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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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  • Man breaks into Humane Society, steals dog

    Man breaks into Humane Society, steals dog

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:03:05 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:03:05 GMT

    Just after midnight on Monday, July 16th, the Helena Police Department received a call that a man had just "broken into the Humane Society and wanted to get arrested." 

    Just after midnight on Monday, July 16th, the Helena Police Department received a call that a man had just "broken into the Humane Society and wanted to get arrested." 

  • Man accused of throwing fireworks at children

    Man accused of throwing fireworks at children

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:47:07 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:52:19 GMT

    One man is now facing charges after police say he was throwing fireworks at children who were playing in the area of the 300 block of N. Davis. 

    One man is now facing charges after police say he was throwing fireworks at children who were playing in the area of the 300 block of N. Davis. 

  • Bullock appointed chairman, will lead National Governors Association

    Bullock appointed chairman, will lead National Governors Association

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:29:48 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:29:48 GMT
    The National Governors Association gavel will soon be passed to Governor Steve Bullock. He is set to take the lead position as chairman. The NGA is a bipartisan organization made up of many United States governors. Through the organization, the governors share best practices, speak about national policies and develop innovative solutions. Governor Bullock has served as vice-chair for the last year.  In a few days, he will will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the NGA  s...
    The National Governors Association gavel will soon be passed to Governor Steve Bullock. He is set to take the lead position as chairman. The NGA is a bipartisan organization made up of many United States governors. Through the organization, the governors share best practices, speak about national policies and develop innovative solutions. Governor Bullock has served as vice-chair for the last year.  In a few days, he will will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the NGA  s...
  • No special session, republicans fail to get enough votes

    No special session, republicans fail to get enough votes

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:25:44 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:25:44 GMT
    The votes are in. Despite many republican's efforts, there will not be a special session of the legislature.   Secretary of State Corey Stapleton reports that 45 lawmakers supported the session, while 71 rejected it. GOP  lawmakers were looking to counter two proposed citizen ballot initiatives. They needed 76 yes votes.   Senate President Scott Sales says he's not surprised they didn't get enough signatures, because in his words-- it was a heavy lift. However, he say...
    The votes are in. Despite many republican's efforts, there will not be a special session of the legislature.   Secretary of State Corey Stapleton reports that 45 lawmakers supported the session, while 71 rejected it. GOP  lawmakers were looking to counter two proposed citizen ballot initiatives. They needed 76 yes votes.   Senate President Scott Sales says he's not surprised they didn't get enough signatures, because in his words-- it was a heavy lift. However, he say...
  • Helena Regional Airport to undergo expansion

    Helena Regional Airport to undergo expansion

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:36:13 GMT
    Friday, July 13 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:36:13 GMT
    The Helena Regional Airport is about to undergo a huge expansion. The multi-million dollar project is set to enlarge the terminal, add seating, bring in amenities and more. The two-year project will add more than 20,000 square feet to the building. The passenger holding area will have more seating installed. Right now, many folks have to stand before take-off because there aren't enough seats. Also, the area will get a new restaurant and bar, better Wi-Fi and a cell phone charging ...
    The Helena Regional Airport is about to undergo a huge expansion. The multi-million dollar project is set to enlarge the terminal, add seating, bring in amenities and more. The two-year project will add more than 20,000 square feet to the building. The passenger holding area will have more seating installed. Right now, many folks have to stand before take-off because there aren't enough seats. Also, the area will get a new restaurant and bar, better Wi-Fi and a cell phone charging ...
  • Helena tourism on the rise

    Helena tourism on the rise

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:31:06 GMT
    Friday, July 13 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:31:06 GMT
    Most people think of politics and legislators when the Queen City comes to mind. However, our Bliss Zechman explains how the Helena has turned into a hub for tourism. This bumpy ride is a bonus for the town. Not only does it highlight Helena’s rich history, the tour directs patrons to restaurants, trails and businesses. "We just love the whole city and everything it has to offer," said Vicki Moore, a tourist from Georgia. Mike Mergenthaler with the Chamber of Commer...
    Most people think of politics and legislators when the Queen City comes to mind. However, our Bliss Zechman explains how the Helena has turned into a hub for tourism. This bumpy ride is a bonus for the town. Not only does it highlight Helena’s rich history, the tour directs patrons to restaurants, trails and businesses. "We just love the whole city and everything it has to offer," said Vicki Moore, a tourist from Georgia. Mike Mergenthaler with the Chamber of Commer...
  • Helena Diocese apologizes for priests who attended Trump rally

