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In October of 2016 Orr was in the Bear Creek drainage south of Ennis scouting for elk. He started walking down the trail before the sun came up. Three miles later he first saw the bear that attacked him. (MTN News photo) In October of 2016 Orr was in the Bear Creek drainage south of Ennis scouting for elk. He started walking down the trail before the sun came up. Three miles later he first saw the bear that attacked him. (MTN News photo)

Surviving a grizzly attack twice: Todd Orr tells his tale Video included

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To survive a grizzly bear attack takes some knowledge, calm nerves, fast thinking and not a little luck. To survive such an attack and to be able to coolly recount it, second by second, without a pause, without a wince, without a flinch, takes an unusual strength of character.

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Money approved for projects in Glacier, Yellowstone national parks Video included

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks.

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Secret to a gourmet PB&J revealed Video included

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Peanut butter and jelly is a favorite comfort food, and at the Big Sky Country Fair, some junior chefs got to test out their PB&J-making skills in a competition.

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Butte Veteran laid to rest in hometown Video included

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An Air Force Pilot from Butte who was killed in the Vietnam War was finally laid to rest Saturday. 

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Beat the heat: Construction crews learn how to be safer as mercury rises Video included

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Not everyone has the luxury of sitting in an air-conditioned office at work and one profession particularly affected by hot temperatures is the construction industry.

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Gov’s office: $70M in `triggered’ state budget cuts will occur

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As expected, the state must implement widespread budget cuts triggered by lower-than-projected tax revenue, Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director announced Tuesday. 

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Mental health services facing big budget cuts in Montana Video included

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Providers of mental-health services in Montana say they’re bracing for reductions that could undermine local care for the mentally ill. 

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Helena law enforcement ordered to round up potential jurors Video included

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A judge ordered the Sheriff’s Office to round up a pool of jurors who failed to report for jury duty on Monday morning.

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Man facing attempted homicide charges in Anaconda stabbing

Justice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third Street Justice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third Street
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An Oregon man was charged with felony attempted deliberate homicide in connection with stabbing a man outside an Anaconda bar early Sunday, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. 

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Structures threatened as wildfire near Superior grows Video included

Fixed wing aircraft drops retardent ahead of the Sunrise Fire (Credit: Kevin Chaffe) Fixed wing aircraft drops retardent ahead of the Sunrise Fire (Credit: Kevin Chaffe)

A fire burning southeast of Superior is now #2 on the national priority list.

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Cooler Weather Will Not Last Long Bozeman Video included

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A little break from the extreme heat today with considerable cloudiness, cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a few sprinkles. Because of the cooler weather today fire danger has eased a bit across SW Montana. As we continue to reach our max temperature this afternoon a few thunderstorms could develop so keep an eye on your STORMTracker Weather Mobile App and radar feature to track any storms that may develop. Watch the above short on demand video forecast to see where thunderst...

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Doctor offers tips to lessen exposure as air quality worsens Video included

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As air quality worsens due to all the wildfire smoke in our region, here are some good tips you can use to limit your exposure. There are certain populations of patients who are prone to develop respiratory problems, especially children, pregnant women, and 

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Wildlife area along Bighorn River set to expand

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The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Tuesday the acquisition of a 425-acre addition to the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area seven miles north of Hardin was recently completed.

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18-year-old man collapses, dies while mountain biking at Big Sky

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A man died while riding his mountain bike at Big Sky Resort on Monday afternoon. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office, at 3:18 p.m. a call came that an 18-year-old man collapsed while riding.

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Boy shot while hunting gophers in Clarkston

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An accidental shooting happened in Clarkston Monday when a young man was shot in the arm with a .22 caliber rifle. A neighbor says it happened while the boy was hunting for gophers with his older brother.  The boy was taken to a hospital by ambulance. There is no report on his condition.

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Eat pizza and donate to Special Olympics Montana at Tip-a-Cop

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Ever wanted the chance to see how our local police offers make it in the restaurant business? Well, Tuesday is your chance.  

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Video of teacher’s confrontation with Border Patrol agent goes viral

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Video of a San Diego teacher's tense confrontation with Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint in New Mexico has gone viral after she was asked if she was an American citizen.

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Body recovered from base of Rims below Billings park

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The body of a woman was found Tuesday at the bottom of the Billings Rims below Swords Park.

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New wildfire burning near Seeley Lake

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Crews are tackling a new wildfire that's burning on the Lolo National Forest.

