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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 .

New DPHHS survey shows problems at healthcare facilities span beyond Montana State Hospital

By: - July 14, 2022

A new survey released by the Department of Public Health and Human Services shows the state’s psychiatric hospital is not the only state-run health facility dealing with staff, culture and management challenges. While the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs has been in the news for its failure to prevent patient deaths, resulting in a […]

Former Oath Keeper says conversation at Montana grocery store was the ‘last straw’

By: - July 13, 2022

Jason Van Tatenhove’s involvement with the far-right paramilitary group the Oath Keepers started and ended in Montana. He first met up with the group in Montana to participate in the 2014 standoff between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees. He then left the group in 2018 after overhearing a conversation […]

Stakeholders announce transition to 988 Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline

By: - July 12, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte joined mental health professionals on Tuesday to announce the state’s new Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. Starting Saturday, along with the rest of the country, Montanans experiencing suicidal ideations or a mental health crisis will be able to call 988, and all calls will be routed to one of the […]

Experts warn of uptick in wildfires in coming months

By: - July 11, 2022

A cooler than normal winter that delayed snowmelt combined with heavy precipitation this spring has temporarily decreased the drought severity and wildfire conditions in Montana — but experts say with warming temperatures, that temporary relief will fade. “Even with these conditions, our firefighting resources have already begun responding to wildfire starts and are preparing for […]

Conservation groups sue U.S. Forest Service over logging project in northern Montana

By: - July 1, 2022

A pair of conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over its approval of a logging project that they say would be detrimental to the grizzly bear population on the Montana-Canada border. The Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians filed the lawsuit Thursday in Missoula federal court. The logging project, or the Black […]

Property tax initiative doesn’t get the signatures, will be off November ballot

By: - July 1, 2022

A constitutional initiative to put a cap on residential property taxes will not appear on the November ballot. Numbers from the Montana Secretary of State showed the Constitutional Initiative 121 only received about 5,000 of the 60,359 signatures necessary. While July 15 is the deadline for county election administrators to file certified ballot issue petitions […]

Opponents show up in force to challenge new health department birth certificate rule

By: - June 30, 2022

Opponents testifying against an emergency rule from the state health department that would bar transgender Montanans from changing the sex designation on their birth certificate far outweighed supporters during a lengthy public hearing on Thursday. Around 100 people, including transgender Montanans, transgender rights activists, parents, teachers, faith leaders and medical professionals, testified against the emergency […]

Adam Meier out at state health department; Gianforte health policy advisor to take over in August

By: - June 30, 2022

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Adam Meier will be leaving his post on August 12, and the Governor’s health policy advisor will take over leading the department, according to a Thursday press release from the Governor’s office. Meier will be transitioning out of his role due to “an ongoing family health […]

Helena man charged in starting wildfire northwest of Helena

By: - June 29, 2022

Ryan P. Barrow, a 39-year-old Helena man was cited for igniting a fire, in a burn barrel, without a permit — setting off a three-acre wildfire northwest of Helena that burned for about three-and-a-half hours. The fire at Three Mile road northwest of Mount Helena started around 4:30 p.m. Monday evening and lasted until about […]

Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land

By: - June 29, 2022

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes against a Native person on tribal lands, a dramatic move for tribal sovereignty that undoes decades of practice. Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is non-Native, was sentenced to 35 years in prison stemming from a 2015 child neglect conviction […]

Legislative audit finds DOC misspent more than $50K from the inmate welfare fund

By: - June 28, 2022

The Montana Department of Corrections misspent more than $50,000 of its inmate welfare fund, according to a new performance audit report presented to the Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday. The objective of the audit was to determine whether the department administers the fund according to state law and department policy. And for the most part, […]

Interim committee votes down motion to access funds in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

By: - June 28, 2022

An interim legislative committee rejected a proposal on Monday to appoint one Democrat and one Republican to draft a bill outlining how the state could access newly announced federal funds allocated to address gun violence and mental health in schools. Democrats said Montanans needed to take action given the severity of gun violence in the […]