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New wood-fired pizzeria opens in mall

If there’s one thing that sets Bullman’s Pizza apart from other wood-fired pizzerias, it’s the crust, general manager Dan Lopilato said. “I’ve tried a lot,” he said. “I’d say the crust makes us stand out.”


Your go-to guide for Easter festivities around Helena

Join us for the annual Easter egg hunt and hot dog lunch to support the Angel Fund. The hunt begins at 11 a.m. Saturday followed immediately by lunch at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive. There will be a multitude of prizes for different age groups, live music, and an inflatable bounce house.


Filing period open for city offices in Helena and East Helena

For any Helena or East Helena residents considering a run for city office, now is the time to register. April 18 marked the beginning of the 2019 municipal government filing period, when residents hoping to run for elected positions can file paperwork showing their intent to run. The last day to fil


Wildfire reported in Southwest Montana

Madison County, Mont. - Crews are responding to a wildfire in Southwest Montana. A Facebook post from Madison County Emergency Management/ Fire Warden indicates crews from Madison County, Jefferson County and the forest service are battling a fire in the area of South Boulder Road.


Hayman named new director of VA Montana Health Care System

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Veterans Affairs officials say Judy Hayman has been named the new director of the VA Montana Health Care System. A VA statement released Friday says Hayman most recently was the agency’s medical center director in Syracuse, New York, and she also served in a leadership posi


Police arrest boyfriend after security footage shows him carrying heavy object consistent with body out of Montana home

After a six-month investigation, police have arrested a Nevada man for the murder of his girlfriend Laura Johnson. According to the affidavit, security footage shows Laura, 49, arriving at the Billings, Montana home she shared with boyfriend Gregg Green around 7:00 p.m. on September 13, 2018. While


Here's your go-to guide for Montana concerts in 2019

Crazy Town with Dropout Kings and Head Trauma - Billings - May 22. SmokeStack and the Foothill Fury - Billings - May 30. Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe - Billings - June 15. Jim James, the Lennon Claypool Delirium - Bonner - June 22.


Northeastern Montana receives first Red Flag warning of the year

GLASGOW - The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Friday for Northeastern Montana, meaning there is potential for wildfires in the area. According to NWS, the warning is meant for the Glasgow area due to low humidity and hot temperatures, with winds reaching a speed of up to 40 mph. O


Montana woman among Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman has made Fortune’s 2019 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. The Independent Record reported on Thursday that Office of the Montana State Auditor Special Projects Coordinator Marilyn Bartlett is No. 13 on Fortune’s sixth annual list.


Payment options available for Montana taxpayers

The Montana Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers that payment options are available for people unable to pay their 2018 state income taxes in full. Montana taxpayers can request a payment plan at the department’s TransAction Portal (TAP) at tap.dor.mt.gov or by calling the department’s Collection


Bill signed criminalizing sex between students, staff at teen treatment programs in Montana

Gov. Steve Bullock added a layer of protection for students in alternative residential treatment programs on Thursday when he signed a bill criminalizing sexual relationships between students and staff, regardless of the student’s age.


Rossiter librarian is the HEA Educator of the Year

Rosstier Elementary School's long-time librarian Laura Trapp has been named Helena Education Association's teacher of the year. Trapp is in her 30th year as an educator and 13th as Rossiter's librarian. She has spent the past 28 years in the Helena school district, including time spent teaching firs


Montana wants public input on how to improve downtown Billings' busiest railroad crossing

The Montana Department of Transportation wants to hear about all those times you were stuck in traffic downtown on South 27th Street while a freight train rumbled by for what felt like an hour.


PBR photographer Andy Watson balances life away from Montana home

BILLINGS — Like many bull riding events, the Professional Bull Riders Billings Invitational features a “shark cage” — a covered area in the center of the arena where photographers and camera people can shoot the rides behind bull-proof bars.


Bill to help police, retailers with misdemeanor calls heads to governor

Retailers and peace officers disillusioned with criminal justice reforms passed two years ago notched a win Thursday, but it might be temporary. HB 421, carried by Rep. Julie Dooling, R-Helena, would give officers more latitude to make arrests on first-offense misdemeanors, including for disorderly


'Capitol Talk': Medicaid Expansion Passes; Republicans Divided; The Race For Governor Begins

Tonight on Capitol Talk: It was hard-fought, but Medicaid expansion will continue in Montana, and Gov. Bullock is celebrating the big legislative win. Moderate Republicans once again tipped the scales on Medicaid and other big items. Greg Gianforte appears ready to leave Congress, giving Democrats a


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Heiser honored as HEA Para Educator of the Year

Beth Heiser has worked as a paraprofessional in the Helena school district for over 20 years. Now she is being honored as the Helena Education Association's Para Educator of the Year.


University of Montana makes headway on budget shortfall

The University of Montana has shrunk a $10 million shortfall, and with prudent spending, the flagship may not need to dip as deeply into reserves as planned this fiscal year. Paul Lasiter, vice president of operations and finance, said he projects UM will close out the 2019 fiscal year in better sha


Women's-only nature journaling class in July

A nature journaling class will be offered on Saturday, July 6, at Montana WILD in Helena. Before the advent of modern photography, nature was recorded in words and illustrations. This class through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program will explore how to capture the phy