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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 .

Warm Springs could remain ‘unaccredited’ for two years, without federal funding

By: - August 26, 2022

The state health department’s director said on Friday that it could be at least two years before the state receives federal reaccreditation at the Montana State Hospital. Along with losing its federal accreditation earlier this year, which cost the hospital $7 million, the state’s only psychiatric hospital is $17 million over budget for the fiscal […]

Medical professionals speak out against proposed vaccine rule for childcare centers

By: - August 25, 2022

The Department of Public Health and Human Services heard public comment on Thursday about a proposed rule change that would loosen vaccination requirements at childcare centers. Under the new rule, children attending childcare care centers would be able to obtain a religious exemption for vaccinations against diseases like polio and measles. Additionally, the rule would […]

Lawmakers urge DPHHS to actively pursue federal reaccreditation for Montana State Hospital

By: - August 23, 2022

A handful of Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Montana State Hospital to reapply for federal accreditation, a move they say would improve care and clarify the state’s intentions with the psychiatric hospital. Monday’s letter, addressed to Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Charlie Brereton, cites a Montana Free Press article from July in […]

Election, disability experts testify as trial over election laws enters week Two

By: - August 22, 2022

The Clerk and Recorder for Ravalli County agreed during testimony Monday that three election laws passed during the most recent legislative session were a “solution in search of a problem.” Regina Plettenberg’s testimony came on the sixth day of hearings in Yellowstone County District Court, where the Montana Democratic Party and a handful of other […]

Human foot found floating in Yellowstone National Park

By: - August 19, 2022

Officials for Yellowstone National Park said they do not believe there was any foul play involved in an ongoing investigation into a recent death at the park. On Tuesday, an employee found part of a foot, in a shoe, floating in Abyss Pool, located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin in the southern part of […]

Montana Supreme Court rules BIA can be held liable for officers’ sexual assault

By: - August 17, 2022

The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can be held responsible for $1.6 million in damages awarded to a Northern Cheyenne woman who was coerced into sex by BIA Officer Dana Bullcoming in 2015. After a lengthy judicial process, the Montana Supreme Court finally answered the question of whether […]

Missoula Mayor John Engen dies of pancreatic cancer

By: - August 15, 2022

Missoula mayor John Engen died from pancreatic cancer Monday at age 57. Engen was first elected as mayor in 2005 and stayed in that position until his death on Monday, making him the city’s longest-serving mayor. Missoula City Council Chair Gwen Jones is serving as acting mayor. The city first announced Engen’s diagnosis in early […]

MFPE endorses Democrat Monica Tranel in Western Congressional race

By: - August 15, 2022

The Montana Federation of Public Employees announced on Monday its endorsement of Monica Tranel in the race for Montana’s Western Congressional District. Tranel, a Democrat, is running against Republican nominee Ryan Zinke and independent John Lamb. “Monica Tranel is a bona fide advocate for the working families of Montana,” MFPE President Amanda Curtis said in […]

Montana on track for record hot August as fire season kicks into gear

By: - August 15, 2022

Montana is on track to have one of the hottest Augusts on record as this year’s fire season kicks into gear. For many parts of the state, temperatures have been above average through the first half of the month, and with no signs of slowing down in the coming weeks, the state is likely to […]

Abortion, elections top issues for Republicans following convention

By: - August 7, 2022

The Montana Republican Party recently took steps to bolster its stance on hot-button issues like abortion and election integrity that will be focal points of upcoming elections and the 2023 state legislative session. A few weeks ago, Republican party delegates gathered in Billings to hash out how the party wants to approach various issues facing […]

State library to consider new color scheme for logo

By: - August 3, 2022

The Montana State Library Commission agreed on Wednesday to reconsider the color scheme of its new logo after the initially proposed design drew backlash from some members last month for too closely resembling the colors of the gay pride flag. A subcommittee assembled to come up with alternatives to the original logo proposed on Wednesday […]

State’s largest union backs Gary Buchanan in Eastern Congressional District race

By: - August 3, 2022

Montana’s largest union has endorsed independent Gary Buchanan for the Eastern Congressional District. Buchanan is running against Republican incumbent Matt Rosendale and Democrat Penny Ronning for the state’s newly added congressional seat. The decision to endorse Gary Buchanan for Congress was made by the Montana Federation of Public Employees member-leaders from across the state who […]