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 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 24, 2010

Founder goes on trial for looting resort

The founder of t h e m i l l i o n a i r e s - o n l y Yellowstone Club goes on trial today to face claims that he fleeced the private ski resort out of at least $286 million. Before its 2008 bankruptcy filing, the Montana club gained a reputation as...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 23, 2010

Indian leaders want energy development streamlined

American Indian leaders on Thursday asked Congress to streamline the development of energy projects on tribal lands by curbing some federal oversight and providing incentives for companies to strike deals with reservations. Re s e r v a t i o n s f...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    Local    January 22, 2010

UN team recommends moratorium on Flathead mining

U.N. scientists have recommended a moratorium on mining in Bri t ish Columbia's Flathead Valley and the creation of a conservation plan for the remote region spanning the United States-Canada border, a U.S. official said Thursday. Several companies... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 22, 2010

Billings mops up after massive twister hits town

Survivors of a tornado that tore into Montana's largest indoor arena and leveled several commercial buildings returned to a scene of devastation Monday — awestruck that a twister so destructive caused no major injuries. Under sunny, blue skies, own...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    Local    January 22, 2010

UN team recommends moratorium on Flathead mining

U.N. scientists have recommended a moratorium on mining in Bri t ish Columbia's Flathead Valley and the creation of a conservation plan for the remote region spanning the United States-Canada border, a U.S. official said Thursday. Several companies... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 21, 2010

Billings tornado hits downtown, sports center

National Guard troops and local police were keeping a close eye on damaged property after a tornado barreled through two Billings neighborhoods, tearing the roof off a sports arena and several buildings. The tornado struck at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday,... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 18, 2010

E-mails: No pressure from Dems in poaching case

Internal e-mails show top officials at the governor's office and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks knew that a poaching investigation i n v o l v e d a p r omi n e n t Republican who later went to work for Rep. Denny Rehberg. But the e-mails,...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 17, 2010

Grizzly in maulings was stressed, had parasites

Hunger and internal parasites afflicted a grizzly bear that ma u l e d t h r e e c amp e r s n e a r Yellowstone National Park, but investigators said Monday those factors failed to explain such aggressive predatory behavior. The bear's late-night... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/National & World Headlines    January 17, 2010

Arch bids $86M for Montana-owned Otter Creek

Arch Coal Inc. has bid $86 million plus future royalties for the right to mine a half-billion tons of state-owned coal in southeastern Montana near the Wyoming border. St. Louis-based Arch already controls 731 million tons of coal in Otter Creek,...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 16, 2010

Feds: Fishers in Rockies may need protection

Endangered species protections may be needed to protect the Northern Rockies fisher, a small fanged predator that once thrived in the region's old growth forests, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. Also Thursday, the government said... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 16, 2010

Schweitzer asks Interior to cancel Flathead leases

Montana's governor on Monday asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to prevent future drilling outside Glacier National Park by canceling oil and gas leases on more than 200,000 acres. Those leases were among more 700 Forest Service parcels sold by...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 16, 2010

Bison shot in winter hunt

Only one Yellowstone bison was reported shot as Montana's bison hunt ended Monday with most of the animals still inside the national park, where hunting is banned. Now that the three-month hunt has ended, animals leaving the park will be subject to...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 12, 2010

Research hunts weighed for Northern Rockies wolves

Wildlife officials in the Northern Rockies said Wednesday they are considering hunting gray wolves in the name of research to get around a recent court ruling that restored federal protections for the animals. Environmentalists derided the proposal,...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS (AP)    TEST/State Headlines    January 12, 2010

Cutting royalty on coal tracts would cost state

Lowering the price for mining a vast reserve of publicly owned coal near the Wyoming border would cost the state of Montana between $29 million and $170 million over the next few decades, officials said. Montana's initial attempt to sell leases on...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 10, 2010

Officials say no mines near Canada border

Leaders of Montana and British Columbia said Tuesday they will ban drilling and mining in a remote valley along the U.S.-Canada border that companies have tried to develop for more than a quarter-century. Proposals for gas drilling, gold exploration... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 9, 2010

No offers for Montana's 1/2-billion tons of coal

Montana's Land Board will have to reconsider its price for developing a half-billion ton reserve of state-owned coal after receiving no offers during a lease sale that ended Monday. Critics had said the price sought by the state was set too high and...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 8, 2010

Wolves touted for park stewards

With ballooning elk and deer populations eating up greenery and altering ecosystems at national parks across the country, a group of researchers is suggesting an unusual solution: introduce small packs of gray wolves to curb the expanding herds.... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 5, 2010

Household water wells come under scrutiny

Montana officials have agreed to hold hearings on the potential repeal of a state rule that has allowed tens of thousands of homes to be built in rural subdivisions without water permits. A dispute over that rule is pitting ranchers worried that... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 4, 2010

Feds: Task force arrested 685 fugitives in 2009

A law enforcement task force that hunts down fugitives recorded 685 arrests in Montana in 2009, a record tally that's almost double the figure from five years ago, officials said Wednesday. "These are not misdemeanor arrests," U.S. Marshal Dwight...

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer BILLINGS    TEST/State Headlines    January 3, 2010

Yellowstone bison going to Turner ranch

Billionaire Ted Turner is getting 88 Yellowstone National Park bison from a faltering Montana program that was supposed to put the disease-free animals on public or tribal lands. The animals were spared several years ago from a periodic slaughter of...