Biden to meet with Western governors about wildfires, vows to raise firefighter pay

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will host a meeting next week of Western governors, Cabinet members and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials “to prepare for heat, drought and wildfires in the West.” Biden at a White House FEMA briefing also sharply criticized the low salaries paid to federal wildland firefighters. “There’s an old expression: […]

Montana tribe welcomes back tourists after risky shutdown pays off

BY: - June 22, 2021

Millions of people will flock to Montana’s Glacier National Park this summer after last year’s pandemic-caused tourism skid, and they will once more be able sight-see and camp nearby on the recently reopened Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The tourists’ return is a relief to the owners of the restaurants, campgrounds and hotels forced to shut down […]

Gov. Gianforte donates salary to One Health Bighorn in Hardin

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte toured One Health Bighorn last week and contributed his governor’s salary from the first quarter of 2021 to the federally qualified health center in Hardin, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. One Health Bighorn serves communities in southeast Montana, including providing comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services. “We face […]

Eastern, western Montana differ in reasons for not vaccinating

BY: - June 21, 2021

Children in Montana get vaccinated at a lower rate than those in the nation as a whole — just 62 percent of those in the Treasure State complete the recommended vaccination series compared to 71 percent nationally, according to the University of Montana. A new study from the Missoula flagship looks at why. Sophia Newcomer, […]

Women’s prison inmate died by hanging, death certificate says

BY: - June 21, 2021

A 50-year-old woman who died while in custody at the Montana Women’s Prison was found in her cell “suspended by a bedsheet,” according to her death certificate.  Lisa Anne Nester received medical care at Billings Clinic after she was found unresponsive in her cell June 7. Nester died from lack of oxygen due to hanging, […]

Fire danger high in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - June 21, 2021

Yellowstone National Park officials declared “high fire danger” in the park, and reiterated regulations aimed to help curb the potential of wildfire. Currently, there are no active wildland fires in the park. And no restrictions are in place or planned at this time. Park officials remind visitors: Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings […]

NCAA athletes score big win in Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this suit involves admitted […]

Bitterroot Valley Community College moves ahead, lawmakers push career, tech ed

BY: - June 21, 2021

For the first time in a few decades, a new community college in Montana cleared a major hurdle with the Legislature’s approval of the Bitterroot Valley Community College District in Ravalli County. In 2009, the Legislature opted against forming the district, but the Bitterroot College program formed, according to the college’s website. This year, Sen. […]

A primary doctor for every person, expert panel urges

BY: - June 21, 2021

The federal government must aggressively bolster primary care and connect more Americans with a dedicated source of care, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warn in a major report that sounds the alarm about an endangered foundation of the U.S. health system. The urgently worded report, which comes as internists, family doctors and […]

‘It’s a cultural battle’: Montana’s changing abortion laws

BY: - June 20, 2021

There are few issues in American politics that generate more passionate disagreement than abortion. States have become the battleground for many national policy fights, such as the one over abortion access. With full control of state government for the first time in decades, Montana’s Republican legislators have joined a nationwide wave of states that introduced […]

Trouble managing money may be an early sign of dementia

BY: - June 20, 2021

After Maria Turner’s minivan was totaled in an accident a dozen years ago, she grew impatient waiting for the insurance company to process the claim. One night, she saw a red pickup truck on eBay for $20,000. She thought it was just what she needed. She clicked “buy it now” and went to bed. The […]

Robertson Draw and other blazes kick off what could be a devastating fire season

BY: - June 19, 2021

Lorna and Earl Shetler’s place outside of Belfry didn’t seem likely to burn. The Robertson Draw fire, first spotted on Sunday about 12 miles south of Red Lodge in the Beartooth Mountains, was headed away from their home. The wind direction was encouraging. The Shetlers had been out of town for Earl’s dad’s 94th birthday […]