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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .

‘Trees Grow on Money’: Recent report examines tree equity in MT

By: - July 25, 2021

A lack of tree canopy coverage and an unobstructed Big Sky in some lower-income neighborhoods across the state means many Montanans miss out on arborous benefits like better air quality, cooler temperatures and boosted property values, according to a new study. A recent report by American Forests, a conservation non-profit, looked at hundreds of areas […]

Montana tribes say state is violating Indian Education for All Act requirements

By: - July 22, 2021

Montana tribes along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and the Native American Rights Fund alleged in a lawsuit Thursday that state educational agencies have failed to meet constitutional and statutory requirements ensuring students in Montana’s K-12 public schools are properly taught about indigenous history and culture. The tribes included in the class-action […]

Supreme Court denies to hear former lawmakers argument over new judicial appointment process

By: - July 21, 2021

The Supreme Court denied Tuesday two former Democratic lawmakers’ requests to hear their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly established judicial appointment process calling their filing inadequate. Tom Winter and Barbara Bessette turned to the Supreme Court after Lewis and Clark District Judge Mike McMahon denied their request for a temporary restraining order […]

Suit alleges discrimination and harassment by state contractor

By: and - July 21, 2021

Three former employees of a medical non-profit that contracts with the state filed complaints with a government investigator alleging a years-long pattern of gender-based harassment, discrimination and retaliation by the organization’s director, behavior the complainants say has seeped into the program’s treatment of its participants. The complaints, filed March 17 with the Montana Department of […]

Environmental groups challenge DEQ over Big Sky development water pollution permit

By: - July 20, 2021

Two environmental groups are suing Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality for allegedly ignoring lawful protocols in approving a groundwater system for a new development in Big Sky that could degrade water quality in the Gallatin River. The Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and the Montana Environmental Information Center allege the department violated the Montana Water Quality Act […]

FEMA approves funding to combat Buffalo fire

By: - July 19, 2021

Federal authorities approved Montana’s request for grant money to combat the Buffalo fire burning in Yellowstone County, according to a press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 285 homes in and around the Huntley, which were under an evacuation order. The fire was also […]

‘A shooting star’: Victim of Ovando bear attack remembered

By: - July 9, 2021

Whenever Billie Jean Gerke received a call from her friend Leah Davis Lokan, she would greet Lokan with an enthusiastic: “Hello, my adventure girlfriend.” “She was the most adventurous woman I’ve ever known,” said Gerke, who became friends with Lokan in the late 2000s while they both lived in Sandpoint, Idaho. “She was incredibly strong, […]

Judge tosses MT media open-meeting lawsuit against Legislature

By: - July 9, 2021

A Lewis and Clark County District Court judge has dismissed a case brought by Montana media organizations alleging the chairman of a legislative committee violated Montana’s constitutional right to know by denying a reporter access to a meeting where committee members discussed proposed legislation. Petitioners, which include a handful of Montana media organizations including the […]

FWP: Grizzly likely responsible for fatal Ovando attack has been shot and killed

By: - July 9, 2021

Wildlife officials shot and killed Friday the grizzly believed to be responsible for the fatal attack of a bicycle camper in Ovando, according to a press release from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Before fatally attacking Leah Davis Lokan, 64, of Chico, California, on Tuesday, the bear raided a local chicken coop. About 48 hours […]

Bear responsible for fatal Ovando attack remains elusive as more details around incident emerge

By: - July 7, 2021

Campsites are closed until Sunday in Ovando as wildlife agents continue to search for the grizzly bear responsible for a fatal attack on a bicycle camper early Tuesday morning. In a news release Wednesday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the bear initially awoke the bicycle camper — identified as Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of […]

Gianforte appoints Grubich to fill Cascade County judge opening

By: - July 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed the first judge using a new judicial selection process created by recently enacted legislation that abolished the Judicial Nominating Commission and gave the governor the wide latitude to fill judicial vacancies. David Grubich has been chosen to fill the Eighth Judicial District vacancy. He was one of two finalists selected […]

UPDATED: 15 more Montana counties designated as natural disaster areas

By: - July 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 more Montana counties as natural disaster counties as 91 percent of the state faces abnormally dry or extreme conditions, according to a pair of news releases put out by the Governor’s Office on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, the USDA had designated 31 of Montana’s 56 counties as […]