    Helena Diocese apologizes for priests who attended Trump rally

    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:56:59 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:56:59 GMT
    An administrator from the Diocese of Helena sent out an apology to the congregation saying he regrets "the pain caused" by the priests  who attended the Trump rally. The letter will appear in many bulletins throughout the diocese this Sunday. Administrator Kevin O'Neill said he regrets any and all confusion or hurt the priests attendance at the rally caused. He outlined that many people objected to the priests being there for two reasons. One: because they were in cl...
    An administrator from the Diocese of Helena sent out an apology to the congregation saying he regrets "the pain caused" by the priests  who attended the Trump rally. The letter will appear in many bulletins throughout the diocese this Sunday. Administrator Kevin O'Neill said he regrets any and all confusion or hurt the priests attendance at the rally caused. He outlined that many people objected to the priests being there for two reasons. One: because they were in cl...
  • Green Party gets another glimmer of hope

    Green Party gets another glimmer of hope

    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:53:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:53:08 GMT
    The Green Party, once again, has a glimmer of hope that they'll make it on the ballot. Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced Wednesday that he will appeal to the State Supreme Court to get the party back on for the November election. On Monday, a Helena district court judge ordered the party to be removed from the ballot. He cited the greens didn't gather enough viable signatures to petition their party. According to the Independent Record, Stapleton said he decided to appe...
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  • More than 3,200 pounds of trash removed out of Helena National Forest

    More than 3,200 pounds of trash removed out of Helena National Forest

    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:47:25 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-07-12 23:47:25 GMT
    More than a ton of trash has been dumped at the Helena National Forest just in the last couple of weeks. Our Bliss Zechman went to check out the damage and see what foresters are doing to help. Thanks to the National Forest Service’s cleanup efforts, most of this area out here is now pristine. However, just a few days ago, parts of this campground were a mess. Today several families are out camping at the national forest, enjoying the breeze and some wild boar.  But recen...
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  • School supply collection underway

    School supply collection underway

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 9:38 PM EDT2018-07-12 01:38:33 GMT
    Wednesday, July 11 2018 9:38 PM EDT2018-07-12 01:38:33 GMT
     HELENA, Mont.,- A couple of organizations are already gearing up for the school year.Some dedicated parents and school staff members are collecting supplies for low-income students. Without the help of these volunteers, many students walk onto campus in August without basic supplies. "Stuff the Bus" is a project fueled by the Angel Fund.The non-profit aims to help kids have a better life. Mary Anderson has volunteered with the organization for years.  She says ...
     HELENA, Mont.,- A couple of organizations are already gearing up for the school year.Some dedicated parents and school staff members are collecting supplies for low-income students. Without the help of these volunteers, many students walk onto campus in August without basic supplies. "Stuff the Bus" is a project fueled by the Angel Fund.The non-profit aims to help kids have a better life. Mary Anderson has volunteered with the organization for years.  She says ...
  • Rural fire departments battle a lack of volunteers

    Rural fire departments battle a lack of volunteers

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-07-12 01:33:57 GMT
    Wednesday, July 11 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-07-12 01:33:57 GMT
    As many long time volunteers turn in their hoses, rural fire departments are struggling to keep volunteers at their stations. Our Bliss Zechman explains how departments are trying to keep communities safe with limited staff. On average, the West Valley Fire Department's siren sounds off twice a day to help those in need. Last year, they responded to almost 800 calls. However, as more and more veteran volunteers retire, answering those calls has become increasingly difficult. "W...
    As many long time volunteers turn in their hoses, rural fire departments are struggling to keep volunteers at their stations. Our Bliss Zechman explains how departments are trying to keep communities safe with limited staff. On average, the West Valley Fire Department's siren sounds off twice a day to help those in need. Last year, they responded to almost 800 calls. However, as more and more veteran volunteers retire, answering those calls has become increasingly difficult. "W...
  • Judge signs order to put the Green Party off the November ballot

