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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.

Four fires spark in Montana in 24 hours, but fewer burns than last summer

By: - July 18, 2022

As many as 15 wildfires were burning in Montana on Monday, with four starting in the last 24 hours, according to the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services dashboard. So far, 672 fires have sparked to date this year, a drop from last year’s fire season that saw 1,463 wildland fires that had burned 337,863 acres […]

Opponents in 2022 District Two congressional race endorse Kyle Austin 2024

By: - July 15, 2022

Incumbent U.S. House Rep. Matt Rosendale won in a landslide in last month's GOP primary, but previous competitors already are rallying behind one primary opponent for a 2024 run.

After robust public comment, vote on prevailing wage draft bill fails

By: - July 13, 2022

The Local Government Interim Committee voted down a draft bill this week concerning prevailing wages in Montana after members of the public expressed concerns over impacts to working Montanans. Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, said during the Tuesday meeting that proponents for raising the threshold for public works contracts that require prevailing wages would likely push […]

Montana Democrats discuss plan for $1 billion in budget surplus

By: - July 13, 2022

Montana Democrats announced their platform Wednesday for how they would like to spend $1 billion in projected budget surplus, proposing to put millions toward workforce housing, property tax relief, child care and mental health. House Minority Leader Kim Abbott said during a press conference Wednesday morning that the plan discussed was put together in the […]

Rep. Brad Tschida: Uterus a ‘sanctuary’ that serves no purpose to women’s own life

By: - July 11, 2022

Rep. Brad Tschida said in an email to legislators on Monday that a woman’s uterus serves “no specific purpose to her life or well-being.” In the email, first reported by KTVH and obtained by the Daily Montanan, the Missoula Republican and former Montana State House Majority Leader referenced an episode of a podcast where a […]

Longest running Indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service turns 40

By: - July 11, 2022

Native America Speaks, the National Park Service’s longest running Indigenous speaker series held throughout the Blackfeet Nation and in Glacier National Park, turns 40 this year. Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille tribal members contribute to the program, which offers cultural presentations to “provide opportunities for local tribal members to share their rich history and […]

Transportation Interim Committee discusses two electric vehicle bills in Montana

By: - July 7, 2022

“Say Elon!” “Elon!” said Montana State Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, as he stepped inside the Tesla parked in front of the Capitol on Thursday morning. Ankney serves on the Transportation Interim Committee, which met Thursday to discuss two draft bills concerning electric vehicles in the state of Montana. Members were allowed to test drive electric […]

Montana State Library Commission votes against proposed new logo

By: - July 5, 2022

The Montana State Library Commission voted Tuesday against the agency’s proposed logo weeks after commissioners expressed opposition to the new design, arguing the colorful prism resembled the LGBTQ Pride flag. During the special meeting, commissioners voted four to three against the agency’s proposed logo, with one of the “no” votes being from Commissioner and Superintendent […]

Ethnobotanist wants Native women to continue tradition of using plants for reproductive care

By: - July 2, 2022

Native women have been using plants for medicinal purposes, including for reproductive health, for thousands of years, Ethnobotanist and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana Rosalyn LaPier told the Daily Montanan. LaPier wants to ensure native women continue to learn and pass down knowledge acquired from ancestors about their right to utilize […]

Legislators propose ‘Brandon’s Law’, to target ‘anti-Christian bigotry’

By: - July 1, 2022

Months after an ethics complaint was filed against realtor and Pastor Brandon Huber for alleged anti-LGBTQ hate speech, legislators drafted a bill named in his honor to “combat anti-Christian bigotry in the real estate industry,” a press release from Huber’s attorney read Thursday. The bill, called “Brandon’s Law” submitted by Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, to […]

Planned Parenthood of Montana halts medication abortions for patients from ‘trigger law’ states

By: - June 30, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Montana will no longer be providing medication abortions to patients in South Dakota and three other states with “trigger laws,” according to an all-staff email sent by organization President and CEO Martha Fuller Thursday. South Dakota, along with Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, have total bans on abortion care that went into effect […]

Montana Attorney General wants state Supreme Court to consider Dobbs decision in abortion appeal

By: - June 28, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is asking the Montana Supreme Court to consider last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in an appeal of four abortion laws before the court. Planned Parenthood of Montana sued the state last year over four laws that were passed during the 2021 legislative […]