UK variant of COVID detected in Gallatin County

Three cases of the U.K. COVID-19 variant have been identified in Gallatin County, the Department of Public Health and Human Services said in a statement Wednesday. DPHHS spokesman, Jon Ebelt, said the state was expecting...

IG report finds Jackson intimidated subordinates, drank, used prescription drugs while on duty

When Sen. Jon Tester first made allegations about Dr. Ronny Jackson, then White House Physician, President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of invective at Montana’s senior Senator, vowing the Big Sandy farmer would have...

Republicans object to state and local aid as Senate heads toward vote on COVID...

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of...

Senate splits on Biden’s pick for HHS

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel divided evenly along party lines Wednesday over the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 14-14 vote came in the...

Biden’s CDC director pick has long used data to save lives

In early December, Dr. Katy Stephenson was watching TV with her family and scrolling through Twitter when she saw a tweet that made her shout. “I said ‘Oh, my God!'” she recalled. “Super loud. My...

COVID has created a learning chasm that may rob our children of future potential

As Montana legislators consider school funding for the next biennium, they’ve been hearing plenty about enrollment gaps caused by the pandemic. Because Montana’s school funding formula is heavily enrollment-based, school districts are concerned that...

House kills right-to-work bill as it finishes first half of session

The Montana state House ended the session's 44th (and technically also 45th) day with a recognition of one lawmaker's status as an elite dancer (Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder is the Michael Jordan...

Biden urges states to speed up vaccinating teachers

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines, setting a goal of ensuring that every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker is able...

Groups sue Forest Service for Castle Mountains plan

Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop a logging and burning project in the Castle Mountains, saying the United States Forest Service isn’t following many of its own guidelines...

Gianforte announces vaccine expansion

More Montanans will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday that he is expanding the list of eligible recipients under Phase 1B. The new phase — Phase 1B+ —...

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