    Judge signs order to put the Green Party off the November ballot

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:10 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:10:47 GMT
    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:10 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:10:47 GMT
    After months of working to make it on the ballot, a judge in Helena ruled the Montana Green Party will not be an option for voters in November. Danielle Breck coordinator of the Montana Green Party said she was blindsided by this decision. She knew it was a possibility, but she didn't hear anything about  the court until around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds made the decision to remove the party, saying the group didn't have enough viable s...
    After months of working to make it on the ballot, a judge in Helena ruled the Montana Green Party will not be an option for voters in November. Danielle Breck coordinator of the Montana Green Party said she was blindsided by this decision. She knew it was a possibility, but she didn't hear anything about  the court until around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds made the decision to remove the party, saying the group didn't have enough viable s...
  • MDT tries out new zipper merge system

    MDT tries out new zipper merge system

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:00:52 GMT
    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:00:52 GMT
    In the face of intense construction on Highway 12 near East Helena , the state of Montana is trying out a new merge system. The Montana Department of transportation is using a new technique called zipper merging. The East Helena viaduct construction project is acting as a guinea pig for this system. The zipper merge is suppose to reduce speeds between two lanes, reduce traffic backup by up to 40 percent and reduce congestion on freeway interchanges. “This is a test project act...
    In the face of intense construction on Highway 12 near East Helena , the state of Montana is trying out a new merge system. The Montana Department of transportation is using a new technique called zipper merging. The East Helena viaduct construction project is acting as a guinea pig for this system. The zipper merge is suppose to reduce speeds between two lanes, reduce traffic backup by up to 40 percent and reduce congestion on freeway interchanges. “This is a test project act...
  • Phase Two of East Helena Viaduct Construction starts

    Phase Two of East Helena Viaduct Construction starts

    Monday, July 9 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-10 00:33:19 GMT
    Monday, July 9 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-10 00:33:19 GMT
    Phase two of the East Helena Viaduct construction project began on Monday.   Our Bliss Zechman is at the site where officials told her this newest leg of the project is just one step in improving safety on what is known as a dangerous stretch of highway in the area.   The area is prone to speeding and wrecks. The Montana Department of Transportation is hoping this project will help fix some of those problems. MDT’s plan includes several installation and repair pro...
    Phase two of the East Helena Viaduct construction project began on Monday.   Our Bliss Zechman is at the site where officials told her this newest leg of the project is just one step in improving safety on what is known as a dangerous stretch of highway in the area.   The area is prone to speeding and wrecks. The Montana Department of Transportation is hoping this project will help fix some of those problems. MDT’s plan includes several installation and repair pro...
  • New generation of law enforcement learns at Junior Police Leadership Academy

    New generation of law enforcement learns at Junior Police Leadership Academy

    Monday, July 9 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-07-09 23:24:23 GMT
    Monday, July 9 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-07-09 23:24:23 GMT
    A new generation of law enforcement officials are undergoing training in Helena. Our Bliss Zechman explains how high schoolers from around the treasure state are learning exactly what it takes to be a cop at the Junior Police Leadership Academy. Youngsters here are learning a wide variety of police basics. Like how to make an arrest and how to shoot a gun. Waking up bright and early, just like their real life counterparts, to hone in their skills. “They get up at 5:45 every m...
    A new generation of law enforcement officials are undergoing training in Helena. Our Bliss Zechman explains how high schoolers from around the treasure state are learning exactly what it takes to be a cop at the Junior Police Leadership Academy. Youngsters here are learning a wide variety of police basics. Like how to make an arrest and how to shoot a gun. Waking up bright and early, just like their real life counterparts, to hone in their skills. “They get up at 5:45 every m...
  • Vandals spray-paint a family dog in Helena

    Vandals spray-paint a family dog in Helena

    Saturday, July 7 2018 7:45 PM EDT2018-07-07 23:45:29 GMT
    Monday, July 9 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-07-09 16:01:15 GMT

    One dog in Helena was left traumatized after criminals spray-painted the pup from nose to tail. Our Bliss Zechman explains how the lab and his family are turning this horrible situation into a positive one for other pups. 

