Montana News

Montana, Wyoming Governors Seek Federal Disaster Relief for Crops

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s governor requested a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 11 counties that reported significant weather-related crop losses, officials said. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has submitted the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, The …

Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Due to Flooding

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter …

Guilty Plea for Montana Man in Construction Fraud Case

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to three federal charges for taking millions of dollars in down payments from customers to build steel buildings and instead using the money for his personal benefit. Jonathan Lee Oliver of Missoula solicited payments …

Avalanche Levels Montana Home

An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday and destroyed a house, but three people were found alive amid the snow and wreckage, police said. The survivors were an elderly couple and …

Record Hail Damage Reported by Montana Farmers in 2013

Insurance claims for crop damage due to hail in Montana exceeded $14 million in 2013. The Montana Department of Agriculture tells the Great Falls Tribune that’s the most expensive year in the 98-year-history of the state’s crop-hail insurance program. The …

Montana County Resolution Says Firefighters Not Required to Protect Homes

Lewis and Clark County commissioners have passed a resolution that says the location of homes will no longer dictate fire-suppression tactics or where fire lines are placed. The Missoulian reports the resolution means firefighters will not be obligated to protect …

Montana Couple Seeks Legal Fees From City

A Helena, Mont., couple who fought a city ordinance requiring fire-resistant roofs and won in court is seeking more than $37,000 in legal fees from the city. The Independent Record reports in a story on Saturday that Scott and Megan …

Workplace Deaths Decreased in Montana

The state says workplace deaths in Montana decreased last year. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Research and Analysis Bureau says there were 34 workplace fatalities in 2012. That is down by 15 from the previous year. The agency …

Storms Cause Damage Across Wide Swath of Montana

Strong thunderstorms that moved across Montana left a trail of damage to crops and buildings along with downed trees and power outages. The worst damage from Thursday’s storm may have occurred in Gallatin County, where winds gusting up to 89 …

Montana Offers Tax Relief for Disaster Damage

Montana tax officials say property owners with damage to their homes or forestlands from recent natural disasters can apply for property tax relief. The Montana Department of Revenue says property owners could qualify if their home or outbuildings are partially …