Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

American Prairie Reserve adds 800 acres in Blaine County

By: - May 28, 2021

American Prairie Reserve is pleased to announce the purchase of 800 acres near Cow Creek, located in Blaine County and within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. This parcel is American Prairie’s 32nd land acquisition and brings the conservation organization’s total deeded and leased acres to 420,425. Named for Cow Creek, which runs its length, […]

Board of Regents will file stay request in District Court after high court denies stay

By: - May 26, 2021

In a brief order Wednesday, the Montana Supreme Court dismissed the Montana Board of Regents’ request that it stay the implementation of House Bill 102, the campus carry bill. “Having reviewed the Petition and its attached Appendix, this Court determines there is no need to order a summary response and no ‘urgency or emergency factors […]

Arntzen: Biden administration’s rules for COVID-19 relief funding ‘burdensome’

By: - May 25, 2021

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen submitted comments Monday to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on its Interim Final Requirements (IFR) related to implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Relief (ARP-ESSER) Fund, the Office of Public Instruction announced Tuesday in a news release. In her comments, Arntzen emphasized […]

Montana Conservation Voters releases legislative scorecard

By: - May 24, 2021

Following the 67th Montana State Legislative Session, Montana Conservation Voters released its 2021 Legislative Scorecard highlighting the shortcomings of state elected officials and celebrating those who worked to protect Montana’s outdoor way of life. MCV’s 2021 legislative scorecard is available online at Most of the 150 state legislators received failing scores of less than […]

Commerce awards more than $5 million of Historic Preservation Grants to 23 communities

By: - May 20, 2021

The Montana Department of Commerce announced Thursday that 23 Montana communities will share more than $5 million of grant funding for 26 historic preservation projects. The grants, awarded through Commerce’s Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program, will be used to improve historical sites, historical societies and history museums in Montana, according to a news release from […]

Mask mandate eliminated for Montana University System

By: - May 17, 2021

The Montana University system is removing its mask mandate policy, according to a Friday memo from the Commissioner of Higher Education. “Campuses should consult relevant authorities and guidance at the local, state and federal levels when developing any ongoing guidance related to masks,” said the memo. The memo stated the sunsetting of that requirement and […]

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 […]