Montana News

Montana Man’s 11th DUI Gets 50 Years

A 49-year-old Helena, Mont. man who has been convicted of 11 drunken driving offenses has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Independent Record reported District Judge Kathy Seeley sentenced Shawn Kevin Smaage last week, saying he would have …

Judge Approves Montana Diocese $16.4M Sex Abuse Settlement

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in Montana that includes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who sued over clergy sex abuse from the 1940s to the 1970s. …

AssureStart Adds 5 States

Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

Largest Dividend Paid by Montana Workers’ Comp Fund

Many Montana businesses will share a $20 million windfall from the state workers’ compensation fund. The Montana State Fund’s board on Friday approved its largest dividend ever for most of its 27,000 business customers in the state. The dividend equates …

Magnitude 4.0 Quake Shakes Parts Of Montana

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook parts of northwest Montana on Tuesday afternoon, but no damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey picked up the earthquake at about 3:33 p.m. The temblor’s epicenter was 31 miles northeast of Thompson Falls and …

Montana Crops Besieged by Floodwaters

The round hay bales in the Saco flats have turned dark with mud and mildew. The high-water mark rises halfway up these slumping, soggy bales – thousands of which dot the fields along U.S. Highway 12 – bearing the ruin …

Barley Crops In Montana, Idaho Rain Damaged

That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015. Heavy late-August rains have damaged crops in the nation’s largest malt-barley producing states, Montana and …

High Earthquake Probability for Yellowstone Region

A new U.S. Geological Survey report indicates a slightly greater earthquake hazard in the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho than previously thought, a geophysicist says. “The new maps show how Yellowstone has had a relative increase in …

Montana Jury Says Hyundai Owes $240M In Punitive Damages

A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011. Lake County jurors late Tuesday awarded …

BNSF Settles Lawsuit with Montana City Over Contamination

BNSF Railway has settled a lawsuit filed by landowners living near a former railroad tie treatment plant near Somers, Mont. BNSF spokesman Matt Jones told the Flathead Beacon the settlement reached last month calls for the company to buy most …