Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Man who trafficked fentanyl sentenced

By: - December 1, 2022

MISSOULA — A Pablo man who admitted to trafficking fentanyl pills in the community and was caught with $6,070 in U.S. currency and a firearm was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a news release from his office. In […]

‘Friends of the Montana Constitution’ announced

By: - November 28, 2022

Mae Nan Ellingson, the youngest Delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, announced in a news release Monday the formation of Friends of the Montana Constitution, a Montana nonprofit and nonpartisan educational corporation. The news release noted Friends, led by Ellingson, has three purposes as follows: Promoting and enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of […]

Canvassers conduct random sample of ’22 election

By: - November 21, 2022

Last week, the Montana Board of Canvassers, convened to complete the random-sample audit selection for the 2022 General Election. The canvass’ purpose is two-fold — first, it’s required by law after an election in order to certify results. Secondly, it checks the accuracy of results by auditing random precincts and races to ensure election integrity. […]

Montana Republicans, Democrats select leaders in advance of 2023 legislative session

By: - November 16, 2022

Montana legislators selected leadership Wednesday for the 2023 legislative session, according to announcements from Republicans and Democrats. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, to serve as the next president of the Senate, according to an email from the Senate Majority. Ellsworth was the Senate president pro tempore during the 2021 legislative session. “It’s an […]

Tax reduction, paired with spending on repairs for state facilities included in Gianforte’s budget

By: - November 10, 2022

Gov. Gianforte is prioritizing tax relief and spending surplus on repairs and expansions to the state hospital and state prison, according to a release outlining his 2023 budget priorities on Thursday. The full budget will be released Tuesday.

Latest satellite launch will help improve NOAA’s weather forecasting ability

By: - November 10, 2022

Weather forecasters job is about to get easier. Early Thursday morning, the National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, launched a state-of-the-art polar-orbiting satellite that is designed to provide more comprehensive, real-time data to weather forecasters who monitor the earth’s atmosphere and predict upcoming events like storms. The NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2), the third in […]

Montanans line up to vote on Election Day

By: - November 8, 2022

Tanner Dodd stood in line outside the Elections Center in Missoula County on Election Day waiting to vote in person. “My dog spilled coffee on my ballot as I was voting,” Dodd said. Pup Zetta, 1 year old, is half German shepherd and half husky, and one appendage got in the way. “She’s got a […]

Two top DOJ employees resign, office confirms

By: - November 4, 2022

Two top officials in Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office resigned, KTVH reported earlier this week and Knudsen’s office confirmed. Chief Deputy Attorney General Derek Oestreicher and Solicitor General David Dewhirst have stepped down. KTVH reports Dewhirst will be replaced by Christian Corrigan, who previously served as Assistant Solicitor General, and that his last day was […]

University of Montana, Montana State hold post-election forums next week

By: - November 4, 2022

Will legislators be nasty or nice to each other? And how will election results affect Montanans? The University of Montana and Montana State University-Bozeman are each holding forums next week on those topics. The Zoom events are free and open to the public. UM Nov. 9: “Can Civility Prevail in the Montana Legislature?” UM hosts […]

With less than a week left, here’s how to vote in Montana

By: - November 2, 2022

Ballots have been out in Montana since mid-October, and Tuesday, the Secretary of State’s office reported just over 45 percent of absentee ballots it mailed were returned already. For voters who have yet to register or vote in this year’s midterm election, here’s how, according to the Secretary of State: Registered voters who are 18 […]

DPHHS sending $2.7 million to detention centers for behavioral health programs

By: - October 26, 2022

The state’s health department is sending nearly $3 million to detention centers across the state to fund substance abuse treatment programs, according to a news release. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services awarded Behavioral Health Services in Local Detention Facilities grants to: Yellowstone County ($536,118) Missoula County ($567,253) Lewis and Clark County […]

Tech workforce development program launches at state prison

By: - October 25, 2022

A workforce development program centered on building skills in technology was launched at the Montana State Prison Tuesday, according to a news release. The Last Mile, which started in San Quentin in 2010, teaches incarcerated individuals web development fundamentals to help transition folks into employment upon release. The program exists in six states and touts […]