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F Unit at Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate plans to reopen

BY: - May 24, 2022

Following a meeting between Gov. Greg Gianforte, lawmakers and the state department of corrections leaders, an entire unit at the Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate reopening plans. “The department does not have any immediate plans to reopen the F Unit at MSP. However, the DOC is continuously evaluating the most effective and […]

Missoula County reports ‘notable uptick’ in COVID-19 cases

BY: - May 17, 2022

Missoula County says it is seeing a “notable uptick” in COVID-19 cases with 65 new cases and 203 active cases reported on Tuesday. In the county, the seven-day daily average of new cases per 100,000 people increased in the past two weeks from 10 per 100,000 on May 3 to 20 per 100,000 on Tuesday, […]

Four Montana organizations to receive nearly $10M from EPA for cleanup

BY: - May 12, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that four Montana organizations will receive nearly $10 million in revolving loan funds to clean up brownfields, or sites where reuse is complicated by pollution. “With this funding, four impactful organizations will advance the progress they’ve already made cleaning up and redeveloping polluted sites across the State of […]

Sweeney’s name will still appear on primary ballot

BY: - May 10, 2022

With the first of Montana’s primary ballots already sent to those active military duty service members overseas and the state set to send registered absentee ballots on Friday, there is not enough time to remove a Congressional candidate who died last weekend, the Montana Secretary of State’s office confirmed. Mark Sweeney of Philipsburg, a former […]

Montana lawmaker and congressional candidate Mark Sweeney dies

BY: - May 7, 2022

Democratic state lawmaker and congressional candidate Mark Sweeney has died, according to a statement from his family. Sweeney, 62, served in the state legislature since 2019, first as a representative and most recently as a senator. He was also one of three Democratic nominees for Montana’s new second congressional district. According to KTVH,  Sweeney died […]

AG Knudsen appeals case about Supreme Court, asks all justices to recuse themselves

BY: - May 5, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen appealed a Bozeman judge’s ruling that stops voters from being able to choose how they elect state Supreme Court justices, his office announced Thursday in a news release. In a filing with the Montana Supreme Court, Knudsen also called on current Supreme Court justices to disqualify themselves from the case […]

Grizzly bear confirmed in North Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown

BY: - May 4, 2022

Bear tracks and hair samples collected in the North Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown confirm the presence of a grizzly bear in the area, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks officials said Monday. “Having a grizzly bear in this area is not surprising after what we’ve seen the last few years in terms of bears moving further east […]

UPDATED: Montanans react to SCOTUS leak to Politico, draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 3, 2022

Montanans reacted Tuesday to the release of the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down Roe v. Wade. U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, released the following statement: “For nearly 50 years, women have been able to make their own private healthcare decisions without interference from the federal government,” said Tester. “If reports are accurate […]

Fish and Wildlife Commission approves rule for smallmouth bass caught on the Yellowstone River

BY: - April 26, 2022

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to smallmouth bass regulations at its April 19 meeting to require anglers to kill and report any smallmouth bass caught in the Yellowstone River from the boundary with Yellowstone National Park to Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site. The regulation change also applies to the entire Shields River. […]

State to distribute $500k to Montana’s eight tribal nations for drug treatment support

BY: - April 21, 2022

The state announced Thursday that it will distribute $500,000 to Montana’s eight Tribal Nations to help the tribes cope with ongoing drug treatment support. The money is coming from the Healing and Ending Addiction Through Recovery and Treatment, or the HEART Fund, which invests $25 million per year to provide for a full continuum of […]

Office of Public Defenders to enter into collective bargaining

BY: - April 21, 2022

The Montana Office of Public Defenders announced on Thursday that is opening negotiations with the public defender union to address pay disparities in an effort to resolve case backlog and staffing shortages. “Providing critically needed resources to address some of OPD’s long-standing pay issues, today’s actions mark the most significant investment in public defense in […]

Montana Legislature won’t hold special session with recent poll results

BY: - April 20, 2022

A special session won’t be held as a result of the outcome of recent polling of the Montana Legislature. A tally by the Montana Secretary of State’s Office showed just 44 of 150 legislators voted to approve the special session by April 19, a total that did not meet the required threshold to call the […]