Living

Campbell: ‘A cat I could accommodate’

BY: - March 14, 2021

Kathi Campbell, going on 79, moved into a condo for seniors after her husband died seven years ago. The retired Missoula educator remodeled it to suit her tastes, and she’s been pleased with it. “Then eventually, you just say, ‘Well, what do I really miss?’ I really miss having a pet, and a cat I […]

Senate confirms Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary

BY: - March 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio in a 66-34 vote to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to swear in Fudge at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday. Fudge, a Democrat who represents the 11th Congressional District, will be the second Black woman to […]

What Yellowstone National Park teaches us about life on other planets

BY: - March 9, 2021

  What has Yellowstone National Park got in common with outer space? More than you might think. A future tourist on a space cruise to the outer planets might smile in recognition at the sight of the famous geyser eruptions seen on moons such as Saturn’s Enceladus and Neptune’s Triton. But how similar are these […]

COMMENTARY

Here’s how we’re faring through the pandemic

BY: - March 7, 2021

The snow crunched under our skis along the Going-to-the-Sun Road last week, and at times, the images of Mount Vaught and Mount Cannon on a still Lake McDonald showed perfect twin reflections. A chubby dipper bounced with vigor in the lake. I peeled off my coat and long sleeve shirt, and my friend and I […]

The very long haul: Medical providers consider what happens after vaccination

BY: - February 27, 2021

Nine days after he tested positive for COVID-19, Dr. Adam Zelka knew things weren’t going well. For days, he’d been trying to recover, and each day, things got a little worse. And then worse. He woke up that day feeling dehydrated and weak. He told his wife, who is a nurse, that after their kids […]

Stafman follows divine flow to the Legislature

BY: - February 21, 2021

The first question of Jewish law that Representative Ed Stafman had to settle following the beginning of his tenure as a rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman was, naturally, related to fishing. Is it, as a person of the Jewish faith, ethical to catch a fish and release it back into the river, a […]

Property tax relief for lower income people tabled

BY: - February 12, 2021

Republicans in the Senate Taxation Committee tabled Friday a bill designed to give lower income homeowners, renters or people in high-cost areas some property tax relief. Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, said Senate Bill 10 came out of the interim revenue committee, and as amended, it had reached a monetary level Gov. Greg Gianforte could […]

Land transfer bill gets new life in 2021 session

BY: - February 9, 2021

The Legislature is again considering a proposal to ban the sale of federal land transferred to the state by an act of Congress, something that opponents fear is a clandestine effort to — paradoxically — open the state’s public lands to sale. HB320 is an “oldie but a goldie,” a rerun from a slate of […]

‘Zoom boom’ housing demand may be here for years

BY: and - February 7, 2021

It hit Billings real estate broker Mark Dawson in a furniture store, of all places. The owner of one of the largest brokerages in Montana’s largest city, Century 21 Hometown, Dawson was discussing Billings with a furniture salesperson as he was shopping. Turns out, business was booming for both of them. That’s when the salesperson […]

Fill ‘er up: Bill would make curbside alcohol pick-up permanent

BY: - February 2, 2021

If you like picking up beer or cocktails “to go” during the pandemic, you’ll be able to keep doing so if House Bill 226 passes. “I’ve heard this dubbed the ‘drive-through Margarita’ bill, but none of those businesses exist,” said Rep. Katie Zolnikov, R-Billings. Tuesday, the House Business and Labor committee held a hearing on […]

Inclusionary zoning on the chopping block in House

BY: - February 2, 2021

Montana realtors and home builders are gathering behind a bill that would effectively ban one of the tools that cities and towns use to create more affordable housing.  House Bill 259, carried by House Majority Leader Sue Vinton, specifically prevents municipalities in Montana from requiring that housing is sold at a certain price or targeted […]

Comforting the afflicted: Chaplains see everything during COVID

BY: - January 31, 2021

Sometimes, Jesus sounds a lot like Elvis Presley. More specifically, like Elvis’ “Blue Christmas.” Spiritual Care Director Karen Brannon at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings remembers providing a different kind of spiritual care to a patient who was hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19. The patient loved Christmas music and Elvis, but during the holidays […]