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Arren Kimbel-Sannit

Arren Kimbel-Sannit

Arren Kimbel-Sannit is an Arizona-bred journalist who has covered politics, policy and power building at every level of government. Before getting his dose of northern exposure, Arren worked as a reporter in all manner of Arizona newsrooms, for the Dallas Morning News and for POLITICO in Washington, D.C. He has a special interest in how land-use decisions affect working-class people, which he displayed through reporting on the epidemic of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. for the Los Angeles Times and PBS Newshour. He's also covered housing, agriculture, the Trump presidency and more.

Public employee union files grievance in highway patrol negotiations

By: - January 18, 2022

The Montana Federation of Public Employees filed a complaint Tuesday with the state Department of Justice alleging that Montana Highway Patrol leadership initiated changes to working conditions in the midst of a round of collective bargaining between rank-and-file state troopers, who are organized under MFPE, and management. The most recent contract governing labor relations between […]

Gianforte, Rosendale, Daines celebrate Montana abortion restrictions as Roe hangs in the balance

By: - January 14, 2022

Several top Republican officials joined more than a hundred people at the Capitol in Helena on Friday for the March for Life, celebrating a year of long-stalled progress for the anti-abortion cause in Montana and gearing up for the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade later in the year. Gov. […]

Montana will distribute 650,000 free COVID-19 rapid tests

By: - January 13, 2022

Montana has acquired 650,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that it will distributed at no cost through local health departments, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday. The state ordered the self-administered CareStart tests from Medea Medical Products using $5.5 million in federal grant funding authorized as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Officials […]

Conservation group: EPA failing to protect Montana’s ‘world-class waterways’

By: - January 13, 2022

A Montana environmental organization is ratcheting up its effort to halt the repeal of numeric nutrient water quality standards for streams and rivers in the state, filing a notice this week that it intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the federal government’s inaction on the changes. The EPA has not met its […]

Calls to relist continue after 20 Yellowstone wolves killed in first part of season

By: - January 7, 2022

A coalition of Western environmental organizations is calling for the U.S. Department of the Interior to relist gray wolves in the northern Rockies on an emergency basis following reports that hunters had killed 20 wolves from Yellowstone National Park that wandered from the park’s boundary into surrounding states since the back half of 2021. Fifteen […]

Conservative pastor J.D. Hall leads January 6 rally at Capitol

By: - January 6, 2022

Around 25 people joined pastor and conservative website publisher Jordan “J.D.” Hall on a frigid Thursday at the Capitol to mark one year since the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C., which saw supporters of then-President Donald Trump breach the U.S. Capitol amid a vote in Congress to certify the presidential election in favor of […]

Water groups file federal complaint over Hebgen Dam failure

By: - January 5, 2022

A group of Montana environmental organizations is calling for an outside, independent investigation into the ecological impacts of a gate failure at Hebgen Dam in November that resulted in plummeting water levels in a stretch of the upper Madison River, stranding some fish to die and dewatering spawning areas. Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, the Montana Environmental […]

Gianforte: ‘The state does not need to exercise emergency powers’ to combat omicron

By: - January 4, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte acknowledged the high degree of transmissibility of the omicron COVID-19 variant but maintained at a press conference Tuesday at the Capitol that Montana would not return to a state of emergency or implement a vaccine mandate. “The state does not need to exercise emergency powers,” Gianforte said at the press briefing, held […]

Industry, customers exhale with beginning of adult-use pot in Montana

By: - January 3, 2022

It was late morning on New Years Day, and though much of downtown Helena was cold and quiet, business was good at the Cannabis Corner. A steady stream of customers had braved the frigid temps all morning long, lining up in the dawn of a new day for Montana: Recreational marijuana had arrived. Though technically […]

‘Dark money’ prosecutor sues state in public records row

By: and - December 24, 2021

A Billings attorney known for his involvement in prosecuting campaign finance violations is suing the state over a public records fight he’s picked with several top officials, including Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras and Attorney General Austin Knudsen. Gene Jarussi, an attorney who represented the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices in high-profile litigation related to campaign […]

Montana to change way prisoners are counted

By: - December 21, 2021

The Montana Districting and Apportionment commission is moving forward with its plan to change how incarcerated people in the state are counted for the purposes of legislative redistricting, voting to send out a request for proposals to vendors who may be able to do the necessary analysis in a meeting earlier this month. The commissioners […]

Montana has paid only 3,000 return-to-work bonuses

By: - December 17, 2021

The return-to-work incentive program put forth by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte in May will likely have delivered $1,200 bonuses to around 3,000 people by the end of its lifespan come January, officials with the Department of Labor and Industry said this week, only a quarter of the 12,000 individuals the state once anticipated paying. The […]