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A moose standing in water.
Alex Butterfield / (CC BY-ND 2.0)

This year brought unsettling news for Montana hunters and lovers of wild game meat: For the first time, a wild elk and a wild moose were found infected with chronic wasting disease.

Elk grazing in Grand Teton National Park.
Dan Ng / National Park Service

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it will lure elk away from a historic feeding ground using a trail of hay.

Mark Gordon's headshot
Mark Gordon / GordonforWyoming

Wyoming's governor has announced plans to allocate additional funding for an investigation into the state's largest utility.

North Dakota officials are considering a permit for a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide that would be used to help recover more oil.

Vaping devices sitting next to their product box.
John Adams / Montana Free Press

Montana has temporarily banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after a judge ruled against vape shop owners who sued to keep their products on the shelves.

One of the many billboards from the recent campaign.
Alexis Bonogofsky / EastofBillings

The Billings Chamber of Commerce has started to remove parts of its campaign that was criticized by a local blogger saying campaign language and imagery was tone-deaf and racist.

Four snowmobiles sitting on the snow.
Jules Morgan / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Five snowmobilers are safe after an overnight rescue in a snowstorm near a remote lake in Montana.

A Montana judge has sentenced a former elementary school teacher who is married to a candidate for the state's top education job to a three-year deferred sentence for felony drug possession.

Two snowmobilers are waist deep in mountain snow with their snowmobiles on Mt. Abundance.
A. Bertolino

A snowmobile rider has escaped injury after being caught in an avalanche over the weekend in southern Montana.

The Montana Historical Society building in Helena, Montana
Roger W / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The state will remodel the Montana Historical Society building and add a connected building to create the new Montana Heritage Center.