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Severely burned man rescued near Flathead Pass after ATV catches fire

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A man who was severely burned when his ATV caught fire near Flathead Pass was rescued by helicopter on Monday. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office, two 24-year-old men were driving a side-by-side ATV on a jeep trail north of Flathead Pass in the Bridger Mountains when the ATV caught fire. The fire reportedly spread so rapidly that the driver was unable to get out of the ATV before being severely burned over a large portion of his body, including his face, arms, a... More>>

Idaho mother sentenced for neglect after daughter drowns in bathtub

Kelsee Flatland was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charge was amended to felony injury to a child as part of a plea agreement. Kelsee Flatland was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charge was amended to felony injury to a child as part of a plea agreement.
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A 27-year-old mother will spend 100 days in jail after her 1-year-old daughter drowned in a bathtub last September.

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Surviving a grizzly bear attack twice, part 2: Walking into danger

Yesterday, we showed you the story of how Todd Orr survived an attack by a grizzly bear last fall.

MTN’s John Sherer explains how Orr may have unknowingly walked right into grizzly alley on a trail in the Madison Range.

We warn you, some of the video you are about to see is graphic and may be disturbing.

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Is the GOP's health care plan still doomed?

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The Senate will vote Tuesday afternoon to open a floor debate on health care reform, but the gap between what conservatives and moderates want could still doom any final product. 

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92-year-old veteran attacked while protecting American flag

World War II veteran Howard Banks, 92, is legally blind, but his memory is sharp. (CBS photos) World War II veteran Howard Banks, 92, is legally blind, but his memory is sharp. (CBS photos)
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Police are searching for the suspect who pushed an elderly veteran as he was protecting the American flag outside his home.

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Montana Made -From waste to want: Belgrade company turns trash to treasure Video included

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Shane and Shawn Petersen know tile and stone - they've installed them for more than 20 years - that is until 2011 and a trip to Vegas. “Initially, a trade show in Las Vegas that we went to with our tile company, installation company, and (we) saw some equipment and it just kind of snowballed from there,”  said Shane, co-owner, and founder of StoneTek. “We'd already had contact with all the fabricators and being in the industry we just saw the waste and that spa...

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Lodgepole Complex fires swell to 250,000 acres, containment at 20% Video included

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Weather conditions provided hundreds of firefighters to gain ground on the Lodgepole Complex fires burning in Garfield County and Petroleum County in eastern Montana.

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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Wisconsin tech company to install microchip in employees

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Three Square Market, a Wisconsin technology company, is offering to install a microchip in its employees. 

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Family's ranch saved from Lodgepole fires thanks to tight-knit community Video included

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The Lodgepole Fires has devastated the livelihood of many farmers and ranchers, but locals say the community spirit remains strong.

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Owners of property damaged by wildfire may qualify for tax relief

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The tax relief is prorated based on the number of days the property is unusable.

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Microsoft Paint could get erased after 32 years

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The iconic Paint application has landed on Microsoft's (MSFT, Tech30) list of "deprecated" features for future software releases.

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Facebook flare up over Wyo. police social media post about transients

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A Wyoming police department caused quite the stir on Facebook with a post discouraging people from giving money to transient people.

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Obituary: Terry Ray Vanderby

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Terry Ray Vanderby, 70, passed away July 21, 2017, in Manhattan, MT.  He was born January 7, 1947, to Dick and Martha (VanderMolen) Vanderby in Bozeman, MT.  He was raised in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan Christian High School. 

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MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe

MSU Associate Professor Nicolas Yunes has received $750,000 from NASA's EPSCoR for his project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. MSU Associate Professor Nicolas Yunes has received $750,000 from NASA's EPSCoR for his project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe.
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A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project “Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves.” 

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Roundup man identified as "AK-47 Bandit" denies charges in Nebraska

Gathercole appeared in a Dawson County courtroom on Thursday (CBS) Gathercole appeared in a Dawson County courtroom on Thursday (CBS)
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The Roundup man suspected of carrying out a series of armed bank robberies in multiple states denied charges of theft and possessing a stolen firearm at his Monday court hearing in Dawson County Nebraska. 

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Wyoming's June Fire burns 2,000 acres in area west of Cody

The June Fire is burning west of Cody (Inciweb) The June Fire is burning west of Cody (Inciweb)
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The June Fire, which is burning close to 2,000 acres west of Cody, was 28 percent contained on Monday. 

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Missoula man charged with drug manufacturing after Bozeman drug bust Video included

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A Missoula man appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court today on three felony drug manufacturing charges. Taren Chase Smith was arrested Thursday with two others in a Bozeman hotel. 

