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Hunter numbers generally lower in south central Montana

2021 general big-game season comes to a close BILLINGS – The 2021 general big-game hunting season ended with generally fewer hunters and animals harvested than in past years in south central Montana. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists staffed check stations at four regional locations during six weekends of the season to gather infor...

Montana To Receive $60 Million For Water Infrastructure

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the funding Thursday that states Tribes and territories will receive in 2022 through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The State of Montana will receive $63,041,000 to invest in critical wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. The money will be provid...

Hebgen Dam Malfunction To Be Investigated

The flow of water released from Hebgen Lake into the upper Madison River was returning to normal Thursday after NorthWestern Energy crews attached a new component to a malfunctioning gate on Hebgen Dam. The fishing restriction placed on the upper Madison River by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks ends today. Governor Greg Gianforte wrote on Twit...

Montana Still In Need Of Snow Plow Drivers This Winter

The Montana Department of Transportation is warning it could take longer to clear snow off of highways this winter because the state can’t hire enough snow plow drivers. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/12-03_637.mp3

Denton Devastated By Late-Season Wildfire

A late-season wildfire ripped through Denton burning 24 homes and four grain elevators and officials assessed the damage Thursday while crews continued to fight the West Wind Fire in Judith Basin and Fergus counties. Governor Greg Gianforte will receive an incident command briefing this morning at 11 and will also meet with local residents. Fe...

Newly Established Muzzleloader Hunting Season To Begin This Month

While the general rifle season is now closed traditional muzzleloader enthusiasts will have a season of their own starting in less than two weeks. The nine-day season muzzleloader heritage hunting season was established when House Bill 242 was signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte earlier this year. The season begins Saturday December 11t...

Hebgen Dam Gate Repaired Following Breakage

The broken gate component on Hebgen Dam that led to a massive drop in streamflow on the upper Madison River this week has been fixed. This morning, in a Facebook post, NorthWestern Energy said it was fixed just before midnight and flows had been restored to the river. The decline in flows led Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to order a full fis...

Number Set For Winter Bison Hunt At Yellowstone

Federal tribal and state officials tentatively agreed Wednesday to cull between 600 and 900 bison from the Yellowstone National Park population this winter. They will either get shot by hunters as herds leave the Park to find food or they will be rounded up. Most of the captured animals will be sent to slaughter but about 80 can be entered int...

College Campus Gun Law Blocked By Montana Judge

A state judge has ruled Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing House Bill 102 legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses. Northern News Network’s Eric Young has more. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/12-02_737.mp3

Gibson Flats Fire Spreads Across Great Falls

A fire south of the city of Great Falls burned 11 homes as well as sheds and other small buildings Wednesday. The Gibson Flats Fire can now be counted as one of the most destructive wildfire events within recent memory in Great Falls. Also Wednesday hundreds of people in the town of Denton in central Montana were forced to flee flames pushed b...