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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.

St. Peter’s responds to special counsel report, stands by claims of threats from state officials

By: - November 24, 2021

St. Peter’s Health in Helena responded Wednesday to the release of a legislative report this week about a dispute between the hospital and several state officials arising from an allegation of patient mistreatment, reasserting claims it first made in October that “providers and care team members were threatened and harassed when they refused to administer […]

‘My patience is almost gone’: AG threatened to file charges in St. Peter’s dispute

By: - November 23, 2021

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and his top deputy warned St. Peter’s Health in Helena of possible legal action arising from claims of mistreatment made by a COVID-19 patient’s family in October, including that the hospital was not administering a pair of unapproved treatments for the virus prescribed by an outside doctor, according to a […]

Alden Global Capital moves to buy Lee Enterprises, owner of many Montana daily papers

By: - November 22, 2021

Alden Global Capital, a New York-based hedge fund that this year became the second largest newspaper publisher in the United States, has made an offer to purchase Lee Enterprises, the media company that owns many of Montana’s daily newspapers. Lee’s outlets in Montana include the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, the Helena Independent Record, the (Butte) […]

Proposed change to on-the-job training regulations rankles Montana labor

By: - November 22, 2021

Trade unions and state officials are at odds over a proposed rule that would increase the number of apprentices who can work under a journeyman tradesman, with directors of union training programs warning that the change could pose safety risks and decrease the quality of hands-on learning in the workplace. Current state policy says that […]

Revenue dept. will reverse proposed CBD sale and dispensary worker restrictions

By: - November 18, 2021

The Montana Department of Revenue told lawmakers this week that it will strike a pair of proposed rules implementing the state’s fledgling recreational marijuana program after hearing considerable input from members of the public, the cannabis industry and legislators who warned that the rules veered from the intent of House Bill 701, an act passed […]

Laurie Bishop suspends U.S. House bid

By: - November 17, 2021

Democratic state lawmaker Laurie Bishop announced Wednesday that she will suspend her campaign for U.S. House, instead focusing on re-election to her current state legislative seat. Bishop, of Livingston, was the first Democrat to formally announce a bid for Montana’s newly created congressional district, which the state earned after demonstrating significant population growth in the […]

Gianforte asks for more flexibility to spend fed rental assistance funds

By: - November 16, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte wrote to Montana’s congressional delegation on Tuesday requesting greater flexibility from the federal government in how the state can administer emergency rental assistance funds, a pot of money designed to stave off evictions and COVID-19 related economic hardship that many smaller states have struggled to adequately spend. Montana, along with dozens of […]

Montana could lose $20 million in emergency rental funds next week

By: - November 12, 2021

Montana could lose a chunk of its federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds next week due to October guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury that sets minimum expenditure and obligation ratios for states in an effort to speed up the rate of disbursement. The guidance says states that haven’t obligated 65% of the first round […]

Revenue department willing to alter rules on pot dispensary employment, CBD sales

By: - November 9, 2021

The Montana Department of Revenue told lawmakers Tuesday that it’s open to amending a pair of controversial rules the agency drafted in order to implement House Bill 701, a sprawling bill passed this year regulating the state’s newly created recreational marijuana industry. “That bill is anything but a piece of perfection as far as legislative […]

State moves to dismiss challenge to bill restricting campus organizing

By: - November 8, 2021

The state of Montana is moving to dismiss a federal court challenge to a law passed this year limiting on-campus political organizing in part due to a printing error in the original complaint, according to legal filings last week. The office of Attorney General Austin Knudsen, which represents the Montana Secretary of State and Commissioner […]

Final U.S. House map: Lewis and Clark, Park to east, Gallatin to west

By: - November 5, 2021

Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission, having over the span of months argued and re-argued dozens of points, and heard hundreds upon hundreds of public comments — admonitions, advice, threats, invocations of God, etc. — has tentatively selected a congressional map to divide Montana into two U.S. House districts over the coming decade. More precisely, the […]

Former Dem lawmaker Tom Winter is running for Congress

By: - November 3, 2021

Former state lawmaker Tom Winter announced his bid for Montana’s new congressional seat on Wednesday, confirming suspicions that an already three-way Democratic primary was slated to get even more complicated. Winter, 35, is the fourth Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for what will likely be a newly-created district in the western portion […]