Montana News

Hail and Lightning from Montana Weekend Thunderstorms Cause Damage

Some Montana residents are cleaning up after a series of weekend thunderstorms that brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles. The National Weather Service reports the worst damage …

Judge Recommends $14M Award to Montana Neo-Nazi Trolling Victim

The publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay the victim of an internet trolling campaign over $14 million and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact the Montana real estate agent, a magistrate judge recommended on …

Montana Senate Committee Brings Back Proposal for Tough DUI Laws

A Montana Senate committee has revived a bill to strengthen DUI laws by including it in a budget companion bill. The DUI bill, requested by Attorney General Tim Fox, was tabled by a House committee. Republican Sen. Keith Regier earlier …

Montana Regulator Warns of Bad Insurance Policies Being Peddled

Montana’s insurance commissioner says a Tennessee man is peddling unauthorized car insurance policies. Commissioner Matthew Rosendale sent a cease-and-desist letter last week to Mervin Graber of Whiteville, Tenn., after about 20 people bought policies, most of them in the Flathead …

Southwestern Montana Hit with Earthquake, Aftershocks

An earthquake that struck Tuesday in a rural area near the Idaho-Montana border was felt as far away as Helena and was followed by multiple aftershocks, but no damage was immediately reported. The main quake struck just after noon Tuesday …

Montana Lawmakers Reject Recreational Marijuana

A state House committee has rejected a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana use in Montana. The Independent Record reported that the House Taxation Committee voted 12-6 last week to table House Bill 770, effectively killing the measure. Supporters …

$5M in Claims Filed Against Montana Coal Company Include Family of Worker

The family of a fallen miner is among those in Montana trying to collect more than $5 million from a coal company that’s working through bankruptcy proceedings. Also trying to collect are county governments, and dentists. The Billings Gazette reported …

Man Dies 2 Days After $2.6M Verdict in Montana Mine Lawsuit

A man who fought for more than a decade to maintain his rights to a mining claim in northwestern Montana died two days after a jury awarded him nearly $2.6 million. A Lincoln County jury awarded the money to Arnold …

Montana Homes in Fire-Prone Areas Hike Firefighting Costs, Report Shows

Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study. Half …

Family of Montana Man Killed by Drunk Driver Settles Suit With Bar

The family of a Montana man killed by a drunken driver has reached a settlement with one of the bars they claimed over-served the driver. The Independent Record reports 25-year-old Samuel Tielking died in Helena in February 2017 after his …