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Burglary – Assault with a Weapon and a High Speed Chase

Several western Montana law enforcement agencies were involved on Wednesday in a case where a man and woman were charged with aggravated burglary, assault with a weapon and fleeing from law enforcement after allegedly breaking into a home in the Condon area.


University of Montana student faces charges after shot fired from dorm window

A University of Montana student is facing criminal charges and disciplinary action following a UM police investigation into a gunshot from a dorm window, according to a release from UM police.


Warrior Movement founder Zanen Pitts speaks at Boys at Girls Club fundraiser

RONAN — The Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County celebrated 20 years in operation hosting its fifth annual “Great Futures” breakfast fundraiser. The event highlighted the club’s work serving over 600 members.


Here’s Why Flags Are Flying Half Staff Today in Montana

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has issued a proclamation for all flags to be flown at half staff today in honor of Montana firefighters who have lost their life from job related illness.


'Home safe': Mother of missing teen praises law enforcement response

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who had been missing since April 10 praised law enforcement and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal police investigator for finding her daughter Sunday night.


Parents, police blame five Mission Valley runaways on social media challenge

LuCinda Michel’s harrowing night started with a phone call. Around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon, Michel’s 12-year-old daughter, a student at Polson Middle School, called to say her twin sister wasn’t on the bus.


Fortune names Montana woman among World's 50 Greatest Leaders

When a coworker showed Marilyn Bartlett that she made Fortune’s 2019 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, she initially thought it was a joke. “I just accused him of being really good at Photoshop,” said Bartlett, the special projects coordinator for the Office of the Montana State Auditor.


Wood enters not guilty plea

Former Thompson Falls resident Danielle Wood made her initial appearance in court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to one count of deliberate homicide in the death of Matt LaFriniere, her former boyfriend.


Montana Morning State News Headlines for Thursday, April 18

A controlled burn was swept out of control near Lolo on Wednesday and burned nearly 30 acres. Missoula Rural and several other agencies responded. A major fundraising event to benefit Trooper Wade Palmer will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Neptune Aviation, with a sit down prime rib dinner and live a

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Sex trafficking in Montana: Bills crack down on illicit massage parlors

(Montana Free Press) Montana’s prostitution statutes do not criminalize the buying or selling of non-penetrative sex. That means the state’s “illicit massage parlors,” as they’re referred to by law enforcement, weren’t breaking the law if workers provided sexual activity that didn’t involve penetrat


Montana Women's Prison discriminated against inmate's of religious beliefs, state bureau finds

A state agency has determined that the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings likely discriminated against an inmate on the basis of her religious beliefs. The preliminary findings by the Montana Human Rights Bureau mean that the case will proceed to a formal hearing in Billings, after a requisite, 30-d


Angler Jason Mahlen takes lead in 2019 Spring Mack Days

POLSON — Kalispell angler and five time Spring Mack Days top angler Jason Mahlen is expanding his lake trout lead by a slim margin in the 2019 Spring Mack Days Fishing Event. Jason turned in two perfect 100 limits on Friday and Saturday for a total of five perfect 100 days so far and then added 60 e


Bills to address missing Native Americans advance in Montana Legislature

Several pieces of legislation intended to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana passed key legislative votes Thursday, with two bills now headed to the governor’s desk.


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.


Man, woman jailed after robbery, pursuit near Condon

MISSOULA- A man and woman are in jail after a robbery and high speed pursuit in the Swan Valley Wednesda. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says a reverse 911 alert was put out to residents Condon area, alerting them of the danger and asking them to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.


Montana Wilderness School introduces teens to outdoors

Last summer, Kayla Wales spent 21 days in the Pioneer Mountains learning to enjoy the rainy times when she was huddled under a tarp as much as the sunny days. She developed mountaineering skills, became friends with teenagers who had similar interests, gained a deeper appreciation for conservation a


Flash Flood Waters Washed this Montana Road Completely Away

I've seen some wild flooding videos so far this spring, but this is the first one I've seen from our neighbors in Montana. They had a flash flood completely wash a road away. The YouTube description said this event happened near Charlo, Montana. For reference, this is near the Flatheads not that far


ACLU Montana Sues Bail Bond Industry Under Organized Crime Law

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Missoula yesterday says America’s bail bond industry amounts to organized crime. The ACLU of Montana is suing five parties in Montana and two out of state insurance companies over an April 2017 incident when armed bounty hunters kicked in the door of Eugene Mitche


Coach loves seeing athletes grow

Denise Montgomery likes planting the seed and watching it grow. The sure-fire hall of fame coach (who will most certainly be bequeathed with that honor when she finally does hang up her whistle once and for all), who guided the Trotters to an unprecedented string of state team titles in Class B and


Flooding takes out Dublin Gulch Road

CHARLO – Rising waters brought on by rain took out a chunk of Dublin Gulch Road on Wedensday, April 10. Lake County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Clary said the road would likely be closed for a “couple months” before it is repaired. Travelers often use the paved road to move between U.S. Hi