Arrest in Kalispell Shooting, Another Passages Walkaway

Q2 reports an as yet unidentified 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a report of “multiple shots fired” in the area of Valley and Willow Glen drives around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino set up roadblocks while deputies were staged near the South Kalispell Fire Hall. Only one person is believed to be involved in the incident. The man was taken into custody around 8:15 p.m.

The Montana Department of Corrections is seeking Deannna Thomas– yet another walkaway from the Passages Women’s Program– in Billings on Thursday night. Thomas is 5 foot 9, 240 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was sentenced for endangering the welfare of a child in Yellowstone County. Thomas is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Call 911 if you see her. Get more online at;

SD2 Offers Substitute Work for Furloughed Employees

Billings Public Schools have announced a plan to fill one of their needs while offering assistance to furloughed federal workers who could use substitute income during the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. On the Billings Public Schools’ Facebook page, they posted the urgent need for substitute teachers right now, and would love for furloughed workers to help fill that need. SD2 Superintendent Greg Upham said the School District is always looking for substitute teachers, and he feels this is a win-win situation for everyone involved. SD2 officials said they hope the openings can help provide temporary assitance to beleaguered and unpaid furloughed workers with temporary jobs. Upham also says they need quality people in their classrooms in front of their kids, and SD2 wants to do whatever they can for effected government employees. Read more online at;

Roadside Fatality North of Conrad

Q2 reports an as-yet-unidentified Bigfork woman died after she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 44 north of Conrad on Tuesday night. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the crash was reported around 7 p.m. near mile marker 27. A Buick Electra had a mechanical failure and lost all power, including lights. It was parked in the eastbound lane facing west. The vehicle’s occupants were attempting to push the car to a road pullout. The driver of a Jeep from Great Falls came upon the Buick and driver in his lane. He swerved to avoid the vehicle at the same time that one of the other occupants ran towards the ditch. She was hit by the Jeep, then taken to Pondera County Medical Center where she died from her injuries. Get the whole story online at;

Mental Health Comic at MSUB

Bearing a job description that sounds at least a bit unorthodox, Frank King– known professionally as the “Mental Health Comedian”– spoke on Tuesday at Montana State University-Billings for their annual Power of One week. The event is held each year to honor the teaching and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and this year’s theme focused on bringing awareness to the suicide rates among college students. The comic King has been a stand-up comedian for about 33 years and has battled depression and suicidal thoughts his whole life. By incorporating humor, comedy and his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, he is able to reflect and present to students nationwide. King told Q2 “Depression and suicide run in my family,” adding that his brushes with suicide include “…I can tell you what the barrel of my gun tastes like.”

Commissioners Approve MetraPark Change, Frontier is Back

The Yellowstone County Commission has given MetraPark the authority to move forward in selecting a naming sponsor and First Interstate Bank was chosen over Ultra Graphics. The new name will be coming to the arena June 1st, 2019. On Tuesday, KULR8 spoke with Dennis Pitman of the Yellowstone County Commission, who kept everyone apprised of the latest developments on the name change for what was formerly known as Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, including the approval of the RFP (request for proposal.)

Frontier Airlines is returning service to Big Sky Country. The airline will reportedly begin operating three days a week from Billings to Denver flying on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, with service beginning on May 30th. The flights are exected to continue on a seasonal basis with tickets costing $39 each way. Get the whole story online at;

Montana Senator Proposes Law To Remove Grizzlies’ Endangered Status

A state senator wants to take grizzly bears off the endangered list. KRTV reports Republican Senator Mike Cuffe from Eureka has proposed a resolution to de-list the animals, based on his belief that the grizzly population has rebounded. Cuffe says if the grizzlies are de-listed, hunting restrictions would be up to wildlife officials.

Police Release Name Of Shepherd Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

Billings police have released the name of the Shepherd man who died Sunday during an exchange of gunfire with them at a pawn shop. At a press conference on Monday, Billings Police Chief Rich Saint John said 26-year-old Chance Mavity had a 9-millimeter semi-automatic hand gun, which he fired five times at officers. Officers Kodi Kaiser and Brand Mansur returned fire and killed Mavity. No officers were hit.

Blackfeet Feeding the Hungry, Independents Elected Tester

While the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history enters day 31, Blackfeet Food Distribution Program Director Roy Crawford says they are serving meals to “… a little over 665 individuals and families a month,” But those on the Indian reservations are seeing the effects of the shutdown. Crawford said “With the government shutdown continuing, we are anticipating numbers to increase,” He added that with more people to feed, the commodity program needs more food to fill their shelves.

A Montana State University/MTN News poll shows that Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s defeat of Republican challenger Matt Rosendale came thanks to independent voters. While President Donald Trump visited the state an unprecedented four times to campaign against Tester, his efforts probably had more impact on the victory of Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. Get the whole story at;

Ag Appreciation, MLK Jr. Celebrations

The Billings Chamber of Commerce hosted about 800 people at the 22nd annual Ag Appreciation Celebration at the MetraPark Rimrock Auto Arena on Friday. Q2 reports Leroy Gabel of Huntley received the Ag Excellence Award for his years as a sugar beet farmer. Montana State University President Dr. Waded Cruzado gave the keynote speech, mentioning the accomplishments at the university, including raising more than $413 million in a campaign that started in 2010.

The Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service at Friendship House kicked off the Black Heritage Foundation’s MLK, Jr. celebrations in Billings Saturday. Friendship House helps about 160 Billings children. The day of service is part of a nationwide effort. City Councilman Mike Yakawich, co-chair for the MLK events said the bell ringing at MSUB starts at 9:45 this morning. Get more online at;

BPD Officer-Involved Shooting Sunday

The Billings Police Department reports that at 1:51 p.m. Sunday afternoon, there was an officer-involved shooting in the 2200 block of 1st Avenue North in Billings. According to Lieutenant Wooley of the BPD, 2 Billings Police Officers were investigating a suspicious call, which resulted in a foot chase and exchange of gunfire with an unidentified 26-year-old Shepherd man. Q2 reports the suspect died at the scene. Neither of the as-yet unidentified officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire. Investigators were on-scene and expected to be present well into Sunday evening. No additional information was released prior to this report, however, BPD Chief St. Rich John has scheduled a press conference for today at 10:30 AM. The conference will be held at the Billings Police Training Facility, located at 4810 Midland Road. Get the whole story online at;