-05 20:23:51 GMT

    Update: The man who died in the deputy-involved shooting that happened in East Helena early Friday morning last week has been identified. Taylor Schnortz, 26, of Townsend was shot and killed in an incident Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is calling a "mental health crisis."  

    Update: The man who died in the deputy-involved shooting that happened in East Helena early Friday morning last week has been identified. Taylor Schnortz, 26, of Townsend was shot and killed in an incident Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is calling a "mental health crisis."  

  • Cyber hacking protection tips

    Cyber hacking protection tips

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 8:21 PM EST2018-01-25 01:21:15 GMT

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

  • Helena PD looking for Walmart beer theft suspects

    Helena PD looking for Walmart beer theft suspects

    Monday, February 1 2016 1:05 AM EST2016-02-01 06:05:28 GMT

    Helena police are asking for help in identifying two females involved in a theft on Friday from the Walmart in Helena. 

    Helena police are asking for help in identifying two females involved in a theft on Friday from the Walmart in Helena. 

  • Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests combine

    Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests combine

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 12:12 AM EST2016-01-05 05:12:25 GMT

    Two national forests in our area have consolidated and are now called the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest. 

    Two national forests in our area have consolidated and are now called the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest. 

  • Helena City Advisory positions open

    Helena City Advisory positions open

    Monday, November 16 2015 1:26 AM EST2015-11-16 06:26:06 GMT
    Helena residents looking to get more involved in the community are encouraged to consider applying for one of the open city commission advisory board positions. Advisory positions help city commissioners make decisions about budget, priorities, and major projects.
    Helena residents looking to get more involved in the community are encouraged to consider applying for one of the open city commission advisory board positions. Advisory positions help city commissioners make decisions about budget, priorities, and major projects.
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  • Little cowboy's big battle, and what the community is doing to help

    Little cowboy's big battle, and what the community is doing to help

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:20 AM EST2018-02-23 05:20:23 GMT

    Wacee Simenson, known as the little cowboy is the youngest in the family of four and was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma just over a week ago with a mass the size of a football in his chest. He was flown to Kalispell for treatment but when they didn’t have the adequate equipment for his care. The little cowboy was flown to Denver where he still is today. Wacee's father is well known in the Chinook sports community as a basketball referee, so the community is now s...

    Wacee Simenson, known as the little cowboy is the youngest in the family of four and was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma just over a week ago with a mass the size of a football in his chest. He was flown to Kalispell for treatment but when they didn’t have the adequate equipment for his care. The little cowboy was flown to Denver where he still is today. Wacee's father is well known in the Chinook sports community as a basketball referee, so the community is now s...

  • "I'm infuriated she's dead over a bag of weed"; woman sentenced in murder

    "I'm infuriated she's dead over a bag of weed"; woman sentenced in murder

    The teen found guilty of killing Megan Meriwether last September was sentenced Tuesday in Cascade County Court. 

    The teen found guilty of killing Megan Meriwether last September was sentenced Tuesday in Cascade County Court. 

  • Nemont provides critical wireless services to NE Montana

    Nemont provides critical wireless services to NE Montana

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:36 PM EST2018-02-23 01:36:47 GMT

    Good news for the people who live in northeastern rural Montana. The folks at Nemont Telephone Cooperative are proud to announce that they are now providing critical wireless service to what they are calling "the middle of nowhere." KFBB spoke with CEO of Nemont, Mike Kilgore, he said not only will the wireless services be provided to the 20,000 people in northeastern Montana but also to the people that use roaming when they are outside of their network. Kilgore added one ...

    Good news for the people who live in northeastern rural Montana. The folks at Nemont Telephone Cooperative are proud to announce that they are now providing critical wireless service to what they are calling "the middle of nowhere." KFBB spoke with CEO of Nemont, Mike Kilgore, he said not only will the wireless services be provided to the 20,000 people in northeastern Montana but also to the people that use roaming when they are outside of their network. Kilgore added one ...

  • Snowmobiler found dead near Cooke City

    Snowmobiler found dead near Cooke City

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:56 PM EST2018-02-23 17:56:53 GMT

    A snowmobiler was found dead near Cooke City Thursday.

    A snowmobiler was found dead near Cooke City Thursday.

  • Man leads police on two car chases in one month

    Man leads police on two car chases in one month

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:29 PM EST2018-02-23 21:29:24 GMT

    One man is accused of leading police on a car chase on two separate occasions just in the last month. 

    One man is accused of leading police on a car chase on two separate occasions just in the last month. 

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  • Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Thursday, December 7 2017 7:10 PM EST2017-12-08 00:10:39 GMT

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

  • Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:45 GMT
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
  • Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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