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Butte Rescue Mission looks for land for new mobile housing unit Video included

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When the Butte Rescue Mission shelter was closed due to fire code violations, it was difficult to find a new location because many residents didn’t want it in their neighborhood. 

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Authorities ID Ronan man killed in motorcycle accident

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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says that Gibson Donald Brooks, 19, of Ronan died in the July 20 accident.

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Monday Update: Lodgepole Complex Fire at 226,000 acres Video included

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The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team released this information on the Lodgepole Complex Fire on Monday morning:

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Missoula woman stabbed during home invasion

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A Missoula woman was stabbed in the face and thigh during an early Sunday morning home invasion. 

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Autopsy scheduled for woman found dead in Jefferson County

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The body was found early Sunday morning; the person who found the body notified public safety officials. 

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Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Bozeman drug bust

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An out-of-town trio was arrested Thursday in Bozeman after law enforcement found the group in a hotel manufacturing fentanyl-laced heroin along with other drugs. 

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Dry Thunderstorms Possible Bozeman Video included

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Red Flag WARNINGS are back up until 9 pm this evening from Bozeman to Helena to Missoula. Heat, low humidity and gusty surface winds will produce increasing fire danger Monday afternoon and evening. Use extreme caution with all outdoor activities because this is the type of weather pattern that human caused fires can quickly turn into large and uncontrolled. Monsoon moisture is also working northward this afternoon and there is a chance for a few dry thunderstorms south of I-90 throu... More>>

Man sentenced in deadly Hyalite crash

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A man charged with vehicular manslaughter in a November 2015 crash has been found guilty of negligent homicide. Richard Lee, 25, entered a plea deal on April 6, 2017, when he pleaded no contest to the charges. 

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Fashion that fits: 4-H sewing clubs hit the runway at fair Video included

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The 4-H Sewing Club is just one of 4-H's many clubs and projects, and on Sunday, two members got to show off some of their work at the 4-H Fashion Revue. Thirteen-year-old Mariah and 8-year-old Ivy whirled and twirled in their home-made outfits that they learned to sew all by themselves. And for Mariah, learning to sew gives her an opportunity to give to others; "This year, I learned how to make pillow cases, which I plan to give away to my cousins as Christmas presents." ...

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Fair numbers up, economic impact felt through community Video included

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The Big Sky Country State Fair only lasts five days, but its impact on the local economy will be felt for some time. Day-to-day ticket sales were up an average of 33 percent from last year.

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12 homes destroyed in growing Lodgepole Complex Fire Video included

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The Lodgepole Complex fires, which consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana, has burned 12 homes and an estimated 226,000 acres.

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Chinn Fire burns 7K+ acres, now 75% contained Video included

The Chinn Fire south of White Sulphur Springs The Chinn Fire south of White Sulphur Springs
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The fire is located near the Black Butte subdivision south of White Sulphur Springs.

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Monday Morning Forecast - Hot & Hazy

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Temperatures will once again be near 90 degrees for the afternoon with a west to northwest wind between 15-25 mph.  Air quality is expected to be moderate for most of the region.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Northwest Gallatin County, parts of Jefferson and Broadwater counties from 1 PM through 9 PM. 

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Body found in Jefferson County, investigation underway

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Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body near Corbin in Jefferson County.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash near Showdown

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Authorities have not yet released the man's name, but did say that he was a 49-year-old Montana resident.

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Bullock declares fire emergency for Montana Video included

The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo) The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo)
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Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana.

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Monday, July 24, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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Wildland firefighting terms: what do they mean?

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People are seeing references to firefighting terms such as "Type 2" teams and "ICS." But what do they mean?

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Fictional sheriff’s fans pack Buffalo for Longmire Days

Actors Robert Taylor (who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire, lower left) and Adam Barkley (Deputy Jim "The Ferg" Ferguson) meet fans and sign autographs for hours at Bomber Mountain Civic Center recent in Buffalo, Wyo. (Steve Prosinski photo) Actors Robert Taylor (who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire, lower left) and Adam Barkley (Deputy Jim "The Ferg" Ferguson) meet fans and sign autographs for hours at Bomber Mountain Civic Center recent in Buffalo, Wyo. (Steve Prosinski photo)
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The no-nonsense team captain and accomplished actor raised a pertinent question before the coin flip to determine the home team for this year’s recent Longmire Days celebrity softball game.

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Fatal Accident in Bridger Canyon Video included

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A man is dead after rolling his vehicle on Bridger Canyon Rd. Sunday night. 

