Judge: Public Service Commission map likely unconstitutional, but in place for now

BY: - February 29, 2024

A Public Service Commission map that appears gerrymandered to favor Republicans is likely unconstitutional — but it will stay in place for now, according to a Lewis and Clark County District order Thursday. However, Judge Christopher Abbott said the court will set an expedited schedule for the lawsuit over PSC districts, and he predicts the […]

Judge strikes down a trio of abortion laws passed in ’21 as unconstitutional

BY: - February 29, 2024

In a ruling deeply critical of restrictions placed on abortion by the 2021 Montana Legislature, Yellowstone County District Court Judge Kurt Krueger struck down three laws that he said placed unreasonable and unconstitutional limits on abortions in Montana. The decision converted what had been a temporary injunction on the laws into a permanent one, but […]

A day ahead of shutdown, Congress works on advancing stopgap spending bills

BY: and - February 29, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on a bipartisan vote passed a short-term funding extension Thursday intended to give lawmakers a bit more time to wrap up work on the annual spending bills — trying to dodge a shutdown despite election year politics and narrow margins. The stopgap spending bill, sometimes called “a continuing resolution,” or […]

Ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of brand-new, high-quality employee homes in Mammoth Hot Springs.(Photo: NPS / Jacob W. Frank)

Yellowstone National Park gets $40 million gift to build more employee housing

BY: - February 29, 2024

A $40 million private donation will go toward building at least 70 new modular housing units for employees at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service announced Thursday. Yellowstone National Park officials said work on the units would begin later this year and that the extra money will help speed up the process of constructing […]

Bob Brown, R-Trout Creek. (Photo courtesy of the Montana Legislature)

Governor appoints Trout Creek senator as Lottery Director

BY: - February 29, 2024

Gov. Greg Gianforte appointed Sen. Bob Brown, R-Trout Creek, to serve as the state’s Lottery Director, Gianforte’s office said Thursday. “It’s been an honor to serve the people of Montana in the legislature, and I look forward to continuing to do so in my new role as lottery director,” Brown said in a statement. “Thank […]

Congress brokers deal on government spending deadlines, trying to avoid shutdown

BY: - February 28, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans and Senate Democrats attempting to avert a partial government shutdown brokered an agreement Wednesday to extend government funding deadlines for a little while longer. The bipartisan deal will give Congress until March 8 to pass six spending bills lawmakers have finalized and until March 22 to pass another six bills […]

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if Trump is immune from prosecution for acts as president

BY: and - February 28, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear former President Donald Trump’s argument that he should be immune from criminal charges related to the 2020 election. In a one-page order, the court set an expedited briefing schedule, with oral arguments to be held the week of April 22. Proceedings in the federal trial court will […]

U.S. Senate Republican blocks legislation protecting in vitro fertilization

BY: and - February 28, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi blocked a bill from passing Wednesday that would have preserved access to in vitro fertilization nationwide, stalling a push by Democrats following a landmark Alabama state Supreme Court decision. The court ruled earlier this month that frozen embryos counted as children under state law and parents could collect […]

FWP looking for information on wolf poached near Gardiner

BY: - February 28, 2024

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are investigating the suspected poaching of a wolf in late January near Gardiner, a spokesperson for the department said Wednesday. The wolf was found dead in late January near Mol Heron and Cinnabar creeks, FWP spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen said. He said game wardens suspected the wolf was […]

Fort Belknap company officials agree to cease short-term lending in Minnesota in settlement

BY: - February 28, 2024

The Fort Belknap Indian Community’s short-term lending companies will have to cease operations in Minnesota, according to a settlement two officials of the companies’ parent company reached with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. A federal judge in Minnesota signed off on the agreement Tuesday, kicking off a timeline by which Island Mountain Development Group officials […]

Report: New health care model will better connect patients with mental health services

BY: - February 28, 2024

Montana has been described as a perfect storm of circumstances that lead to an acute mental health crisis. Rural areas, unforgiving weather, lack of providers and a social stigma make getting help a challenge. A new report by the Montana Healthcare Foundation, coupled with a project focused on mental health providers, is one solution to […]

Rosendale announces he will seek re-election to Montana’s 2nd Congressional District seat

BY: - February 28, 2024

Congressman Matt Rosendale announced Wednesday he will indeed seek re-election to his eastern Montana seat following a whirlwind couple of weeks in which he announced a U.S. Senate run and dropped out six days later when former President Donald Trump endorsed his opponent in the Republican primary. “Over the last few days, I have been […]