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Helena News:

Corin Cates-Carney, Capitol Reporter: 253-495-5193, @clccarney

Flathead News:

Nicky Ouellet, Flathead-area Reporter: 603-568-6155 or 406-730-2264, @nickydoesradio

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed today.

The Bureau of Land Management pulled the leases on the parcels just outside Livingston and in the foothills of the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges one week before they were set to be part of a statewide oil and gas lease sale.

Carroll College announced today that John Cech, the current deputy commissioner for the Montana University System, will be the college’s next president. Cech was chosen to be the 18th president of Carroll by the school’s board of trustees.

It’s the last chance for oversnow travel for skiers and snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park this season.

Roads in the park began closing Thursday to make way for the plows that need to clear feet of packed snow in preparation for summer tourism.

A Helena attorney wants to change Montana's constitution to explicitly ban non-U.S. citizens from voting in elections, a measure that one immigrant-rights advocate called an attempt to stoke anti-immigration sentiment ahead of midterm elections.

The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment.

Plans President Donald Trump’s made to place new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum Thursday have rattled Montana’s agriculture sector.

Montana Resources and the Atlantic Richfield Company are planning to begin pumping and treating the toxic waters of the Berkeley Pit in Butte as soon as the end of this year. That’s five years earlier than planned.

Glacier National Park unveiled four options Wednesday night to restore the historic Sperry Chalet dormitory, destroyed by the Sprague Fire in August last year.

Evening Newscast 02-27-18

Feb 27, 2018

More than two weeks of blizzard conditions in Montana’s northern tribal nations pushed Governor Steve Bullock to sign an executive order today declaring a state of emergency.

A central figure in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon has been sentenced to three years and a month in prison, the longest term for anyone convicted in the case.

State retirement systems for game wardens, peace officers, and highway patrol officers are not meeting standards set by the Montana Constitution, according to a report from legislative auditors.

Evening Newscast 02-26-18

Feb 26, 2018

An immigrant rights group says a Montana judge acted illegally when he asked a sheriff's deputy to take away from his court a Mexican-born man who was later detained by federal immigration authorities.

An Atlanta-based financial advisory firm has reached a settlement with Montana regulators over the alleged illegal activities of one of the company's former employees in Missoula.

A former Montana teacher has denied a charge she had sex with a male student under the age of 16 in early 2015.

Montana counties are starting to ban indoor vaping.

A Missoula County district court judge ruled Monday that a man convicted of raping a woman in Missoula in 2013 will not return to prison, despite a series of parole violations.

Beau Donaldson was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 20 suspended after he pleaded guilty to a 2010 rape. The former University of Montana football player was released on parole in 2016 and has been living in Bozeman.

Evening Newscast 02-23-18

Feb 23, 2018

A student at Stevensville High School who police say made a threat to harm staff and students was arrested Friday.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has changed a proposed overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed.

A political watchdog organization says Secretary Zinke appears to have violated a conflict of interest law by meeting with executives of a Montana firearms company in which he holds stock.

A student at Stevensville High School who police say made a threat to harm staff and students was arrested today. That’s according to the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department. The student is a juvenile male. He was arrested for felony intimidation. The Sheriff’s Department says “there no longer is a perceived threat at the Stevensville Schools.”

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