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Data analyst said 59 people in Montana tried to vote in 2021, but were denied

BY: - August 17, 2022

A database analyst hired by Montana’s largest union testified on Wednesday that during the municipal elections held in 2021, she identified 59 voters who tried to register to vote between noon the day before the election and on Election Day, but apparently couldn’t vote because of a law passed by the 2021 Legislature. That law, […]

Montana Supreme Court rules BIA can be held liable for officers’ sexual assault

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can be held responsible for $1.6 million in damages awarded to a Northern Cheyenne woman who was coerced into sex by BIA Officer Dana Bullcoming in 2015. After a lengthy judicial process, the Montana Supreme Court finally answered the question of whether […]

PSC hears pushback on new rules, but NorthWestern gives them the nod

BY: - August 17, 2022

Just one group offered praise at a hearing Tuesday on an exhaustive revision to the way regulators evaluate and energy utilities acquire new resources: the utilities themselves, NorthWestern Energy and Montana-Dakota Utilities. At the Montana Public Service Commission meeting, opponents said it’s no surprise given the lobbying strength of the proponents, and if the revisions […]

Montana invests $18M to fund child care innovation grants across the state

BY: - August 17, 2022

Montana announced on Wednesday that it will be investing $18 million to fund 31 child care innovation grants across the state.  The investment comes following a recommendation from the American Rescue Plan Act Health Advisory Commission. The funding will increase child care capacity by opening new, or significantly expanding current, child care facilities, according to a […]

Montanans should be able to see aurora borealis this week

BY: - August 17, 2022

Montanans should be able to see lights in the evening skies this week with the Space Weather Prediction Center forecasting a strong geomagnetic storm watch for August 17 to 19. Aurora borealis, also known as polar or northern lights, can typically be seen in higher latitudes. Large geomagnetic storms are linked to solar coronal mass […]

Tribal leader: Without Election Day voting, ballot collection, Native Americans don’t have a voice

BY: - August 16, 2022

Blackfeet Tribal attorney Dawn Gray described the relationship between the tribe and election officials in Glacier County as “hostile” and filled with retaliation. Her description of the relationship with Pondera County was even worse: The tribe had to sue in 2020 just to get satellite voting in Heart Butte when the county refused. “I have […]

Montana Board of Public Ed approves settlement from lawsuit

BY: - August 16, 2022

On a unanimous voice vote Monday, the Montana Board of Public Education voted to approve a settlement agreement between itself and States Newsroom, which operates the Daily Montana, and the Montana Federation of Public Employees. Earlier this year, the news outlet and union sued the Board of Public Ed, alleging it failed to follow the […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

Yellowstone: Visitation down in July following record floods in June

BY: - August 16, 2022

Yellowstone National Park hosted 596,562 recreation visits in July 2022, the park said Tuesday in a news release. This is a 45% decrease from July 2021 (1,080,767 recreational visits), the most-visited July on record, and a 36% decrease from July 2019 (936,062), the last pre-Covid-19 year, according to the park. The park also said the […]

Fishing closures due to high temps go into effect Wednesday

BY: - August 16, 2022

Full fishing closures will go into effect for the following rivers at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks press release: The entire Jefferson River The section of the Big Hole River from the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site portions of Fish Creek within […]

Where did they go? People without homes forced to relocate after evictions in Great Falls, Missoula

BY: - August 16, 2022

At 9 a.m. on August 1, the residents of the encampment in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Great Falls were asked to evacuate the premises. By 10:30 a.m., nearly everyone had cleared out. “Many were understandably emotional,” Giovanna Minardi of nonprofit Housed Great Falls said in a text that morning. “A […]

Attorney General’s Office: Montana on track to triple last year’s fentanyl seizures

BY: - August 16, 2022

Montana is on track to triple last year’s record-setting fentanyl seizures, according to a news release Tuesday from the Attorney General’s Office. Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces have seized 111,611 combined fentanyl dosage units through June 30 of this year. However, that number only accounts for the fentanyl seized by the Rocky […]