Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Montana receives $10.4 million gift to state historical center

By: - August 25, 2023

Gov. Greg Gianforte and Montana Historical Society Director Molly Kruckenberg have jointly announced that Montana native Norm Asbjornson has donated $10.4 million for the construction of the new Montana Heritage Center in Helena. The donation completes the historical society’s goal of raising $18.8 million for enhancements to the museum’s galleries. The Montana Historical Society continues […]

Yellowstone: Man burned in thermal area, faces charges for off-trail travel

By: - August 24, 2023

Jason Wicks, of Hillman, Michigan, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges for off-trail travel in a Yellowstone National Park thermal area and for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the degree he was a danger to himself or others, the park said Thursday in a news release. Wicks, 49, was arraigned […]

University of Montana receives $8 million grant for health education, research

By: - August 18, 2023

The University of Montana received an $8 million grant that will go towards health education, research and outreach, the school announced earlier this week. A press release said the funds were going towards the L.S. Skaggs Institute for Health Innovation, which exists under the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The institute has three components, according to […]

Great Falls postal worker pleads guilty to stealing mail, wire fraud

By: - August 18, 2023

A Great Falls postal service driver pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of possessing stolen mail and wire fraud after depositing checks she overwrote with her name. Jacqueline Rose Hydock, 33, could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, with sentencing scheduled Dec. 13, according to […]

Glacier National Park: Public should comment on vehicle reservation system

By: - August 17, 2023

Did you get skunked trying to get into Glacier National Park recently? Do you have an opinion about Glacier’s new vehicle reservation program? The park, in its third summer of piloting a vehicle reservation system for major park entrances, is seeking public feedback through Sept. 30, 2023, how visitors will access the park in 2024, […]

Gov. Greg Gianforte appoints new Commissioner of Labor and Industry

By: - August 10, 2023

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the appointment of a new commissioner of labor and industry after the previous appointee resigned following a DUI arrest. Gianforte appointed Sarah Swanson, who previously served in the department as director of strategic engagement and will assume the role on Aug. 14, according to a press release from Gianforte’s office on […]

Mountain Lion euthanized by FWP after ‘abnormal behavior’ in Lockwood

By: - August 7, 2023

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens euthanized a mountain lion in Lockwood on Saturday due to public safety concerns, FWP said in a news release. The adult male mountain lion was in poor physical condition and expressing abnormal and potentially dangerous behaviors. Area residents had reported sightings of a mountain lion wandering a populated […]

FWP: Recent grizzly bears outside of Missoula are reminder to be bear aware

By: - August 2, 2023

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has received reports of grizzly bears in different drainages just outside of Missoula over the past few months, FWP said Wednesday in a news release. Several reports point to a likely grizzly but remain unconfirmed, while others have been verified, and all serve as a reminder to be extra bear […]

Yellowstone National Park: Nonnative brook trout discovered in Soda Butte Creek in park

By: - August 2, 2023

Yellowstone National Park will resume the Soda Butte Creek Native Fish Restoration Project near the Northeast Entrance Aug. 14-18 to remove newly discovered nonnative brook trout, the park said Wednesday in a news release. “If not addressed this month, brook trout will quickly displace native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and eventually invade the entire Lamar River […]

ACLU of Montana announces new director, promotion of senior staff attorney

By: - July 31, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana announced Monday that Akilah Maya Deernose will lead the organization as its executive director after a national search. Currently senior staff attorney at the state ACLU, Deernose will take over the organization on Sept. 4 amidst new and growing attacks on the civil rights and liberties of marginalized […]

Pipeline companies to pay more than $12.5 million for spills in Montana, N.D.

By: - July 31, 2023

Belle Fourche Pipeline Company and Bridger Pipeline LLC – affiliated companies that own and operate a network of crude oil pipelines in Montana North Dakota, and Wyoming – have agreed to pay a $12.5 million civil penalty to resolve claims under the Clean Water Act and Pipeline Safety Laws relating to oil spills in Montana […]

State to euthanize food-conditioned bear in Red Lodge due to community safety threat

By: - July 27, 2023

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife staff are working to trap and euthanize a bear in Red Lodge after it displayed unnatural behavior considered a threat to the community. According to a FWP press release Thursday, a yearling black bear has broken into two vehicles, gotten inside a home and two garages, stolen a backpack […]