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 By Caven Wade    Features 

As Marijuana Money Starts Pouring Into State Coffers, a Debate Sparks About Who Should Control Spending

In 2020, the state of Montana joined a pack of 20 other states and the District of Columbia when it legalized recreational marijuana. Montana voters passed ballot Initiative 190 on... — Updated 3/28/2023

 By Caven Wade    Features

Sen. Bogner's Military Service Focuses His Legislative Service on Privacy, Geopolitics

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of lawmaker profiles of rising leaders from both parties, aimed at giving a glimpse into the lives legislators lead outside of the Capi... — Updated 3/14/2023

 By Roger Dey    Features

BPSW welcomes new Executive Director

LINCOLN, Mont. – The new year brought with it a new executive director for Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild. Jenny Bevill officially stepped into the leadership role for... — Updated 3/8/2023


Daylight Saving Time 2023: When Does the Time Change?

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 2:00 A.M. At this time, we "spring forward" one hour! See details about the history of "saving daylight" and why we still... — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Roger Dey    Features

Positive Movement

It's been nearly eight years since Heritage Timber of Bonner disassembled the historic Matt King ranch house and moved it from its original location east of Sucker Creek Road.... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Roger Dey    Features

Royer earns seventh Race to the Sky 300 win

Seeley Lake’s Jessie Royer brought home her seventh 300-mile Race to the Sky win Monday, Feb. 13, crossing the finish line at the Hi Country arch at 7:40 p.m., more than an hour... — Updated 2/16/2023


Helmville – A Montana Original

Ever since Europeans began settling Montana, agriculture has been the economy's life blood and number one industry. Mining for precious metals jumped started it but farming and... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Caven Wade    Features

I'm Your Huckleberry. Or Am I?: Lawmakers Advance Bill to Repeal Law Requiring Disclosure of Huckleberry Patche

A bill tromping through the Montana Legislature would repeal a 2007 law that sought to protect the authenticity of the almighty Montana huckleberry by requiring that anyone... — Updated 2/8/2023


UM Journalism Students Provide Coverage of Montana

HELENA -- Three University of Montana School of Journalism students are providing daily and weekly news coverage of the 68th Montana Legislature to scores of news organizations... — Updated 2/6/2023

 By Metro    Features

The basics of cloud storage

A spinning color wheel is an unwelcome sight for millions of computer users. A host of issues can compromise the ability of a computer to work efficiently and without delay, and a c... — Updated 2/6/2023

 By Justin Franz    Features

As calls for aid increase, volunteer fire departments struggle to respond

COLUMBIA FALLS - When Karl Weeks started volunteering with the Columbia Falls Fire Department 23 years ago, he'd get called to duty every few days for things like car accidents,... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By News Release    Features

U-Haul Ranks MONTANA the No. 18 Growth State of 2022

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 3, 2023) - Montana is the No. 18 growth state in America, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022. People arriving in... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Metro    Features

Interesting facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the 21st century. King's tireless activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s improved the... — Updated 1/16/2023

 By Roger Dey    Features

The Lunch Lady says goodbye

in 1977, a young 20-year-old hitchhiker found herself in Lincoln without any money. Soon Diane Krier had fallen in love with the town, and for the next 15 years worked at different... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Roger Dey    Features

Cowboy Clause and Wild West Christas Fest mark the start of the Christmas season

Kids and parents thronged downtown Ovando Nov. 25 as they waited for the arrival of Cowboy Claus, the highlight of The Wild West Christmas Fest. "When Cowboy Claus was coming up... — Updated 12/11/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

'Tis the season

The Lincoln Christmas Stroll seemed to have hit a stride in its second year year, coordinating a community-wide event that incorporated long-standing events like Santa's Workshop an... — Updated 12/11/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Lincoln's American Legion observes Veterans Day

Lincoln AmericanLegion Post #9 hosted their annual Veteran's Day observance for a packed crowd at the Lincoln Community Hall Nov. 11. The day marked 104 years since the end of... — Updated 11/16/2022


Ovando: More Scenery Per Capita

Long on scenery and short on population the middle Blackfoot River Valley is the epitome of rural Montana. Mountains of the fabled Bob Marshall Country form its northern horizon... — Updated 11/14/2022


Explaining All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

Mystery and the macabre are often center stage in autumn, especially around Halloween. However, the day of tricks and treats often overshadows two important days in the Christian... — Updated 11/1/2022


Timber Roots – Conifer Logging

This story starts in the early 1900's on a Norwegian fjord when the mine shut down and 18-year-old Ole Lucken left for the USA to find some work. He ended up in the Great Falls... — Updated 10/6/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Photos: Show time

This year's back to back Sept. 10 car shows drew an impressive array of classic and modified vehicles. Lambkins owner Glen Kolve estimated the Rod Run had about twice as many... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By News Release    Features

Scapegoat Wilderness 50th Anniversary Event Highlights New Land Management Proposal

The Scapegoat Wilderness, celebrating its half-century anniversary this year, was the first community-led wilderness initiative in the country. Today, 50 years later, the residents... — Updated 9/7/2022


Photos: Action at the Biggest Little Rodeo in Montana

The 58th Annual Helmville Labor Day Rodeo marked the end of the rodeo season and the unofficial end of the summer with plenty of action at the historic rodeo grounds. find more... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Dedication to Donation

Every time the Red Cross shows up in Lincoln for their blood drives, they know they'll be seeing Rich Paul and his trusty four-legged sidekick Whiskey. Last month, ABC Fox Montana... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Full Balloon Chaos

The Lincoln Rodeo grounds was the site of "full blown chaos" as nearly 16,000 water balloons, 40 or 50 kids, a couple dozen adults and two fire trucks came together for a wet and... — Updated 8/31/2022


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