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Reaction in Montana and around the world to the Gianforte misdemeanor assault charge has been varied. 

California GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter speaking to the press Thursday on Capitol Hill said assaulting a reporter is not appropriate behavior "unless the reporter deserved it," according to a tweet posted by Associated Press reporter Mary Clare Jalonick. 

Montana Standard editor David McComber says he's not surprised by the level of vitriol against the media, and it's not a recent development.

Rachel Hergett

*Updated Thurs. 5/25 at 2:30 p.m. 

GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges for "body slamming" a reporter for The Guardian at his campaign headquarters last night, on the eve of today’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House Seat. He must appear in Gallatin County Justice Court by June 7. 

Crime reporter Whitney Bermes for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle first heard the assault report on a police scanner, as she was packing up to leave the newsroom and go home for the evening.

(Dennis Rogers | Billings, MT) (http://www.dennisrogersphoto.com/)

People in the West love their vehicles. For 23-year-old artist Mary Kate Teske, her 1961 Dodge Lancer is basically her muse.

As Memorial Day weekend nears and folks hit the highways to abscond for a few days, the future of Teske’s Backseat Sessions remains unclear for the video series director and her classic car named Frank.

Jackie Yamanaka

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlined his priorities reflected in his budget during a conference call with reporters. On that list are issues important in the West – 


  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke about economic inequality and the failings of the country’s health care system this weekend as he sought to rally Montanans to vote for Rob Quist
  • Yellowstone National Park wants to hear more from the public on potential effects on the historic Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout project
  • It will be the first new coal mine in Wyoming in decades and a state regulatory council meets this week on whether to give the go-ahead

(Flickr/Creative Commons)(Seattle Police Department)

The Billings Police Department is gaging the interest of Downtown Billings business owners and supporters for a Seattle-based program that provides safe havens for the LGBTQ community. 

Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, persistent rain keeps rancher Sterling Small from getting into the hills to check on his new calf crop and seeding the barley he'll use for forage next winter, so he decided to head to Oklahoma to compete in an Indian Rodeo.


courtesy Neltje

The artist known as Neltje was born Neltje Doubleday, daughter of Nelson Doubleday of Doubleday Publishing. Neltje's recent memoir, North of Crazy, is a passionate, compelling, and frank chronicling of an extraordinary life, from her parents' alcoholism and near-abandonment in childhood to finding peace as an abstract expressionist painter living and working in northern Wyoming.


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