Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's evening newscasts bring you headlines from across Montana.

Evening Newscast 08-27-18

Aug 27, 2018

Governor Steve Bullock says all flags flown in the state will be lowered for seven days to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The widespread precipitation gracing Montana has at least tapped the brakes on the 2018 fire season.
But National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Smith says it’s not the full-stop event everybody’s hoping for.

Canadian officials have lifted an evacuation order for Waterton Lakes National Park after rain helped slow a fire burning across the border in nieghboring Glacier National Park. Parks Canada officials said in a statement today that most of last week's closures have been lifted for Waterton park's trails, backcountry campgrounds and waterways.

Evening Newscast 08-24-18

Aug 24, 2018

A fast-growing wildfire discovered Thursday night in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park has led to the closure of nearly all of neighboring Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

Yellowstone National Park officials say it was a grizzly bear that attacked a 10-year-old boy yesterday near Old Faithful.

A tobacco-industry funded group has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program by raising the tobacco tax.

Evening Newscast 08-23-18

Aug 23, 2018

A U.S. judge has ordered a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation released from custody after part of his conviction was overturned.

State budget director Dan Villa will leave that position in about 5 weeks, to become the next executive director of the Montana Board of Investments.

A committee of Montana lawmakers unanimously approved a revised sexual harassment and discrimination policy for the state legislature Thursday.

A 55-year-old Oregon man who said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour through national parks before he entered alcohol treatment was sentenced Thursday to 130 days in jail for his drunken behavior, including harassing a bison that had stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park.

Evening Newscast 08-22-18

Aug 22, 2018

The Bitterroot National Forest has kicked off a 45-day objection period focusing on bicycle access in two wilderness study areas: the Blue Joint WSA south of Darby in the Bitterroot mountains along the Idaho border and the Sapphire WSA southeast of Hamilton.

Wildfire activity has moderated in western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again.

Operations Section Chief Todd Abel at a briefing on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 22, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Wildfire activity has moderated in Western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again .