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Nearly $3 Million Awarded To Opportunities, Inc. and Head Start Programs

Head Start programs through Opportunities, Inc. will be able to continue operations after receiving nearly $3 million in federal funding. Head Start programs through Opportunities, Inc. will be able to continue operations after receiving nearly $3 million in federal funding.
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Head Start Director with Opportunities, Inc. Bev Matsko says this is the third year they have received the funds.

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Glacier National Park visitor falls to his death at Haystack Creek

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A male visitor fell approximately 100 feet near Haystack Creek off the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road on Saturday.

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Scaramucci: Trump still doesn't accept intelligence conclusion on Russia

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Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Donald Trump still does not accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election. 

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UM student detained in China safely reunited with his mother

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University of Montana student Guthrie McLean, who was detained in China, has been safely reunited with his mother.  

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8 people found dead in sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio

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A phone call from a Walmart employee led to the discovery of eight bodies and 30 people severely injured in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas early Sunday, authorities said. "We are looking at a human-trafficking crime here," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. 

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Sunday Afternoon Forecast - Hot & Hazy Video included

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This afternoon we will continue to see hot, hazy and dry conditions for SW Montana.  We will get up in the upper 80s to low 90s.  Make sure you drink plenty of water today.  Relative humidities will be between 10 - 20 percent today, making the air really dry.   There is rain in the forecast, and I will give you the details tonight at 5:30 and at 10 on KXLF and KBZK. More>>

Father of Dylan Redwine arrested in connection with son's 2012 death

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A Colorado man was arrested Saturday in connection with the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan Redwine, police said.  Mark Redwine's arrest in Bellingham, Washington, followed a grand jury indictment for second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. 

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Food for thought: Your diet and cancer

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What, if anything, can we do in our own personal lives to possibly hold cancer at bay? Martha Teichner has some food for thought:  Chef Eric Levine's "Eureka!" moment about healthy food came with his fifth cancer. Yes, he's beaten cancer five times. 

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CDC: Half of all homicides of women related to domestic violence

Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley, left, and her son Jase, 6, right, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, (not pictured) days after Rackley reported harassment. Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley, left, and her son Jase, 6, right, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, (not pictured) days after Rackley reported harassment.
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence. 

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Canadian aircraft help battle Montana wildfires Video included

4 "super scoopers" are on loan to help fight Montana wildfires. (MTN News photo) 4 "super scoopers" are on loan to help fight Montana wildfires. (MTN News photo)
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Two Canadian CL-215 water scooping planes are stationed in Kalispell at Glacier Park International Airport.

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Fire near Yosemite has destroyed 58 homes, displaced thousands

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A wildfire has been burning for five days, forcing Mariposa's 2,000 residents to evacuate. 

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Obituary: Wade (Bud) Kumlien

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Wade (Bud) Kumlien passed away in Bozeman, MT, on July 18, 2017, of natural causes. Bud was 92 and a resident at Spring Creek Inn. 

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Lodgepole Complex fire jumps to 200K acres

The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo) The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo)
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The Lodgepole Complex consists of the Bridge Coulee Fire, the South Breaks Fire, the Barker Fire, and the Square Butte Fire. 

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Chinn Fire burns 7,000 acres south of White Sulphur Springs

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A wildfire dubbed the Chinn Fire has burned 7,090 acres of land about 12 miles south of White Sulphur Springs.  

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Obituary: Joyce Mae (Dunahoo) Lien

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Our Mother, Grandma, Niece, Cousin and Friend is now at peace.  Joyce Mae (Dunahoo) Lien passed peacefully on July 11, 2017, at Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman, MT.  Mom was born on September 2, 1947, to Sonny and Joyce Dunahoo in Bozeman.  

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Ad campaign launched for horse racing in Great Falls Video included

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The Great Falls races are July 22–23 and July 28–30. 

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Thunderbirds and other aerial performers at "Flight Over The Falls" Video included

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The Thunderbirds performance is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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CDC: Half of all homicides of women related to domestic violence

Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley, left, and her son Jase, 6, right, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, (not pictured) days after Rackley reported harassment. Police say 39-year-old Utah mother Memorez Rackley, left, and her son Jase, 6, right, were shot and killed in June 2017 by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson, (not pictured) days after Rackley reported harassment.
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence. 

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Why in the world is this puppy green?

Rio and her owner, Louise Sutherland, live in Golspie in the Scottish Highlighands. When Rio gave birth to a litter of nine golden retriever puppies on July 7, Sutherland was surprised to find one puppy came out sporting an unmistakable shade of green. Rio and her owner, Louise Sutherland, live in Golspie in the Scottish Highlighands. When Rio gave birth to a litter of nine golden retriever puppies on July 7, Sutherland was surprised to find one puppy came out sporting an unmistakable shade of green.
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Rio recently had a litter of puppies. Among the freshly-minted additions, one looked a little, well, mintier than the rest.

