Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project

A federal lawsuit about how the FBI handled a Crow man’s murder will be tried by a judge, not jury.

Updated 5:24 p.m. 

Severe thunderstorms that could impact wildfires are forecast for Friday through Sunday, for details, click here. 

Updated 3:16 p.m.

A public information meeting for the Horsefly Fire will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Canyon Creek Rural Fire District station located at 7560 Duffy Lane in Canyon Creek.

Updated 2:05 p.m.

The Lolo National Forest says, “fire managers are hoping for 100% containment of the Wagon Mountain Fire by the end of the day (today, Thur 8/8).”

A release says firefighters had, “another successful day on the Wagon Mountain Fire. Containment is now is at 70%. All of the control line was finished, and hose lay was placed around the fire’s perimeter. No helicopters were utilized in yesterday’s operations.

Multiple partners are working the fire including the Montana Department of Natural Resources, Bitterroot and Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests, and crews form other districts on the Lolo National Forest. There are 65 people assigned to the fire and it is being managed by a Type 4 Incident Commander. Strategy for managing the fire will be weather dependent.

37 years ago, Atlantic Richfield abandoned an open pit copper mine in Butte and allowed it to flood with toxic mine water. Now, the company estimates they’re one month away from proving they’re in control of the Berkeley Pit. MTPR's Nora Saks got a sneak peek of their new water treatment facility and has more.

A Montana wildlife management specialist says one of the oldest male grizzly bears recorded along the Rocky Mountain Front was euthanized this week for killing livestock. 

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

The suspect in the human-caused fire at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park was sentenced Tuesday to three months of jail and $5,000 in restitution.

The hoot owl restriction is meant to protect fish like this Arctic grayling, February 01, 2019.
USFWS Mountain-Prairie/FLICKR (CC-by-2.0)

Warmer water temperatures have triggered an afternoon fishing restriction on an 18-mile stretch of the lower Big Hole River.

White-tailed deer pass through a culvert.
Montana Department of Transportation

For the first time there is money in the federal highway bill to pay for a pilot program to build wildlife-friendly crossings across the country. It’s part of the bipartisan America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 that authorizes spending $287 billion dollars over five years, for the country’s roads, bridges, tunnels and bike and pedestrian paths.

Updated 4:30 p.m., August 7, 2019

Winds have pushed the Horsefly Fire east-southeast and across the Continental Divide since it was first reported Monday afternoon. The fire is now nearly 1,300 acres and 0% contained.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the evacuation order for the Flesher Acres subdivision is still in effect, and that his office has drawn up plans for a second evacuation area from Flesher Acres to Stemple pass in case it’s needed.

"Montana persistently ranks in the top three states with the most youth who die by suicide, and their method of choice is overwhelmingly guns."

So starts an article in the latest edition of Montana Business Quarterly, put out by economists at the University of Montana. MTPR’s Kevin Trevellyan asked the article's author Daphne Herling why she wrote it.

Two weeks after the state health department removed 27 children from Ranch for Kids in Rexford due to allegations of physical and psychological abuse, the private therapeutic facility has officially appealed the suspension of its license.