Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Gov: New fire dashboard launched

By: - August 3, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte launched a new dashboard to keep Montanans informed on active fires burning in the state, according to a news release from his office. “Across Montana, our heroic firefighters are confronting more than eighty fires that threaten our communities, infrastructure, first responders, and way of life. Ensuring Montanans receive accurate and timely information […]

Governor secures support from FEMA to fight Poverty Flats Fire

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday the state has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from FEMA to assist with costs associated with fighting the Poverty Flats Fire burning in Big Horn County and Crow Agency, according to a news release. “Montana is experiencing severe fire conditions, and weather forecasts indicate that will continue for […]

Gianforte announces agreements for active forest management

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that agreements of the cross-boundary, active management projects associated with the Montana Forest Action Plan have been signed and completed, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. “This fire season has proven to all Montanans the importance of active forest management to reduce wildfire risk,” Gianforte said in […]

NorthWestern: Drought conditions mean lower water levels at Hebgen Reservoir

By: - July 26, 2021

Drought conditions are resulting in lower water levels at Hebgen Reservoir to protect fisheries on the lower Madison River, NorthWestern Energy said in a news release Monday. “Current drought conditions, the result of low snowpack, low spring precipitation and recent hot, dry weather have led to challenging low water conditions in the Madison River system,” […]

Yellowstone National Park closes some fishing because of high temperatures, low flow

By: - July 23, 2021

Effective July 24, Yellowstone National Park’s rivers and streams will close to fishing in the afternoon and evening due to high-water temperatures and unprecedented low stream flows. This closure will protect the park’s native and wild trout fisheries. What will be closed? Fishing on rivers and streams will be prohibited from 2 p.m. to sunrise the […]

Alder Creek fire is nation’s top priority fire

By: - July 21, 2021

The Alder Creek Fire, which has consumed more than 5,000 acres in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, is the nation’s top fire priority, according to a readout from a briefing between Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation As of noon Wednesday, there were 19 large fires burning in Montana with the […]

NorthWestern Energy adds contract for 80 megawatts of solar power

By: - July 20, 2021

NorthWestern Energy has entered a power purchase agreement with Apex Solar LLC. The Public Utility Regulatory Act contract is for 80 megawatts of generation from a solar facility Apex Solar is developing in Beaverhead County near Dillon, Montana. The facility is required to begin delivery of generation in November 2022. When it comes online, NorthWestern […]

As temperatures soar, Montana enacts more fishing restrictions on Montana’s rivers

By: - July 20, 2021

Several angling restrictions on rivers in southwest, north-central and south-central Montana go into effect Tuesday due to warming temperatures and low flows. The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” restrictions, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m., to midnight each day. Some waters are under full fishing closures, which prohibit fishing […]

Montana DOC announces restructuring and new mission statement

By: - July 19, 2021

The Montana Department of Corrections announced the department has a new mission statement and it has restructured the agency, according to a Thursday news release. The changes are meant to “better reflect the goals of the agency” in the coming years, the release read. The new mission statement is “Creating a safer Montana through Accountability, […]

DNA confirms euthanized bear responsible for Ovando attack

By: - July 15, 2021

DNA results received Wednesday confirmed the grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials last Friday was the same bear that fatally attacked a camper in Ovando early on the morning of July 6, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “The DNA samples from the bear, saliva sample at the scene of […]

Department of Commerce: More than $10M in rent, assistance, paid

By: - July 8, 2021

Montana Housing announced Thursday that more than $10 million in rent and utility assistance has been paid to support Montanans who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were at risk of housing instability, according to a news release from the Montana Department of Commerce. The federally funded assistance is provided by […]

Montana, more than 30 other states accuse Google of anti-competitive practices

By: - July 8, 2021

Montana is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on […]