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New Jersey raises smoking age to 21

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New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19. 

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"Rattlesnake hunter" staying busy in Great Falls Video included

Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days.
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Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. 

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Evacuations ordered in Lodgepole Complex Fire Video included

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The Lodgepole Complex Fire has prompted evacuations in the entire area north of Highway 200 from the Petroleum County Line and west of Edwards Road.

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Gallatin County leads state for business investment, growth Video included

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Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Business is booming in Gallatin County according to a new study released by personal finance technology company Smart Asset. Gallatin County ranked first in the state of Montana for receiving the greatest amount of incoming investments. 

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Montana anti-suicide coalition aims to end stigma

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An anti-suicide coalition in Helena is hoping that talking about the subject openly will remove the stigma around suicide. 

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Part of Montana’s bedrock, 4-H celebrates a century Video included

Kelly Pavlik, President of the 4-H Unlimited Leaders Council. Kelly Pavlik, President of the 4-H Unlimited Leaders Council.
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It takes a strong organization to stand the test of time, and that's why 4-H is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year at the Big Sky Country State Fair. 4-H began in the early 1900s as a developmental youth program, with different clubs centered around farming. 

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Fires grow outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS) The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS)
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Two fires that are burning outside of Philipsburg are continuing to grow larger. 

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Police arrest woman who reportedly slashed tires near Michael Grove

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A woman was arrested after reportedly slashing vehicle tires near Michael Grove Avenue on Friday evening. According to Sgt. Dana McNeil with the Bozeman Police Department a resident called in around 7:45 pm saying there was a distraught woman in the area. 

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Major parts of health care bill violate Senate rule

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Senate parliamentarian says some provisions in original Senate bill require 60 votes.

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Montana detective helps young officers spot human trafficking Video included

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Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker says awareness is key for young officers.

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2 men sentenced in connection with Creston murder

Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio. Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio.
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Two men were sentenced Thursday in Flathead District Court for their roles in the May 2016 killing of Wade Allen Rautio. 

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Hamilton attorney says law shouldn’t infringe on his right to political speech Video included

The question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo) The question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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A Hamilton attorney is arguing for his career, hoping to avoid suspension but also fiercely defending his ability to criticize a Ravalli County Judge during last year’s elections. 

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Lincoln area wildfires keep growing

Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb)
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Wind and heat Thursday grew two Lewis and Clark County wildfires by hundreds of acres. 

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“Beyond words” Butte welcomes Vietnam pilot home after 48 years Video included

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Members of Butte High’s Montana History Club are too young to remember the Vietnam War and never met Capt. Robert Holton who died in that war 48 years ago. But they made a banner to welcome him back home Friday.

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Sage Hills Fire near Lockwood grows to more than 1,200 acres Video included

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The Sage Hills fire south of Lockwood grew to over 1,200 acres during the evening.

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New, tougher distracted driving law starting up in Washington Video included

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The next time you're in Washington state you could get a ticket for checking your texts while you wait at the stop light or eating while driving.

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Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres.

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Savory, sweet and gooey: Donut Grilled Cheese sandwich has it all Video included

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At the Big Sky Country State Fair, the Food Court is always a fun place to explore. With menu options ranging from Gourmet Mac and Cheese in a Bacon Bowl to Honey-Fried Chicken in a Waffle Cone, the food court probably has what you're craving. 

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Evacuation orders issued near Goat Creek fire Video included

The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker) The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker)

The Goat fire has burned over 400 acres and forced evacuations in Granite County.

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Self-serve kiosk debuts at McDonald's in Kalispell Video included

A McDonald's in Kalispell is among the first in the nation to include self-service kiosk ordering and a more tech centered experience. A McDonald's in Kalispell is among the first in the nation to include self-service kiosk ordering and a more tech centered experience.
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By next October, customers can expect the same renovations for the other two McDonald's locations in Kalispell.

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Former Butte Pre-release employee accused of having sex with inmate

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A former employee working with the Butte Pre-release was charged this week in connection with having sexual contact with an inmate at the facility. Documents out of Butte Justice Court charge Brittany Popovich, 29, with felony sexual intercourse without consent 

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Boulder woman killed in rollover crash

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A 38-year-old woman from Boulder was killed in a rollover accident north of Whitehall Friday morning, according to Trooper James Beck of the Montana Highway Patrol. 

