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Warm water, low flow causes Montana to restrict some fishing

BY: - June 28, 2021

 Angling restriction on several rivers go into effect today due to warming water temperatures and low flows. The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” closures, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight, and some full fishing closures. The closures and restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve. The […]

Montana’s number of failed gun background checks rises higher than national average

BY: - June 28, 2021

New data obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation through Everytown for Gun Safety shows that there was a record number of gun sales stopped due to background checks in 2020, resulting in 300,000 sales that didn’t happen nationwide that year. During 2020, according to the same data, Montana saw a spike in number of […]

California bans state-funded travel to Montana over anti-LGBTQ laws

BY: - June 28, 2021

California is restricting state-funded travel to Montana and several other states in reaction to laws passed during the last legislative session that it views as anti-LGBTQ, the state’s attorney general announced Monday. “The states are a part of a recent, dangerous wave of discriminatory new bills signed into law in states across the country that […]

Relief payments to Black farmers on hold amid lawsuits backed by former Trump aids, conservative groups

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON—Former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers—a development that House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott of Georgia calls “an evil system at work here.” Suits have been filed in Florida, Wisconsin and Texas that say it’s unconstitutional to direct […]

Black men’s health slides even as education levels rise

BY: - June 28, 2021

More education typically leads to better health, yet Black men in the U.S. are not getting the same benefit as other groups, research suggests. The reasons for the gap are vexing, experts said, but may provide an important window into unique challenges faced by Black men as they try to gain not only good health […]

Doctors must provide patients their health data online, on demand

BY: - June 27, 2021

Last summer, Anna Ramsey suffered a flare-up of juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune condition, posing a terrifying prospect for the Los Angeles resident: She might have to undergo chemotherapy, further compromising her immune system during a pandemic. After an agonizing three-day wait, the results of a blood test came back in her online patient portal […]

Vaccination rates vary among counties, but challenges are similar

BY: - June 27, 2021

Garfield County counted the lowest coronavirus vaccination rate in Montana this week, with just 21 percent of the population fully vaccinated, according to data from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Tied at second lowest, Powder River and McCone counties weren’t too far ahead at 23 percent. On the other end of […]

Former lawmakers mount another challenge to SB140

BY: - June 26, 2021

Even though the Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Senate Bill 140 fits within the framework of one section of the Montana Constitution, another group has filed suit challenging the new law, which abolished the judicial nomination commission and allowed for the governor to directly appoint judges. Tom Winter and Barbara Bessette, two former Democratic […]

Gianforte, Knudsen mum on any PSC action

BY: - June 26, 2021

About a month ago, a legislative audit of Montana’s Public Service Commission showed falsified financial records and a host of spending issues. While even Republican lawmakers have chastised the PSC, demanding auditors push farther, two of Montana’s top leaders remain mum on whether they’re contemplating action against any of the fellow GOP public service commissioners. […]

Short-term rental issues plague Island Park, near Yellowstone

BY: - June 26, 2021

Picturesque views and endless supply of outdoor recreational opportunities have always attracted visitors to the West — tourists and new residents alike. But the dynamic changed in the past decade, with the rise of third-party rental websites like Airbnb, VRBO and Vacasa. These short-term rentals and vacation homes opened up lodging to more visitors in […]

COVID testing has turned into windfall for hospitals, providers

BY: and - June 26, 2021

Pamela Valfer needed multiple covid tests after repeatedly visiting the hospital last fall to see her mother, who was being treated for cancer. Beds there were filling with covid patients. Valfer heard the tests would be free. So, she was surprised when the testing company billed her insurer $250 for each swab. She feared she […]

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for murder of George Floyd

BY: - June 25, 2021

Convicted in the murder of George Floyd, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison Friday, becoming the first white Minnesota police officer to serve prison time for a murder committed while on the job.  The sentencing marks a significant milestone in the effort to get justice for Floyd, […]