Montana

2020 Hopeful Bullock Gets Endorsed by Iowa Attorney General

DES MOINES, Iowa – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he’s been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa’s attorney general. It makes him the first 2020 candidate to receive the endorsement of a statewide elected official in Iowa. Attorney General Tom Miller says, “For 10 years since we first met, I have watched Governor Bullock proudly carry…

US Land Agency Gets New Director for Montana, Dakotas

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has named a new director to oversee its administration of public lands in Montana and the Dakotas. BLM acting director Brian Steed said John Mehlhoff will assume the Billings-based post on May 12. He’ll be responsible for management of about 13,000 square miles of public lands and more than 700,000 square…

Judge Allows Preliminary Work On Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

HELENA, Mont. – A Montana judge says a Canadian company may continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking construction is in effect. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Wednesday he will clarify his Nov. 8 injunction to allow TransCanada to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and…

Judge Blocks Wyoming, Idaho Grizzly Hunts

BILLINGS, Mont. – Wyoming officials say they’re disappointed grizzly bears are again getting federal protections instead of being hunted in the state. A judge in Montana on Monday blocked hunts planned in Wyoming and Idaho and put Yellowstone-area grizzlies back on the threatened species list. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says the state has spent some $50 million on grizzly bear…

Nine Tornadoes Touched Down Officials Confirm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The National Weather Service says nine tornadoes that ripped through South Dakota and Montana last week snapped trees, destroyed outbuildings and swept up a 5-ton tractor that has yet to be found. The Rapid City Journal reports the weather service released an initial survey of the damage from the tornadoes Monday. The agency says five tornadoes…

SFFR Firefighter Speaks About Battling Montana Lolo Peak Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A few Sioux Falls firefighters are in Montana offering extra help to fight a massive wildfire. The Lolo Peak Fire broke out in July, so far around 54 thousand acres have burned. Crews don’t even have half of the fire contained yet, but luckily a little rain brought some relief Friday. “I didn’t get a wink of sleep…

Drought Hay Donation Lottery Program Now Offered In 3 States

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana. The effort was launched last week by North Dakota’s Agriculture Department , North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief. Officials set up a site near the NDSU campus…