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Regional News

What's happening in the region? Here's a roundup of news from Spokane, Montana and other regional areas.

Updated 3 hours, 8 minutes ago

Judge orders BNSF to pay Washington tribe nearly $400 million for trespassing with oil trains

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik initially ruled last year that the the railway deliberately violated the terms o…

Updated 2 weeks ago
From his Montana ranch, a retired lawmaker is angling for a comeback in a crowded House race

Former U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, 68, is more than a decade removed from a failed U.S. Senate bid.

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
1 Malaysian climber dead, 1 rescued near the top of Denali, North America's tallest mountain

The climber rescued Friday was medevaced to an Anchorage hospital for additional care and “was in surprisingly strong condition, walking on his own even, consi…

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days ago
T-Mobile to buy almost all of U.S Cellular in deal worth $4.4 billion with debt

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said the deal will “create a better experience for all of our customers with more coverage and more capacity."

Updated 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Massive wind farm proposal in Washington state gets new life from Gov. Jay Inslee

Since the wind farm project was proposed in 2021, it has pitted local opponents against the state’s ever-growing need for renewable energy

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Grizzly that mauled hiker in Grand Teton National Park won't be pursued

Mother bears aggressively defend their offspring and remain with them for two to three years after birth.

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Surprise grizzly attack prompts closure of a mountain in Grand Teton

The statement did not detail the man's injuries or say how he encountered the bear. Park officials closed a trail and the road to an overlook atop the 7,700-fo…

Updated 1 month ago
The latest hot spot for illegal border crossings is San Diego. But routes change quickly

Migrants were arrested nearly 128,900 times on the Mexican border in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday, down 6.3% from March and barely …

Updated 1 month ago
US proposes ending new federal leases in nation's biggest coal region

The immediate impact is likely to be limited because coal leases take many years to develop and demand has flagged in recent years

Updated 1 month ago
The Commission on Presidential Debates faces an uncertain future after Biden and Trump bypassed it

In reaching an agreement on their own, Biden and Trump sidelined a commission that aims to set neutral rules and provide a forum that's simultaneously broadcas…

Updated 1 month ago
Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen to step down after 4 decades in charge of family-owned paper

Blethen, the newspaper's seventh publisher, led The Times as it won nine Pulitzer Prizes, including one awarded in 2020 for the paper’s coverage of mistakes by…

Updated 1 month ago
A small plane crashes in Montana, killing the pilot and a passenger

The Piper PA-18 crashed near Tillitt Field Airport east of the town of Forsyth at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

Updated 1 month ago
Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

A landmark 1922 agreement divided the Colorado River basin water among seven Western states but left out tribes

Updated 1 month ago
Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

A landmark 1922 agreement divided the Colorado River basin water among seven Western states but left out tribes

Updated 1 month ago
Town prepares for possible 'last stand' as wildfires rage in Western Canada

In a video posted on social media late Sunday, the service's fire behavior specialist, Ben Boghean, said the extreme fire behavior — made worse by years of dro…

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
US dedicates $60 million to saving water along the Rio Grande as flows shrink and demands grow

One of the longest rivers in North America, the Rio Grande provides drinking water for millions of people and supplies thousands of farmers with water for crops