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DOC announces hiring of new Public Safety Chief

By: - September 21, 2021

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Jail Commander Jim Anderson will become the new public safety chief for the Montana Department of Corrections, the department announced in a news release on Tuesday. “Jim has the experience and skillset we are seeking for this position as we forge ahead with modernization of our corrections system,” said Deputy Director […]

Yellowstone: One man likely drowned, crews search for missing companion at Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

By: - September 21, 2021

Park search and rescue crews located the body of Mark O’Neill along the east shore of Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park Monday, Sept. 20, Yellowstone National Park said in a news release Tuesday. In a brief phone call Tuesday, the park said O’Neill likely died by drowning. O’Neill, 67, from Chimacum, Washington, and his […]

Gov. Gianforte urges Biden to reopen U.S.-Canada Border

By: - September 20, 2021

After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday it again would extend the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada for another month, Gov. Greg Gianforte urged President Joe Biden to fully reopen the northern border for trade and travel, the governor’s office said in a news release. “While our nation’s […]

Deb Haaland signs the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana Compact

By: - September 17, 2021

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana Compact on Friday, formally executing the Montana Water Rights Protection Act enacted by Congress on Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Interior announced in a news release Friday. “Together, these actions pave the way to improving the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ […]

Gov. Gianforte, MT congressional delegation react to Afghan refugees coming to Missoula

By: - September 16, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte said on Thursday he plans to welcome fully-vetted Missoula-bound Afghan refugees fleeing the humanitarian crisis stemming from the end of the war in Afghanistan. “Montana welcomes our fully-vetted Afghan allies who worked alongside us, have left their homes in the face of the Taliban’s reemerging, merciless terror, and seek freedom and safety,” […]

Missoula breaks two more COVID-19 records Thursday

By: - September 16, 2021

As hospitals in the county continue to be pushed to their limits, Missoula announced it surpassed two COVID-19 records on Thursday when it reported 46 active hospitalizations and a seven-day average for new daily cases among 100,000 people of 86. The previous high for active hospitalizations was 43, set on Nov. 7, 2020, and the […]

Yellowstone National Park: Woman suffers significant thermal burns in park

By: - September 16, 2021

At Old Faithful early Thursday morning, park rangers provided initial care to a 19-year-old woman from Rhode Island with second- and third-degree burns to 5 percent of her body, the park said in a news release. The park said she was later life-flighted to Idaho and her condition was not available to the park. The […]

Glacier sees drop in Going-to-the-Sun traffic with ticketed entry

By: - September 16, 2021

After implementing a new ticketed entry system this year, Glacier National Park saw a 12 percent decrease in vehicles on Going-to-the-Sun Road from Memorial Day weekend through the end of August compared to 2019, according to a news release Thursday from the park. Generally, Glacier National Park reported 2,354,475 visitors through August, a busy year […]

Gianforte solicits applications for two judicial vacancies

By: - September 14, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte said he is accepting applications for judicial vacancies in Yellowstone and Gallatin counties. First reported by the Billing’s Gazette, Yellowstone County District Court Judge Gregory Todd, the county’s longest sitting judge, will retire on Dec. 31, 2021. The other vacancy was created by the state legislature at the proposal of Gianforte to […]

Yellowstone announces August 2021 was most-visited August on record

By: - September 14, 2021

Yellowstone National Park hosted 921,844 recreation visits in August 2021, making it the most-visited August on record, according to a news release from the park. This is a 4.5% increase from August 2020 (881,829 recreational visits) and a 12% increase from August 2019 (820,006 recreation visits), the park said. Previously, the busiest August on record […]

Missoula expected to break active COVID-19 case record Wednesday morning

By: - September 14, 2021

Missoula County reported the highest amount of daily new cases on Saturday with 157 and said in a press release Tuesday that it is on track to break its record high of active cases by Wednesday morning. The county’s record of active cases came in November 2020 with 1,217. On Tuesday, the Missoula City-County Health […]

Gov’s budget office gets new director

By: - September 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte will be getting a new budget director starting Oct. 1 as the current director, Kurt Alme, transitions out of his role to return to Billings to be with his family, the governor’s office announced in a news release on Tuesday. Alme will be replaced by Buffalo Republic Sen. Ryan Osmundson. Osmundson was […]