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Blair Miller

Blair Miller

Blair Miller is a reporter based in Helena who primarily covers government, climate and courts. He's been a journalist for more than 12 years, previously based in Denver, Albuquerque and mid-Missouri.

Most of the Held v. Montana plaintiffs and their attorneys pose outside the courtroom for photos halfway through the trial.

Groups ask Supreme Court to file friend-of-the-court briefs in Montana climate case

By: - January 22, 2024

Organizations representing mining companies, lawmakers, and a right-wing think tank in Montana are starting to line up to ask the state Supreme Court to consider their interests and how the court’s decision in the state’s forthcoming appeal of the Held v. Montana case could affect them. The Treasure State Resources Association and Frontier Institute both say […]

Law firm asks judge to compel Gianforte, Brereton to produce communications

By: - January 20, 2024

Attorneys for a Helena law firm have asked for summary judgment in a lawsuit against Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Charlie Brereton in an effort to compel them to produce records the firm requested but have been denied over claims of executive and attorney-client privilege. Upper Seven […]

Author accused of stealing, selling items from Montana Historical Society

By: - January 19, 2024

An author who has written several books about Montana pleaded not guilty this week in federal court to charges alleging he stole items from the Montana Historical Society over the course of a year and sold or tried to sell them on eBay. Brian D’Ambrosio, 49, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of […]

Attorney general says proposed Montana abortion ballot issue not legally sufficient

By: - January 18, 2024

The Montana Attorney General’s Office, led by Republican Austin Knudsen, this week told proponents of a proposed 2024 ballot issue seeking to affirm the right to abortion in the Montana Constitution that the proposal was legally insufficient. The office, which is required by law to review all proposed initiatives and constitutional amendments, said Ballot Measure […]

James Brown signs his candidate filing paperwork. (Photo: James Brown campaign)

PSC Commissioner Brown announces run for State Auditor

By: - January 18, 2024

Montana Public Service Commission chairman and former Montana Supreme Court justice candidate James Brown announced Thursday he is running for State Auditor this year. “Having successfully served the last several years as President of the Montana Public Service Commission, a regulatory decision-making and consumer protection role similar to that role played by the auditor, I […]

DPHHS announces hiring incentives for health care workers, bonuses at certain facilities

By: - January 17, 2024

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is launching new hiring incentives, retention bonuses and raises in an effort to recruit new health care workers, and to hold onto existing ones, at several of the state care facilities. DPHHS said the incentives are aimed at cutting down on the number of contracted clinical […]

Most of the Held v. Montana plaintiffs and their attorneys pose in the courtroom for photos as the trial nears an end.

Montana Supreme Court denies state’s request to pause Held decision pending appeal

By: - January 16, 2024

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from state officials to pause a district court judge’s ruling that the state is violating Montanans’ constitutional rights by not preserving a clean and healthful environment while the officials appeal the case to the high court. In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court said it would […]

Gianforte, Juras announce Montana re-election bids for 2024

By: - January 16, 2024

Montana’s Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte and his lieutenant governor will seek re-election to a second term this November, Gianforte announced Tuesday. The governor, first elected in 2020, formally filed to run for another term Tuesday, according to Montana campaign finance records, and his campaign released a re-election video later in the afternoon. Gianforte first told […]

Survey shows Montana’s general population has increasing tolerance of wolves

By: - January 16, 2024

Montana’s general population and its deer and elk hunters continue to grow more supportive of wolves, but when it comes to Montana’s wolf regulations, and hunting and trapping seasons, those opinions start to vary among the general population, different groups of hunters, and private landowners, according to a new survey released this month. The University […]

Lawsuit challenges logging, burning project planned in Bitterroot National Forest

By: - January 12, 2024

A consortium of conservation groups, including several from Montana, have again sued the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies over a forest thinning and prescribed burn project planned in the Bitterroot National Forest they say disregards the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Missoula […]

More than 100 Montana candidates file to run for office in 2024 on first day of filing

By: - January 11, 2024

Thursday marked the first day 2024 candidates in Montana could officially file for the November election and provided the first solid look at who is running for which offices and how the legislative landscape might change after last year’s redistricting. Candidates for president, U.S. Senate, Congress, the statewide elected seats, Supreme and District court judge […]

An image captured on Jan. 5, 2021, purportedly of Frank Dahlquist, compared with an image of him from a 2022 news story featuring Dahlquist, which the FBI used to say were the same man. (Image via criminal complaint)

West Helena Valley Fire Rescue chief arrested on Jan. 6 charges

By: - January 10, 2024

The chief of West Helena Valley Fire and Rescue in Lewis and Clark County was arrested Wednesday and accused of assaulting police officers and trespassing on U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021, according to court documents. Frank Dahlquist, 45, made his first appearance in federal court in Great Falls Wednesday afternoon on four federal […]