States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated. Under the new policy, any doses that a state doesn’t request from its weekly, population-based allotment will be held in a general pool, and states with higher demand can request additional shots from that surplus. […]

Scientists search for COVID treatment in older, cheaper drugs

BY: - May 4, 2021

Could a decades-old antidepressant be a secret weapon against covid? A few scientists think so, after two small studies showed that fluvoxamine, typically prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder, prevented serious illness in all participants who took the pills soon after developing symptoms. It’s an exciting notion: A $10, two-week course of this drug could reduce death […]

Minority report: GOP conspired with Governor’s Office to ‘hack’ judiciary records

BY: - May 3, 2021

Misty Ann Giles, head of the Montana Department of Administration, was in “constant communication with the Governor’s Office” about a legislative subpoena before it was issued — the subpoena quickly quashed by the Montana Supreme Court — and the acting director of the DOA was eager to produce records “with no privacy review,” according to […]

Attorney General: Disqualify all justices, start negotiations with Legislature

BY: - May 3, 2021

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has filed a response to a set of emergency motions by Montana Courts Administrator Beth McLaughlin, asserting that all the justices should disqualify themselves and, in a separate response, proposed that the Supreme Court negotiate with Legislature for the release of as many 5,000 of her emails. In two motions […]

Buffalo transplants, voting rights among the losses this session recalled by Native lawmakers

BY: - May 3, 2021

Native American Caucus members of the Montana Legislature said they had their work cut out for them going up against a Republican majority this session. “The losses were many,” said Sen. Susan Webber, D-Browning, pointing to efforts she said would restrict Native American’s access to voting and undo wildlife conservation efforts. However, Montana’s Native American […]

NorthWestern Energy asks public to report osprey building nests on power lines

BY: - May 3, 2021

Osprey nests can cause power outages and even fires, and their proximity to energized equipment puts the birds at risk of electrocution, NorthWestern Energy said in a news release. The company said it has installed hundreds of platforms to maintain service reliability and to provide a safe place for ospreys to raise their offspring. This […]

Nosing in on kids who lost their sense of smell after COVID

BY: - May 3, 2021

Orange. Eucalyptus. Lavender. Peppermint. Doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Seattle Children’s Hospital will use scents like these to treat children who lost their sense of smell to covid-19. Parents will attend clinics and go home with a set of essential oils for their child to sniff twice a day for three months. Clinicians will […]

Energy grid to be subject of legislative study

BY: - May 3, 2021

New washers and dryers can sense sense when it’s a time of low demand on the energy grid — and fire up. “The future is coming,” said Dwight Rose, with IBEW Local 44, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to power this somehow.” Rose was speaking in […]

That’s a wrap: 67th Legislature is in the book

BY: , , and - May 2, 2021

“The End” — not typically how news stories start, but the end came for the 67th Legislature, and by most accounts, it was one of the most memorable and consequential in the state’s history as a Republican supermajority swept into office, including capturing the governor’s chair. Because of the overwhelming number of Republicans, free to […]

‘We need to listen to each other’: Holzman looks back on Coronavirus

BY: - May 2, 2021

When Dr. Gregory Holzman took the job as state medical officer in 2015, he made a point to go around the state to introduce himself and get input from stakeholders in the public health community. Five years later, that decision would pay dividends when he would become one of the public figures guiding the state […]

Chief Justice: ‘There has been no misuse of state resources’

BY: - April 30, 2021

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike McGrath responded to follow-up questions from two of the Republican leaders who sit on a special select joint committee of the Legislature, which is investigating bias in the judiciary and the use of email for lobbying. McGrath addressed the issues surrounding the inquiry head on in a letter sent on […]

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]