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Health Providers Scramble to Keep Remaining Staff Amid Medicaid Rate Debate

Andrew Johnson lets his clients choose what music to play in the car. As an employee of Family Outreach in Helena, Montana - an organization that assists developmentally disabled... — Updated 3/28/2023

Legislative Briefs - Week 12

 — Updated 3/28/2023

FWP Reminder: Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

HELENA – Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are headed outdoors should "Be Bear Aware." Bears can be found throughout Montana. In recent years,... — Updated 3/28/2023

Legislative Briefs - Week 11

 — Updated 3/21/2023

Proposed pavement preservation for Flesher Pass (S 279)

LINCOLN, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to improve Secondary Highway 279 (S 279), commonly... — Updated 3/21/2023

Bill That Would Allow Students to Fight Back in Bullying Incidents Moves Through Legislature

Stacy Roope says her 16-year-old son Trey is bullied every day in the hallways and even while walking to school. She said her son is constantly tormented, and what's worse is that... — Updated 3/21/2023

Youth Conservation Corps program seeks to fill jobs with local youth from the community

Great Falls, Mont., March 20, 2023– The Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs, Lincoln and Rocky Mountain ranger districts on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest are accepting... — Updated 3/21/2023

DPHHS Requests Nominations for Annual Emergency Medical Services Awards

The Department of Public Health and Human Services is asking Montanans to submit nominations for the annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards ceremony to be held Wednesday,... — Updated 3/21/2023

Gianforte signs $1 billion Republican tax rebate, tax-cut package into law

Flanked by dozens of Republican lawmakers on the steps of the state Capitol, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a tax cut, rebate and spending package totalling more than $1 billion... — Updated 3/14/2023

Budget, Taxes, Education and Social Issues Likely to Dominate Legislature's Second Half

The 68th Montana Legislature, with an unprecedented Republican supermajority, is halfway through its 90-day session and the next 45 days promise to be dominated by debates over the... — Updated 3/14/2023

As Marijuana Money Starts Pouring Into State Coffers, a Debate Sparks About Who Should Control Spending

In 2020, the state of Montana joined a pack of 20 other states and the District of Columbia when it legalized recreational marijuana. Montana voters passed ballot Initiative 190 on... — Updated 3/28/2023

Sen. Bogner's Military Service Focuses His Legislative Service on Privacy, Geopolitics

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of lawmaker profiles of rising leaders from both parties, aimed at giving a glimpse into the lives legislators lead outside of the... — Updated 3/14/2023

MSU releases reports as part of major project on wildlife crossing structures

BOZEMAN - As part of a multi-state and Canadian research effort involving the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, more than a dozen new reports... — Updated 3/28/2023

Youth Forest Monitoring Program, entering its 25th year, expands to encompass heritage

HELENA, Mont. – March 9, 2023 - The Montana Discovery Foundation and the Helena- Lewis and Clark National Forest are looking for a heritage/archeology field instructor and eleven... — Updated 3/14/2023

Pinochle Scores

March 14th 6 players 1st - Kathy Reeve 2nd - Bonnie Shown Low - Doug Vulcan Pinochle - Susi Murphy Feb 28th 7 players 1st - Cade Sampson 2nd - Bonnie Shown Low - Rick Foreman Pinochle - Doug Vulcan Feb 14th 7 players 1st - Kathy... — Updated 3/24/2023

How One Life Can Change a World

On the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, somewhere between Rangoon and the northeast coast of India, a ship packed with migrant workers returns to Andhra Pradesh. One of the workers stares out at the waves and has a dream about... — Updated 3/28/2023

Opinion: Montanans tired of assault on wildlife

Montana's state Legislature is proposing a host of extreme anti-wildlife bills despite widespread, diverse, strong, and credible opposition to these unnecessary measures. The... — Updated 3/21/2023

Op-Ed: Speaker Regier Prioritizes Protecting the Next Generation of Montanans

There is a reason Montana is the Last Best Place in the country. Over the last decade, the Montana Republican Party has made tremendous progress in advancing our priority of... — Updated 3/24/2023

Obituary: Peggy Knight

HAMILTON - Peggy L Knight, 64, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, at her home with family by her side, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 14,... — Updated 3/14/2023

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