Briefs

Gianforte appoints Linneweber to Yellowstone District Court

BY: - December 8, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday he is appointing Brett Linneweber to serve on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Yellowstone County. Linneweber fills the vacancy created by Thirteenth Judicial District Judge Gregory Todd’s retirement. “Brett Linneweber brings to the table years of experience as a county attorney where he’s managed some of the most urgent […]

Former East Helena police chief pleads guilty to distributing child pornography

BY: - December 7, 2021

A former East Helena police chief is facing from five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography in 2019, U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said in a press release on Tuesday. In 2020, a Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputy, a member of the Montana Internet Crimes […]

University of Montana law school ranked No. 7 nationally for best value

BY: - December 6, 2021

National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine ranked the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law No. 7 in the nation on its 2021 list of Best Value Law Schools, according to a news release from the University of Montana. The ranking uses a formula incorporating the rate of employment after graduation, bar passage rate, tuition […]

Montana approves more than $25 million in federal affordable housing tax credits

BY: - December 6, 2021

The Montana Department of Commerce said Monday that the state Board of Housing has allocated more than $25 million in federal low-income housing tax credits over the last two months, helping to finance the construction, acquisition or rehabilitation of affordable housing units in Big Sky, Lewiston, Billings, Great Falls, Dillon and Kalispell. These roughly 250 […]

Gov. Gianforte visits Denton; fire 0 percent contained, but wind decrease helping personnel

BY: - December 3, 2021

The West Wind fire that burned Denton was still 0 percent contained late Friday afternoon, but Nick Holloway, public information officer on the burn, expected containment to tick up in the next day or so with a drop in wind and 177 personnel at work. He said a public meeting is scheduled to take place […]

Gianforte appoints Belgrade judge for Gallatin County judicial vacancy

BY: - December 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed Belgrade judge Andrew Breuner to fulfill a judicial vacancy in Gallatin County District Court, the governor’s office announced on Wednesday. The vacancy filled by Breuner was created by the legislature’s addition of a district judge position to the Eighteenth Judicial District this past legislative session. “Andrew Breuner is a talented […]

NorthWestern Energy working to restore water flow to Madison River

BY: - December 1, 2021

A malfunction at the Hebgen Dam has caused water levels along the Madison River to drop to nearly dry in some places, and has caused immediate fishing restrictions there. Officials from NorthWestern Energy said they’re working as quickly as they can to restore the flow, which is critical to one of the state’s most prized […]

Doctor whose posts were flagged by Facebook as misinformation steps down from UM role

BY: - November 30, 2021

A doctor who drew public criticism for his role supervising doctors-in-training with the University of Montana and while serving on a public school board has left the higher education post, according to officials there. Dr. Justin Buls, who promoted content about the COVID-19 vaccine that was flagged as misinformation by Facebook, and whose postings included […]

Zinke, two others, fail to file financial disclosures

BY: - November 26, 2021

Former Secretary of the Interior and once-again Congressional hopeful Ryan Zinke acknowledged that his campaign has missed a financial disclosure deadline for filing a report outlining his finances and fundraising. Zinke served as former President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and left amidst a cloud of controversy that culminated in several investigations in […]

Richard Spencer among white nationalists found liable on Tuesday for Charlottesville rally

BY: - November 23, 2021

A jury found Richard Spencer and 16 other white nationalist leaders and organizations who organized the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, liable on Tuesday for injuries to counter-protestors and more than $26 million in damages. The 11-person jury in the Western District of Virginia found Spencer, who has lived part-time in Whitefish, […]

Salaries, naming donations, enrollment on tap for Montana Board of Regents

BY: - November 17, 2021

The roughly $1 million in salaries paid to three top public higher education officials in Montana is on the Board of Regents’ agenda this week — but not for increases at this time. If approved, Commissioner Clayton Christian, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, and University of Montana President Seth Bodnar each will earn a […]

October visitation in Yellowstone National Park tails off, but still strong

BY: - November 11, 2021

Yellowstone National Park hosted 316,662 recreation visits in October 2021, down 12% from October 2020 (359,889 visits), which was the busiest October on record. Recreation visits this October were up 85% from October 2019 (171,339 visits). Several short-term, weather-related road closures likely impacted visitation in 2019. So far in 2021, the park has hosted 4,789,644 […]