Warm water, low flow causes Montana to restrict some fishing

BY: - June 28, 2021

 Angling restriction on several rivers go into effect today due to warming water temperatures and low flows. The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” closures, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight, and some full fishing closures. The closures and restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve. The […]

Montana Department of Commerce awards grants to Native-owned small businesses

BY: - June 25, 2021

The Montana Department of Commerce today announced $86,500 in funding to support the growth of 14 Native American-owned small businesses through the Tribal Tourism Digital Business Development Grant at the Montana Department of Commerce. “Native-owned and tourism-related businesses were hit especially hard by COVID-19,” Commerce Director Scott Osterman said. “As these businesses look ahead to a brighter […]

Gov. Gianforte donates salary to One Health Bighorn in Hardin

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte toured One Health Bighorn last week and contributed his governor’s salary from the first quarter of 2021 to the federally qualified health center in Hardin, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. One Health Bighorn serves communities in southeast Montana, including providing comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services. “We face […]

Fire danger high in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - June 21, 2021

Yellowstone National Park officials declared “high fire danger” in the park, and reiterated regulations aimed to help curb the potential of wildfire. Currently, there are no active wildland fires in the park. And no restrictions are in place or planned at this time. Park officials remind visitors: Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings […]

Glacier: Park sees record 2021 through May

BY: - June 17, 2021

Glacier National Park counted its highest visitation year-to-date through May on record, the park said Thursday in a news release. The park hosted 170,277 visitors in May 2021, a 2% increase from May 2019 (167,403), according to the news release. (May 2020 cannot be used as a good year-to-year comparison due to the park being […]

Yellowstone National Park continues free day permits for horseback

BY: - June 16, 2021

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone National Park will continue issuing free day permits to individuals who ride or lead stock such as horses and mules on park trails this summer. Launched in 2017, the free permit system helps park managers understand where, when and how many stock users visit the park. This information is important in […]

Political Director for Western Native Voice announces campaign for Governor

BY: - June 14, 2021

Keaton Sunchild, who most recently lobbied for Western Native Voice during the last legislative session, announced Monday he will be running for Governor in the 2024 election, according to a news release sent out by his campaign. As a senior in high school, Sunchild, a Democrat, ran for a seat in the Montana House of […]

Chief Justice gets top award from Gonzaga Law School

BY: - June 14, 2021

Chief Justice Mike McGrath is the recipient of a 2021 Gonzaga Law Medal, the highest recognition given by the Gonzaga School of Law. The Gonzaga Law Medal is bestowed annually by the School of Law during Spring Commencement. The award is given to deserving individuals who have distinguished themselves in the service of justice through […]

Free star party at Pompeys Pillar

BY: - June 14, 2021

Pompeys Pillar is having a free star party on June 18 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., so that star gazers, history buffs and photographers can witness the Big Sky during the summer. The National Monument will host Stuart Snyder and Steven Wiles, professors of physics at Montana State University Billings and astrophotographer Phil Hosey. Stars […]

Second round of ARPA funding for towns announced

BY: - June 11, 2021

The second round of federal COVID funding going to towns with less than 50,000 people was announced  Friday. The announcement from the governor’s office showed how much the municipalities receive through federal funds allocated to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act was announced Friday in a press release from the governor’s office. On […]

Yellowstone has record May

BY: - June 11, 2021

Yellowstone this year had its busiest May on record, with more than 483,000 visits, the park said Friday. That’s an 11% increase from May of 2019 — the park isn’t comparing visiting statistics to the pandemic-hobbled 2020.  Throughout all of 2021, more than 658,500 people have come to Yellowstone, almost 100,000 more visitors then the […]

Find out how much federal COVID relief funding (if any) your town received

BY: - June 10, 2021

The amount of money towns with less than 50,000 people will receive through federal funds allocated to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act was announced Thursday in a press release from the governor’s office. “The federal funds we’re distributing today give local governments the authority to address the unique needs of their communities,” […]