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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 .

Delta variant is in almost every county as Gianforte announces more Guardsmen deployments

By: - September 24, 2021

The governor’s office announced on Friday that it is sending 39 national guardsmen to hospitals in Kalispell, Whitefish, Livingston and Plains, bringing the total number of guardsmen deployed to help hospitals with COVID-19 to 139 since September 15. “To ease the load our civilian soldiers and airmen carry as they support the state, we’re fulfilling […]

Montana hospitals sue to overturn ban on vaccination requirement

By: - September 23, 2021

Several Montana medical associations asked a U.S. District judge in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday to invalidate recently passed legislation that bars hospitals from requiring employees to be vaccinated, including but not limited to the COVID-19 virus, arguing the law violates both the U.S. and Montana Constitutions. The suit, filed in Missoula Federal Court, argues […]

Hospitals hit 90 percent capacity, Lewis and Clark County reports 100 COVID-19 deaths

By: - September 22, 2021

The Lewis and Clark County Health Department announced Wednesday that 100 county residents have died from COVID-19 complications and urged residents to increase public health precautions to slow the spread of infections. “Due to the recent uptick in cases in our community, Lewis and Clark Public Health urges residents and local businesses to act now […]

Deaths ‘staggering’ in Yellowstone County; COVID-19 ‘worst’ since pandemic started in Missoula

By: - September 20, 2021

Ten more people died of COVID-19 in Montana over the weekend, including seven from Yellowstone County, and Missoula County continued to break COVID-19 records. Among those who died in Yellowstone County were two women in their 50s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 20s, a man in his 80s, a woman in […]

Sheriff: East Helena man dies by suicide in Lewis and Clark County Jail

By: - September 20, 2021

A 25-year-old East Helena man died by suicide in the Lewis and Clark County Jail on Saturday, according to a news release from the county sheriff. According to the release, a detention center officer found Benjamin “Jammer” Halverson unresponsive in his cell at 11:09 a.m. Saturday. “Lifesaving measures were initiated but were unsuccessful, and the […]

Slicing up Montana into two congressional districts sees 231 different options

By: - September 17, 2021

Montanans are already sparring over one map with new congressional districts, but there are 231 maps in all. The discussion took place during Friday’s Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission meeting, the first since Wednesday’s highly anticipated map proposal deadline, which saw more than 200 submissions, although just 20-30 unique maps. One map — public map […]

State DOC reports higher vaccination rates than state among incarcerated persons

By: - September 16, 2021

The Montana Department of Corrections reported higher vaccination rates among incarcerated people than the statewide average and said since early August, 19 staff and 14 incarcerated people at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge tested positive for COVID-19 as the state inside and outside of correctional facilities struggles with rising infections driven by the […]

Public defenders air caseload frustrations to legislative committee

By: - September 15, 2021

Two days after being held in contempt of court in Yellowstone County, the Montana Office of Public Defenders appeared before a legislative budget subcommittee dedicated to public safety on Wednesday to explain how they plan to navigate heavy caseloads with finite resources. The most daunting problem facing the department is money. OPD pays attorneys just […]

Montana judges defend Judicial Standards Commission at legislative hearing

By: - September 14, 2021

Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath and 1st Judicial District Court Judge Mike Menahan appeared before the Law and Justice Interim Committee on Tuesday to discuss the Judicial Standards Commission, a body the committee is studying for possible reform during the 2023 legislative session and was the subject of Republican scrutiny during the last […]

MT Citizens for Right to Work sues COPP over ‘bizarre law’

By: - September 13, 2021

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Montana Citizens for Right to Work is asking a U.S. District Court judge to rule that the state’s Clean Campaign Act is unconstitutional and to prevent the Commissioner of Political Practices from prosecuting the political committee over its alleged violations of the law. The group argues in the suit that […]

‘Cocktail of voter suppression’: Montana youth groups challenge new voting laws

By: - September 12, 2021

Three youth groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging three recently passed laws they say restrict young Montanans’ access to voting by infringing on voting rights and equal protections guaranteed in the state constitution. The lawsuit, filed in Yellowstone County District Court, calls Senate Bill 169, House Bill 506 and House Bill 176 a “cocktail […]

New federal vaccination mandate could complicate things for Montana hospitals

By: - September 9, 2021

Montana’s more than 25,000 healthcare workers could be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 following the Thursday announcement of a new national mandate from the Biden administration requiring all workers at hospitals that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funds to be fully vaccinated. Nationally, about 73 percent of staff in healthcare facilities are vaccinated […]