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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 .

Vacancy rates at Montana State Hospital remain high amid struggles to keep federal funding

By: - March 15, 2022

Vacancy rates at the Montana State Hospital continue to plague the Warm Springs facility as it fights to keep federal funding after it was found to be out of compliance with federal standards. According to a report from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the overall staff vacancy rate at the hospital is […]

Environmental groups sue Gianforte administration over unfulfilled records request

By: - March 15, 2022

A pair of conservation groups are suing the Gianforte Administration over allegations it did not correctly provide documents in response to a request for public records related to the governor’s decision to voluntarily dismiss “bad actor” claims against mining applicants in northwest Montana. The Montana Environmental Information Center and Earthworks requested communications between Gov. Greg […]

Montana State Hospital receives extension to bring facility up to federal standards

By: - March 14, 2022

The Montana State Hospital has received an extension to correct shortcomings identified during an impromptu federal investigation in February. And while a new deadline has not been specified, the hospital must make the corrections as a condition to continue receiving federal funding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services visited the site in February and […]

Montana calls on Biden Administration to drop its mask mandate for kids in Head Start programs

By: - March 11, 2022

Montana has joined 21 other states in calling for the Biden Administration to drop its mask mandate for kids in Head Start programs. The federal government is temporarily blocked from enforcing this mandate in Montana, but the Biden Administration continues to fight for the mandates in federal court, Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office said in […]

MT SOS warns of mailing scam targeting local businesses

By: - March 11, 2022

The Montana Secretary of State’s Office is warning businesses about a mailing scam happening across the state in which companies are prompted to pay $77 for a ┬áCertificate of Existence. Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen said multiple businesses have contacted her office about the same. She has referred the matter to Attorney General Austin Knudsen […]

Gianforte solicits applications for judicial vacancy in Lake and Sanders Counties

By: - March 10, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte is soliciting judicial applications for a newly vacated bench spot in the Twentieth Judicial District, which encompasses Lake and Sanders counties. The vacancy was created after District Judge James Manley recently announced his retirement, according to the Lake County District Court Clerk. Manley was appointed to the court by former Gov. Steve […]

Bozeman Daily Chronicle seeks to unionize citing low pay amid rising housing prices

By: - March 8, 2022

The publisher of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle denied the paper’s request on Tuesday to voluntarily recognize the formation of the Yellowstone News Guild, but the guild has submitted its paperwork to the National Labor Relations Board to set up a union election. In a letter to publisher Mark Dobie, regional president for Adams Publishing Group, […]

Missoula mayor diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

By: - March 8, 2022

John Engen, Missoula’s longest-serving mayor, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the city announced Tuesday. During the course of the last several months, Engen has been experiencing fatigue and abdominal pain and an MRI and biopsy last week confirmed that he has adenocarcinoma on his pancreas as well as a cancerous tumor on his liver, […]

Judge denies request to block wolf hunting regulations

By: - March 7, 2022

A Lewis and Clark County District Judge denied a request last week to temporarily block sections of the state’s wolf hunting regulations while litigation over the challenged rules plays out. In December, a pair of wildlife advocacy groups sued Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission arguing they changed Montana’s […]

Legislative committee looking to transfer dementia patients out of State Hospital

By: - March 4, 2022

An interim legislative committee proposed two bills on Friday seeking to address chronic problems at the Montana State Hospital that would transfer some patients and enhance third-party oversight of the hospital. At the conclusion of a more than 5-hour meeting, the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee came to a consensus on two […]

Gianforte kills mountain lion near Yellowstone National Park

By: - March 2, 2022

News of Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte legally killing a radio-collared mountain lion in the Greater Yellowstone Area earlier this year has generated national headlines, but one wildlife advocacy group said the incident raises more significant concerns beyond the killing of the animal. The Republican governor and a team of hunters used hounds to track the […]

Montana reviewing state assets that may benefit Russia, Putin

By: - March 2, 2022

Montana is in the process of reviewing “assets and operations” in the state that may benefit Russian leaders, including Vladimir Putin, as the country continues its hostile takeover over Ukraine, but few details about what those assets may be have been disclosed, and Gov. Greg Gianforte continues to hold a small number of Russian index […]