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WASHINGTON - Outdated and explosion prone rail tank cars will be barred from shipping most crude from the Bakken oil patch within two years, unless they are retrofitted to meet new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 »
February 5, 2014 12:59 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - A new Congressional report on the nation's coal leasing program is getting mixed reviews.
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey, who requested the investigation, said the report indicates hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have potentially been lost due to improprieties in coal lease sales in Wyoming... more »
February 4, 2014 1:11 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. He's been a member of Congress for four decades: four years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the past 36 years in the U.S. Senate. The Max Baucus era in Washington, D.C. is in its final hours as the six-term Senator prepares to become the 11th U.S.... more »
January 23, 2014 8:53 PM
BILLINGS - A ceiling collapse Thursday at the Montana Rescue Mission's men's shelter injured two cooks.
Community Relations Manager Sheila Cole said the collapse happened about an hour after contractors had finished some work.
The collapse happened while the cooks were preparing dinner for the evening.
Cole... more »
January 13, 2014 9:32 PM
HELENA - More than 2.1 million people were signed up for health plans under the "Obamacare" marketplaces as of Dec. 28, with the vast majority - nearly 1.8 million - signing up in December.
Nearly one third of the total enrollees - 30 percent - were under 34, with... more »
January 9, 2014 6:00 AM
BILLINGS - In Billings, main streets are wet. Secondary streets and avenues are slushy and wet with areas of snow pack and ice.
On the interstates and highways according to the Montana Department of Transportation:
I-90 from Reed Point to Springdale has high gusty winds from there to... more »
January 7, 2014 6:24 AM
BILLINGS - In Billings main streets are snow packed or partially snow packed and icy. Secondary streets and avenues are snow covered with snow pack and ice with areas of slush.
Many roads in and out of the city limits of Billings are drifting with snow, so watch out... more »
January 6, 2014 6:09 AM
BILLINGS - In Billings main streets are snow packed and icy. Secondary streets are snow covered with snow pack and ice.
On the interstates and highways according to the Montana Department of Transportation: I-90 from Laurel to Lockwood, mostly clear. I-90 from Laurel to Park City, scattered snow and... more »
January 3, 2014 1:18 AM
BILLINGS - Monday's train derailment and explosion near Casselton, North Dakota underscores a growing concern over rail safety, at least when it comes to transporting Bakken crude oil.
Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a safety alert, warning the public, emergency responders, and shippers about the high volatility... more »
January 2, 2014 6:28 AM
BILLINGS - In Billings main streets are, mostly clear with areas of snow and ice. Secondary streets and avenues are,snow covered and icy. Zimmerman Trail is open and Airport Road from Main Street to Zimmerman Trail has areas of frost and ice.
On the Interstates and highways according to... more »
December 31, 2013 6:07 PM
HOUSTON - To say the future looks bright for the Bakken oil region could be an industrial understatement.
It really wasn't that long ago that the oil prospects in what was then known as the Williston Basin were among the industry's most under-performing.
Then, new technology and new... more »
December 24, 2013 6:06 PM
HOUSTON - Most of us are familiar with the term "techies", but in the world of oil and gas we've discovered a whole new meaning for the word.
Montana Tech graduates, affectionately known as "techies", are making their presence known in nearly all aspects of the oil and gas... more »
December 24, 2013 12:57 AM
BILLINGS - Authorities have identified the victim killed in a shooting in the Billings Heights this past weekend.
Jessica Stephenson, 25 of Joliet, died from multiple gunshots to the head and body, according to Yellowstone County Assistant Coroner Chad Fehr.
Stephenson was killed as she was calling 911... more »
December 20, 2013 11:21 PM
BUTTE - NorthWestern Energy submitted its formal request Friday to the Montana Public Service Commission to approve its purchase of 11 hydroelectric generating facilities and related assets from PPl Montana.
The filing initiates the formal regulatory process to complete the previously announced $900 million agreement between the two companies.... more »
December 17, 2013 11:30 PM
CHICAGO - As much as $636 million was up for grabs Tuesday night in the Mega Millions jackpot.
If no one wins Tuesday's jackpot, it will rise to at least $950 million for Friday's drawing.
The numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 8, 20, 14, 17, 39 & the... more »
December 17, 2013 10:49 PM
BILLINGS - Billings Fire crews are on the scene of a small fire at 2456 Central Avenue, in the back of the old CJ's Restaurant building.
The fire department responded to the area after reports of a strong smoke smell in the area.
Once on scene, crews concentrated... more »
December 16, 2013 11:19 PM
BILLINGS - Just two days before he'll speak at the Progress Iowa Holiday party this week, a new poll shows former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has his work cut for him if he's serious about a possible White House bid in 2016. A new Des Moines Register Iowa poll shows... more »
December 11, 2013 6:05 AM
BILLINGS - All roads in the Billings area are snow covered with areas of slush and ice.
Billings is on their slick streets policy which means officers will only respond to wrecks that involve injury, where traffic is blocked or in which a crime has been committed. For all... more »
December 11, 2013 1:33 AM
BILLINGS - Three armed robberies in a span of six hours kept Billings Police busy on Tuesday.
Two of the robberies occurred within a half hour of each other.
Just after 8:30 p.m., the Papa Johns at 305 24th Street West was robbed by a lone gunman brandishing... more »