    One dog in Helena was left traumatized after criminals spray-painted the pup from nose to tail. Our Bliss Zechman explains how the lab and his family are turning this horrible situation into a positive one for other pups. 

  • Republican lawmaker: "Special session unlikely"

    Republican lawmaker: "Special session unlikely"

    Friday, July 6 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:02:04 GMT
    Friday, July 6 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:25:56 GMT

    After a couple weeks of debate and strife, it doesn't look like Montana will hold another special session. Although it's not official, it appears republicans don't have enough support from their constituents.  Senate President Scott Sales says he knew getting the necessary 76 signatures was a gamble from the get go. He spoke with a representative from the Secretary of State's office this morning and was told 13 GOP lawmakers have already voted against holding the session. If th...

    After a couple weeks of debate and strife, it doesn't look like Montana will hold another special session. Although it's not official, it appears republicans don't have enough support from their constituents.  Senate President Scott Sales says he knew getting the necessary 76 signatures was a gamble from the get go. He spoke with a representative from the Secretary of State's office this morning and was told 13 GOP lawmakers have already voted against holding the session. If th...

  • Citizens help catch criminals

    Citizens help catch criminals

    Friday, July 6 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-07-06 22:57:13 GMT
    Friday, July 6 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:07:21 GMT

    Today, the beers pouring freely and patrons are happily chatting at the Laib-ation Station off Lincoln Rd. However, that wasn't the scene early yesterday morning. "It is a serious crime. There was approximately $5,000 in the safe," said Sheriff Leo Dutton.   The sheriff's department received a 911 call that someone had broken into the bar. A woman who lives near the bar said a man came out carrying a large object. She didn't try to interfere, but instead provided a de...

    Today, the beers pouring freely and patrons are happily chatting at the Laib-ation Station off Lincoln Rd. However, that wasn't the scene early yesterday morning. "It is a serious crime. There was approximately $5,000 in the safe," said Sheriff Leo Dutton.   The sheriff's department received a 911 call that someone had broken into the bar. A woman who lives near the bar said a man came out carrying a large object. She didn't try to interfere, but instead provided a de...

  • Public lands trashed, deputy calls for action

    Public lands trashed, deputy calls for action

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-07-04 01:09:23 GMT
    Friday, July 6 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:05:52 GMT

    There's been a sharp increase in the number of people polluting public lands.  From dumping refrigerators to leaving shotgun shells, it's become a huge problem for law enforcement and patrons "It’s kind of become a dump up here,” said Eileen Scott. Scott has lived on the edge of the North Hill access point for 20 years. She's tired of people disrespecting not only the public land next to her, but her home as well. “We’re afraid we're going to get h...

    There's been a sharp increase in the number of people polluting public lands.  From dumping refrigerators to leaving shotgun shells, it's become a huge problem for law enforcement and patrons "It’s kind of become a dump up here,” said Eileen Scott. Scott has lived on the edge of the North Hill access point for 20 years. She's tired of people disrespecting not only the public land next to her, but her home as well. “We’re afraid we're going to get h...

  • Experience living history, WWII airplane exhibit in Helena

    Experience living history, WWII airplane exhibit in Helena

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:59:37 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:59:37 GMT
    This B-24 Liberator carried The Greatest Generation to victory more than 70 years ago. Now, it serves another purpose. On this Independence Day, kids and veterans alike hopped aboard to experience history. "We’re basically barnstormers but instead of taking old by planes around from field to field we fly World War II aircrafts. So we're kind of like a flying museum, but we're also an opportunity for people to go on flights on aircrafts you're not going to see anywhere else...
    This B-24 Liberator carried The Greatest Generation to victory more than 70 years ago. Now, it serves another purpose. On this Independence Day, kids and veterans alike hopped aboard to experience history. "We’re basically barnstormers but instead of taking old by planes around from field to field we fly World War II aircrafts. So we're kind of like a flying museum, but we're also an opportunity for people to go on flights on aircrafts you're not going to see anywhere else...
  • Old Glory Flag raises, Helena celebrates Independence Day