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Helena man survives rollover, killed by passing vehicle at crash scene

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The crash was reported to the Montana Highway Patrol at 10:38 p.m. Thursday.

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Hare-raising fun: Rabbit racing just one highlight from fair Video included

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The saying “quick like a bunny” knows no limits at the Big Sky Country State Fair rabbit racing competition. 4-H members of all ages bring their rabbits to compete in timed racing around an obstacle course, with the best time winning grand champion.

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Man accused of trafficking large amounts of meth, heroin to Billings

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An Eastern Montana man faces federal charges for allegedly trafficking large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine into the state in 2016. 

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4-H lessons in life thanks to a steer

Taylor Veltkamp shares how her 4H steer has taught her how to deal with composure and control and other lessons in life.

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KBZK Sports goes head to head in state fair carnival games competition Video included

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The Big Sky State Fair is known for its rides and the food vendors. But the KBZK Sports team of Andy Curtis and Nick Petraccione went to the fair to settle a competition: who is the better athlete. 

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Rise in drug-addicted babies prompts judge's controversial solution

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America's opioid crisis is expanding to a new class of victims—unborn children. Infants are being born with symptoms of withdrawal, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. In the last decade, states like Tennessee have seen a ten-fold rise in the number of babies born with NAS. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Friday, July 21, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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Police chief: Woman's death "should not have happened"

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Five days after the police shooting of Justine Damond in south Minneapolis, Police Chief Janee Harteau spoke publicly for the first time.

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Flying in a USAF Thunderbird over Great Falls (VIDEO) Video included

Flying in a USAF Thunderbird over Great Falls Flying in a USAF Thunderbird over Great Falls
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Margaret experienced the equivalent of 9.3 "G's"

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Crying Fire in Petroleum County scorches 5,000 acres

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Crews responded to several wildland fire starts in central and eastern Montana throughout the day on Wednesday.

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Death of 19-year-old firefighter shakes community Video included

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Many are mourning the loss of a 19-year-old Missoula man who was killed while fighting a wildlands fire near Seeley Lake Wednesday afternoon.

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Cecil the Lion’s son Xanda reportedly killed by trophy hunter

Cecil is seen, in this photo, several weeks before he was killed by a group of hunters, who now face poaching charges, in Zimbabwe. Cecil was found beheaded and skinned. CREDIT: Brent Stapelkamp Cecil is seen, in this photo, several weeks before he was killed by a group of hunters, who now face poaching charges, in Zimbabwe. Cecil was found beheaded and skinned. CREDIT: Brent Stapelkamp
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Cecil the Lion's cub, Xanda, has been killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.

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Charges against 1 of 4 suspects in Poplar man's murder dismissed

Patrick Mitchell (BOP) Patrick Mitchell (BOP)
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Charges against one of the four people accused in the beating death of a Poplar man in early July have been dismissed, according to newly obtained tribal court documents. 

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No Vegemite sandwiches, but Aussie Kingdom offers lessons from Down Under Video included

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Head to the land down under, without even leaving the county. At its first trip to the fair, Aussie Kingdom brings some of Australia's most famous animals to Gallatin County.

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Woof: Bozeman dog park lands $100K donation Video included

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The dog days of summer are here, but not in the traditional sense. "This is going to become the best dog park in Montana," said Terry Cunningham, Run Dog Run executive director.

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Gallatin County attorney shoots down Gianforte mugshot, fingerprint motion Video included

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Congressman Greg Gianforte's fight against having his mugshot and fingerprints recorded was shut down by Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert. After two extensions Lambert responded Thursday,  asking the court not to excuse Gianforte from the normal booking procedures. 

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Producers look toward industrial hemp future in Montana Video included

Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground. Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground.
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 Montana is now one of three states to allow industrial hemp farming and producers are hoping to benefit from the specialty crop.

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Former corrections director Batista temporary Parole Board appointee

Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista
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Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista has been appointed to Montana’s newly configured Board of Pardons and Parole – but said Thursday he plans to serve for only a month or so. 

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Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs

Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs. Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs.
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The grizzly appeared to be alone, and FWP is not aware of any conflicts involving the bear.

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Wildfires southeast of Missoula grow to 1,000+ acres

Two fires southeast of Missoula have now burned over 1,000 acres. (courtesy photo) Two fires southeast of Missoula have now burned over 1,000 acres. (courtesy photo)
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A Type II fire Incident Management team is continuing to coordinate the battle against the lightning sparked blazes.

