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Nicole Girten

Nicole Girten

Nicole Girten is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. She previously worked at the Great Falls Tribune as a government watchdog reporter. She holds a degree from Florida State University and a Master of Science from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

DPHHS says rule on birth certificate gender markers in effect despite judge’s order

By: - September 15, 2022

The state health department is enforcing its rule largely barring transgender Montanans from being able to update the gender marker on their birth certificate despite scathing comments and an order Thursday from a District Court judge. In a court hearing, Yellowstone County Judge Michael Moses said a 2017 rule that allowed a birth certificate to […]

Nonprofit recommends more patient info for Medicaid-funded abortion in Montana

By: - September 15, 2022

A nonprofit tasked with conducting an in-depth review of abortions in Montana that were covered by state Medicaid funds was unable to determine if the 221 cases met the definition of “medically necessary,” citing “lack of documentation.” Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, a Helena-based nonprofit focused on improving health care networks, was tasked by the Montana Department […]

DPHHS adopts rule change on amending gender markers on birth certificates

By: - September 9, 2022

The state health department has adopted a proposed rule change that bars transgender Montanans from being able to update the gender marker on their birth certificate. The rule change is a result of the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ enforcement of Senate Bill 280, which passed in the 2021 legislative session and said […]

Public notice draft legislation tabled after Montana news organizations testify

By: - September 8, 2022

After Montana news organization leaders testified this week against draft legislation that would allow local municipalities to publish public notice online, rather than in print newspapers, lawmakers tabled the bill. The draft bill, PD12, sought to allow counties and municipalities to electronically publish required notices that alert the public to future government action. But the […]

Public safety officials from Great Falls propose All Hazards Training Facility

By: - September 7, 2022

Public safety officials in Cascade County want to build a $20 million facility that would strengthen training for first responders in the Treasure State — and potentially beyond — and improve communication among different agencies during emergencies. Great Falls Fire Department Chief Jeremy Jones spoke before the Local Government Interim Committee on Wednesday to propose […]

Despite a bit of spitting, name calling, parents will keep bringing kids to Drag Queen Story Hours

By: - September 6, 2022

Brittney Arnold was driving up the gravel road to ZooMT for the Drag Queen Story Hour event in Billings with her 11 year-old daughter and three friends in her Dodge Nitro when a wad of spit blotched the passenger side front window.  Picketers tried to block the driveway leading to the zoo with signs, some […]

Gianforte continues to claim executive privilege in public records lawsuit

By: - August 31, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte doubled down on his claim of executive privilege in the latest filings in a lawsuit concerning whether forms his office used to track legislation during the 2021 legislative session should be available to the public. Citing a Montana Supreme Court case, Gianforte in part argued the documents need to remain private to […]

Republican state reps comment on Native communities in redistricting

By: - August 30, 2022

Sparking a back-and-forth with redistricting commissioners, Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, said Tuesday it wasn’t “fair” that Native Americans are “overrepresented” in the Montana Legislature, but he didn’t want to complain about it. But during testimony in the morning portion of the redistricting public hearing, one commissioner pointed out the Native representation is generally aligned with […]

Redistricting Commission hears public comment on legislative map proposals

By: - August 26, 2022

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission said it wanted a lot of public feedback on the maps that will determine legislative boundaries for a decade. And it got a lot of feedback, especially as it considered how Native Americans’ voices would be heard in Helena, and how to balance the urban and rural divide in […]

Redistricting and the Native Vote: Voting Rights Act compliance concerns ahead of public hearings

By: - August 25, 2022

Aug. 26, 2022 The Daily Montanan has removed this article, which was originally published on Aug. 25, 2022. The main source for this article, an election expert, made errors in analysis and calculations that render the article no longer credible. The Daily Montanan is re-evaluating the other sources quoted in the article and gathering more […]

CSKT honor late council member Anita Matt, flying flags at half-staff

By: - August 24, 2022

Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Council member Anita Matt died Monday according to a CSKT press release. The tribes will fly flags at half-staff to honor Matt, who had served in her position representing the Dixon District since 2016. “She is remembered as a dedicated public servant who put family and community first, which was […]

Labor bypasses Dem, throws weight to Independent, in Rosendale’s race to lose

By: - August 23, 2022

U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale is predicted to have little trouble winning re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and recent developments in the race appear to only have buoyed the Republican’s bid for a second term. In early August, Montana’s largest union backed the Independent candidate running in the state’s newly drawn eastern Congressional district, […]