    Old Glory Flag raises, Helena celebrates Independence Day

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:16 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:16:54 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:16 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:16:54 GMT
    The Old Glory Landmark Flag is a staple that's hard to miss in the Helena community. Just about everyone in the Capitol City admires this swaying symbol of freedom, but to some, it means more. "Very moving. A lot of freedom, [that is what it] means to me," said Chuck Butler. Butler is one of the guys who makes it possible for this flag to fly. Fifteen years ago, he fought to have this monument built, because he has something to fight for. Two of his sons served in the arme...
    The Old Glory Landmark Flag is a staple that's hard to miss in the Helena community. Just about everyone in the Capitol City admires this swaying symbol of freedom, but to some, it means more. "Very moving. A lot of freedom, [that is what it] means to me," said Chuck Butler. Butler is one of the guys who makes it possible for this flag to fly. Fifteen years ago, he fought to have this monument built, because he has something to fight for. Two of his sons served in the arme...
  • Downtown Helena traffic boxes decorated

    Downtown Helena traffic boxes decorated

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:55:06 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:55:06 GMT
    Several traffic signal boxes are sporting a new look in Downtown Helena. Eight boxes are now wrapped in colorful, vinyl creations illustrated by local Montana artists.  The Helena Public Art Committee began the project in the spring of 2017 to transform the eyesores into artwork.   The artwork negates vandalism and promotes local creativity. The project was funded by the City of Helena and a donation from Friends of the Placer, Inc. Several other cities around Montana...
    Several traffic signal boxes are sporting a new look in Downtown Helena. Eight boxes are now wrapped in colorful, vinyl creations illustrated by local Montana artists.  The Helena Public Art Committee began the project in the spring of 2017 to transform the eyesores into artwork.   The artwork negates vandalism and promotes local creativity. The project was funded by the City of Helena and a donation from Friends of the Placer, Inc. Several other cities around Montana...
  • Sheriff Dutton receives prestigious award

    Sheriff Dutton receives prestigious award

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:47:55 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:47:55 GMT
    HELENA,Mont.- Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton recently received a highly coveted national award. The National Command & Staff College and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development presented Dutton an award in recognition of his outstanding leadership the Helena community. Of the thousands of sheriffs across the nation, only 20 were bestowed the honor.     "I was totally shocked and honored to read the letter. I didn't ...
    HELENA,Mont.- Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton recently received a highly coveted national award. The National Command & Staff College and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development presented Dutton an award in recognition of his outstanding leadership the Helena community. Of the thousands of sheriffs across the nation, only 20 were bestowed the honor.     "I was totally shocked and honored to read the letter. I didn't ...
  • Unusually high number of vehicle-related crimes reported in Lewis and Clark County

    Unusually high number of vehicle-related crimes reported in Lewis and Clark County

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:31:52 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:31:52 GMT
    There has been an unusually high number of vehicle thefts and car high jacking over the past couple of months in Lewis and Clark County. Sheriff Leo Dutton says more than 100 cars have been victim to the latest spree. Since the beginning of May, about 30 vehicles have been stolen and 60 cars have had items stolen from them. Dutton says none of the vehicles were hot-wired and very few windows were broken. In most cases, crime has occurred when owners left their keys in the vehicle ...
    There has been an unusually high number of vehicle thefts and car high jacking over the past couple of months in Lewis and Clark County. Sheriff Leo Dutton says more than 100 cars have been victim to the latest spree. Since the beginning of May, about 30 vehicles have been stolen and 60 cars have had items stolen from them. Dutton says none of the vehicles were hot-wired and very few windows were broken. In most cases, crime has occurred when owners left their keys in the vehicle ...
  • State finds one Helena nursing home neglected patient

