September 12, 2014 1:19 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - Three national environmental groups are now suing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in an attempt to stop the use of older rail-tank cars to ship volatile Bakken Crude oil. In a new petition filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sierra Club, ForestEthics and... more »
September 3, 2014 8:01 PM
BUFFALO, WYOMING - In Wyoming, a search and rescue ordeal with a happy ending, at least so far - but the rescue isn't over yet. What was supposed to be an "engagement weekend" for a Wyoming couple, turned into a real-life experience of survival in the Bighorn National... more »
August 29, 2014 1:11 AM
POPLAR - The victims are 12- to 14-year-old girls sold for sex on the Internet, lured by an adult for sex, or forced into a life of servitude by predators to sell their bodies to strangers. Hard to imagine that scenario happening in our region, but such corruption and crime... more »
August 28, 2014 1:41 AM
BILLINGS - It's not everyday you hear someone make the case for using more fossil fuels, but that was the message delivered Wednesday to the Montana Petroleum Association's Appreciation Luncheon in Billings.
Speaking to the group was Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, and a regular... more »
August 26, 2014 11:14 PM
COLUMBUS - Stillwater County Treasurer Don Strizki is barred from the treasurer's office during normal business hours due to a restraining order filed against him.
Justice of the Peace Marilyn Kober granted the restraining order after a hearing this week where one of Strizki's co-workers told the court that... more »
August 25, 2014 10:31 PM
HELENA - Montana democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis will run his first television ads of the House race beginning Tuesday.
In the ad, Lewis takes a shot at his republican opponent Ryan Zinke over Special Operations for America, a political action committee Zinke helped found and which now... more »
August 23, 2014 1:08 AM
SHERIDAN - Wyoming residents have been patiently waiting for their chance to purchase lottery tickets since last year, when the Wyoming legislature passed a new law allowing the state to participate in a multi-state lottery game.
Those tickets go on sale this coming Sunday, and its already known who... more »
August 20, 2014 11:08 PM
HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Amanda Curtis has tapped Clayton Elliot to manager her campaign.
Elliot most recently served as lead lobbyist and community organizer for the Northern Plains Resource Council, an environmental organization.
In a statement, the Curtis campaign cited Elliott's work as director of the... more »
August 20, 2014 12:54 AM
CHEYENNE - Wyoming voters cast ballots Tuesday in the state's primary election, with three high profile statewide races topping the ballot.
In Wyoming's Governor's race, incumbent Matt Mead soared to an easy victory in his bid for a second term.
Mead polled 55% of the vote to Dr.... more »
August 19, 2014 7:01 PM
CHEYENNE - Today is primary election day in Wyoming.
Three high profile statewide races top the ballot.
In Wyoming's Governor's race, incumbent Matt Mead has two Republican challengers as he seeks a second term.
Tea Party favorite State Supt of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, and rancher and... more »
August 19, 2014 6:09 PM
BILLINGS - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus this past weekend.
Game warden Paul Luepke said the mule deer buck was shot illegally sometime late Saturday or early Sunday on... more »
August 19, 2014 5:04 PM
HELENA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it would not list the arctic grayling as a federally threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
The decision heads off the prospect of federal management of the fish in Montana.
In a joint announcement with... more »
August 19, 2014 1:16 AM
BILLINGS - Now that John Walsh is no longer a candidate in Montana's U.S. Senate race, he's free to dole out the campaign funds left over from his ill-fated Senate Bid.
Today, the Walsh camp announcing that it's giving $125-thousand to the Montana Democratic Party and $25-thousand to the... more »
August 15, 2014 8:52 PM
BILLINGS - A severe thunderstorm dumped heavy rain on the Billings area Friday evening.
The National Weather Service reports that the storm included a microburst, with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.
Doppler radar shows the storm moving east at 15 miles per hour.
The... more »
August 15, 2014 1:01 AM
BILLINGS - A North Dakota energy company has its eye on Billings as a future home for one of five new "micro-refineries" that would refine Bakken crude into diesel. Quantum Energy, based in Williston, is proposing to build five refineries across the Bakken region, each costing half a billion dollars... more »
August 13, 2014 10:57 PM
HAVRE - Montana State University-Northern officials announced Wednesday night that head football coach, Mark Samson, has resigned.
