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Karen Budd-Falen Weighs in on Meatpackers, 30×30

Karen Budd-Falen is one of the most respected lawyers in the country when it comes to standing up for Western interests, especially farmers and ranchers. This week, she's headlining the Montana Stockgrower's Association midyear meeting in Lewistown. She recently returned to her law offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming after a two...
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Billings Boy Fighting For Life in PICU After Choking on NERF Dart

This story will make every parent nervous. You can control a lot of things when it comes to your child's safety, like putting up child gates, covering electrical outlets and installing safety latches on the silverware drawer full of sharp knives. Other situations are difficult to prepare for, no matter how cautious you are.
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Gallatin County Leads State in Binge and Heavy Drinking

According to data from countyhealthrankings.org, Gallatin County leads the state of Montana when it comes to excessive drinking. In Gallatin County, 26% of adults reported binge and heavy drinking. Park, Custer, Hill, and Powell counties tied for 2nd. The data was collected using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a...
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Is Walmart Going Bagless on July 1? Yes & No

A trip to the local Walmart is pretty much a mundane everyday occurrence for most folks. But a slight change in that routine can cause a huge ripple effect. Case in point, a viral article coming from 92 Moose in Augusta, Maine (a Townsquare Media station, like this one) which stated that Walmart was going 100% bagless on July 1. Seeing that this article originated in Maine, this was absolutely true.
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Comments Pour in Over Keystone Pipeline Company Cancellation

Comments from around the country have been pouring in after TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, pulled the plug on the entire project, months after President Biden cancelled U.S. involvement on his first day in office. Senator Daines released the following statement:. “This is devastating news...
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Two Fatalities Confirmed at Stillwater Mine in Montana

Two fatalities have now been confirmed following an accident at the Stillwater Mine in Montana. Reports first came out Wednesday night that an accident took place. A spokesman for the Stillwater Mine released the following details:. It is with deep sadness that we confirm the loss of two of our...
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Company Backing Keystone XL Pipeline Officially Pulls the Plug

Montana Senator Steve Daines announced on Wednesday that the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, Calgary TC Energy, was forced to officially pull the plug on the project, and he placed the blame directly on President Joe Biden, who cancelled the pipeline on his first day in office. This week,...
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Who is the Missoula Donor Tied to Controversial BLM Nominee?

Now that's a fancy house. For those of you who watch the TV show "Yellowstone," it reminds me of the place that the bad guy from California developed in the Paradise Valley. For those of you who heard the news about President Biden's controversial nominee to head up the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), she is in hot water over some serious ethics questions following her hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday.
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Uh Oh, Biden BLM Nominee Facing Serious Ethics Questions

Tracy Stone-Manning is a longtime environmental activist and Democrat party operative. She started with EarthFirst back in the 1990s and is tied to virtually every out of state funded, dark money environmental outfit in Montana. She's also President Biden's nominee to head up the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Her...
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Downtown Bank Robbery under Investigation by Missoula Police

KGVO has learned that there was a robbery at Stockman Bank at Orange and Broadway on Tuesday. Reportedly, one suspect was taken into custody. KGVO has reached out to the FBI office in Salt Lake City, who advised that any information about the robbery would be coming from the Missoula Police Department, and is awaiting more details.
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Racing Returns to Gallatin Speedway for Summer Season

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Racing is back at Gallatin Speedway for the summer season. If you want to take the family out and enjoy a night of racing, races are scheduled through September 3, 2021. On most nights, gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing set to begin...
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Tourism in 2020 was Down but Recovered despite COVID Pandemic

Out of state tourism was down in 2020 as expected due to the pandemic, but the steady stream of out of state visitors throughout the year enabled the travel and tourism industry to keep its head above water. University of Montana Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research Assistant Director Kara...
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Northwestern Energy Lineman Shows Off Natural Climbing Abilities

Apparently, the workforce shortage in Montana is getting serious. Black bears are now officially joining the workforce. The best part is that you don't have to pay them actual money. Just give them some fresh fish and berries, and you're good to go. All kidding aside, this picture is incredible....
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New Chairman Tackling Challenges at the Montana PSC

Jim Brown is new to the Montana Public Service Commission, but it looks like the commissioner from the Southwestern district is already looking to tackle the major issues head on. Brown was also chosen to serve as Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission following his election to the office...
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Sun Dresses, Tank Tops and Live Music Return to Billings Streets

Last week was the first time I got to enjoy outdoor music in Billings for well over a year and I didn't realize how much I missed it. The steady "thump... thump... thump" of the drummer during soundcheck. The occasional feedback squeal of a hot mic. 1000's of watts of power, blasting amplified guitars directly through oversized speakers and straight into your ears, heart, and soul. All while standing under the sun with fun people. For many people, it's tough to beat.
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Popular River Recreation Area Near Billings Adds 25 New Acres

One of my favorite, not-so-secret outdoor spots within minutes of Billings and Laurel is the Sundance Lodge Recreation Area. The area has now grown by 25 acres with a new, pizza-slice shaped parcel of land that borders the Yellowstone River and the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone (outlined in blue, below)