Government & Politics

Federal eviction moratorium ends today, after deal to extend it collapses

BY: - July 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully scrambled on Friday to extend federal legal protections against eviction that will expire on Saturday. The end of the eviction moratorium jeopardizes housing security for millions of Americans who are struggling both to pay their rent and to access billions of dollars in slow-moving federal rental assistance funds. Top Democrats in […]

CDC explains delta variant, advises masks, but Montana seems cool to the idea

BY: - July 30, 2021

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new guidelines on masking and research being released by it on Friday that shows already vaccinated people can carry and spread the delta variant as rapidly as those who are not vaccinated, statewide groups are redoubling their efforts for masking and vaccination. On Friday, the Montana […]

Gianforte tells Biden ‘it’s a tinderbox situation’ in Montana at wildfire conference

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and the only […]

As COVID cases rise and healthcare professionals call for precautions, Montana is left with few viable options

BY: - July 29, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases reported hitting a five-month high and vaccination rates stalling, there are few things that are likely to be done to reverse the trend in Montana. On Thursday, a weekly COVID variant report released by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services demonstrates what health officials had been […]

Senate close to a revised voting rights bills

BY: - July 29, 2021

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate Democrats about […]

Congress approves $521 million to pay National Guard after Jan. 6 attacks

BY: - July 29, 2021

Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the mission at […]

Lawmakers, AG will make another run at Supreme Court for subpoenas, court administrator’s emails

BY: - July 29, 2021

The Montana Legislature and the Attorney General’s Office will continue to challenge the Supreme Court and the state’s court administrator in a matter that challenges the limit of the lawmakers’ subpoena power and whether it can review thousands of emails belonging to the judiciary. Kristen Hansen, the lieutenant attorney general, filed a motion for an […]

New report questions the necessity of ICBM silos in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota

BY: - July 28, 2021

A massive recent report by the Federation of American Scientists calls into question whether ground-based nuclear missiles, like the ones siloed in Montana, are still necessary to the country’s safety. The question of nuclear missiles is not new, but lead author Matt Korda, a research associate at the Nuclear Information Project of the federation, said […]

Bipartisan Senators, Biden strike deal on $550B infrastructure plan

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, paving the way for a vote to begin debate on that proposal as soon as Wednesday evening. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators opposed to […]

National parks refine ticketed-entry systems to manage visitor boom

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain at Maine’s Acadia National Park is a gorgeous view — so breathtaking that on some days, as many as 500 cars could be found vying for the scenic overlook’s 150 parking spots. That competition has become more manageable since Acadia officials began using a reservation system in May, […]

Rimrock, drug courts bring new addiction treatment technology to Montana

BY: - July 27, 2021

The difference between relapse and recovery is about 30 seconds. For those struggling with addiction, a middle-of-the-night moment of isolation, anxiety can lead to a relapse, a shame cycle and more problems. However, a fusion of technology and treatment were being touted in Billings on Tuesday as Rimrock Foundation, Substance Abuse Connect, and GoMoHealth rolled […]

CDC: Wear masks indoors in areas of high-infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates July 27, 2021 4:57 pm By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even […]