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Police blotter: Former hostage arrested; hot water burns man; woman attacked

A man who was says he was held hostage on a bus in Butte recently was arrested late Thursday night for violating a protective order, police say. Dameane James Baumgtartner, 45, was banging on a door of a relative’s in the 300 block of Granite Mountain Road around 10:30 p.m. The relative had a restra


Rolling the dice: Lawmaker cites Butte Country Club bust as reason to legalize dice game

A bust at the Butte Country Club in November has prompted a Butte lawmaker to push legislation that would allow people to play the dice game cee-lo at bars and other establishments licensed to sell alcohol.


Montana Lawmakers Consider Studying Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Montanans could vote in 2020 to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. There’s no official ballot measure proposed, yet. But lawmakers are expecting one, and are now considering studying the possible impacts ahead of time.


Things to do in the Butte area this week: Jazz ensemble, orchestra, fiddle contest

DILLON — WaterMaps is the current feature show being presented by the Southwest Montana Arts Council and Tendoy Fine Art at ArtSpace, 120 N. Montana St., Dillon. Missoula artists Jolene Brink and Linds Sanders are multimedia artists. The series being presented is a collaborative exploration of place


Weather Alert Day: Light to moderate snow causing travel concerns

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of NBC Montana, including Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Kalispell. Snowfall of 1 to 4 inches in the valleys and 4 to 8 inches in the mountains. WINTER STORM WARNING for southern portions Beaverhead, Madison, and Gallatin Counties, including Monida, Raynolds, and Targhe


Avalanche awareness course aims to aid backcountry enthusiasts

This Sunday, The Peak Inc. and local mountaineer Hallie Zolynski are teaming up to host an avalanche awareness course in Butte. At 9 a.m., 13 backcountry enthusiasts, including snowmobilers, skiiers and a few Anaconda Pintler Search and Rescue team members, will meet at The Peak Inc. on Airport Road


HIGHLIGHTS: Class A Southwest district basketball tournament tipping off in Butte

BUTTE – Six teams from the class A Southwestern division made their way to the MAC Center in Butte this weekend for the district tournament. The opening round tipped off today, and we start in the boys bracket. Four seeded Frenchtown versus five seeded Corvallis. The Broncs came out hot on a 6-0 run


New tax law affecting people's returns in Missoula and across Montana

If you went out and bought a new TV on a credit card in anticipation of getting the same size tax return as last year, you might want to save the receipt. In Montana and in Missoula, as across the United States, individual taxpayers are seeing smaller amounts of money in their federal tax returns co


DNA ties Butte suspect to 'largest stash of stolen goods' in years

A man tied to one of the largest stockpiles of stolen goods in recent memory in Butte pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a burglary authorities pinned on him because of DNA from empty Coca-Cola cans left at the scene.


Man admits sexually assaulting young Butte girl

A Lake County man with a long prison record will be sentenced to at least 10 more years after admitting Wednesday that he sexually assaulted a young girl in Butte this past October.


Montana arrests, drug and firearm seizures up in 2018, U.S. Marshals Service task force says

A law enforcement task force in Montana arrested more suspects and seized more meth, heroin and firearms in 2018 compared to the year before. The Montana Violent Offenders Task Force seized roughly 15 pounds of meth in 2018, compared to 13 pounds in 2017, according to data provided in a recent U.S.


Butte dog and her puppies go viral on social media

HALL- Kodie is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever from Butte, who was featured on Good Morning America last month after her owner decided the pup deserved a maternity shoot. Kodie's mom Chelsie Garrels runs GussGuss Photography in Butte. Garrels says Kodie loves to pose for the camera. "Well Kodie has be


1 dead, 1 arrested after fatal shooting in northwest Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting in northwest Montana. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Martin Chandler was arrested near Columbia Falls soon after 54-year-old William Melton was killed at his home in Coram early Thursda


In Montana, white supremacy hiding in plain sight

We’ve recently learned that several Virginia politicians wore blackface when they were in college and graduate school, resulting in calls for their resignations. These are serious allegations, but while so many are focused on this news, far closer to home and at least as pernicious, white supremacy


Butte business district commits over $84,000 to local projects, events

Butte’s Tourism Business Improvement District committed over $84,000 Monday to projects that its board members hope will promote tourism and more overnight stays in Butte. The TBID board consists of local hoteliers and collects a $1 assessment for every overnight stay in Butte. The board uses the mo


Third Medicaid Expansion Bill In The Works At The Montana Legislature

A third proposal to continue Medicaid expansion past its June sunset is in the works in the Montana Legislature. Its Republican backer in the Senate says the state should look critically at the number of people enrolled in the program.


New Netflix series set in Butte, Montana

BUTTE - Some familiar landmarks will set the scene in a new Netflix series that's set in Montana. The series "Juanita," starring Alfre Woodard, is about a woman who leaves Columbus, Ohio and sets out for a new life. She randomly picks Butte, Montana off the map and ends up working at a small diner i


2 American women detained after speaking Spanish in Montana file suit

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of two American women who were detained after speaking Spanish at a convenience store in Montana.


Bill Would Double the Volume of Spirits Montana Distilleries Can Serve to Patrons

A proposal to increase the volume of spirits that distilleries in Montana can serve to their customers drew support from liquor producers seeking parity in a business climate they say unfairly restricts their growth.


Full Court Press: Thursday's high school highlights (Feb. 14)

• Ryggs Johnston showed his stroke with 32 points and Keith Johnson added 12 for Libby in a 60-52 Northwestern A district opening victory over Ronan in Whitefish. The Loggers outscored Ronan 22-12 to rally in the fourth quarter. Dallas Durheim had 16 and Anthony Camel and Jacob Gatch 13 each for Ron