Jake Eldridge, who has served as the team's defensive coordinator has been named the interim head coach for the upcoming football season.
School officials say a national search for a new... more »
August 8, 2014 9:02 PM
HELENA - At least six Montana Democrats are somewhat interested in being the party's nominee against Republican Congressman Steve Daines in the November election to replace Sen. John Walsh, who stepped aside Thursday following revelations of plagiarism.
The two Democrats who faced Walsh in the June primary, both remain... more »
August 8, 2014 12:47 AM
HELENA - Two weeks after the New York Times called him out for plagiarizing large portions of an academic work that was key to his master's degree, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) on Thursday afternoon dropped out of the race to keep his Senate seat.
The move follows three days... more »
August 6, 2014 1:04 AM
HELENA - Speculation swirling Tuesday night that embattled Montana Senator John Walsh may be seriously considering dropping out of the U.S. Senate race.
The speculation comes in the aftermath of last month's New York Times report that Walsh plagiarized major portions of his final paper as he earned his... more »
August 5, 2014 12:55 AM
HELENA - Montana Republican Party officials have filed requests under Montana's "Right to Know" laws to find out if plans are underway to replace democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh on the November ballot.
Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps said the party's request names Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. Angela... more »
July 30, 2014 1:33 AM
DENVER - Montana rancher Mark Fix, a past chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, was among those to testify Tuesday at a Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional hearing in Denver on new proposed air pollution rules to curb carbon pollution.
Tuesday's hearing was an opportunity for interested parties... more »
July 29, 2014 8:38 PM
HELENA - The plagiarism investigation of Montana Senator John Walsh may end up in the Pentagon following a review by a panel at the U.S. Army War College.
A college spokeswoman told MTN News Tuesday that it is standard policy that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense... more »
July 24, 2014 1:01 AM
WASHINGTON - Outdated and explosion prone rail tank cars will be barred from shipping most crude from the Bakken oil patch within two years, unless they are retrofitted to meet new safety standards. That's the upshot of new rules proposed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The new... more »
July 2, 2014 1:41 AM
BISMARCK - The state of North Dakota is taking new steps to cut down on the amount of natural gas that is flared in the Bakken oil fields.
The amount of natural gas going up into thin air is startling, and now state officials are moving forward with a... more »
June 30, 2014 8:39 PM
HELENA -Montana's Congressional Delegation reacted along party lines Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down a regulation related to the Affordable Care Act that would have mandated coverage of contraception in health plans workers get through their jobs.
Democratic Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh said the... more »
June 24, 2014 12:50 AM
HELENA -Lawyers for Montana's Senate President were in a Helena courtroom Monday, asking a judge to throw out a civil case filed against him by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices.
Commissioner Jonathan Motl has accused Sen. Art Wittich (R-Bozeman) and several other Republicans of illegal coordination with Western Tradition... more »
June 18, 2014 1:35 AM
BISMARCK, North Dakota - It's official. The state of North Dakota has officially joined the million-barrels-a-day club when it comes to oil production.
The million-barrels-a-day milestone was actually eclipsed back in April, it just takes two months for North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources to compile the latest industry... more »
June 13, 2014 2:14 AM
HELENA - Election officials in Big Horn, Rosebud and Blaine counties will soon be required to staff election offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations prior to the upcoming November general election. Those conditions are part of a tentative agreement in a federal lawsuit over equal... more »
June 11, 2014 11:36 PM
HELENA - Montana's Congressional delegation Wednesday supported, at least as a start, an emergency measure passed by the Senate to improve care at the Veterans Health Administration.
The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would give the VA more freedom to fire poorly performing... more »
June 4, 2014 3:24 AM
BILLINGS - In the wake of Tuesday's primary election, Montana political junkies will have plenty of time to focus on the battles shaping up in Montana's November general election.
At the top of the ballot, two of the state's three seats in Congress are up for grabs.
In... more »
May 29, 2014 2:19 AM
BILLINGS - The legal challenge against Montana's ban against same-sex marriage features a classic struggle between the U.S. constitution and the state's constitution. Last week, Montana became one of 29 states where judges are being asked to strike down bans against same-sex unions.