    State finds one Helena nursing home neglected patient

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:25:29 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:25:29 GMT
    State finds one Helena nursing home neglects patients The state has found that one nursing home in Helena has neglected at least one of its patients. In a recent incident, one unsupervised resident caught on fire after smoking a cigarette. The Department of Health and Human Service's survey found Big Sky Health Care and Community neglected the resident when she was outside, unsupervised on May 1 and that the facility failed to report the incident. According the Independent Recor...
    State finds one Helena nursing home neglects patients The state has found that one nursing home in Helena has neglected at least one of its patients. In a recent incident, one unsupervised resident caught on fire after smoking a cigarette. The Department of Health and Human Service's survey found Big Sky Health Care and Community neglected the resident when she was outside, unsupervised on May 1 and that the facility failed to report the incident. According the Independent Recor...
  • Republicans make progress, ballots out for special session

    Republicans make progress, ballots out for special session

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:13:33 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:13:33 GMT
    Republicans are still working hard to call a special session of the legislature. GOP lawmakers do not have enough votes yet to make it happen, but they have made progress since the announcement came out on Wednesday. Senator Scott Sales said the petition paperwork was delivered to the Secretary of State's office late Wednesday. Republicans needed ten signatures for polling paperwork to be sent out to the legislative body. Sales said they received more than enough signatures on that e...
    Republicans are still working hard to call a special session of the legislature. GOP lawmakers do not have enough votes yet to make it happen, but they have made progress since the announcement came out on Wednesday. Senator Scott Sales said the petition paperwork was delivered to the Secretary of State's office late Wednesday. Republicans needed ten signatures for polling paperwork to be sent out to the legislative body. Sales said they received more than enough signatures on that e...
  • Carroll College offers tuition-free courses to high school students

    Carroll College offers tuition-free courses to high school students

    Friday, June 29 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-06-29 16:41:01 GMT
    Friday, June 29 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-06-29 16:41:01 GMT

    Carroll College has announced a new high school initiative, Carroll Early Access, offering tuition-free college classes to high school students. In partnership with schools in the Helena area, Carroll College is offering the opportunity to high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level courses taught on campus beginning this fall. 

    Carroll College has announced a new high school initiative, Carroll Early Access, offering tuition-free college classes to high school students. In partnership with schools in the Helena area, Carroll College is offering the opportunity to high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level courses taught on campus beginning this fall. 

  • Rallies to keep migrant families together happened across Montana

    Rallies to keep migrant families together happened across Montana

    Thursday, June 28 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-06-29 02:08:46 GMT
    Thursday, June 28 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-06-29 02:08:46 GMT

    According to the Montana Immigration Justice Alliance (MIJA) there will be several rallies across the Treasure State in what they are saying is a call for action to keep migrant families together 

    According to the Montana Immigration Justice Alliance (MIJA) there will be several rallies across the Treasure State in what they are saying is a call for action to keep migrant families together 

  • Kid feeds the hungry

    Kid feeds the hungry

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:49:02 GMT
    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:49:02 GMT
    One Montana City resident has made it his mission to help the hungry. However, this good Samaritan isn't exactly who you'd expect. Parker Dailey is a lot like other nine-year-olds in Montana. He loves playing football, skiing and hanging out with his friends. However, one thing truly sets him apart from others- he is helping feed the hungry.   “I knew there were people who were hungry out there, and I wanted to help them," said Parker.   The young philanthropis...
    One Montana City resident has made it his mission to help the hungry. However, this good Samaritan isn't exactly who you'd expect. Parker Dailey is a lot like other nine-year-olds in Montana. He loves playing football, skiing and hanging out with his friends. However, one thing truly sets him apart from others- he is helping feed the hungry.   “I knew there were people who were hungry out there, and I wanted to help them," said Parker.   The young philanthropis...
  • Company to pay out $29 million to cleanup East Helena Superfund Site

