Briefs

Montana reports first influenza death for 2022-23 season

BY: - December 2, 2022

A Billings man was confirmed to be the first influenza death of the 2022-2023 season, according to a joint press release from RiverStone Health and the state’s health department. The Yellowstone County resident, who was elderly and unvaccinated, passed away at a Billings hospital over Thanksgiving weekend, the news release said. Flu cases in Montana […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Man who trafficked fentanyl sentenced

BY: - December 1, 2022

MISSOULA — A Pablo man who admitted to trafficking fentanyl pills in the community and was caught with $6,070 in U.S. currency and a firearm was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a news release from his office. In […]

Canvassers conduct random sample of ’22 election

BY: - November 21, 2022

Last week, the Montana Board of Canvassers, convened to complete the random-sample audit selection for the 2022 General Election. The canvass’ purpose is two-fold — first, it’s required by law after an election in order to certify results. Secondly, it checks the accuracy of results by auditing random precincts and races to ensure election integrity. […]

Montana Republicans, Democrats select leaders in advance of 2023 legislative session

BY: - November 16, 2022

Montana legislators selected leadership Wednesday for the 2023 legislative session, according to announcements from Republicans and Democrats. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, to serve as the next president of the Senate, according to an email from the Senate Majority. Ellsworth was the Senate president pro tempore during the 2021 legislative session. “It’s an […]

Montana Senate President wants COPP nominees selected soon, outlines process

BY: - November 15, 2022

Senate President Mark Blasdel said he would like to present Gov. Greg Gianforte with nominees for Commissioner of Political Practices before the 2023 Montana Legislature.

Two top DOJ employees resign, office confirms

BY: - November 4, 2022

Two top officials in Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office resigned, KTVH reported earlier this week and Knudsen’s office confirmed. Chief Deputy Attorney General Derek Oestreicher and Solicitor General David Dewhirst have stepped down. KTVH reports Dewhirst will be replaced by Christian Corrigan, who previously served as Assistant Solicitor General, and that his last day was […]

University of Montana, Montana State hold post-election forums next week

BY: - November 4, 2022

Will legislators be nasty or nice to each other? And how will election results affect Montanans? The University of Montana and Montana State University-Bozeman are each holding forums next week on those topics. The Zoom events are free and open to the public. UM Nov. 9: “Can Civility Prevail in the Montana Legislature?” UM hosts […]

DPHHS sending $2.7 million to detention centers for behavioral health programs

BY: - October 26, 2022

The state’s health department is sending nearly $3 million to detention centers across the state to fund substance abuse treatment programs, according to a news release. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services awarded Behavioral Health Services in Local Detention Facilities grants to: Yellowstone County ($536,118) Missoula County ($567,253) Lewis and Clark County […]

Tech workforce development program launches at state prison

BY: - October 25, 2022

A workforce development program centered on building skills in technology was launched at the Montana State Prison Tuesday, according to a news release. The Last Mile, which started in San Quentin in 2010, teaches incarcerated individuals web development fundamentals to help transition folks into employment upon release. The program exists in six states and touts […]

Man who swore, yelled, tried to get naked on flight, will pay more than $14K in restitution

BY: - October 20, 2022

A swearing airline passenger who started to strip on a cross-country flight that was diverted to Billings because of his antics will pay $14,500 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a news release Thursday. Adam Alexander Williams, who also jumped onto a beverage cart, pleaded guilty in June to interfering with flight attendants […]

USDOJ: Butte nurse sentenced for stealing opiates from multiple medical centers

BY: - October 18, 2022

A Butte nurse who admitted to stealing opiates while working at area medical centers was sentenced last week to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a news release. Shantyl Marie Giacoletto, 30, pleaded guilty in June to unlawfully obtaining […]

FWP: Hunter survives attack by grizzly bear near Choteau; bear euthanized

BY: - October 12, 2022

A 51-year-old hunter from Washington state sustained non-life threatening injuries when he was attacked by a grizzly bear on Tuesday afternoon in Teton County, according to a news release Wednesday from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In the likely surprise encounter, FWP noted the hunter fired at the grizzly with a shotgun and handgun, wounding […]