Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Montana Office of Public Defenders names new director

By: - September 1, 2022

Brett Schandelson has been named the new Montana Office of Public Defenders director. Schandelson started as the office’s acting director in June 2022 after former Director Rhonda Lindquist retired. He has been with the office since 2018 and served as chief of OPD’s Development and Operations Bureau prior to taking over as director. “Brett stepped […]

FWP: More than 84K AIS inspections, 46 found with mussels, 300 found with aquatic weeds

By: - August 31, 2022

So far this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partners have inspected more than 84,000 watercraft, 46 of which were mussel-fouled and 300 were found with aquatic invasive weeds, according to a news release Wednesday from FWP. FWP, whose partners include the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Nation, also said more […]

Human rights groups applaud departure of state prison employee with alleged ties to white nationalism

By: - August 30, 2022

Human rights groups on Tuesday applauded the departure of a Montana State Prison employee with alleged ties to white nationalism from the prison. A report from the Montana Human Rights Network published in April exposed correctional officer Kelly Chambers’s ties to Butte’s Ron McVan, who worked with notorious white supremacist David Lane to create the […]

Gianforte appeals BLM decision on American Prairie bison grazing

By: - August 29, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow American Prairie to graze bison on 63,500 acres of land in Phillips County, according to a filing submitted Thursday and included in a Monday press release. State land makes up some of the acreage which is managed by the federal government. The […]

FWP seeking public comment on proposed fishing regulation changes ahead of October meeting

By: - August 29, 2022

Fisheries around Montana will be hosting open houses to discuss Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposed fishing regulations before their Oct. 20 meeting, according to a FWP press release. FWP has a total of 42 regulation proposals out for public comment through Sept. 22, which can be found on FWP’s website. Proposed regulations include a […]

Two Montana brother plead guilty to felony charges stemming from Jan. 6 riot in D.C.

By: - August 26, 2022

Two Montana brothers pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for their actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Their actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election. Joshua Calvin Hughes, […]

Billlings Clinic CEO resigns, new search begins

By: - August 26, 2022

The Billings Clinic Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of its chief executive officer, Dr. Scott Ellner. Ellner’s resignation is effective immediately. The board has appointed Dr. Clint Seger to step in as interim CEO. In a letter of resignation, Ellner stated, “I am honored to have worked with an incredible group of caregivers […]

West Nile Virus confirmed in Montana

By: - August 26, 2022

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile virus detections in positive mosquito samples in Dawson and Lewis and Clark counties. The first horse infected with WNV this season was also confirmed earlier this week in Lewis and Clark County. To date, no human cases of WNV have been identified […]

Montana invests $18M to fund child care innovation grants across the state

By: - August 17, 2022

Montana announced on Wednesday that it will be investing $18 million to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state.  The investment comes following a recommendation from the American Rescue Plan Act Health Advisory Commission. The funding will increase child care capacity by opening new, or significantly expanding current, child care facilities, according to a […]

Yellowstone: Visitation down in July following record floods in June

By: - August 16, 2022

Yellowstone National Park hosted 596,562 recreation visits in July 2022, the park said Tuesday in a news release. This is a 45% decrease from July 2021 (1,080,767 recreational visits), the most-visited July on record, and a 36% decrease from July 2019 (936,062), the last pre-Covid-19 year, according to the park. The park also said the […]

Fishing closures due to high temps go into effect Wednesday

By: - August 16, 2022

Full fishing closures will go into effect for the following rivers at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks press release: The entire Jefferson River The section of the Big Hole River from the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site portions of Fish Creek within […]

Attorney General’s Office: Montana on track to triple last year’s fentanyl seizures

By: - August 16, 2022

Montana is on track to triple last year’s record-setting fentanyl seizures, according to a news release Tuesday from the Attorney General’s Office. Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces have seized 111,611 combined fentanyl dosage units through June 30 of this year. However, that number only accounts for the fentanyl seized by the Rocky […]