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 By News Release    News    April 15, 2021 

FWP seeks public comment on elk management guiding principles, CWD management plan

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles developed by the Elk Management Plan...

 By News Release    News    April 15, 2021 

LCPH vaccination clinics at fairgrounds now include surrounding counties, vaccine team consolidates clinic dates

Helena – Lewis and Clark Public Health has expanded our drive-thru mass vaccination clinics at the Fairgrounds to include individuals age 16 and...

 By News Release    News    April 8, 2021

Forkrud named president of Citizens Alliance Bank

Philip R. Forstrom, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens Alliance Bank, has announced that Chad Forkrud has been installed as the Bank's...

 By News Release    News    April 8, 2021

FWP Reminds you to leave baby animals alone, and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, FWP receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. It's important to remember that Montana Fish, Wildlife...

 By News Release    News    April 1, 2021


HELENA – Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.” Bears can be found throughout...


RMDC plans gradual reopening

Last week marks one year since Rocky shut its doors to the public due to COVID-19. Since that time, many of us have suffered loss, illness, and isolation The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but ol...

 By News Release    News    March 4, 2021

Student Arts Scholarships Available

Life may now seem turned upside down by the coronavirus and recent school closure and event cancellations, but Alpine Artisans would like to...

 By News Release    News    March 4, 2021

Recruiting for the Youth Forest Monitoring Program

Helena - The Montana Discovery Foundation and the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest are looking for 1 (one) field instructor and 7 (seven)...

 By News Release    News    February 25, 2021

Laptop checkout available at the Library

Helena -Lewis & Clark Library is proud to add laptop/mobile hotspot kits to our Library of Things checkout collection. Beginning this week, the...

 By News Release    News    February 25, 2021

Local Vaccination Team to Open Vaccination toAll Tiers of Phase 1b Beginning Next Week, Appointments Required

Helena – First dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals in all tiers of Phase 1b will begin with two clinics next week. Those in Phase 1b...

 By News Release    News    February 18, 2021

Forest Service extends comment period for the North Fork Blackfoot River Native Fish Restoration Project

SEELEY LAKE – In response to public feedback, the Lolo National Forest is extending the public comment period for the North Fork Blackfoot River...

 By News Release    News    February 11, 2021

Lewis and Clark Public Health Moves to 10-Day Quarantine Time for COVID-19

Helena – Lewis and Clark Public Health has lowered quarantine times for individuals exposed to COVID-19 to 10 days. This quarantine times will...


Tips to weather Montana's deep, cold temperatures

Butte, Mont. – The winter weather gripping most of Montana will continue several more days, with some areas experiencing temperatures well into the...


Lewis and Clark Library Branches Team-up for a #LoveYourLibraryLEGO® Program!

Helena -Each week during the month of February, the Lewis & Clark Library Branch libraries in Augusta, East Helena, Lincoln, and the Bookmobile...

 By News Release    News    January 14, 2021

Montana VA Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines to Rural Veterans

Havre, Mont.— Montana VA Health Care System has been selected to lead a national VHA pilot program to bring vaccines to rural Veterans. On the morning of January 21, a vaccination team will fly... Full story

 By News Release    News    December 31, 2020

Lewis and Clark Public Health in initial phase of vaccine distribution

Lewis and Clark Public Health is the coordinating entity for distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccine in Lewis and Clark County. We've...

 By News Release    News    December 24, 2020

Scam Alert: Medicare Cards not being replaced

If you're on Medicare, be aware: You will not be receiving a new chip card or a plastic version to replace your paper ID card. If somebody calls you to tell you that, they're lying. It's another...

 By News Release    News    December 24, 2020

Survey Results: Montanans' views on grizzly bears

HELENA - A new survey of Montanans shows positive attitudes toward grizzly bears and support for the presence of grizzly bears within the state,...

 By News Release    News    December 24, 2020

FWP looks to developing management plan, builds on work by GBAC

HELENA – Managing Montana's population of grizzly bears is front and center for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as the agency looks to build on...

 By News Release    News    December 24, 2020

Fish consumption guidance updated for portions of Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana

MISSOULA – The State of Montana Fish Guidance Board, which includes Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the Departments of Environmental Qu...

 By News Release    News    December 24, 2020

Montana VA Health Care System begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna Vaccine

Helena, Mont. - The Fort Harrison VA Medical Center just received its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine at around 8:00 a.m., Dec. 23. The MTVAHCS...

 By News Release    News    December 17, 2020

Local calls will require area code due to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline rollout

HELENA, Montana - On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission approved the designation of 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit abbreviated...

 By News Release    News    December 10, 2020

Augusta and Lincoln Branch Libraries to Offer Non-Contact Holds Pick-up Only

HELENA - Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Lewis and Clark County, and out of an abundance of caution for staff and patron safety, The... Full story

 By News Release    News    December 3, 2020

Average end to big game season in west-central Montana

MISSOULA – The 2020 general big game hunting season closed on November 29, with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' west-central Montana check...

 By News Release    News    December 3, 2020

Attorney General Fox, Montana Lottery Warn of Lottery Scams

HELENA - Attorney General Tim Fox and Montana Lottery Director Angela Wong cautioned Montanans today about lottery-related scams that have become...


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