Montana's ban was enacted by voters... more »
May 29, 2014 1:30 AM
BILLINGS - It's been in the works for ten years, but now an effort to connect south Billings to the north side with a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks downtown has been derailed.
The culprit is the escalating price tag for the project. At Tuesday night's Billings City... more »
May 22, 2014 9:23 PM
BILLINGS - With the National Weather Service predicting the warmest temperatures of the season this weekend, Yellowstone County officials are offering free sandbags and sand at no charge to county residents so they can better prepare for possible flooding
With mountain snowpack in some areas at 150 percent of... more »
May 22, 2014 6:34 PM
BILLINGS - Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the deaths of a Billings woman and her daughter, who were found dead in their Cook Avenue home Wednesday morning.
Deputy Yellowstone County Coroner Chad Fehr identified the victims at 33-year old Jessica Hicks, and 14-year old Alexis Nicholson.
Fehr... more »
May 22, 2014 5:23 PM
HELENA - Thirty-six point one million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year.
That forecast from AAA indicates more than eight in ten travelers will be... more »
May 22, 2014 1:16 AM
BELFRY - A controversial oil drilling project near Belfry is off to a rough start, after the company drilling the well was found not to have the necessary water permits for its operation. Energy Corporation of America (ECA) made news last November when it opened an office in west Billings,... more »
May 21, 2014 1:26 AM
BILLINGS - Bond has been set at $250,000 for a California woman who prosecutors say confessed to killing her infant child.
Arraignment is scheduled for June 5 in district court. She's requested a public defender and remains in the Yellowstone County Detention facility.
According to the online jail... more »
May 20, 2014 6:08 PM
CHEYENNE - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is asking the Secretary of the Interior to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote to Governor Mead in late 2013, saying she expected to make a decision in early 2014 and take final action this year.... more »
May 20, 2014 5:17 PM
DEER LODGE - Montana State Prison Warden Leroy Kirkegard has announced that inmate visitation will be temporarily reduced from five to three days a week while the prison addresses operational issues.
Kiregard says the prison is cancelling inmate visitation on Wednesday and Thursdays until further notice, to allow staff... more »
May 20, 2014 1:17 AM
BILLINGS - Billings City Council gets a detailed look at proposed budgets for the city's Police and Fire Departments; Insurance agencies across Billings pressed to the limit to deal with damage from Sunday's hail storm; We take you to the summit of the Beartooth Pass as plowing crews dig in... more »
May 19, 2014 11:35 PM
BILLINGS - One day after a severe hail storm rips thru southeastern Montana, residents assess the damage and clean up. Tonight Q2's Victoria Fregoso has more on the aftermath of Sunday's big storm. Plowing crews say Friday morning's opening of the Beartooth Pass is still on schedule. Q2's Jason Laird... more »
May 15, 2014 6:50 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative is facing $71,000 in fines for 12 safety violations stemming from a workplace fatality last January at its plant in Lovell, Wyoming.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Denver-based Cooperative following an inspection... more »
May 15, 2014 1:31 AM
BILLINGS - Landowners living near the Signal Peak Coal Mine in the Bull Mountains north of Billings are suing the Bureau of Land Management.
Their lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Billings recently seeks to force the agency to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) into the... more »
May 14, 2014 1:09 AM
BILLINGS - They finally got the hero's welcome they deserved.
77 Montana World War II veterans returned to Billings Monday, following a whirlwind 37-hour trip to the nation's capitol to see their memorial on the national mall.
Just like the eight previous Big Sky Honor Flights, this group... more »
May 5, 2014 11:55 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - The push to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline could reach the White House this week.
The Hill newsletter reports that Republicans want to add at least four energy-related amendments to an energy efficiency bill favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Monday, White House... more »
April 25, 2014 10:10 PM
LINDSAY, MONTANA - Glendive native Ross Oakland has been farming this area of Dawson County for more than 30 years, but his newest business venture involves a different type of crop.
"I'm a farmer at heart, and I still am a farmer," said Oakland.
Today Oakland operates Oaks... more »
April 25, 2014 2:09 AM
WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA - The Bakken Oil Boom has transformed North Dakota from a relatively small player in the world of oil, to number two in the country behind Texas.
