Government & Politics

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 […]

Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road opens

BY: - June 25, 2021

Going-to-the-Sun Road officially opened this morning for the 2021 summer season, Glacier National Park announced Friday. The road may now be accessed by motorized vehicles all the way through from both the West Glacier and St. Mary entrances. An entry reservation ticket in addition to an entrance pass is required for access to Going-to-the-Sun Road via […]

Court administrator: Continue to examine legislative subpoenas

BY: - June 24, 2021

Even though the Montana Legislature withdrew subpoenas it issued to the state’s Supreme Court justices and the Department of Administration, the attorney for Court Administrator Beth McLaughlin said that because lawmakers were pressing on in their investigation of the judiciary, the high court should still consider the legality of those subpoenas. In a response to […]

Tester part of bipartisan group to get infrastructure deal done

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the 10 senators […]

‘Gas all over’: Alleged cause of Robertson Draw fire follows growing national trend

BY: - June 24, 2021

A 55-year-old Bridger man has been arrested and charged for acting negligently — putting people’s lives and property in danger — while attempting to fix a dirtbike near the Robertson Draw area and setting off a wildfire that has cost nearly $6 million. The Robertson Draw fire has burned almost 30,000 acres and consumed more […]

New increased wolf harvest plan goes out for public comment

BY: - June 24, 2021

With lawsuits regarding wolf hunting already in court, and news of more lawsuits likely, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission took the first in a series of steps that would serve two purposes — establish a 2021-2022 wolf hunt and comply with the intent of several bills passed by lawmakers earlier this year. By a […]

Biden administration extends eviction moratorium for one month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

Cindy McCain tapped for food ambassador to the United Nations

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Arizona’s Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain, as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with the rank of ambassador. Earlier this year, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two other members of the state’s GOP, former Sen. Jeff Flake and […]

MSU microbiologist gets $3.4M federal grant to study ‘bio-mining’ from fool’s gold

BY: - June 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday announced a $3.4 million grant aiding in a Montana State University microbiologist’s efforts to better understand how certain microbes can “bio-mine” economically significant materials from pyrite, more popularly known as “fool’s gold.” The grant is part of the DOE’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, which […]

Conservation groups threaten lawsuit against State if wolf trapping and snaring laws remain unchanged

BY: - June 23, 2021

A handful of groups is threatening legal action against the state if it does not revise recently passed legislation that makes it easier to hunt gray wolves in the state, saying the new laws would violate the Endangered Species Act by leading to the accidental taking of federally protected species. The letter of intent to […]

Murkowski says she opposes Stone-Manning while Tester tries to keep support for Montanan

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Another Republican senator plans to oppose President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, who has been targeted by conservatives over her connection to an Idaho tree-spiking scheme three decades ago. A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who serves on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, […]

Legislature drops judicial branch subpoenas, court administrator will ask Supreme Court to hear the case anyway

BY: - June 22, 2021

On Tuesday, the Montana Legislature announced that it was withdrawing legislative subpoenas it had issued to the justices and the court administrator for emails from the judiciary. However, the lawmakers also said that withdrawal will not stop the ongoing investigation into the judiciary, and legislators will continue to press the judicial branch for answers and […]