Montana News

Cleanup Plan Finally Approved For Contaminated Montana Town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval this week to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency’s action comes more than 15 years after …

Montana Officials Seek Dollar Value on Dino Fossils for Insurance Purposes

Montana State University is trying to put a value on dinosaur bones after state auditors said they need it for insurance policies, despite opposition from Museum of the Rockies’ dinosaur experts who say it’s unethical and dangerous to treat scientific …

ARCO Counter-Sues in Ongoing Legal Battle with Montana Residents

An oil company has counter-sued residents of the Montana communities of Opportunity and Crackerville who are seeking an environmental cleanup. The Montana Standard reported that the Atlantic Richfield Co. filed a lawsuit against 97 residents, claiming their long legal fight …

Chicken Salad Pulled off Costco Shelves Due to E. Coli

Authorities say chicken salad from Costco has been linked to at least one case of E. coli in Washington state. The Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other western states are investigating E. coli illnesses …

Some Asbestos Left Behind in Montana Town Amid Move to End Cleanup

Federal officials say their final analysis of a Montana community wracked by deadly asbestos contamination shows a costly and much-criticized cleanup is working – even though about 700 properties have yet to be investigated. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has …

Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System Questioned in Report

Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren’t public, and railroads take care of their own bridges. The Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics released a report focused on railroad bridges on …

Montana Jury Awards $2M in Mistaken House Title Suit

A Yellowstone County, Mont. jury has awarded just over $2 million in damages to a Texas man after a loan servicing company negligently included the legal description of his Billings property in the foreclosure paperwork for a Butte property. District …

Uber Wants To Set up Operations in Montana

The ridesharing company Uber has filed an application with Montana regulators for a license to operate in the state, starting a protest period for any motor carrier or member of the public to comment before the Public Service Commission makes …

Montana Bar to Blame for Woman Who Stole Truck And Died in Crash, Railway Says

BNSF Railway is suing a Whitefish, Mont. bar for allegedly over-serving a woman who stole a company truck and was killed when she crashed it into a tree. The Flathead Beacon reported the lawsuit claims Casey’s Bar & Casino is …

Montana Governor’s Chief of Staff among Plaintiffs Suing Volkswagen

Gov. Steve Bullock’s chief of staff is among the plaintiffs in a Montana lawsuit against Volkswagen over the automaker’s emissions-rigging scandal. Tracy Stone-Manning, her husband Richard Manning and Missoula resident Kristine Akland are the three Volkswagen car owners named as …