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Bob Brown, R-Trout Creek. (Photo courtesy of the Montana Legislature)

Governor appoints Trout Creek senator as Lottery Director

By: - February 29, 2024

Gov. Greg Gianforte appointed Sen. Bob Brown, R-Trout Creek, to serve as the state’s Lottery Director, Gianforte’s office said Thursday. “It’s been an honor to serve the people of Montana in the legislature, and I look forward to continuing to do so in my new role as lottery director,” Brown said in a statement. “Thank […]

Tester, Rounds attempt to stop beef imports from Paraguay

By: - February 27, 2024

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, and Jon Tester, D-Montana, said Tuesday that they have filed a Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn the Biden administration’s recent decision to lift a ban on beef imports from Paraguay. Congress can use CRA resolutions to overturn final rules issued by federal agencies by a simple majority […]

More than 100 bison transferred from Yellowstone National Park to Fort Peck

By: - February 14, 2024

During the week of Feb. 5, the National Park Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service moved 116 Yellowstone National Park bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar, Montana. The Bison Conservation Transfer Program continues to make history, having relocated the largest number of live Yellowstone bison to American Indian Tribes in […]

Remember the 24% NorthWestern rate hike? Panel on the Public Service Commission talks energy policy

By: - February 13, 2024

A panel about the Montana Public Service Commission and its influence on energy policy — and your power bills — will take place noon Thursday, Feb. 15, via Zoom. Montana Conservation Voters is hosting the event, called “Unraveling the PSC: A Montana Conservation Voters Live Virtual Event.” The Public Service Commission regulates monopoly utilities such […]

Texas man sentenced after stealing $100,000 from smaller Montana banks

By: - February 1, 2024

A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from Montana banks by forging checks and stealing identities to defraud smaller banks. Shanetwann Clayton Waldon, 46, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty in August 2023 to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Waldon was sentenced to four years in prison followed […]

Former Blackfeet operations manager pleads guilty to stealing COVID-19 funds

By: - January 31, 2024

Former operations manager and public information officer for the Blackfeet Tribe James McNeely pled guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $78,000 in COVID-19 relief funds. 

State to invest $600K to train professionals to work with patients with developmental disabilities

By: - January 30, 2024

Montana is investing $600,000 in grants for certification and training for professionals working with Montanans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Governor’s Office on Tuesday announced he was moving forward with the recommendation from the Behavioral Health System for Future Generations Commission, which is tasked with advising Gov. Greg Gianforte on how to spend $300 […]

$8 million in behavioral health funds to go towards mobile crisis response and worker training

By: - January 22, 2024

The second slice of the $300 million pie for behavioral health improvements in Montana will be going to mobile crisis response as well as developing training for new mental health professionals. Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the $8 million allocation Monday, with $7.5 million going towards mobile crisis response and stabilization services and $500,000 to the […]

Boilers at correctional facilities malfunctioned, then repaired, in sub-zero weather

By: - January 16, 2024

Nearly 300 inmates, including 30 juveniles, in Montana correctional facilities were without heat for several hours during the weekend when boilers at two facilities malfunctioned, but were repaired within hours. According to the Montana Department of Corrections, one of two boilers at the Work Reentry Center in the Montana State Prison at Deer Lodge stopped […]

Gov. Gianforte launches property tax task force, announces members

By: - January 11, 2024

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s Property Tax Task Force launched Thursday, made up of state agency leaders, legislators, local officials, association representatives, economists, researchers, and other stakeholders. Gianforte selected Ryan Osmundson, director of the Office of Budget and Program Planning, to lead the task force. “Montanans are rightly concerned with property taxes, which are growing well above […]

Gianforte appoints Hardin lawmaker, rancher to lead Department of Commerce

By: - January 10, 2024

Gov. Greg Gianforte today announced he was selecting Paul Green to lead the Montana Department of Commerce as its director.  “As a veteran with a background in business and economic development and strong leadership skills, Paul has my full confidence, and he will make an outstanding director for the Department of Commerce,” Gianforte said. “Paul […]

State confirms first pediatric influenza death for 2023-’24 flu season

By: - January 9, 2024

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services confirmed the death of a Big Horn County resident under the age of 18 years due to influenza. DPHHS confirms that this is the 11th influenza-related death in Montana, as of Jan. 5, 2024, and the first pediatric death of the 2023-2024 influenza season. In Montana, […]