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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.

Economic recovery in 2021 didn’t help Montana’s housing crisis

By: - February 2, 2022

Industry leaders and economists have been on something of a roadshow to cities across the state this winter with a singular message: Poor housing affordability continues to dog Montana and Montanans into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, even amid economic recovery in other areas, and when relief might come isn’t clear. It’s a […]

Zinke, Neumann lead primary fundraising in western Montana U.S. House district

By: - February 1, 2022

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and public health expert Cora Neumann are both out-raising their primary opponents in the race to be the first to represent Montana’s newly created western U.S. House district as the June primaries draw nearer. Zinke, who represented Montana’s at-large district in Congress before taking a job in the Trump […]

FWP will soon halt wolf harvest in region bordering Yellowstone

By: - January 28, 2022

Wolf hunting and trapping in an area of southwestern Montana that includes the borders of Yellowstone National Park will soon end for the season, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday, recognizing that the total harvest in the region so far is fast approaching a threshold identified by department biologists. Following a unanimous vote, […]

Judge hears arguments on Supreme Court election-by-district initiative

By: - January 27, 2022

A district court judge in Bozeman heard arguments this week in a legal challenge to a legislative ballot initiative passed this session that would, if approved by voters, modify state law to provide for the election of Montana Supreme Court justices by district, rather than on an at-large basis. Plaintiffs including former Montana Secretary of […]

Montana DEQ seeks grant to bolster air quality monitoring

By: - January 27, 2022

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is looking to expand its air quality monitoring as particulate pollution from wildfire smoke becomes more severe across the state and region, officials told a legislative interim panel this week. The department’s 20 air quality monitors across the state flagged more days in 2021 for diminished air quality than […]

Biden taps Jesse Laslovich for Montana U.S. Attorney

By: - January 26, 2022

The White House on Wednesday announced President Joe Biden will nominate former Democratic state lawmaker Jesse Laslovich to be U.S. Attorney for the state of Montana. Laslovich, born in Anaconda, first went to the Legislature in 2001, and served in both chambers until 2010, when he went to work as chief legal council for Montana […]

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke

By: - January 26, 2022

A severe 2021 fire season across the West yielded some of the longest stretches of diminished air quality in Montana in recent memory, officials and experts told a legislative panel Tuesday, a trend they expect to continue amid historic drought and expanding wildfire seasons. Between June and October, the state Department of Environmental Quality’s 20 […]

Nursing homes seek state aid to stabilize staffing

By: - January 20, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte wrote to members of the Montana Health Care Association last week to address persistent concerns among long-term care providers about the financial stability of their industry during the pandemic, but signaled that he’d not be inclined to authorize more direct financial assistance to support hiring and retention. The open letter, dated January […]

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 […]