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Report: Energy Company in Puerto Rico Jacking Up the Tab

Contractors for Whitefish Energy making up to $100 an hour, but Whitefish is billing $319

(Newser) - Called an "unusual" arrangement right from the start, a Montana energy company working in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is now raising eyebrows even higher. The New York Times reports Florida linemen hired as contractors by Whitefish Energy are making up to $100 an hour with double time, which,... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Firm With 2 Full-Time Workers Lands $300M Puerto Rico Deal

Tiny Whitefish Energy happens to be financed by a big supporter of President Trump

(Newser) - A tiny for-profit company out of Montana has landed a $300 million contract to help get the power back on in Puerto Rico, reports the Spokesman-Review . How tiny? Whitefish Energy had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. However, the company suggests that figure... More »

After Avalanche Kills Her, Climber Takes His Life

Hayden Kennedy, 27, couldn't live with the 'unbearable loss' of girlfriend Inge Perkins

(Newser) - World-class alpinist Hayden Kennedy and his partner, Inge Perkins, were skiing in Montana on Saturday when an early-season avalanche on Imp Peak near Bozeman took the couple by surprise at 10,000 feet, reports the Bozeman Daily Chronicle . The slide buried Perkins, 23, and partially covered Kennedy, 27. He searched... More »

Candidate in Montana Mayoral Race Only Needs His Vote

Glen Clements is the only person running to be mayor of Manhattan

(Newser) - There's one person running for mayor of Manhattan, Montana, and he only needs to vote for himself to win, AP reports. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Glen Clements was the only person to apply to be a write-in candidate for the position on the November ballot. Under Montana law,... More »

They Were Helping Him 'Move.' Then They Saw Military Medals

Unwitting theft accomplices didn't recall ever hearing Patrick Adams mention his service

(Newser) - Police in Montana say a man told friends he needed help moving and got their unwitting help stealing $40,000 worth of items from another man's home. One of the friends allegedly rented a U-Haul in the July incident without knowing it would be used in a crime, the... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Woman's Trunk 'Kidnapping' Was Elaborate Suicide: FBI

Rita Maze called family saying she was abducted

(Newser) - A woman found dead in the trunk of her car after calling police, her daughter, and her husband saying she had been kidnapped at a Montana rest stop actually killed herself, according to the FBI. The agency said Thursday that the gunshot wound that killed 47-year-old school cook Rita Maze... More »

Killer in Bizarre 1984 Case Is Freed on Parole

'Mountain man' Don Nichols kidnapped world-class athlete to be his son's wife

(Newser) - Self-described Montana "mountain man" Don Nichols was released on parole Wednesday after serving 32 years for kidnapping a world-class athlete out on a training run in 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer—an attack that drew widespread media coverage and became the subject of a made-for-TV movie. Nichols, who... More »

Cops: Couple Killed 2, Dissolved Bodies in Tubs

Montana woman's roommate heard screams

(Newser) - Bail has been set at $2 million for two western Montana residents who are charged in the stabbing deaths of two people whose bodies were found in plastic tubs of chemicals in the basement of a Missoula home. Tiffanie Pierce, 23, and Augustus Standingrock, 26, were arrested last week and... More »

One Wrong Step in Flip-Flops Proves Fatal

Montana man dies after 100-foot fall in Glacier National Park

(Newser) - A visitor to Montana's Glacier National Park is dead after one wrong step led to a 100-foot fall. Park authorities say 26-year-old Robert Durbin was taking photos by a creek on a scenic mountain road in the park when he fell into the water, reports the Missoulian . According to... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Montana

'It's not impossible, but it is a very rare event'

(Newser) - An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday. The magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit just after midnight about 6 miles southeast of Lincoln, according to the US Geological Survey . There were no immediate reports of injuries. Residents in... More »

50 Injured After Deck Gives Way at Montana Lodge

Police say it's an issue for the insurer

(Newser) - Dozens of people who attended the memorial of a firefighter at a Montana resort gathered after the service on the lodge's deck with its sweeping lake and mountain views, only to have the structure gave way, injuring at least 50. Saturday's collapse at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp left... More »

Gianforte Apologizes to Reporter, Coughs Up $50K

Money will go to press freedom group

(Newser) - Greg Gianforte, the Republican who body-slammed Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs on the eve of Montana's special election last month, has apologized with words and money. He has agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists in a deal that will avoid a civil lawsuit, Guardian reports.... More »

Site Raises $150K for Founder of Neo-Nazi Site

To help Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin in suit filed by Tanya Gersh for 'campaign of terror'

(Newser) - Crowdfunded donations to Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, have reached $150,000 to help pay for his legal defense in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Per the Los Angeles Times , it took under two months to raise the money on the... More »

Republican Wins Montana Election After Assault Charge

Gianforte hung on with 51% of the vote

(Newser) - Republican candidate Greg Gianforte has prevailed in the race for Montana's only US House seat despite having been charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the special election. Gianforte had 51% of the vote when the race was called for him, with Democratic folk singer Rob Quist... More »

Montana's Big House Race Takes a Crazy Turn

But it's possible most ballots were cast before candidate's altercation

(Newser) - We'll know as early as Thursday night whether Montana Republican Greg Gianforte's disastrous campaign appearance Wednesday will cost him a House seat and thus give Democrats a rare victory in a red state. Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter asking him about health... More »

Montana Candidate Charged With Assaulting Reporter

Reporter says Gianforte body-slammed him

(Newser) - Republican candidate Greg Gianforte may have blown the race for Montana's only House seat on the eve of the election. Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday evening after allegedly attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, Politico reports. In an account backed up by an audio recording and statements from... More »

Hiker Lost in Wilderness for 6 Days Feels 'Like an Idiot'

Madeline Connelly and her dog Mogi were rescued Wednesday

(Newser) - Madeline Connelly feels "like an idiot." The 23-year-old Illinois native was rescued Wednesday after six days lost in the wilderness, KTMF reports. According to People , Connelly was visiting her uncle in Montana on May 4 on the way to a new job as a bakery manager in Alaska... More »

Prof Sues Walmart for License That Called Him 'Toilet Cleaner'

Employee filled out fishing license that labeled his profession as 'clean toilets'

(Newser) - A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County... More »

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