Briefs

Montana invests $18M to fund child care innovation grants across the state

BY: - August 17, 2022

Montana announced on Wednesday that it will be investing $18 million to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state.  The investment comes following a recommendation from the American Rescue Plan Act Health Advisory Commission. The funding will increase child care capacity by opening new, or significantly expanding current, child care facilities, according to a […]

Montana Board of Public Ed approves settlement from lawsuit

BY: - August 16, 2022

On a unanimous voice vote Monday, the Montana Board of Public Education voted to approve a settlement agreement between itself and States Newsroom, which operates the Daily Montana, and the Montana Federation of Public Employees. Earlier this year, the news outlet and union sued the Board of Public Ed, alleging it failed to follow the […]

Yellowstone: Visitation down in July following record floods in June

BY: - August 16, 2022

Yellowstone National Park hosted 596,562 recreation visits in July 2022, the park said Tuesday in a news release. This is a 45% decrease from July 2021 (1,080,767 recreational visits), the most-visited July on record, and a 36% decrease from July 2019 (936,062), the last pre-Covid-19 year, according to the park. The park also said the […]

Fishing closures due to high temps go into effect Wednesday

BY: - August 16, 2022

Full fishing closures will go into effect for the following rivers at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks press release: The entire Jefferson River The section of the Big Hole River from the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site portions of Fish Creek within […]

Attorney General’s Office: Montana on track to triple last year’s fentanyl seizures

BY: - August 16, 2022

Montana is on track to triple last year’s record-setting fentanyl seizures, according to a news release Tuesday from the Attorney General’s Office. Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces have seized 111,611 combined fentanyl dosage units through June 30 of this year. However, that number only accounts for the fentanyl seized by the Rocky […]

Billings woman may pay $5M after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in Rocky Boy

BY: - August 15, 2022

A Billings woman faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine after pleading guilty to two charges related to drug trafficking on Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Chantel Marie Azure, 33, was suspected of trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl on […]

MFPE endorses Democrat Monica Tranel in Western Congressional race

BY: - August 15, 2022

The Montana Federation of Public Employees announced on Monday its endorsement of Monica Tranel in the race for Montana’s Western Congressional District. Tranel, a Democrat, is running against Republican nominee Ryan Zinke and independent John Lamb. “Monica Tranel is a bona fide advocate for the working families of Montana,” MFPE President Amanda Curtis said in […]

University of Montana awarded $10M grant for multi-state indigenous STEM student collaboration

BY: - August 11, 2022

The University of Montana will receive $1.8 million from a $10 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to a six-state collaboration to increase the representation of Alaska Native and American Indian (AI/AN) students in STEM. According to a UM press release, UM’s share will help build a network for developing STEM educational resources and implement […]

Montana Department of Corrections receives $780K grant for opioid treatment programs

BY: - August 10, 2022

The Montana Board of Crime Control gave the Montana Department of Corrections a $780,000 grant to help agencies support inmates with substance abuse disorders and implement programs to combat the opioid epidemic. According to an Aug. 10 press release from the Department of Corrections, the grant is for the development of a Comprehensive Opioid Abuse […]

MSU Billings gives all clear after warning of potential shooter

BY: - August 9, 2022

Montana State University-Billings issued an “all clear” after officials posted to social media Tuesday to warn students and staff of a potential gunman coming to campus. MSUB posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 to update that there was no suspicious activity reported on the Billings campus. MSUB Communications Director Maureen Braake said Tuesday […]

State’s largest union backs Gary Buchanan in Eastern Congressional District race

BY: - August 3, 2022

Montana’s largest union has endorsed independent Gary Buchanan for the Eastern Congressional District. Buchanan is running against Republican incumbent Matt Rosendale and Democrat Penny Ronning for the state’s newly added congressional seat. The decision to endorse Gary Buchanan for Congress was made by the Montana Federation of Public Employees member-leaders from across the state who […]

Billings Symphony presents ‘Welcome to Indian Country’ to kick off season

BY: - August 3, 2022

Spend an evening in celebration of Native culture through contemporary music and storytelling during Welcome to Indian Country on Saturday, Aug. 13, presented by the Billings Symphony. This event kicks off the symphony’s 2022-2023 season, featuring 30 events at 13 venues throughout Billings. Welcome to Indian Country is a five-piece Indigenous music ensemble joined by […]