Articles written by Justin Franz

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 By Justin Franz    News    February 1, 2023

NBC's Dateline to revisit 2017 murder of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore

The 2017 murder of a Broadwater County Sheriff's Office deputy will be revisited this week during a special two-hour episode of NBC's Dateline. Producers of the episode say they expect to reveal new i... Full story

 By Justin Franz    News    January 12, 2022

As winter roars, MDT navigates a plow driver shortage

As yet another winter storm wallops western Montana, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying its best to keep the 12,923 miles of road in its care clear of snow and ice. But this year,... Full story

 By Justin Franz    News    January 12, 2022

Medical Marijuana Users Brace for Shortages as Montana's Recreational Market Opens

More than a year after voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Montana, anyone older than 21 can now walk into a dispensary and buy cannabis. That has medical marijuana user Joylynn Mane Wright worried. Wright lives in Prairie... Full story

 By Justin Franz    News    August 18, 2021

Cities grapple with what legal weed will mean

With five months until Montana's adult-use marijuana market opens up, municipalities from Kalispell to Billings are figuring out what legal cannabis will look like in their communities.   Voters legalized general-use cannabis for adults last...

 By Justin Franz    News    August 11, 2021

'This Summer is different'

Firefighters working on the east shore of Flathead Lake thought they had the Boulder 2700 Fire in check as the sun set on Saturday afternoon. The fire started the night before - the cause is unknown...

 By Justin Franz    News    July 21, 2021

Six months before adult-use marijuana market opens, supply worries loom

A few times a day, someone from out of town will walk into one of Paulson Palmer's three dispensaries in northwest Montana asking if they can buy marijuana. The answer is almost always no.  While Palmer's Fruit Factory can sell cannabis to Montana...

 By Justin Franz    News    July 8, 2020

Realtors report out-of-state rush on Montana real estate

Lydia Seely has wanted to move to Montana ever since her son came here five years ago. The California woman, who works in health care, had eyed properties in the Bozeman area in the past - initially...


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