Williston is now the fastest growing micropolitan city in the nation.
"It is one of the brightest spots... more »
April 23, 2014 11:49 PM
WILLISTON - Any thoughts that the pace in the Bakken oil patch has slowed down over the past few years, can be eliminated.
"We're breaking records everyday," noted Tom Rolfstad, Executive Director of Williston Economic Development.
"They're growing houses, like they grow wheat on the plains," said Rick... more »
April 23, 2014 1:55 AM
BILLINGS - A female inmate, who had been at the Billings pre-release center Passages for only two weeks, walked away from the facility Tuesday.
Angelica Gray, 23, was serving time for criminal possession of dangerous drugs out of Lewis and Clark County.
Passages Administrator David Armstrong said Gray... more »
April 23, 2014 1:40 AM
BILLINGS -The name of a man who was burned during a fire at the Sage Tower apartment complex in downtown Billings on Tuesday night has been released.
Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Tatum said the man is Frank Grayson of Billings.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Grayson was in critical... more »
April 15, 2014 1:36 AM
BILLINGS - A tip from employees at the Billings Hobby Lobby store provided police with the first break in the case against accused serial rapist Toby Griego.
Griego who was found guilty on 27 counts of rape, robbery and kidnapping, first became a subject of interest in the series... more »
April 10, 2014 9:44 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - A shortage of rail cars and long delays in rail car deliveries is putting the squeeze on the nation's agriculture producers.
That was the message delivered Thursday to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in Washington D.C. National and state agriculture leaders say grain producers deserve better... more »
April 10, 2014 9:14 PM
MISSOULA - Attorneys for a Kalispell newlywed who admitted to pushing her husband over a cliff in Glacier National Park have filed an appeal of her sentence in U.S. District Court.
Last month, 22-year-old Jordan Graham was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shoving her husband... more »
April 9, 2014 12:54 AM
BILLINGS - Former University of Montana standout basketball player Kevin Criswell faces federal drug conspiracy charges.
Criswell entered a not guilty plea in Billings Federal Court Tuesday to the two-count indictment.
Criswell was a standout for the Grizzlies from 2002 to 2006, and currently ranks fifth on the... more »
April 3, 2014 9:23 PM
HUNTEY - A man died Thursday evening when a truck went off the road and into the Yellowstone River at the Highway 312 bridge just outside of Huntley.
Lt. Shane Skillen with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at about 6 p.m. when an eastbound pickup... more »
April 2, 2014 11:45 PM
ROUNDUP - Not many people believed Montana Governor Judy Martz back in 2001, when she traveled to Roundup to announce a new era in local coal mining.
The governor's vision of a new state-of-the-art coal mine, railroad, and power plant had plenty of skeptics. After all, they had heard... more »
April 1, 2014 9:09 PM
HELENA - Advocates for the disabled are taking Montana to federal court over the way some mentally ill inmates are treated in prison.
Disability Rights Montana warned in late February it might sue the Departments of Corrections and Public Health and Human Services.
On Monday, it filed a... more »
March 25, 2014 9:23 PM
MISSOULA - Attorneys for a bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park are moving to withdraw Jordan Graham's guilty plea, accusing prosecutors of acting in "bad faith".
The new development comes just two days before Graham was to have been sentenced for the... more »
March 25, 2014 1:10 AM
HELENA - A legal battle is brewing over the eligibility of a candidate who filed to run for the Montana Supreme Court.
Five delegates to Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention are asking that state Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke be removed as a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court.
The... more »
March 21, 2014 1:35 AM
SIDNEY - Defense attorneys representing a Colorado man charged in the kidnapping and murder of Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold, say their client's mental disability should preclude him from being eligible for the death penalty. Michael Spell's mental capacity will be the subject of a competency hearing scheduled to... more »
March 6, 2014 1:07 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - On Capitol Hill Thursday, the focus will be on safety concerns involving rail cars transporting crude oil.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing to look specifically at recent accidents involving volatile Bakken crude.
With an increase in crude-by-rail accidents, including the... more »
March 6, 2014 12:54 AM
HOUSTON - Backers of the Keystone XL Pipeline are now predicting the controversial project will soon get the approval from the Obama Administration.
