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Veterans' issues key focus of Tester-Rosendale Senate battle

GREAT FALLS — On a blisteringly hot July Friday at the VFW Post 1087 on the east edge of Great Falls, Tom Johnson sat and li… Read more

Helena gearing up for Last Chance Stampede and Fair

The 2018 Last Chance Stampede and Fair kicks off Wednesday with a performance from country music star Dustin Lynch. Read more

Commissioner dismisses complaint against political consulting firm, orders Green Party to report contribution

While a “significant amount of money” was spent by an out-of-state political consulting firm to gather enough signatures to … Read more

Red Flag Warning issued for Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

The National Weather Service in Great Falls issued a Red Flag Warning Friday afternoon and Saturday for the potential of cri… Read more

This week's most-read stories

IR Crime and Courts News

Man and woman found dead in Helena home suffered gunshot wounds

The Helena Police Department is investigating after a man and woman were found dead inside a home Monday morning. Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Murder-suicide suspected after two found dead in Helena home; names released

Authorities suspect 26-year-old Richard Ferris shot and killed 21-year-old Olivia Serrano before fatally shooting himself Mo… Read more


Interior of East Helena home 'a complete loss' after early morning fire

A home burned down in East Helena early Tuesday morning. Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Helena murder-suicide suspect had a history of violence, court records show

Court records show the man suspected of fatally shooting a woman and himself in a Helena home this week has a history of vio… Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Helena man convicted of negligent homicide to be extradited to Montana

Leo Mathis, a Helena man convicted of negligent homicide in the drowning death of his three-year-old son in 2011, was taken … Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Helena woman accused of meth possession

A 27-year-old Helena woman is being accused of trying to sell meth. Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Helena man suspected of 5th DUI

A 28-year-old Helena man is accused of crashing his car while drunk. Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Helena man allegedly rams gate, punches out window while trying to steal dog from humane society

An older husky mix named Panda is safe after a Helena man allegedly broke into the Lewis and Clark Humane Society and tried … Read more

406 Politics

Montana delegation splits from Trump, backs findings of Russian meddling

As Republican President Donald Trump questioned his own agencies' intelligence findings Monday, Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Da… Read more

IR Crime and Courts News

Missoula police concerned missing woman may have been abducted

Missoula police are concerned that Jermain Charlo, a 23-year-old Dixon woman last seen in Missoula a month ago, may be the victim of human trafficking. Read more

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