Briefs

Montana FWP: Grizzly bear euthanized near Augusta

BY: - April 20, 2022

After confirming four calves were killed by a grizzly bear along the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services shot the bear after obtaining the necessary approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), FWP said Wednesday in a news release. The bear […]

Nurses at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon vote to unionize

BY: - April 20, 2022

The nurses at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon have voted to unionize, the Montana Nurses Association announced on Wednesday. “The Montana Nurses Association is pleased to congratulate our newest professional nurses’ union, the registered nurses of Barrett Hospital & Healthcare,” a press release said. This is the first union established at Barrett Hospital & […]

Glacier announces Artists-in-Residence

BY: - April 19, 2022

Glacier National Park has chosen the Artists-in-Residence for summer 2022 and 2023, the park said in a news release this week. The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape, Glacier said. Each artist will pursue their work while in the park, and then […]

FWP: Highly pathogenic avian influenza found in wild birds in Montana

BY: - April 18, 2022

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus was detected in a snow goose from Canyon Ferry and a Canada goose from near Belgrade last week, according to a news release Monday from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. FWP also said HPAI was detected earlier this month in domestic poultry in Judith Basin and Cascade counties, and […]

Gov. Gianforte extends Montana tax return deadline one week

BY: - April 18, 2022

Due to severe weather in areas of Montana, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Monday a one-week extension of the 2021 Montana Individual Income Tax Return deadline to Monday, April 25, 2022, his office said in a news release. “After hearing from Montanans impacted by the recent winter storms, particularly in eastern Montana, we moved quickly to […]

Gianforte announces advisory council for 10th Judicial District vacancy

BY: - April 12, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte has announced his advisory council to help fill a judge vacancy in Fergus, Judith Basin and Petroleum Counties, his office announced Tuesday. The advisory council, appointed by Gianforte, serves as a replacement for the  Judicial Nominating Commission, which was eliminated through recent legislation that gave the governor more power to fill judicial […]

Nearly $3 million bet in Montana on March Madness tournaments in 2022

BY: - April 11, 2022

For the second year in a row, nearly $3 million was bet in Montana on the men’s and women’s NCAA March Madness tournaments, with 2022 seeing slightly lower numbers. The two tournaments saw $2,891,042 worth of bets in 2022, with $2.75 million bet on the men’s tournament and $136,692 bet on the women’s. The average […]

Yellowstone National Park opens some roads April 15

BY: - April 8, 2022

Beginning April 15, 2022, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the season, weather permitting. On Saturday, April 16, entrance fees will be waived in celebration of National Park Week. Roads open to the public April 15 West Entrance to Old Faithful Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful (via Norris) Norris to Canyon Village North Entrance […]

Gov. Gianforte announces advisory council for 20th judicial district vacancy

BY: - April 8, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte has announced his advisory council that will help review applicants for a judicial vacancy in Lake and Sanders counties. The advisory council, appointed by the Gianforte, serves as a replacement for the  Judicial Nominating Commission, which was eliminated through recent legislation that gave the governor more power to fill judicial vacancies. “Bringing […]

Amount of fentanyl seized in 2022 surpasses 2021 total

BY: - April 7, 2022

The amount of fentanyl seized by the Montana Highway Patrol just months into 2022 has already surpassed the 2021 total, MHP Colonel Steve Lavin said in a Thursday press release. According to the release, troopers confiscated 12,079 fentanyl pills through March 15, 2022, compared to just 3,800 in 2021. Arrests are also rising. Between 2018 […]

Knudsen follows other GOP states in opposing Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination

BY: - April 6, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen followed nine other state attorneys general in opposing the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court over accusations of leniency toward child predators. Jackson is expected to be confirmed as the first Black woman Supreme Court justice later this week after the U.S. Senate voted 53 […]

Release from Hebgen Dam reduced through April

BY: - April 5, 2022

Persistent drought conditions, low soil moisture and low snowpack are contributing to a forecast of continued low water levels at Hebgen Reservoir this season, NorthWestern Energy said this week in the following news release: The Madison River Basin is experiencing Severe and Extreme Drought conditions. Hebgen Reservoir is currently at an elevation of 6,524.6 feet, which […]