    Company to pay out $29 million to cleanup East Helena Superfund Site

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:40:46 GMT
    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:40:46 GMT
    Yesterday, a court decision helped clear out pollutants in East Helena. A judge ruled one of the companies responsible for creating the former smelting plant, which is now an EPA Superfund Sit, is to pay out about $30 million for cleanup. BP owned Atlantic Richfield Company must now pay out millions for cleanup of arsenic that courses underneath the town. East Helena’s Mayor says the city's water supply is currently not at risk for toxic pollution; however, heavy metal cleanu...
    Yesterday, a court decision helped clear out pollutants in East Helena. A judge ruled one of the companies responsible for creating the former smelting plant, which is now an EPA Superfund Sit, is to pay out about $30 million for cleanup. BP owned Atlantic Richfield Company must now pay out millions for cleanup of arsenic that courses underneath the town. East Helena’s Mayor says the city's water supply is currently not at risk for toxic pollution; however, heavy metal cleanu...
  • Flood help hotline launches statewide

    Flood help hotline launches statewide

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:34:08 GMT
    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:34:08 GMT

    Last week, parts of Montana were literally underwater after heavy rainfall caused drastic flooding. This week, the water has dried out

    Last week, parts of Montana were literally underwater after heavy rainfall caused drastic flooding. This week, the water has dried out

  • Special session proposed to discuss two ballot initiatives

    Special session proposed to discuss two ballot initiatives

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-06-27 20:23:18 GMT
    Wednesday, June 27 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-06-28 00:46:35 GMT

    Senate President Scott Sales confirmed with KFBB that some Republican lawmakers are proposing a special session sometime around July 16th or 17th to address ballot issues I-186 and I-185. 

    Senate President Scott Sales confirmed with KFBB that some Republican lawmakers are proposing a special session sometime around July 16th or 17th to address ballot issues I-186 and I-185. 

  • Program feeds elderly in unique way

    Program feeds elderly in unique way

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-06-27 23:38:57 GMT
    Wednesday, June 27 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-06-27 23:38:57 GMT
    The Helena Food Share is feeding one of our most vulnerable populations in a unique and healthy way. Instead of relying on food with long shelf lives, the food share has given the elderly population a chance to shop for their own produce. Folks in twilight years who quality for the program will be given $50 to shop for fresh produce at the local farmers market. “When it comes to being able to have fresh produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, its sometimes not affordable for...
    The Helena Food Share is feeding one of our most vulnerable populations in a unique and healthy way. Instead of relying on food with long shelf lives, the food share has given the elderly population a chance to shop for their own produce. Folks in twilight years who quality for the program will be given $50 to shop for fresh produce at the local farmers market. “When it comes to being able to have fresh produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, its sometimes not affordable for...
  • Montanans weigh in on Supreme Court's union decision

    Montanans weigh in on Supreme Court's union decision

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-06-27 23:34:14 GMT
    Wednesday, June 27 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-06-27 23:34:14 GMT
    On Wednesday, Supreme Court struck down an law that forced non-union workers to pay fees that go to collective bargaining. Now, labor unions in Montana are dealing with the fallout saying the decision will not stop their work, but it will cost them. The court said that mandatory union dues violated first amendment rights.The ruling overturns a nearly 40-year-old precedent. The Montana Federation of Public Employees has about 25,000 members across the state with about 2,000 agency f...
    On Wednesday, Supreme Court struck down an law that forced non-union workers to pay fees that go to collective bargaining. Now, labor unions in Montana are dealing with the fallout saying the decision will not stop their work, but it will cost them. The court said that mandatory union dues violated first amendment rights.The ruling overturns a nearly 40-year-old precedent. The Montana Federation of Public Employees has about 25,000 members across the state with about 2,000 agency f...
  • Beekeepers keep hives thriving in rough Montana winter

    Beekeepers keep hives thriving in rough Montana winter

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-06-26 22:48:36 GMT
    Wednesday, June 27 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-06-27 19:56:46 GMT

    There are several misconceptions buzzing around bees. One being they cannot survive winter, especially one like Montana experienced this last year. Bee enthusiast and Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Agriculture., Beth Eiring says it’s not easy to keep the hive thriving in the treasure state, but it is possible. "The hardest part about being a beekeeper in Montana is that you really have to be careful with your bees and you have to keep them healthy because we ha...

