Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

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 […]

State and Montana State Prison employees agree to reconvene in Sept. as negotiations continue and possibility of strike looms

By: - August 30, 2021

Contract negotiations between the Montana State Prison and the state are ongoing as of Monday afternoon, with both parties agreeing to meet in mid-to-late September, according to the Montana Federation of Public Employees. The two groups met Thursday for the first time since the employee union voted 60-0 to engage in concerted activity, bringing the […]

Three Yellowstone County residents die of COVID-19 related illness over the weekend

By: - August 23, 2021

Yellowstone County health officials are hoping the Federal Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will help slow the spread of the infection as deaths and cases rise in the county and hospitals fill up. In a press release on Monday, Riverstone Health reported that three people had died from a COVID-19 related […]

‘Hoot owl’ restrictions lifted for some Montana rivers

By: - August 19, 2021

Several “hoot owl” restrictions currently in effect on portions of some Montana rivers have been lifted. Restrictions will be lifted on: Missouri River from the Cascade boat ramp to Holter Dam (river mile 2,166.2 to 2,202.1) Madison River from Ennis Dam to the border with Yellowstone National Park (river mile 40 to 131) Stillwater River […]

Full fishing closures for portions of the Big Hole River

By: - August 16, 2021

 Full fishing closures will go into effect on portions on the Big Hole River Aug. 17. Full fishing closures prohibit fishing at all times of day. These closures will stay in effect until conditions improve. These closures go into effect, Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 12:01 a.m.: Dickie Bridge to North Fork Big Hole River. Tony […]

Volunteers sought for cleanup on Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River   

By: - August 8, 2021

The Flathead Rivers Alliance is seeking volunteers for the 2021 Flathead Waters Cleanup event on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a news release from Glacier National Park. Volunteers are needed in several capacities including hiking the shoreline and floating or scuba diving the three forks of the Flathead […]

MSU receives $2.2M to recruit, graduate American Indian and Alaska Native nurses

By: - August 5, 2021

A $2.2 million federal grant will help support students enrolled in a Montana State University program that aims to recruit and graduate American Indian and Alaska Native nurses, according to a news release from the campus. The four-year Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will allow the MSU College of Nursing to offer […]

Gov. Gianforte announces investments to support Montana families and children

By: - August 4, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that the state will invest federal funds to prevent child abuse, expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training program, and provide early intervention services and supports for families with infants and toddlers with significant developmental delays or disabilities, according to a news release from his office. The […]

Illinois woman charged with taunting grizzly sow in Yellowstone National Park

By: - August 3, 2021

Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced Monday that Samatha R. Dehring, 25,  of Carol Stream, Illinois, was charged with one count of willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards and one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife. Dehring is expected to appear in front of Magistrate Judge Mark […]

Three Shelby prison staff members assaulted by inmates on July 30

By: - August 3, 2021

Three Crossroads Correctional Center staff members were assaulted by inmates of the prison around 1:45 p.m. on July 30, according to a statement from CoreCivic — operator of the Shelby prison. The news of the assaults was first reported by the Helena Independent Record. According to the statement, the three employees were transported to an […]

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 […]