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Small plane makes emergency landing near Bozeman airport (VIDEO) Video included

(Courtesy photos Mark Taylor, Rocky Mountain Rotors) (Courtesy photos Mark Taylor, Rocky Mountain Rotors)
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A small plane made a rough landing in a field about 1.5 miles northwest of a runway at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Planned Parenthood supporters deliver signatures to Daines’ office in Billings

Crowd gathers in support of Planned Parenthood outside Sen. Daines' office (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Crowd gathers in support of Planned Parenthood outside Sen. Daines' office (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered outside of Senator Steve Daines’ Billings office on Thursday. 

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Milking a goat:Trickier than you think (VIDEO)

MTN's Morgan Davies tries her hand a goat milking and discovers she's not quite up to the skill level of these youngsters. 

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Missoula firefighter killed by falling tree identified Video included

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Authorities report that Trenton M. Johnson, 19, of Missoula died after a tree snag fell on him.

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Feeling the heat? Time to hit the rivers

The rafting company Montana White Water is celebrating their 25th year.  Missy O'Malley ventured out on the Gallatin to experience the fun and cool off with the crew.  As a way to say thank you to the community, join the celebration 7-11pm Friday, 7/21/17 at the Eagles upstairs to meet the staff, dance and win free float trips.

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Helena man sentenced for raping girl at health club

Andrew James Hohn of Helena in June 2016 court appearance Andrew James Hohn of Helena in June 2016 court appearance
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Prosecutors said the child was swimming in the pool with a relative when she went to use the restroom at the club. The man followed the girl and attacked her behind the locked door.

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Crop duster shot near Belgrade Video included

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A crop duster was shot at Tuesday morning while flying 500 feet above the ground. Two bullets reportedly punctured the plane, one striking just eighteen inches from the cockpit. 

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Former MSU football player pleads guilty to possession of dangerous drug Video included

Gardenhire was arrested with two other MSU students back in April after he was found selling the drug Xanax. (MTN News photo) Gardenhire was arrested with two other MSU students back in April after he was found selling the drug Xanax. (MTN News photo)
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Former MSU student and Bobcat football player Darren Gardenhire entered into a plea agreement in district court Wednesday morning, where he was later sentenced. Gardenhire was arrested with two other MSU students back in April after he was found selling the drug Xanax.

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Avoiding peril at the fair: Lost children and overheated fairgoers

With so many people expecting to attend the fair, it's easy for kids and parents to get separated. Morgan Davies found out this year the fair has a specific place for you to find help if a child is lost. Plus, a quick look at the importance of staying hydrated during the warm fair weather.

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Driver in fatal crash pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide Video included

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A man who was reportedly the driver in a crash this spring that left a young woman dead made his initial appearance in Gallatin County District Court on Wednesday. Lucas Johnson, 23,  pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide while under the influence

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Bullock names new chief of staff with national political experience

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Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday named a new chief of staff, who has national political experience, MTN News has learned. 

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Hang on tight: Fair rides offer thrills Video included

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The Big Sky Country State Fair kicked off today, and that means the Carnival at the fair did too. With all sorts of rides and games, from classics like the Ferris Wheel to the Tilt-a-Whirl, there's something for all ages.

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Suspect sought in Hungry Horse sparkler bomb incident

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Witnesses took a photo of a man who officials believe lit a sparkler bomb in the pipe in Hungry Horse on the 4th of July that injured a young girl.

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  • Vatican treasurer faces Australian court

    Vatican treasurer faces Australian court

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:27:11 GMT
    One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will on Wednesday face a court in his native Australia on multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses.
    One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will on Wednesday face a court in his native Australia on multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses.
  • British Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts

    British Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-07-25 23:57:09 GMT
    Here's a look at the British Open.
    Here's a look at the British Open.
  • Gulf War Fast Facts

    Gulf War Fast Facts

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-07-25 23:57:09 GMT
    Here's a look at the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and other countries launched military operations known as Operation Desert Shield and...
    Here's a look at the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and other countries launched military operations known as Operation Desert Shield and Operation...
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  • Doctor offers tips to lessen exposure as air quality worsens

    Doctor offers tips to lessen exposure as air quality worsens

    As air quality worsens due to all the wildfire smoke in our region, here are some good tips you can use to limit your exposure.

    There are certain populations of patients who are prone to develop respiratory problems, especially children, pregnant women,  and anybody with lower respiratory problems like asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

    As air quality worsens due to all the wildfire smoke in our region, here are some good tips you can use to limit your exposure.

    There are certain populations of patients who are prone to develop respiratory problems, especially children, pregnant women,  and anybody with lower respiratory problems like asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

  • Surviving a grizzly bear attack twice, part 2: Walking into danger

    Surviving a grizzly bear attack twice, part 2: Walking into danger

    Yesterday, we showed you the story of how Todd Orr survived an attack by a grizzly bear last fall.

