Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Dolly Parton’s literacy program Imagination Library expanding in Montana

By: - June 2, 2023

Montana kids in every zip code in the state up to 5 years old will have access to free books courtesy of country singer Dolly Parton in partnership with the state’s first lady. “I’m so excited to be launching my Imagination Library statewide in Montana!” said Parton in a release from the Governor’s Office on […]

Long-time director at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks retires, deputy to succeed him

By: - June 2, 2023

After 21 years at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Hank Worsech is retiring as director, with deputy director for the agency Dustin Temple set to succeed him. According to a release from Gov. Greg Gianforte’s Office Friday, the governor appointed Worsech director of the department January of 2021 and he’s retiring following medical leave, which […]

Yellowstone Park: Hawaii man pleads guilty to intentionally disturbing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

By: - May 31, 2023

Clifford Walters of Hawaii pleaded guilty to one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife on May 31, 2023, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Hambrick, according to Yellowstone National Park. Walters was given a $500 fine, a $500 community service payment to Yellowstone Forever Wildlife Protection Fund, a $30 special assessment, […]

Yellowstone National Park Northeast Entrance Road to see temporary evening closures early June

By: - May 31, 2023

A small portion of Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance Road will be temporarily closed during evening hours on select days in early June to allow for construction.  According to a National Park Service press release, the section of road in Lamar Canyon between Tower Junction and Lamar Valley will be closed from 7 p.m. to […]

Ex-Signal Peak Mine safety manager sentenced for conspiring to make false reports about coal mine injury

By: - May 24, 2023

A former safety manager at Signal Peak Energy coal mine was sentenced this week for his role in a coverup of a mining accident that left a worker with a partial amputation after his fingers were crushed in an investigation the U.S. Attorney’s Office characterized as a broad corruption case. Curtis Floyd, 47, of Billings, was […]

Yellowstone National Park investigating bison calf incident, death

By: - May 23, 2023

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are asking the public for information about an incident that occurred on the evening of May 20, between an unidentified man and a newborn bison calf in the park’s northeast corner. The man intentionally disturbed the calf, which resulted in the death of the […]

Kansas woman dies in Avalanche Creek

By: - May 23, 2023

A 28-year-old woman from Kansas died Monday afternoon in Glacier National Park after falling off a rocky overhang into Avalanche Creek and being swept into the gorge, the park said Tuesday in a news release. The woman was spotted in the creek passing under the bridge of Trail of the Cedars by bystanders who waded […]

Governor’s Office: Gianforte appoints Thomas Pardy to Thirteenth Judicial District Court

By: - May 22, 2023

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Monday his appointment of Thomas Pardy to serve on the Thirteenth Judicial District for Yellowstone County. Pardy will fill the vacancy created by Thirteenth Judicial District Judge Michael G. Moses’ retirement, effective July 1, 2023, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. “Thomas is an accomplished attorney who is […]

Gov. Gianforte declares statewide flooding disaster

By: - May 17, 2023

Gov. Greg Gianforte issued an executive order Tuesday declaring a statewide disaster in response to flooding in northeast, western, and south-central Montana. “Runoff from recent rainfall and snowmelt has compromised critical infrastructure and roads in Montana,” Gov. Gianforte said in a statement from his office. “This order will help impacted communities rebuild and get back […]

Montana DPHHS: Chickenpox cases up among youth

By: - May 15, 2023

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services counted 18 cases of chickenpox reported in early 2023 compared to just six cases over the same period last year, the agency said in a news release about the increase in infections in school-aged children. The department characterized the increase as a 200% rise from the […]

Former Dawson County Sheriff goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation as Montana’s next marshal

By: - May 5, 2023

Former Dawson County Sheriff Craig Anderson was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday on a bipartisan vote to become the next U.S. Marshal for Montana. Anderson had been nominated by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.  “Keeping Montanans safe is my top priority in the United States Senate, and we’ll all be safer when […]

Blackfeet Nation recognized as first ‘Tree City of the World’

By: - April 29, 2023

Members of the Blackfeet Nation and partner agencies gathered earlier this month to celebrate and recognize the Blackfeet Nation as the first Tribal Nation to be designated as a Tree City of the World by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Friday. “We are excited to receive this recognition, […]