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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 .

Gianforte ends COVID State of Emergency in Montana

By: - June 30, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte ended the State of Emergency in Montana six months after it was put in place, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Gianforte cited the decline of new cases and hospitalizations and the increase in vaccinations for why he lifted the executive order that established the state of emergency, according […]

Law and Justice committee will examine prison contracts, criminal justice system data

By: - June 29, 2021

People who are incarcerated in Montana prisons pay on average $9.24 to make a 15-minute out-of-state call to their families, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. “We know that keeping in touch with families is a key factor in reducing recidivism,” said Andrea Fenster, a staff attorney for the nonprofit that studies mass incarceration. “But […]

Judge temporarily blocks parts of new law changing the judiciary as well as political efforts on college campuses

By: - June 28, 2021

A district judge said on Monday he plans to temporarily block two sections of a bill that prohibit some election activities on public university campuses and requires judges to recuse themselves from cases for accepting specific campaign contributions. Attorneys for Forward Montana and the State of Montana appeared before Lewis and Clark District Judge Mike […]

California bans state-funded travel to Montana over anti-LGBTQ laws

By: - June 28, 2021

California is restricting state-funded travel to Montana and several other states in reaction to laws passed during the last legislative session that it views as anti-LGBTQ, the state’s attorney general announced Monday. “The states are a part of a recent, dangerous wave of discriminatory new bills signed into law in states across the country that […]

‘Gas all over’: Alleged cause of Robertson Draw fire follows growing national trend

By: - June 24, 2021

A 55-year-old Bridger man has been arrested and charged for acting negligently — putting people’s lives and property in danger — while attempting to fix a dirtbike near the Robertson Draw area and setting off a wildfire that has cost nearly $6 million. The Robertson Draw fire has burned almost 30,000 acres and consumed more […]

Conservation groups threaten lawsuit against State if wolf trapping and snaring laws remain unchanged

By: - June 23, 2021

A handful of groups is threatening legal action against the state if it does not revise recently passed legislation that makes it easier to hunt gray wolves in the state, saying the new laws would violate the Endangered Species Act by leading to the accidental taking of federally protected species. The letter of intent to […]

Silver Little Eagle outlines May attack in court filings

By: - June 17, 2021

Silver Little Eagle said she suffered a broken nose and multiple contusions after being attacked and robbed by two women at a Billings hotel in the early morning hours of May 16, according to two temporary protection orders filed by the Northern Cheyenne councilwoman. “I was assaulted at the DoubleTree hotel in Billings, MT,” the […]

Opponents: ‘This is a life or death matter’

By: - June 17, 2021

In a Zoom meeting — temporarily hijacked by racist comments and trolling music — medical professionals, LGBTQ people, and other community members said a proposed rule requiring a judge’s order and proof of a gender-affirming surgical procedure to change the designated gender on a person’s birth certificate would harmfully impact transgender people. “Our ability to […]

Intersection of Grizzly bears and tourists discussed at Wednesday’s management meeting

By: - June 16, 2021

Plans for a historic number of visitors to national parks coupled with a peaking grizzly bear population have prompted leaders in the Interagency Grizzly Bear Commission to consider how to manage the potential conflicts. One bear specifically, Bear 863, commonly known as “Felicia,” was brought up multiple times as an example of the clash between […]

Political Director for Western Native Voice announces campaign for Governor

By: - June 14, 2021

Keaton Sunchild, who most recently lobbied for Western Native Voice during the last legislative session, announced Monday he will be running for Governor in the 2024 election, according to a news release sent out by his campaign. As a senior in high school, Sunchild, a Democrat, ran for a seat in the Montana House of […]

Second round of ARPA funding for towns announced

By: - June 11, 2021

The second round of federal COVID funding going to towns with less than 50,000 people was announced  Friday. The announcement from the governor’s office showed how much the municipalities receive through federal funds allocated to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act was announced Friday in a press release from the governor’s office. On […]

Group asks judge to block bill to change judiciary, limit political speech on campus

By: - June 10, 2021

Forward Montana and its co-plaintiffs have asked a Lewis and Clark County district judge to block a bill that prohibits some election activities on public university campuses and requires judges to recuse themselves from cases for accepting specific campaign contributions, according to a request for a preliminary injunction on the law filed on June 4. […]