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Man charged with threatening to take over ranch
John Fesler Lance II was arrested at the ranch on Sept. 15 after Ravalli County deputies arrived to find him on the ground with owners Lee and Lucinda Hayne each pointing a gun at him.

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Montana wolf hunt begins; activists shadow hunters
Montana law prohibits harassment of hunters, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in prison. But tracking hunters and their activities is not illegal as long as nothing is done to disrupt the hunt, said a warden captain with Montana Fish,...
Mild Montana wildfire season spurs low spending
The 251 fires so far this year is close to the five-year average, but the 20 square miles of land burned is just 12 percent of the five-year average.
Montana panel approves federal land report
The report’s recommendations for federal land management include reducing wildfire fuels, maintaining or increasing access for multiple uses, and increasing economic production associated with natural resources.
Montana orders drilling limits to help sage grouse
The restrictions, similar to rules in Wyoming, are meant to prevent disturbances and increase breeding success for the chicken-sized birds, known for an elaborate mating ritual in which males strut around and puff out their breasts in a colorful display.
Montana offers sage grouse plan as deadline looms
Tuesday’s order establishes no-occupancy zones to protect the birds that extend six-tenths of a mile around active sage grouse breeding grounds.
Miles Community College gets $1M donation for ag building
Fundraising began in February for the $3 million Agriculture Advancement Center, which is to house agriculture and equine studies programs. It will include an indoor arena, three classrooms and seating for 500 people.
Rain damages barley crop in Montana
North-central Montana farmers, particularly those in the area known as the Fairfield Bench, the self-proclaimed malt barley capital of the world, received several inches of rain at the wrong time, causing the malt barley to germinate.