Montana News

$2.1M in Funding For Montana Town’s Tornado Recovery Efforts

Montana officials say they have secured $2.1 million in federal disaster aid for ongoing cleanup efforts in the town of Baker where a tornado tore up homes, leaving a lake covered in hundreds of tons of debris. The Billings Gazette …

Cost of Fighting Montana Wildfires Approach $400M

The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state’s worst wildfire season in two decades. To date, wildfires have burned almost 1,900 square miles, slightly more than the area burned in …

Rain and Snow Help Montana Wildfires But Won’t End Season

Rain snow and cold have replaced heat and smoke after about two dry months on Montana’s fire lines, leaving crews scrambling for extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its …

Montana’s Ablaze And The Firefighting Money Is Running out

Montana’s worst fire season in years is expected to scorch the drought-stricken landscape well into fall, long after the state’s firefighting reserves run out thanks to politicians diverting millions of dollars to fill a budget shortfall. There is only $12 …

Montana to Pay $25M to Asbestos Victims Under Settlements

The state of Montana has reached settlements totaling $25 million with more than 1,000 victims of asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to bring attention to the hazards of a contaminated mine. The Flathead Beacon reported that the …

Rosendale Leads Laslovich for Montana Insurance Regulator Office

Update: Rosendale got 53 percent of the vote to defeat Laslovich with all precincts reporting in. Lindeen got 41 percent of the vote in a lost bid for the office of Secretary of State to Corey Stapelton, who won with …

Exxon to Pay $12M to Settle over Yellowstone Oil Spill

Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. …

Hail Damage Claims from Montana Crops on The Rise

State officials say damage claims for Montana crops due to hail are nearly double what they’ve been in recent years. The Billings Gazette reported the state Department of Agriculture’s Walt Anseth says farmers submitted 200 insurance claims from January to …

Montana Court Orders Man to Pay Restitution, Even for Insured Loss

The Montana Supreme Court says a man who was convicted of stealing $26,500 in cash and merchandise from his employer must pay full restitution, even if the store’s losses were mostly covered by insurance. John Creswell Dovey appealed District Judge …

Eastern Montana Tornado Confirmed, Several Injuries Reported

Several people were injured and one person had to be rescued after a tornado destroyed several homes and damaged a dozen others over the weekend in Baker in eastern Montana. National Weather Service meteorologist Wright Dobbs confirmed the tornado, and …