Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Avalanche on Going-to-the-Sun Road traps bikers; no injuries

By: - May 14, 2021

Three bikers were rescued after being trapped behind an avalanche reported 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Triple Arches on Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park said Friday in a news release. “Three bikers, a husband and wife along with a friend, traveling up the road encountered an avalanche across the road, turned around and started back down,” the […]

DPHHS asking for Montanans to participate in arthritis survey

By: - May 14, 2021

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials are conducting a survey to learn more about how arthritis impacts the lives of Montanans. DPHHS Arthritis Program Manager Melissa Dale said the program is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation to learn more about challenges and limitations that Montanans face who are living with arthritis. The Arthritis […]

NorthWestern Energy asks public to report osprey building nests on power lines

By: - May 3, 2021

Osprey nests can cause power outages and even fires, and their proximity to energized equipment puts the birds at risk of electrocution, NorthWestern Energy said in a news release. The company said it has installed hundreds of platforms to maintain service reliability and to provide a safe place for ospreys to raise their offspring. This […]

Entry tickets for Glacier National Park are available

By: - April 29, 2021

Earlier this month, Glacier National Park announced the decision to implement a Going-to-the-Sun Road temporary ticketed entry system for the 2021 season. The tickets were available starting April 29 at 8 a.m. on The system will require visitors to set up an account on and obtain a vehicle entry reservation ticket ($2 nonrefundable fee) […]

Commerce Department awards 26 grants statewide

By: - April 28, 2021

The Montana Department of Commerce today announced $750,000 in Tourism Grant Award funding to strengthen local economies in 26 communities by enhancing tourism and recreation assets. The awards will serve 35 tourism and recreation projects across Montana, including unincorporated small towns, rural communities and areas of known attractions to non-resident visitors. “Montana boasts world-class tourism […]

Montana law grants sexual assault survivors right to evidence kit information

By: - April 21, 2021

Sponsored by Rep. Alice Buckley, D-Bozeman, a bill that ensures sexual assault survivors have current information about their evidence kits has become law. Gov. Greg Gianforte signed House Bill 310 into law earlier this month. When she introduced the bill earlier this session, Buckley said it built on legislation the Montana Attorney General helped bring […]

Former Gov. Stephens has died

By: - April 5, 2021

Former Gov. Stan Stephens died Saturday in Kalispell at the age of 91 following an extended illness, according to the Associated Press. Stephens, a Republican, served as governor from 1989 to 1993.“He was probably the most decent person you’d ever want to meet,” former state Sen. John Brendan told the AP; Brendan served as the […]

Gov. Gianforte signs bill prohibiting sanctuary cities in Montana

By: - March 31, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law Wednesday that bans sanctuary cities in Montana. “We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana,” Gianforte said in a statement. “HB 200 ensures drug dealers, human traffickers, and other criminals who are in our country unlawfully will have no refuge in […]

14 Productions to share $500K to film in Montana

By: - March 30, 2021

Fourteen film productions will share $500,000 through the Big Sky Film Grant from the Montana Film Office to film on-location across the state, the Montana Department of Commerce announced today. “Film, television and commercial productions have a direct economic impact in Montana, creating good-paying jobs and infusing outside dollars into Montana communities,” Montana Film Commissioner Allison […]

Montana awards more than $100K to ‘Main Street’ programs

By: - March 24, 2021

HELENA –Eight communities across Montana will share $120,000 through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Main Street Program to revitalize and strengthen their downtown cores. “Montana’s Main Street businesses and downtowns are the foundation of our state’s economy,” Commerce Director Scott Osterman said.“Funding through the Montana Main Street Program invests in communities across our state, encouraging […]

Gianforte extends filing deadlines for individual income taxpayers to May 17

By: - March 18, 2021

Governor Greg Gianforte today extended the payment and filing deadlines for Montana individual income taxpayers’ 2020 tax returns to May 17, 2021.   “Last year brought real, serious challenges to Montanans, and it’s only appropriate to extend the deadline so Montana taxpayers have some extra time to file, without having to worry about interest or penalties,” Gianforte said.   The May […]

Healthcare exchange members may receive premium reductions, Downing says

By: - March 18, 2021

Montanans who purchase their health insurance through may be eligible for premium savings.  Montana Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing advises anyone enrolled in these health plans to review their policies following the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan. “Individuals enrolled in a plan will not automatically receive the additional subsidies in their monthly […]