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Pastor apologizes, retracts article about transgender Native lobbyist, fabricated incident

BY: - May 24, 2022

A conservative minister who seemed to be a darling of far-right politicians in the state has admitted that he fabricated a story about a transgender Native American lobbyist allegedly berating a state senator so badly that he sought the protection of the Montana Senate’s sergeant-at-arms. In a libel case that has raged on for more […]

F Unit at Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate plans to reopen

BY: - May 24, 2022

Following a meeting between Gov. Greg Gianforte, lawmakers and the state department of corrections leaders, an entire unit at the Montana State Prison remains closed with no immediate reopening plans. “The department does not have any immediate plans to reopen the F Unit at MSP. However, the DOC is continuously evaluating the most effective and […]

Boyette looks to unseat Rosendale in GOP primary by being more traditional Montana Republican

BY: - May 24, 2022

James Boyette considers himself a more traditional Republican, with values that, at one time, seemed synonymous with Montana government – a focus on public lands, agriculture, building strong schools and remaining focus on good governing. His run for Congress against an already established Republican congressman was spurred on because of his wife. She had heard […]

Western congressional candidate Mitch Heuer pitches himself as ‘fix-it guy’ for Montana

BY: - May 24, 2022

In Mitch Heuer’s mind, Americans have been “settling for scraps” for too long, and the root of the problem for the western congressional candidates is term limits. “The common denominator keeps coming back to an engineering type of mind is you got to start with the bodies of people that make the laws. They’re not […]

Transgender advocates respond to new DPHHS emergency rule on birth certificate changes

BY: - May 24, 2022

Advocates for people who are transgender are pushing back against the state of Montana’s continued effort to prevent transgender Montanans from updating the gender designation on their birth certificates. In conflict with a recent order from a district court, the state health department issued a new rule on Monday that prevents transgender individuals from changing […]

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday. The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though […]

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]

Yellowstone National Park even has its own style of ‘Parkitecture’

BY: - May 24, 2022

Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872, was such a remote destination that early visitors camped or stayed in hastily-constructed, ramshackle accommodations. As railroads were built to provide access to the area, demand rose for more and better accommodations. The Old Faithful Inn wasn’t the first hotel built—the Mammoth and Lake hotels are older—but it is […]

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

Tranel touts record of delivering for Montanans while running for Congress as a ‘fighter’

BY: - May 23, 2022

When Monica Tranel was fighting NorthWestern Energy as a staff attorney for the Montana Consumer Counsel, she said the monopoly utility “essentially did a data dump on me.” “I was the only person against NorthWestern’s bevy of lawyers and support staff,” Tranel said. “And I read the documents. It took me forever, but I went […]

Walking Child emphasizes prayer in school, saving small ag and helping America’s veterans

BY: - May 23, 2022

Charles Walking Child likes to say that he’s throwing his war bonnet in the race to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale in the Republican primary for Montana’s Second Congressional District. His heritage is Anishaabe-Ojibwe and he said that America doesn’t need more politicians, but it needs the type of leadership from Indian Country – […]

Romance scams bedevil law enforcement

BY: - May 23, 2022

Jeanne Aikens was a widow in her late 60s when she found a new love. Or so she thought. Aikens had nursed her husband through Parkinson’s disease until his death a few years earlier, and she was ready to start dating again. Aikens, a nursing manager at Boston Children’s Hospital, met a man called “Logan” […]