    MTN’s John Sherer explains how Orr may have unknowingly walked right into grizzly alley on a trail in the Madison Range.

    We warn you, some of the video you are about to see is graphic and may be disturbing.

    Yesterday, we showed you the story of how Todd Orr survived an attack by a grizzly bear last fall.

    MTN’s John Sherer explains how Orr may have unknowingly walked right into grizzly alley on a trail in the Madison Range.

    We warn you, some of the video you are about to see is graphic and may be disturbing.

  • Montana Made -From waste to want: Belgrade company turns trash to treasure

    Montana Made -From waste to want: Belgrade company turns trash to treasure

    Shane and Shawn Petersen know tile and stone - they've installed them for more than 20 years - that is until 2011 and a trip to Vegas. “Initially, a trade show in Las Vegas that we went to with our tile company, installation company, and (we) saw some equipment and it just kind of snowballed from there,”  said Shane, co-owner, and founder of StoneTek. “We'd already had contact with all the fabricators and being in the industry we just saw the waste and that spa...

    Shane and Shawn Petersen know tile and stone - they've installed them for more than 20 years - that is until 2011 and a trip to Vegas. “Initially, a trade show in Las Vegas that we went to with our tile company, installation company, and (we) saw some equipment and it just kind of snowballed from there,”  said Shane, co-owner, and founder of StoneTek. “We'd already had contact with all the fabricators and being in the industry we just saw the waste and that spa...

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  • Doctor offers tips to lessen exposure as air quality worsens

    Doctor offers tips to lessen exposure as air quality worsens

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:18 PM EDT2017-07-25 20:18:48 GMT

    As air quality worsens due to all the wildfire smoke in our region, here are some good tips you can use to limit your exposure. There are certain populations of patients who are prone to develop respiratory problems, especially children, pregnant women, and 

    As air quality worsens due to all the wildfire smoke in our region, here are some good tips you can use to limit your exposure. There are certain populations of patients who are prone to develop respiratory problems, especially children, pregnant women, and 

  • 18-year-old man collapses, dies while mountain biking at Big Sky

    18-year-old man collapses, dies while mountain biking at Big Sky

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 3:59 PM EDT2017-07-25 19:59:58 GMT

    A man died while riding his mountain bike at Big Sky Resort on Monday afternoon. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office, at 3:18 p.m. a call came that an 18-year-old man collapsed while riding.

    A man died while riding his mountain bike at Big Sky Resort on Monday afternoon. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office, at 3:18 p.m. a call came that an 18-year-old man collapsed while riding.

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  • Helena law enforcement ordered to round up potential jurors

    Deputies ordered to round up potential jurors

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-07-25 22:00:24 GMT

    A judge ordered the Sheriff’s Office to round up a pool of jurors who failed to report for jury duty on Monday morning.

    A judge ordered the Sheriff’s Office to round up a pool of jurors who failed to report for jury duty on Monday morning.

  • Man facing attempted homicide charges in Anaconda stabbing

    Man facing attempted homicide charges in Anaconda stabbing

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-07-25 21:14:12 GMT
    Justice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third StreetJustice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third Street

    An Oregon man was charged with felony attempted deliberate homicide in connection with stabbing a man outside an Anaconda bar early Sunday, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. 

    An Oregon man was charged with felony attempted deliberate homicide in connection with stabbing a man outside an Anaconda bar early Sunday, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. 

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  • Helena law enforcement ordered to round up potential jurors

    Deputies ordered to round up potential jurors

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-07-25 22:00:24 GMT

    A judge ordered the Sheriff’s Office to round up a pool of jurors who failed to report for jury duty on Monday morning.

    A judge ordered the Sheriff’s Office to round up a pool of jurors who failed to report for jury duty on Monday morning.

  • Man facing attempted homicide charges in Anaconda stabbing

    Man facing attempted homicide charges in Anaconda stabbing

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-07-25 21:14:12 GMT
    Justice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third StreetJustice Eckert, 21, of Redmond, Ore., is accused of stabbing a man with a pocket knife at least five times during a fight outside of Carmel’s Sports Bar and Grill on East Third Street

    An Oregon man was charged with felony attempted deliberate homicide in connection with stabbing a man outside an Anaconda bar early Sunday, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. 

    An Oregon man was charged with felony attempted deliberate homicide in connection with stabbing a man outside an Anaconda bar early Sunday, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell. 

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