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A motocade drives by Billings' two hospitals on May 6, 2020.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Montana Air National Guard flew over hospitals across the state this week to salute Montana’s first responders and medical workers combating the novel coronavirus. Yellowstone Public Radio News was there to watch a motorcade in Billings that coincided with the flyovers.

The Montana Supreme Court seal
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court says state and local law enforcement officers do not have the authority to arrest people on federal civil immigration detainers.

Wednesday's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and others against Lincoln County.

Another round of snow is in store for southern Montana and north-central Wyoming today and tonight. Snow will spread from north to south through the day, with falling temperatures due to a strong Canadian cold front.
National Weather Service Billings

It is snowing across Montana and that will impact the commute both Monday night and Tuesday morning for western, central and south central regions of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and weather advisories this afternoon through noon Tuesday with anticipated heavy snow, low visibility and quickly changing road conditions. Snow accumulations could be up to 10 inches in some areas.

A wolf crosses a road near Artist Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park, on November 07, 2017.
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Federal wildlife managers are gearing up to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. But some environmentalists say the species isn’t ready and that the government is basing its decision on outdated science. A group of biologists in four western national parks are looking at the impacts of wolf deaths on their packs and how this could affect the greater population.

Five To Follow: Week Of Feb. 18 At The Montana Legislature

Feb 19, 2019
Vaping devices sitting next to their product box.
John Adams / Montana Free Press

Lawmakers will debate e-cigarettes, internet speeds, rock ’n’ roll and more as the 66th Montana Legislature starts its seventh week of the session.

All committee hearings are open to the public, and anyone can comment in favor or opposition to a bill. Alternatively, committee hearings can be streamed live on the Montana Legislative Branch website.

Here are our highlights of hearings to follow the week of Feb. 18.

Social media has increasingly become a line of communication between authorities and the public.

The Montana Highway Patrol launched the Tweeting Trooper program at the beginning of 2018 for many of its districts. In January, the program assigned its seventh Tweeting Trooper to the Billings region.

Newly released data say glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park have shrunk as much as 85 percent since the 1960s, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Some are now so small they’ve lost the characteristics that make them glaciers.

Geology.Com

How do you become reacquainted with your native state when you have been gone for 25 years?

Road trip.

And it became the most recent book, Fifty-six Counties: A Montana Journey, for author Russell Rowland.


Montana’s tourism industry saw more people last year, but fewer dollars.

That’s according to the latest update released today by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

In 2016 about 12.5 million out of state visitors came to Montana, that’s up 3 percent over 2015.

Mark Wicks, the Libertarian candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat, got statewide exposure in the race’s only televised debate Friday, produced and broadcast by MTN News.

"We’ve been doing the same thing over and over and over, and we get the same result: People back in Washington that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to because they’re beholden to special interests, they’re taking lobbyist money. I’m not beholden to any of that." Wicks said during the debate.

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