    There are several misconceptions buzzing around bees. One being they cannot survive winter, especially one like Montana experienced this last year. Bee enthusiast and Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Agriculture., Beth Eiring says it’s not easy to keep the hive thriving in the treasure state, but it is possible. "The hardest part about being a beekeeper in Montana is that you really have to be careful with your bees and you have to keep them healthy because we ha...

  • HPD looking for missing 13 year old

    HPD looking for missing 13 year old

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-06-27 16:07:12 GMT
    Wednesday, June 27 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-06-27 16:07:12 GMT
    HELENA - The Helena Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing juvenile male. Domenick Jeffrey Kline is 13 years of age. He is 5’04, 120 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He does have stitches in his lower lip and he was last seen carrying a black Swiss backpack. Domenick is not missing under suspicious circumstances. If you have information concerning Domenick’s whereabouts, please contact the Helena Police Department at 406-447-8461.
    HELENA - The Helena Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing juvenile male. Domenick Jeffrey Kline is 13 years of age. He is 5’04, 120 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He does have stitches in his lower lip and he was last seen carrying a black Swiss backpack. Domenick is not missing under suspicious circumstances. If you have information concerning Domenick’s whereabouts, please contact the Helena Police Department at 406-447-8461.
  • Preventing summer blood shortages

    Preventing summer blood shortages

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 11:24 PM EDT2018-06-27 03:24:34 GMT
    Tuesday, June 26 2018 11:24 PM EDT2018-06-27 03:24:34 GMT

    The American Red Cross is asking for the public's help to bring back blood types A, B, and O to the shelves in order to prevent summer blood shortages.  

    The American Red Cross is asking for the public's help to bring back blood types A, B, and O to the shelves in order to prevent summer blood shortages.  

  • Fireworks banned from state and federal lands

    Fireworks banned from state and federal lands

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-06-26 22:56:15 GMT
    Tuesday, June 26 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-06-26 22:56:15 GMT
    No one will be shooting off bottle rockets or sparklers in several forested areas throughout the Treasure State. All fireworks are prohibited in the Helena -Lewis and Clark National Forest as well as other state and federal lands. If you break the law and bring fireworks into the any state or national forest, you could face up to $330 in fines. Kathy Bushnell with the Forest Service says they're operating on the notion of “one less spark, one less wildfire.”  In L...
    No one will be shooting off bottle rockets or sparklers in several forested areas throughout the Treasure State. All fireworks are prohibited in the Helena -Lewis and Clark National Forest as well as other state and federal lands. If you break the law and bring fireworks into the any state or national forest, you could face up to $330 in fines. Kathy Bushnell with the Forest Service says they're operating on the notion of “one less spark, one less wildfire.”  In L...
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  • 7,000 stolen dog tags

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    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

  • Man breaks into Humane Society, steals dog

    Man breaks into Humane Society, steals dog

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:03:05 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:03:05 GMT

    Just after midnight on Monday, July 16th, the Helena Police Department received a call that a man had just "broken into the Humane Society and wanted to get arrested." 

    Just after midnight on Monday, July 16th, the Helena Police Department received a call that a man had just "broken into the Humane Society and wanted to get arrested." 

  • 67th Annual Native American Indian Days

    67th Annual Native American Indian Days

    Saturday, July 14 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-07-14 22:38:10 GMT
    Saturday, July 14 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-07-14 22:38:10 GMT
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  • Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:42:29 GMT
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     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

  • Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in Cascade County

    Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in Cascade County

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:17:42 GMT
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    The Cascade County Weed & Mosquito Division said in a press release they have detected their first West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample this year. A WNV positive sample was collected approximately 6 miles North of Great Falls on July 12th, 2018, which was later confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on July 16th, 2018. There has been no known infection in humans detected in Cascade County so far this year, but since a WNV positive mosquito sample has b...

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  • Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Thursday, December 7 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-12-07 23:49:05 GMT
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    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

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    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
    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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