That word from Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, the company behind the $5.4 billion dollar venture.
At a Houston energy conference this week, the largest... more »
March 4, 2014 8:59 PM
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock's appointment of then Lt. Gov. John Walsh to the U.S. Senate raised some questions about how Montana fills such vacancies, and it exposed Bullock to criticism from those who didn't like his choice.
Now a ballot measure proposed Tuesday would let Montanans vote on... more »
February 27, 2014 12:52 AM
HELENA - Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be appearing regularly on several programs on cable channel MSNBC, all without leaving his Georgetown Lake home.
Schweitzer told MTN News Wednesday that the network is building a studio at his home, that will allow him to appear on live TV... more »
February 25, 2014 9:37 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a new order Tuesday that mandates shippers test crude oil coming from the Bakken region before transporting it via railcar.
The emergency order comes just one day before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee begins to take a closer look... more »
February 20, 2014 1:02 AM
HELENA - A ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in Montana has the green light from the Montana Department of Justice.
A department spokesman said revised language on the measure has been approved.
Kim Abbott, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network and the initiative's sponsor, said advocates could... more »
February 19, 2014 6:57 PM
BILLINGS - The United Airlines plane involved in Monday's turbulent flight that sent three flight attendants and two passengers to the hospital, departed Billings Logan International Airport today.
Federal Aviation Administration officials tell Q2 that the "aircraft in question remains out of service" but that the FAA has issued... more »
February 18, 2014 1:59 AM
BILLINGS - After a turbulent flight into Billings where three flight attendants and two passengers were hospitalized, all but one flight attendant has been released.
Paramedics responded to a runway to assist crew members and passengers of the plane at Billings Logan International Airport shortly after it landed.
... more »
February 18, 2014 1:42 AM
Williston, N.D. - Extreme winter weather caused a 5.5 percent drop in Bakken oil production during December.
According to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, December was the first month in a year that North Dakota failed to set an oil production record.
North Dakota natural gas... more »
February 18, 2014 1:27 AM
WILLISTON - Williston, North Dakota can now claim the No. 1 spot in the nation when it comes to rent prices.
According to an online guide for renters, the going rate in the heart of the Bakken Oil Boom now surpasses rent prices in Boston, New York City, and... more »
February 17, 2014 8:02 PM
SHEPHERD - One female bus driver was injured after a pickup truck collided with a Shepherd bus on Highway 312 shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday.
A white pickup, headed northeast, failed to yield on a left hand turn, pulling in front of the Shepherd School District bus headed... more »
February 17, 2014 4:48 PM
BILLINGS - Paramedics responded to a runway at Billings Logan International Airport on Monday afternoon, following a turbulent flight.
United Airlines has since issued this official statement on Flight 1676;
"The flight encountered severe turbulence upon descent into Billings, Montana. Three crew members and a number of passengers... more »
February 13, 2014 11:45 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - Montana Senator Jon Tester has a new role in the Senate, he's the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
Tester has been on the committee his entire seven years in the U.S.Senate.
The state's senior senator is from Big Sandy, just outside the... more »
February 13, 2014 5:11 PM
HELENA - Montana Governor Steve Bullock sent a letter today to FBI Director James Comey, urging him to keep the Bakken FBI office in its current location in Sidney, MT. "When the FBI was looking to set-up an office in the area, Sidney community leaders recognized the importance of having... more »
February 12, 2014 9:09 PM
UPDATE - Billings Police confirm Hermalinda Marie Ramirez faces charges of arson, assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment after she allegedly set fire to her home on Billings south-side Wednesday night.
Firefighters responded to smoke and flames at 4127 Buchanan Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. Shortly after neighbors... more »
February 11, 2014 9:19 PM
BILLINGS - Billings resident Sam Rankin, a frequent face on the Montana political scene, is hoping enough people have had it with both parties in Washington that they'll help his campaign as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. The long-time Billings real estate professional ran for the Democratic nomination... more »
February 6, 2014 1:06 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - So much to do, so little time.
It's one of life's clichés, but it couldn't be more descriptive of the sudden chaos in the office of Montana Senator Max Baucus. Granted, there's been a sense of urgency ever since Baucus announced last year that he would... more »