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Legislative Roundup - Week 4

 — Updated 1/30/2023

Forgo fraud this tax season: IRS-CI issues tips to protect your wallet, identity

DENVER –  Tax season kicked off Jan. 23, and IRS Criminal Investigation reminds U.S. taxpayers to take extra steps to protect their identities and wallets when filing their... — Updated 1/30/2023

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bills That Would Fund $1.3 Billion in Water, Sewer and Other Infrastructure Projects

In the last 11 years, the city of Havre has had 255 water main breaks. The city's public works director, Dave Pederson, says 46 of those breaks happened in the last two years... — Updated 1/30/2023

Legislative Roundup - Week 3

Supporters Say Clarifying "Proficiency-Based Learning" Will Allow More Students to Personalize Their Education HELENA – Supporters of a bill that aims to allow more Montana... — Updated 1/24/2023

Governor's Property Tax Package Seen by Lawmakers.

HELENA – One week before Gov. Greg Gianforte was scheduled to give his State of the State address to the Montana Legislature, a panel of lawmakers tabled and then revived one of... — Updated 1/24/2023

UM Journalism Students Provide Coverage of Montana

HELENA -- Three University of Montana School of Journalism students are providing daily and weekly news coverage of the 68th Montana Legislature to scores of news organizations... — Updated 1/24/2023

Fire Department upgrades to newer fire engine

Lincoln firefighters spent part of Sunday, Jan 15 at Station 3 east of Lincoln getting to know the latest addition to the Lincoln Rural Fire District's fleet of emergency vehicles,... — Updated 1/19/2023

Publication finds Montana has second highest demand for leaders in the U.S.

BOZEMAN - Montana has the second highest demand for leaders per capita in the country, according to the findings of a report that will be presented in a Montana State University... — Updated 1/16/2023

Proposed Legislation Aims to Crack Down on Human Trafficking

HELENA – Sen. Jodee Etchart, R-Billings, told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 11 that according to stats from the Department of Justice, human trafficking in Montana has risen roughly 300 percent from 2021 to... — Updated 1/19/2023

Water to Play a Big Part in "Red Tape Relief" Initiative at Legislature

HELENA – The laws that regulate water, arguably Montana's most valuable natural resource, are complex and tied to nearly every industry in the state, so when lawmakers gather in... — Updated 1/16/2023

As calls for aid increase, volunteer fire departments struggle to respond

COLUMBIA FALLS - When Karl Weeks started volunteering with the Columbia Falls Fire Department 23 years ago, he'd get called to duty every few days for things like car accidents,... — Updated 1/25/2023

U-Haul Ranks MONTANA the No. 18 Growth State of 2022

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 3, 2023) - Montana is the No. 18 growth state in America, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022. People arriving in... — Updated 1/24/2023

Interesting facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the 21st century. King's tireless activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s improved the... — Updated 1/16/2023

Snow Trek

The Lincoln High School Wildlife Biology Class took a hike to the Blackfoot River bottom south of the Lincoln Airport Friday afternoon, Jan. 6. The student strapped on snowshoes... — Updated 1/16/2023

Kids learn snowmobile safety

Kids on snowmobiles zipped back and forth across the meadow below the Ponderosa Snow Warriors clubhouse as part of a Snowmobile Safety Education Course, Saturday, Jan. 14. Six... — Updated 1/19/2023

Lawmakers Debate Increasing Landowner Payments in Block Management Program

HELENA -- The Senate will now debate a bill passed in committee Friday that would double the limit on payments to landowners who opt to participate in the Block Management Program,... — Updated 1/16/2023

Three grizzly bears test positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza

FWP Header Three grizzly bears test positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza HELENA – Three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza... — Updated 1/19/2023

Deputy's Log Jan 1- Jan 26 2023

The Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received 49 calls for service in the Lincoln area between Jan. 1 and Jan. 26, 2023.  Six of those calls were traffic stops performed by... — Updated 1/30/2023

Powder Day Plowing

A plume of snow follows a Lewis and Clark County snow plow as Lincoln-area County RoadsMaintenance Supervisor Pete Dempster clears Stemple Pass Road on... — Updated 1/16/2023

Letter: Four weeks into the legislative session

Week four of the 68th Legislative Session wrapped up on Friday, Jan. 27. Since my move from the House to the Senate, I've been assigned to the Senate Taxation, the Public Health... — Updated 1/30/2023

Courage to Do

In 1841, a physically imposing, twenty-three year-old Frederick Douglass leaned against the rail of a ferry headed for Nantucket. He contemplated the wake widening out behind him... — Updated 1/30/2023

Going Home

This week I'll be traveling, and for the first time in a very long time (three years to be exact), I'll be "heading home." I'm excited for the trip and the opportunity to spend... — Updated 1/24/2023

Getting Outside is the Best Way to Get Rid of the Blues

Brad's idea of a good time is to swim across the lake at the base of the Grand Tetons, then hike to the top peak and back again on the same day. Sometimes his wife Sheila will... — Updated 1/24/2023

Fighting For Montana Values

With the holidays behind us and Congress gearing up for a new session, I look forward to continuing my mission fighting for our Montana way of life in Washington, D.C. Under... — Updated 1/24/2023

He understands our sorrow and grief

Q: I've had a lot of sorrow in my life and it seems my friends are weary of my troubles. I suppose others have problems equal to mine but for me it can't get worse. My family tells... — Updated 1/25/2023

The Tenacity to See the Stars

One of the most often used behavioral descriptors today is Attention Deficit Disorder, which basically means unable to sit still or focus for longer than a few minutes. All... — Updated 1/16/2023

Op-Ed: Montana Taxpayers Deserve A Refund

Submitted on behalf of Speaker of the House Rep. Matt Regier, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Rhonda Knudsen and Major Leader Rep. Sue Vinton The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in... — Updated 1/16/2023

Obituary: Dick Gannon

Richard "Dick" Gannon, 81, died on Jan.25, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gannon of Lincoln; children, Steve (Peggy) Gannon of Fort... — Updated 1/30/2023

Richard "Dick" Gannon

Richard "Dick" Gannon, 81, died on January 25, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gannon of Lincoln; children, Steve (Peggy) Gannon of... — Updated 1/27/2023

Obituary: Myrna Orr

Myrna Kay (Daniel) Orr, of Lincoln, Mont. died in her home, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 4, 2023. She was 80 years old. Myrna was born on Sept. 24, 1942 in Great Falls, Mont.... — Updated 1/19/2023 Full story

Obituary: Steve Williamson Stocks

Steve Williamson Stocks was the youngest of four children born to William Heber and Ella Maude (Williamson) Stocks. He was born on the 4th day of August, 1925, in the beautiful... — Updated 1/19/2023

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